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Author Topic: Canadian GP Report  (Read 1214 times)

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Canadian GP Report
« on: June 26, 2006, 09:23:47 PM »

MONTREAL: This was the race Michael Schumacher was supposed to close the gap on Fernando Alonso in the chase for the Formula One championship. After all, Schumacher had won the Canadian Grand Prix seven times and Alonso never had anything but trouble at the Circuit Gilles Villeneueve.

None of that mattered on Sunday as Alonso drove his Renault to an easy victory, his fourth consecutive one.

The Spaniard has six victories this season and 15 straight top-three finishes.

``It is fantastic,'' he said. ``All the victories are nice, but this one after the last two or three years having a chance to win and then making mistakes or having mechanical problems, this is one of the races we should have (won) in the previous years.''

Alonso had failed to finish the Canadian GP in three of his previous four races, including last year when he crashed while leading. This time, his only problem was staying focused despite leading by almost 25 seconds in the closing laps.

``It was not easy to keep the concentration while leading the race with such a large gap,'' he said. ``You lose concentration or you relax.'' The reigning world champion stretched his lead to 25 points over Schumacher, who passed Kimi Raikkonen with one lap to go to finish second. Raikkonen wound up third.

``It's just a shame there wasn't 10 more laps, it could have made it interesting,'' Schumacher said. ``We kept the damage as little as possible.''

Alonso, who started from pole, had only a brief challenge from Raikkonen early in the race but held off the Finn's attempt to pass him on the 12th lap. Raikkonen had a horrible day in the pits, having trouble on a tyre change during his first stop and stalling his McLaren on another, preventing him from challenging Alonso again. He was then passed by Schumacher with one lap to go.

Giancarlo Fisichella, Alonso's teammate at Renault, was fourth and Massa was fifth. Jarno Trulli scored his first points of the season with a sixth-place finish for Toyota.

Nick Heidfeld was seventh for Sauber and David Coulthard came in eighth after starting last because he changed his engine before the race.

Jenson Button was eighth in a Honda and American Scott Speed was 10th.

Jacques Villeneuve finished 16th on the track named after his late father. He was heading to at least seventh place when he crashed into the wall with 12 laps to go.

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