There is a timeline which I don’t know how to upload..Where they fucked up was not alerting Alonso and his team in a timely manner so he could have made up for the time penalty in the final laps. He said he could have driven to an 11 second split, but didn't know that he had to.....
20.33. After pitstop the remote judge(in Geneva) say the pitstop penalty was correctly served.
21.24. Final lap..Stewards receive a report from race control that the penalty was not served correctly as the jack touched the car..
I think another team ratted them out!
21.38. Stewards note an incident with FA penalty.
21.45 FA given a 10 secs penalty for jack incident.
01.25 After hearing AM presentation showing 7 incidents of the jack touching the car by other teams without penalty they change the result back to FA 3rd.
So it bounced around from RC to stewards to remote judges and they all thought the penalty was correctly served until shown the jack touching the car by some one else..
They say a new rule will be written by the race in Oz..