Videos appeared on the internet in the days immediately after the race that appeared to show the German passing a Toro Rosso in a yellow caution zone, where overtaking is forbidden - the penalty for which could have dropped Vettel back two places and made Alonso champion.
Final F1 standings
1. Sebastian Vettel - Red Bull 281
2. Fernando Alonso - Ferrari 278
3. Kimi Raikkonen - Lotus 207
4. Lewis Hamilton - McLaren 190
5. Jenson Button - McLaren 188
Governing body the FIA said the incident was not investigated during the race because Vettel had started the move after passing a green flag, indicating the end of the yellow zone, which was not easily visible on in-car footage from his car.
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