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Alonso thrilled to end seven-year wait for podium

Fernando Alonso ended a seven-year wait for a podium with third place in the Qatar Grand Prix and admits it has felt like a long time coming. The double world champion returned to Formula 1 this season after two years out, having ended his previous spell with a tough time at McLaren. But Alpine has had a number of standout races and was particularly strong in Qatar, with Alonso overtaking Pierre Gasly on the first lap before holding off a late charge from Sergio Perez to finish third. “It feels good — obviously a long wait from the last podium, 2014, so I’m happy for this one,” Alonso said. “We executed a good race, a one-stop strategy, and the car was great all weekend long....
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