F1: Alonso wins Spanish Grand Prix
The Spaniard traded 66 perfect laps to emerge triumphant for the first time on home soil. Schumacher came second.india Updated: May 14, 2006 20:14 IST
World drivers' champion Fernando Alonso gave his home fans something to remember for the rest of their lives after triumphing in the Spanish Grand Prix for the first time in Barcelona on Sunday.
Alonso, 24, led virtually from start to finish in his Renault as he beat German Michael Schumacher by 18.5 seconds to take the 11th win of his career and the first for a Spaniard on home soil.
In winning, he also increased his lead in the drivers' world championship to 15 points over Ferrari driver Schumacher, the seven-times world champion.
Behind Schumacher, Alonso's Italian teammate Giancarlo Fisichella completed the podium after taking a trip across the turn three gravel mid-way through the race, holding off Brazilian Felipe Massa, in a Ferrari.
Finn Kimi Raikkonen leapt from ninth to fifth at the start and held the position through to the end in his McLaren, holding off Briton Jenson Button and Brazilian Rubens Barrichello -- both in Hondas.
German Nick Heidfeld completed the points in his BMW Sauber.
His countryman Ralf Schumacher broke his front wing during a failed attempt to pass his Italian Toyota teammate Jarno Trulli on lap 16.
He was forced to pit for a replacement but additional damage caused his retirement later on.
Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya also retired when he spun exiting turn two on lap 18 and beached his McLaren on the kerb on the inside of turn three.
First Published: May 14, 2006 19:44 IST