Alonso loses podium on account of post-race sanction

Fernando Alonso has been robbed of what would have been his a hundredth System One podium end after a post-race penalty on the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The choice moved George Russell as much as third, giving Mercedes its first podium end of the yr.

Alonso had served a five-second penalty earlier than his first pit cease, a penalty for lining up outdoors his grid space initially.

Within the closing phases, Mercedes advised the pursuing Russell that Alonso might be given a penalty, with suspicions rising that the Aston Martin pit crew had touched the automotive earlier than it had been stationary for 5 seconds.

Alonso nonetheless completed third and celebrated on the rostrum.

Shortly after he had obtained his trophy, the stewards’ inquiry was upheld, with the 10-second penalty quickly after transferring Russell to 3rd.

Lewis Hamilton completed 10.3sec behind Alonso within the race, that means the Aston Martin driver narrowly averted dropping two positions.

The choice is according to the penalty that Esteban Ocon obtained for failing to accurately serve a penalty in the course of the Bahrain Grand Prix.

The penalty price Aston Martin the possibility to safe a primary consecutive F1 podium end, with Alonso additionally ending third in Bahrain.

The Pink Bull duo swapped positions from that opening race, with Sergio Perez beating teammate Max Verstappen, who began fifteenth, to take victory.