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F1 Saudi Arabia: Alonso regains third place following penalty reversal

It’s been a dramatic few hours in the world of Formula One, but Fernando Alonso has been given his third place at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix back following a reversal in the ten-second time penalty he received during the race.


This podium is the 100th that the Spanish driver has claimed in his Formula One career, in a season where he is expected to add many more to that tally with an Aston Martin car that has shown its pace over the course of the Bahrain and Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.


The race document said that “In support of the Petition for Review, the Stewards were shown minutes of the latest SAC meeting and video evidence of 7 different instances where cars were touched by the jack while serving a similar penalty to the one imposed on Car 14 without being penalized.”


The long wait for the decision came not long after Alonso posted on social media celebrating his 100th podium, at the time that it wasn’t official that he was regaining the place.


George Russell, who was moved up to third as a result of the penalty, said that Alonso deserved the podium, but was happy to take home the extra trophy.


Here is what the final classification of the top ten from the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix looks like:


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