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Alonso felt he and Alpine deserved podium ‘on merit’

Fernando Alonso felt a podium finish was possible for him at a frantic Russian Grand Prix, but he ultimately had to settle for P6 on Sunday. Alonso had been running well throughout the race and even found himself in the podium positions at one stage, with cars swapping to intermediate tyres amid a mad scrap taking place behind Lando Norris and Lewis Hamilton. Having qualified on the third row as well, Alpine and Alonso had been having a positive weekend – but the two-time World Champion felt that a higher finish was available to him at Sochi. “We finished sixth, but I think third place is more of a true reflection of our finishing position today,' he said in Alpine's post-race...
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