Fernando Alonso has been denied the chance to score in his 250th grand prix after a post-race penalty dropped him to 11th.

The Spaniard - who started on the back row of the grid - had trailed McLaren-Honda team-mate Jenson Button across the line in tenth to pick up a single point for only his third top ten finish of the year.

"I'll take one point," the veteran insisted before learning of the penalty, "Both cars finished at a circuit where we didn't expect much, so that is a good result.

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"It's the first time this season that I think we've had both [cars scoring], so we are making progress. At Suzuka, both cars finished and here we're in the points after some ups and downs on the reliability side, so we're moving in the right direction. Hopefully, we can find more performance in the USA..."

The stewards, however, would later deem Alonso guilty of abusing track limits during the race and duly applied a five second post-race penalty to his time. As a result, Max Verstappen moves ahead of him in the final classification to claim a fifth top ten finish in six races for Toro Rosso.

It also means nine of the ten teams scored points in Sochi, with just Manor missing out and Ferrari proving the only constructor to get both of its cars into the top ten.