Alonso cruises to fifth win as Raikkonen limits damage

2005 French Grand Prix review

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“Watch the Ferraris”, everyone seemed to be saying after the United States ‘race’. “They’ve made a big step forward.” Michael Schumacher unusually bullish, suggested as much after qualifying. But on the track, Fernando Alonso blitzed them all for his fifth win from ten. It was not a thrilling French Grand Prix. Indeed, after the shame … Continue reading Alonso cruises to fifth win as Raikkonen limits damage

Montoya grabs win as Alonso extends points lead

2005 British Grand Prix Review

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Juan Pablo Montoya broke his 2005 duck and took his first win for McLaren in fine style. But a second consecutive weekend troubled by engined failure for Kimi Raikkonen stymied his assault on Fernando Alonso’s championship lead. The final practice session for the British Grand Prix had barely begun when the number nine McLaren-Mercedes of … Continue reading Montoya grabs win as Alonso extends points lead

Raikkonen takes vital win as Renault falter

2005 Canadian Grand Prix review

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The Canadian Grand Prix proved dramatic and incident-filled from start to finish, if lacking in much outright racing. But, with Kimi Raikkonen winning and Fernando Alonso failing to score, it gave a welcome shot in the arm for the championship battle. Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher provided the Saturday shock by stealing the front row … Continue reading Raikkonen takes vital win as Renault falter

Last-lap drama for Raikkonen hands Alonso victory

2005 European Grand Prix review

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Fernando Alonso kept Kimi Raikkonen under pressure throughout the European Grand Prix and capitalised at the last possible moment, when Raikkonen’s suspension shattered and pitched the Finn into the barriers. Alonso now has a 32-point advantage in the title race. From the outset the European Grand Prix looked like it was going to be McLaren-Mercedes … Continue reading Last-lap drama for Raikkonen hands Alonso victory