Ferrari admit that case closed on Vettel controversy

by Thomas

Ferrari have announced that the case is closed on the controversy over Sebastian Vettel’s driving in the Brazilian Grand Prix.

They were enquiring to see whether the German driver had overtaken when he was not allowed to, but footage showed that he was given the green flag and was allowed to do as he pleased.

This move from the world champion of course cost Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso the chance to claim his first title since 2006 and that is why the team were seeing if they did have a case.

However, they announced that a letter had been received from the sport’s governing body, the FIA and that there will be no further enquiry and Vettel will keep his third title in as many years.

Ferrari insist that they has a number of queries from all over the world that suggested the Red-Bull man performed an illegal overtake and they were simply seeing if that might have possible been the case.

Should he have gone past Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso in a no-overtake zone, then there would have been a costly 20 second penalty given to Vettel.

Ferrari said: “The request for a clarification from the FIA, regarding Vettel’s passing move on Vergne, came about through the need to shed light on the circumstances of the move, which came out on the internet only a few days after the race.

“The letter to the FIA was in no way intended to undermine the legality of the race result.”

It is now case closed and Ferrari will need to start thinking of a way to win the Drivers Championship next year.

Alonso is amongst the front-runners to win his first title since 2006 as he is at 9/4. Vettel is unsurprisingly the favourite though at 5/4.

Jenson Button is then a 9/1 shot, with Lewis Hamilton out at 14/1 to claim a title in his debut season for Mercedes.

The preparation for the 2013 is already underway and it is sure to be another thrilling year of Formula 1.

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