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Alonso thought podium was possible: 'I even overtook Verstappen'

Before the Russian Grand Prix Fernando Alonso said he was not confident of a podium finish this season. Yet the race went differently than expected for the Spaniard and he now has a different opinion. Alonso qualified on P6 on Saturday and during the race he had a competitive pace. A few laps before the finish he was even driving on P3. "I have to be happy with the points and I think, yes, it’s a good place with the team and for the constructors’ points but I think today we did a very good race," he said. "We had an amazing pace, we could keep up with Perez in the first stint, and after the pit stop [on Lap 36] we did overtake even Verstappen at one point", Alonso...
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