Trulli's 12th-place finish to stand

Updated: April 1, 2009, 10:56 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Toyota Motorsport has decided against appealing a decision by race stewards that dropped Jarno Trulli from third place to 12th at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Trulli finished third behind Brawn GP pair Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello on Sunday but Formula One stewards later ruled that he'd overtaken under safety-car conditions late in the race and imposed a 25-second penalty on him.

Toyota declared an intention to appeal the decision but opted out Wednesday as preparations for the Malaysian Grand Prix were getting underway.

The team issued a statement saying it had reviewed recent judgments, and F1 regulations, and decided an appeal would most likely be rejected.

Reigning world drivers' champion Lewis Hamilton crossed the line fourth but was promoted to third place.


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