Spanish Grand Prix – Sunday Race

Spanish Grand Prix WinnersFernando Alonso repeated last year's performance of Kimi Raikkonen- that of winning the Spanish Grand Prix from the Pole position. The 24 year old world champion won his home Grand Prix for the first time and was absolutely ecstatic about it. Winner of the last two races-Michael Schumacher, could only come second, more than 18 seconds adrift of Alonso.Giancarlo Fisichella made it two Renaults in the top three as he clinched third place ahead of Ferrari's Felipe Massa, who is improving leaps and bounds. Kimi Raikkonen came fifth, clearly well off the pace of the leaders and this sends out signals that McLaren is not as fast as the Ferraris and the Renaults. Reliability is also an issue as teammate Juan Pablo Montoya spun out on the 10th lap in an ill-handling McLaren. Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello made it a good day for the Honda team, coming 6th and 7th with Nick Hiedfeld taking the last point-scoring Position.

Before the start, it seemed that the Renault strategy would be that Fisichella, having starting from P2 would hold back the Ferraris while pole-sitter Alonso could build up a healthy lead.But on Lap 22, a superb pit-stop from the Ferrari crew made sure that Michael rejoined in 2nd place while a spin-off from Fisichella put Massa right on his tail. He however recovered andmaintained his 3rd place till the finish. In all other aspects, it was an uneventful race as Alonso stamped his authority all overit and won in grand style; his celebrations after the race ended as eloquent as a 15-year old's!!!

Race Report

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