Scuderia Toro Rosso's appeal against the 25-second time penalty handed to Vitantonio Liuzzi following the Japanese Grand Prix last month has failed.

The penalty was given to Liuzzi after the Italian passed Spyker's Adrian Sutil under a yellow flag and as such the two swapped places in the overall classification, with Liuzzi dropping to ninth and Sutil promoted to eighth.

STR though lodged an appeal post-Fuji something which meant the result remained provisional until yesterday [Friday], when the FIA International Court of Appeal convened in Paris and upheld the stewards' decision.

The full statement from the FIA, Formula 1's governing body, which was published today [Saturday], read:

"The FIA International Court of Appeal met in Paris on Friday, October 12, 2007, to examine an appeal lodged by the Automobile Club d'Italia/Commissione Sportiva Automobilistica Italiana (ACI/CSAI) on behalf of its licence-holder Scuderia Toro Rosso against decision #41 of the Panel of the Stewards of the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix dated 30 September 2007 and counting towards the 2007 FIA Formula One World Championship.

"Following a report from the Race Director, the Stewards of the Meeting decided to impose a penalty of 25 seconds to be added to the elapsed race time of driver #18, Vitantonio Liuzzi, for having overtaken another competitor while a yellow flag restriction was in place.

"Having heard the explanations of both parties and having examined the various documents and other evidence, the Court confirmed the decision of the Panel of the Stewards of the Meeting.

"The International Court of Appeal was presided over by Mr Vassilis Koussis (Greece), elected President, and composed of Mr Philippe Roberti de Winghe (Belgium), Mr Anthony Scrivener (Great Britain) and Mr Jan Stovicek (Czech Republic)."



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