Toro Rosso loses Fuji appeal

Toro Rosso's appeal to have Tonio Liuzzi's eighth place and one point from the Japanese Grand Prix reinstated was rejected by the FIA Court of Appeal on October 12th. Stewards at Fuji ruled that Liuzzi had overtaken Spyker's Adrian Sutil under ...

Toro Rosso's appeal to have Tonio Liuzzi's eighth place and one point from the Japanese Grand Prix reinstated was rejected by the FIA Court of Appeal on October 12th. Stewards at Fuji ruled that Liuzzi had overtaken Spyker's Adrian Sutil under yellow flags and the Italian was given a 25 second time penalty, which dropped him to ninth and promoted Sutil to eighth.

Toro Rosso claimed that Liuzzi had only passed Sutil once they were beyond the yellow flag area but the Court upheld the stewards' decision. "Having heard the explanations of both parties and having examined the various documents and other evidence, the Court confirmed the decision of the Panel of the Stewards of the Meeting," said an FIA statement on October 13th.

"Obviously we are disappointed, but we accept the decision of the court," said Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost. "Now, all our attention is fixed on next weekend's final round of the season in Brazil, where we hope to build on the good form the team has shown in recent races and try and win some more points on the track."

Sutil and Spyker therefore keep the one point, which puts them 20th and 10th overall in the drivers' and constructors' standings respectively. "I am delighted to confirm that the Court of Appeal has upheld the Stewards' decision following the Japanese Grand Prix," said Spyker team principal Colin Kolles.

"We felt our case was without doubt, and the FIA had no objections to our evidence. This verdict has confirmed Spyker and Adrian Sutil's first-ever World Championship point, which was well-deserved in a difficult race. The boost to the team has been invaluable and we can now move onto Brazil with renewed confidence."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Adrian Sutil , Colin Kolles
Teams Toro Rosso