Alonso left to rue rain in Russia

27 September 2021 21:19:34 GMTPlus11
Alonso rues Russia rain

Alpine driver Fernando Alonso has blamed bad luck for his failure to claim a first podium finish of the Formula One season at Sunday's rain-affected Russian Grand Prix.

Alonso looked on course for a top-three finish before the weather intervened and he slipped to sixth spot. He is 100/1 to win next week's Turkish GP while Lewis Hamilton, who triumphed in Russia, is 11/4 to see off 6/5 rival Max Verstappen in the battle for the drivers championship.

Hamilton triumphs again

Hamilton claimed his 100th Grand Prix win in Sochi, benefitting from the race late in the race which hampered long-time leader Lando Norris.

McLaren's Norris, like Alonso, dropped down the field to finish seventh as Verstappen ended up in second place with Ferrari's Carlos Sainz third.

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Despite the disappointing end to the race, Alonso was full of praise for his Alpine team. The 40-year-old, world champion in 2005 and 2006, is 10th in the drivers standings on 58 points, having finished in the points in nine of his last 10 starts.

Speaking after the race, the Spaniard told reporters: "We should be on the podium, in terms of executing the race and driving. We were in front of Verstappen and we were pulling away from him. We were in front of Sainz.

"When it rains it's just a very lucky factor. I'm sad because when we are not competitive and we are P11 or P12, it never rains, so we never get lucky, and today that we are P3 it rained. We are not very lucky [but] I think the team is doing fantastically well. Every weekend we are optimising things."

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