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Ferrari close Vettel case

London: Ferrari have accepted the FIA’s explanation for the controversial overtaking manoeuvre by Sebastian Vettel during last Sunday’s title decider in Brazil, adding in a statement on their wesbite that they now consider the matter closed.

The Italian team sent a letter on Thursday to world motorsport’s governing body seeking “clarification” after on-board footage from the Red Bull driver’s car appeared on the internet which appeared to show the German passing Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso under yellow flag conditions.

In fact, a marshal waved a green flag at Vettel before he made his move, which made it legal despite the warning lights still visible on his steering wheel display. In simultaneous statements published on Friday morning, the FIA announced that there was no case to answer and Ferrari accepted the explanation.

The FIA received a letter from Scuderia Ferrari, seeking clarification on Sebastien Vettel’s overtaking manoeuvre in Sao Paulo on Sunday,” the FIA statement said, “In the spirit of transparency and goodwill, the FIA wishes to make public the receipt of this letter.”

The Federation also informs it has replied to Scuderia Ferrari, in the same constructive spirit, stating that as the overtaking manoeuvre was not in breach of the regulations, and therefore there was no infringement to investigate, it was not reported to the Stewards by Race Control.