Fernando Alonso has been stripped of his Hungarian Grand Prix pole position following the stewards' enquiry after Saturday's controversial qualifying session.

As a result of the ruling, the Spaniard will drop down five places on the grid and will now start from sixth. As such Lewis Hamilton re-gains the pole, with BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld moving up to second and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen to third.

As part of the stewards ruling it was also announced significantly that McLaren-Mercedes will not be eligible to score constructors' points this weekend either.

The full statement from the stewards issued at around 23.35 pm local time read, according to Reuters:

"The actions of the team in the final minutes of qualifying are considered prejudicial to the interests of the competition and to the interests of motor sport generally.

"The penalty to be applied is that such points (if any) in the 2007 Formula One constructors championship as accrue to the team as a result of their participation in the 2007 Hungarian Grand Prix will be withdrawn.

"Because of the delay caused by Alonso, Hamilton was unable to complete his pit stop in time sufficient to enable him also to complete a flying lap.

"The stewards find that he unnecessarily impeded another driver, Hamilton, and as a result he will be penalised by a loss of five grid positions."

The verdict was reached after a lengthy four hour deliberation, in which the stewards studied TV footage, listened to McLaren's radio conversations and questioned Alonso and Hamilton, as well as McLaren-Mercedes team boss, Ron Dennis.

Initially it appeared as if no penalty was going to be applied, when the official classification was issued for qualifying showing no changes to the times. Later however, the stewards' statement came out confirming the above.

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