Renault’s Fernando Alonso claimed a fortuitous victory in the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday after Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari engine failed while the German was leading the race.
Although Fernando Alonso was criticised for making negative comments about his team after the Chinese Grand Prix, he turned in a polished performance at Suzuka.
Michael Schumacher decimated Fernando Alonso’s lead in the F1 driver’s championship by dominating the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday. By contrast, the Ferrari star’s Spanish rival suffered a devastating engine failure nine laps from the chequered flag.
Ferrari’s Felipe Massa celebrated an emotional first F1 victory in Turkey on Sunday, but the young Brazilian’s feat was outshone by the intense battle for second place between title rivals Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher.
Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher still trails defending champion Fernando Alonso in the F1 championship standings, but following his dominant home grand prix victory at Hockenheim on Sunday, the German is arguably the favourite to win this year’s driver’s title.
Although Michael Schumacher only reduced Fernando Alonso’s championship lead by two points at Magny Cours, the German dealt his title rival a psychological blow by notching up a record-breaking eighth French Grand Prix victory with consummate ease on Sunday.
Fernando Alonso scored his fifth win out of eight races at the British Grand Prix on Sunday. By finishing 13 seconds ahead of title rival Michael Schumacher, the winner of the Spanish and Monaco Grands Prix stretched his lead in the championship standings to a commanding 23 points.
“To finish (first) in front of my people is the best feeling I’ve had so far in an F1 car”, 24-year-old Fernando Alonso said after winning the Spanish Grand Prix. Although the clinical Circuit de Catalunya didn’t dish up a riveting grand prix on Sunday, fans were treated to a majestic display by F1’s youngest world champion.
The FIA, F1’s governing body, has withdrawn embattled Japanese rookie Yuji Ide’s super licence and he will not race again this season, the Super Aguri F1 team said on Wednesday.
“The cream will always rise to the top”, and although Fernando Alonso’s victory in the Australian Grand Prix certainly proved the saying to be true, some experienced drivers’ lacklustre performances in Melbourne seemed to suggest the contrary.