Fernando Alonso has bemoaned Ferrari's lack of race pace during the Russian Grand Prix as he trailed McLaren to a quiet sixth place finish in Sochi.

Starting seventh on the grid, Alonso's strong start would see him end the opening lap as high as fourth, but would slip behind Kevin Magnussen during the pit-stops and be overhauled by the fast charging Nico Rosberg to leave him sixth at the finish.

For the Spaniard, who in turn drops to sixth in the overall standings behind Valtteri Bottas, he was disappointed not to be closer to the podium compared with recent races.

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"Tough weekend in terms of performance, but the race itself was OK," he said. "The start we knew was our biggest opportunity so we took a risk there and we were fourth, but probably out of position because we were not the fourth fastest out there.

"This is a race where we have lost positions, once with Rosberg and then with Magnussen. Wwe had a small problem with the stop but it didn't affect our final position because Kevin and Nico were faster, so sixth was a struggle and we need to do better.

"The last couple of races we were much closer to the podium so definitely we haven't found a good set-up or a good feeling with the track. Hopefully at Austin we can do better than here."

Losing out to both Jenson Button and Magnussen, Alonso says he was at the limit to keep up with the McLaren pair but would instead spent the latter portion of his race fending off Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

"I don't think it was possible to beat McLaren," he continued. "I tried to follow Jenson in the first stint but I was completely at the limit and I think they were controlling the pace, then at the stop I exited behind Kevin I tried to push but he was pulling away easily."