Formula 1: Fernando Alonso reinstated on podium in Saudi Arabia after demotion overturned

The Aston Martin driver had been dropped to fourth after it was ruled his team had worked on the car while he was serving a five-second penalty. Alonso’s initial five-second penalty was for not placing his car correctly in its grid slot at the start of the race. He served this at his pit stop on lap 18 but was penalised a further 10 seconds by stewards at the end of the race when they ruled the rear jack touching his car before the five seconds had elapsed constituted “working” on it. Perez said: “I just overdid it and I stopped too early, but you have no idea when you are in the car.

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