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Alonso denied 100th podium after post-race penalty

Fernando Alonso has been given a time penalty at the end of the Saudi Arabian GP.

Fernando Alonso has been given a 10 second time penalty post-race, denying him his opportunity to take his 100th podium. The Aston Martin driver was initially issued a five second time penalty for being too far over to the left of his grid slot at the start of the race. Alonso served the penalty during his sole pit stop on Lap 19 during a Safety Car period brought out by teammate Lance Stroll. No work is allowed to be done on the car for five seconds, however it appeared the rear jackman made contact with the car during the period. Alonso was told by the team to build a gap in anticipation of a penalty towards the end of the race, but only by five seconds. After 31 laps the stewards announced an investigation and subsequently handed him a post-race penalty that drops behind George Russell to fourth place, denying him of his 100th podium. The penalty is in line with what Esteban Ocon received last time out in Bahrain, when the Alpine driver was given a hat-trick of penalties .

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