Alonso had finished the stage in fifth position, his best result in this Dakar where he is a rookie, but the three-minute punishment of his Toyota Gazoo Racing teammate makes him climb one more place.
The sanction also directly benefits Sainz, who won the stage and took the lead in the general classification, where his main pursuer is Al Attiyah, current champion of the race.
Sainz now has a 7-minute 55-second lead over Al Attiyah, instead of the 4-minute 55-second gap between the two at the end of the stage.
Thus, the Madrilenian will be able to face a slightly greater margin in the fourth stage of this Dakar, which will be held on Wednesday by Neom and Al Ula, with a route of 672 kilometers, of which 453 will be timed. EFE