Michael Schumacher won his third race of the season at the Indianapolis Speedway on Sunday to keep his chances for the Formula One Drivers’ Championship title alive and kicking. He led a Ferrari 1-2 finish with teammate Felipe Massa finishing 8 seconds behind. Renault had a lacklustre day as Giancarlo Fisichella finished third behind the two Ferraris and Champion Fernando Alonso only managing 5th place! If you remember, last year neither of the Michelin-runners drove at Indianapolis due to tyre problems and it was just a Six-Car race back then! I feel that this time also the Michelins could not provide the kind of assistance needed to win the race for the Renaults. The Bridgestones on the Ferraris worked wonders and both of them lapped considerably quicker than the others.
If Ferrari & Michael Schumacher hogged the limelight at the end of the race, the start of the race was no less than dramatic! In a fantastic chain-reaction pile-up, no less than 8 cars were involved in a scrap right at the start of the race! It all seemed to start when Juan Pablo Montoya rammed into the back of McLaren teammate Kimi Raikkonen who in turn shunted Jenson Button. Button had nowhere to go other than into the back of Nick Hiedfeld, who did some spectacular cartwheels and ended up in the gravel trap!Scott Speed was also caught in the melee and retired from the race.In a separate incident further down the field, Mark Webber’s Williams was launched into the air in a tangle with Red Bull’s Christian Klien and the Super Aguri of Franck Montagny, leaving all three out of the race. These incidents along-with a few other retirements ensured that only Nine drivers finished the US GP. Toro Rosso and Vitantonio Liuzzi scored their first points as Liuzzi managed to pass Nico Rosberg into 9th position and automatically gained a place-and a point- when Ralf Schumacher retired from 5th place! Jarno Trulli finished 4th, ahead of Fernando Alonso while Barrichello, Coulthard and Liuzzi took 6th, 7th and 8th places respectively!
The result now sees the gap between Michael & Alonso down to 19 points while Renault have a 26 point advantage over Ferrari in the Constructors race.The next race of the season is now in France and it remains to be seen if Renault can regroup and forge further ahead or will Ferrari, with their new-found pace and reliability will manage yet another win!