Liuzzi penalised, Sutil scores first point

Vitantonio Liuzzi has been handed a 25-second penalty at the Japanese Grand Prix, meaning Spyker's Adrian Sutil has been promoted to the point-scoring positions

Liuzzi penalised, Sutil scores first point

Liuzzi was under investigation for having overtaken Sutil under yellow flags on lap 55 of the race, on his way to eighth place.

However the Toro Rosso driver, who had given his team their first point of the season, has been penalised and it's Spyker who have now scored their maiden point.

"For sure I think we deserved this point after all the hard work this year and we finally got it," said Sutil. "It is a great feeling, even if we didn't get it on the track.

"I think it was the right decision, there was no green flag after this yellow flag from turn one, so we were definitely right and that is why we got this point."

Spyker team principal Colin Kolles added: "We had clear evidence that Liuzzi passed Adrian under yellow flags and I am pleased that the Stewards of the Meeting agreed. The decision, which has ultimately given us our first-ever point, is a just reward for Adrian, who drove an excellent race today.

"It is also a well-deserved boost for all the team's hard work this year. Now we have this milestone ticked off, we can now focus on on moving forward and being in the points on a more regular basis. We're all looking forward to China now."

Revised results and standings: Pos Driver Team 1. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 2. Kovalainen Renault 3. Raikkonen Ferrari 4. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 5. Fisichella Renault 6. Massa Ferrari 7. Kubica BMW Sauber 8. Sutil Spyker-Ferrari 9. Liuzzi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 10. Barrichello Honda 11. Button Honda 12. Yamamoto Spyker-Ferrari 13. Trulli Toyota 14. Heidfeld BMW Sauber 15. Sato Super Aguri-Honda Not classified/retirements: Driver Team R.Schumacher Toyota Davidson Super Aguri-Honda Rosberg Williams-Toyota Vettel Spyker-Ferrari Webber Red Bull-Renault Alonso McLaren-Mercedes Wurz Williams-Toyota World Championship standings, round 15: Drivers: Constructors: 1. Hamilton 107 1. Ferrari 170 2. Alonso 95 2. BMW Sauber 92 3. Raikkonen 90 3. Renault 51 4. Massa 80 4. Williams-Toyota 28  5. Heidfeld 56 5. Red Bull-Renault 23 6. Kubica 35 6. Toyota 12 7. Kovalainen 30 7. Super Aguri-Honda 4 8. Fisichella 21 8. Honda 2 9. Rosberg 15 9. Spyker-Ferrari 1 10. Coulthard 13 11. Wurz 13 12. Webber 10 13. Trulli 7 14. R.Schumacher 5 15. Sato 4 16. Button 2 17. Vettel 1 18. Sutil 1 
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