'Vettel case is closed' - Ferrari statement
30 November 2012 – Ferrari has released a statement to declare that it accepts the FIA's stance over Sebastian Vettel's contested yellow flag overtake in Brazil. With the Italian outfit sending the sport's governing body a letter to clarify the legality of the move, it has drawn a line under the matter after receiving a satisfactory response.
The full Ferrari statement is as follows:
'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. We received tens of thousands of queries relating to this matter from all over the world and it was incumbent on us to take the matter further, asking the Federation to look into an incident that could have cast a shadow over the championship in the eyes of all Formula 1 enthusiasts, not just Ferrari fans.
'Ferrari duly takes note of the reply sent by the FIA this morning and therefore considers the matter now closed.'
Although Vettel's Lap 4 overtake on Jean-Éric Vergne came after a yellow flag board, he had crucially passed a trackside marshal who was waving a green flag before completing the move. The German became the sport's youngest ever triple World Champion at Interlagos, finishing three points ahead of Ferrari rival Fernando Alonso.