Fernando Alonso, Aston Martin, Saudi Arabia 2023 – 100th Podium
This painting was created to celebrate Fernando Alonso’s 100th podium in Formula 1 which was achieved at the 2023 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. The Spaniard was initially handed a five-second penalty for lining up outside his grid slot at the Jeddah Corniche Circuit and, while serving that penalty during a pit stop, stewards ruled that a jack had touched the rear of his car.
That meant the penalty had not been served correctly and Alonso was given a further 10-second sanction, promoting Mercedes driver George Russell to third place at the end of the race.
But after Alonso’s Aston Martin team submitted a letter to review the decision, the FIA, motorsport’s global governing body, ruled that there was “no clear agreement” that a jack touching a car amounted to working on the vehicle.
Alonso’s position on the podium was then restored and his celebrations could truly begin!
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