Penalty loses Speed his first point 02 Apr 2006
Scott Speed has been handed a post-race penalty of 25 seconds for paying insufficient attention to yellow flags in Sundays Australian Grand Prix. That dropped the American to ninth place and thus lost him, and the Scuderia Toro Rosso team, their first world championship point.
Moving up to eighth and gaining a point as a result was Red Bulls David Coulthard, who claimed after the race that Speed had passed him under yellow flags. The stewards also fined Speed US$5000 for use of abusive language to another competitor, thought to be Coulthard, during the post-race hearing.
In a separate incident, Takuma Sato, who finished 12th for Super Aguri, was reprimanded by the stewards for ignoring blue flags.