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Toro Rosso lose Japanese Grand Prix appeal 13 Oct 2007

Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR2.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Fuji Speedway, Fuji, Japan, Friday, 28 September 2007 Adrian Sutil (GER) Spyker F8-VII.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Race Day, Fuji Speedway, Fuji, Japan, Sunday, 30 September 2007

Toro Rosso have lost their appeal against Vitantonio Liuzzi’s penalty at last month’s Japanese Grand Prix. It means that Spyker’s Adrian Sutil keeps the point he scored at the Fuji race.

Liuzzi originally took eighth place, ahead of Sutil. However, stewards subsequently added 25 seconds to his race time for overtaking under yellow flags. It meant the Italian dropped to ninth, while Sutil moved up a place to give Spyker their maiden championship point.

Toro Rosso appealed, but at a meeting in Paris on Friday, the FIA International Court of Appeal confirmed the stewards’ original decision.

"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."

Spyker team principal Colin Kolles commented: “This verdict has confirmed Spyker and Adrian Sutil's first-ever world championship point, which was well-deserved given the difficult circumstances. The boost to the team has been invaluable and we can now move onto Brazil with renewed confidence.”

Following the decision, Spyker remain tenth in the constructors’ table on one point, while Toro Rosso lie seventh on eight.