Appeal being evaluated, Ferrari confirms
29 November 2012 – Ferrari has confirmed to GPUpdate.net that it is currently 'evaluating footage' from last weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix which allegedly shows current World Champion Sebastian Vettel overtaking under yellow flags, with the Maranello-based outfit eager to determine whether or not an official protest should be launched.
The footage in question shows Vettel overtaking Toro Rosso's Jean-Éric Vergne moments after passing a yellow flag light on the fourth lap of the race. With the move being completed before a green light board was reached, calls for a full FIA investigation have arisen. However, a more detailed study shows a trackside marshal waving what appears to be a manual green flag before Vettel pulled alongside the Frenchman, leaving the subject open to vast debate.
Taking all of this into account, a Ferrari spokesperson told GPUpdate.net on Thursday morning: "We are evaluating the footage, there is nothing more to say at the moment." If Ferrari decides to pursue the matter, an appeal can be lodged until Friday 30 November, meaning the outfit has just over 24 hours to assess its options.
Article 179b of the International Sporting Code, which confirms the above, reads: "The period during which an appeal in review may be brought expires on 30 November of the year during which the decision that is liable to review has been handed down, if that decision is likely to have an effect on the result of a championship."
Fernando Alonso missed out on the 2012 Drivers' crown by just three points, with a potential but highly unlikely penalty enough to take the title away from Red Bull's Vettel.