Vettel to stay champion as FIA clear pass

FERRARI’s hopes of Fernando Alonso being handed the world title on a technicality have been dashed after Formula One’s governing body the FIA said Sebastian Vettel committed no offence during the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Vettel won the title at Interlagos by just three points but Ferrari have written to the FIA for official clarification of whether the German’s overtake of Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne was legitimate.

A penalty could result in Vettel losing the championship, but the 25-year-old’s third successive title is set to stand after the FIA indicated he did nothing wrong.

“The incident wasn’t reported to stewards in the first place because it didn’t seem like there was a need to report it at the time,” said a spokesman for the FIA. “Ferrari has now sent us a letter asking for an explanation; we will give it to them.”