Sato Excluded from Japanese GP

Takuma Sato has been excluded from the Japanese GP after being called in front of the stewards when an erratic performance saw him collide with Italian Toyota driver Jarno Trulli during the race

Sato Excluded from Japanese GP

The pair collided on lap ten, when Sato attempted a moved down the inside of the Toyota and clattered into the side, having failed to make it alongside, putting Trulli out of the race but managing to carry on himself to originally secure 13th place.

In a statement, the FIA said: "The Stewards viewed the video of the incident and presented the same to Takuma Sato and his Team Manager Ron Meadows and independently to Jarno Trulli and his team manager Richard Cregan.

"Having heard both parties the stewards independently conclude that Takuma Sato was involved in an incident 'forcing the driver of car number 16 off the track' and therefore reprimand Sato and order that he be excluded from the results."

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