Stewards reject Toyota appeal

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Toyota protested Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel during the Singapore Grand Prix, claiming he was released from the pits in front of Timo Glock an unsafe manner.

The stewards rejected the claim and the final running order stands.

But what’s particularly interesting is Toyota wouldn’t have gained any more points even if Vettel had been penalised. Vettel was fifth behind Timo Glock at the flag, and Jarno Trulli didn’t finish.

Toyota has fallen to fifth in the constructors’ championship behind Renault falling Fernando Alonso’s victory (it’s possible we may have cursed the Japanese team).

Toro Rosso are sixth, 15 points behind Toyota, and it demonstrates their anxiety about falling further behind in the constructors’ championship.

Perhaps the team have some internal target linked to their finishing position in the constructors’ championship?

Full championship standings after Singapore