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Alonso loses podium finish after team fails to serve penalty correctly · RaceFans

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin, Jeddah Corniche Circuit, 2023

Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin, Jeddah Corniche Circuit, 2023

Fernando Alonso has lost his podium finish in the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix after the stewards ruled he failed to serve a penalty correctly during the race.

The Aston Martin driver was originally penalised when the stewards deemed he did not line up in his starting position correctly. He was given a five-second time penalty which he served when he made his only pit stop of the race during a Safety Car period.

However after studying replays the stewards determined Aston Martin had not served that penalty correctly. Alonso was therefore given a further 10-second time penalty.

The sanction drops Alonso from third place to fourth. George Russell is promoted to the final place on the podium. Alonso kept fourth place over Lewis Hamilton by just three-tenths of a second.

Alonso was originally penalised for failing to line up correctly in his starting position. The stewards noted “the contact patch of the car’s left front tyre was outside of the starting box.”

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