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Alonso says Alpine 'execution' deserved Russian GP podium

Fernando Alonso rued the late rain shower that disrupted the Russian Grand Prix, insisting his driving and Alpine's flawless execution were worthy of a podium in Sochi. After launching his race from P6, Alonso lost a few spots in the opening laps of Sunday's race before moving back up the harder while banking on a long first sting on the hard compound tyre. The Spaniard had progressed all the way up into second place after 35 laps when he switched to the medium rubber for his planned final stint. As the race entered its closing stages, Alonso overhauled on the road Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez to push himself up to third. But as the rain set in and conditions worsened, the Alpine...
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