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Ferrari drop Sebastian Vettel case as Ecclestone labels complaint a 'joke'

Friday, 30 November 2012

*Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has labelled Ferrari’s failed challenge over Sebastian Vettel’s world title victory a ‘complete joke’.*

Bernie Ecclestone (right) labelled Ferrari's complaint against Sebastian Vettel (left) a 'joke' (Picture: Getty)

Ferrari lodged a complaint against the German after last week’s Brazilian Grand Prix, which resulted in Vettel winning his third drivers’ title ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso.

The team believed Vettel had carried out an illegal overtaking move at Interlagos and a points deduction could have seen Alonso pip the Red Bull man to the championship crown.

But after studying footage of the alleged incident, Ecclestone was left with little sympathy for the Italian team, who sent a letter to the FIA to request clarification of the governing body’s verdict that Vettel had not committed an offence.

‘It’s a complete joke,’ he said. ‘What Ferrari are saying in that letter is wrong, I don’t think there needs to be any action taken.’

Ferrari have since dropped the matter, insisting they now ‘consider the matter closed’.

In a statement the team 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.

‘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.’
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