Alonso wins Chinese GP

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:52 IST

Fernando Alonso notched up his seventh win of the season to give Renault the constructors' title in the season-ending Chinese Grand Prix today.

Alonso wins Chinese GP

Shanghai:

Fernando Alonso notched up his seventh win of the season to give Renault the constructors' title in the season-ending Chinese Grand Prix today. However, it was an anti-climactic end to Narain Karthikeyan's debut Formula One season as he crashed out of the race after being involved in a major accident. Karthikeyan hit a side barrier on turn eight on the 29th lap, resulting in heavy damage to his car but the Jordan driver walked out safely. The accident could have been even bigger but Karthikeyan was lucky as Jacques Villeneuve's Sauber narrowly missed his Jordan. The 28-year-old Indian had worked his way to a creditable 13th position at that point, taking advantage of an incident involving McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya that brought the safety car out a few laps earlier. Montoya, in third place behind Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, hit a drainage cover on turn 10 and the concrete slab caused enough damage to his car to force him out of the race. Tiago Monteiro, starting at 19th position finished an impressive 11th in what was the last race for Team Jordan under its current name. The British F1 team will be rechristened Jordan Midlands from next year, signifying the takeover by Russian-Canadian business tycoon Alex Schneider. Raikkonen second McLaren went out of the constructors' title race with Montotya's retirement although Kimi Raikkonen finished second. For Renault, it was their first title while competing on their own. But the team were denied a double podium finish with young Giancarlo Fisichella missing out on third place after being punished with a drive through penalty for destructive driving in the pitlane. After a gruelling 19-races, Renault ended the year with 191 points to McLaren's 182. Ferrari, who had been dominating the sport for long, were forced into third place in the constructors' race with 100 points. Ferrari's seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, blew his chance of ending what has been a miserable season for him on a high, crashing out twice. The German star, who qualified sixth, was forced to start from the pit lane in the spare car after a collision with Minardi driver Christijan Albers in the warm up lap. He then inexplicably crashed onto the gravel when he was following the safety car and driving slowly. (PTI)

Topics : Formula 1 Brawn Renault Chinese Grand Prix Fernando Alonso Ferrari
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