Ecclestone: Yellow flag situation a joke
30 November 2012 – Formula 1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone has described the yellow flag drama following last weekend's Brazilian Grand Prix as a 'complete joke', with Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel alleged to have completed an overtaking maneuver under yellow flags.
The controversy arose when footage appeared to show Vettel passing Jean-Éric Vergne in a yellow zone, but with closer scrutiny a waving green flag was spotted. Ecclestone is bemused by the situation and has questioned Ferrari's actions.
"In the rules and regs normally you have to protest," Ecclestone told The Daily Telegraph. "They (Ferrari) missed that time. Then there is the fact that a green flag was shown, which nobody seems to dispute. It’s a complete joke. What they are saying in that letter is wrong. I don’t think there needs to be any action taken. It’s completely and utterly wrong.
"Personally I think it’s not really like Ferrari to do this. I think they badly wanted to win. But nothing will happen. What can they do? Take civil action? Maybe. But the case is flawed before it starts. Nothing is going to happen."
Ecclestone also believes the debate has damaged a thrilling end to the season, with Vettel claiming the world title by just three points over Ferrari's Fernando Alonso.
"It’s a shame because everything had gone so well," he said of the championship finale at Interlagos. "It was a super race, a super championship. Now everyone is talking about this. The problem is that no one knows what is going on."