Schumacher’s win shows He is still a title contender

ferrari.jpgschumacher.jpgSchumacher the seven times world champion won the American grand prix in style. He cut Alonso’s lead in the championship to 19 points only. Though still the gap is too big but it gave a hope that the championship is not over yet. The opening lap was very crucial in which seven cars were eliminated.McLaren’s Juan Pablo Montoya ran into the back of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in the middle of the right-left chicane, knocking the Finn into Button’s Honda. Button’s car then tagged the BMW Sauber of Nick Heidfeld, who was launched into a terrifying series of barrel rolls before coming to rest the right way up and uninjured. Scott Speed’s Toro Rosso was also caught up in the accident.

When racing resumed on the seventh lap, Massa held on to his lead, but Alonso, who had leapt from fifth to third at the start, began to come under pressure from Fisichella. Schumacher bided his time until the first stops, when Massa ensured his team leader leapfrogged him with a slow in-lap.
Trulli took fourth with a most impressive drive after starting from the pit lane following a suspension failure in qualifying. Toyota filled the Italian’s car with plenty of fuel, enabling him to make only one pit stop. That strategy, helped by the early safety car, had him up to sixth place before Alonso and Ralf Schumacher made their final pit stops, at which point Trulli leapfrogged them. Alonso, struggling with his car’s handling, also looked set to lose out to Ralf Schumacher. But although the German passed Alonso at their second stops, demoting him to sixth place, Schumacher retired with wheel bearing failure in the closing stages. Honda’s Rubens Barrichello took sixth place after a low-key race, with Red Bull’s David Coulthard seventh and Williams driver Nico Rosberg eighth.


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