Toro Rosso accept upheld penalty
|By Matt Beer||Saturday, October 13th 2007, 14:37 GMT|
Toro Rosso have accepted the FIA court of appeal's decision to uphold the penalty that cost Vitantonio Liuzzi his eighth place in Japan.
The Italian had 25 seconds added to his race time at Fuji as a punishment for overtaking Adrian Sutil in a yellow flag zone.
The team appealed the decision but in a hearing in Paris yesterday it was ruled that the race stewards' original decision had been correct.
"Obviously we are disappointed, but we accept the decision of the court," said Toro Rosso team boss 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."
After their post-race disappointment at Fuji - which followed the frustration of seeing Liuzzi's teammate Sebastian Vettel lose third place when he ran into Mark Webber behind the safety car earlier in the race - Toro Rosso recovered strongly to finish fourth and sixth in China a week later.
Those results vaulted the team up to seventh in the constructors' championship, four points behind Toyota.