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30 Sep 2007

Spyker score maiden point after Liuzzi penalty - updated

Sutil celebrates, but Toro Rosso to appeal stewards' decision

Spyker have been awarded their first-ever world championship point after Japanese Grand Prix stewards decided that Toro Rosso's Vitantonio Liuzzi had overtaken Adrian Sutil under a yellow flag on lap 55 of Sunday’s race. Toro Rosso are to appeal the decision.

Liuzzi was handed a 25-second penalty, promoting Sutil to eighth overall, the final points scoring position. It means Toro Rosso lose their first point of the season, with Spyker inheriting it to move up to ninth the constructors’ table.

“For sure I think we deserved this point after all the hard work this year and we finally got it,” commented 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.”

Colin Kolles, Spyker team principal, 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.”

Adrian Sutil (GER) Spyker.
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Qualifying Day, Fuji Speedway, Fuji, Japan, Saturday, 29 September 2007 Vitantonio Liuzzi (ITA) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR02 
Formula One World Championship, Rd15, Japanese Grand Prix, Race Day, Fuji Speedway, Fuji, Japan, Sunday, 30 September 2007