Skip to main contentAccess keys helpA-Z index

[an error occurred while processing this directive]
| Help
---------------
---------------
CHOOSE A SPORT
RELATED BBC SITES
Last Updated: Saturday, 10 September 2005, 09:45 GMT 10:45 UK
Alonso hits back in Spa practice
Fernando Alonso
Alonso is odds-on to win the drivers' championship
Renault's Fernando Alonso ended McLaren's domination by setting the pace in final practice for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix.

Kimi Raikkonen had been setting the standard but Alonso raised his game to clock one minute 46.307 seconds.

Raikkonen, winner in Spa last year and more than a second quicker than his rival in the first session of the day, was 0.334 seconds slower.

He is 27 points adrift of Alonso in the drivers' table with four races left.

Alonso, 24, will become F1's youngest champion if he scores four points more than the Finn on Sunday.

McLaren had another good morning with Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya second and fourth in the two sessions.

And Toyota's Jarno Trulli was third on the timesheets.

Seven-times champion Michael Schumacher, mathematically ruled out of the championship after scoring no points in the last two races, was only ninth in the final session on his favourite circuit.

The Ferrari ace won his seventh title at Spa last year. The circuit was also the venue of his Formula One debut in 1991 and his first Grand Prix win in 1992.


Saturday practice:
1. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault 1:46.307
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes 1:46.641
3. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:46.681
4. Juan Pablo Montoya (Col) McLaren-Mercedes 1:46.858
5. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault 1:47.049
6. Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 1:47.054
7. Jenson Button (GB) BAR-Honda 1:47.419
8. Takuma Sato (Jpn) BAR-Honda 1:47.507
9. Michael Schumacher (Ger)
10. Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Ferrari 1:47.991



SEE ALSO
Belgian GP in doubt - Schumacher
09 Sep 05 |  Formula One
Raikkonen fastest at rain-hit Spa
09 Sep 05 |  Formula One
Raikkonen 'has overtaken Schumi'
04 Sep 05 |  Formula One
Raikkonen 'to replace Schumacher'
03 Sep 05 |  Formula One
I can still win title - Raikkonen
31 Aug 05 |  Formula One


RELATED BBC LINKS:

RELATED INTERNET LINKS:
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


E-mail services | Sport on mobiles/PDAs

MMIX

Back to top

Sport Homepage | Football | Cricket | Rugby Union | Rugby League | Tennis | Golf | Motorsport | Boxing | Athletics | Snooker | Horse Racing | Cycling | Disability sport | Olympics 2012 | Sport Relief | Other sport...

BBC Sport Academy >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
About the BBC | News sources | Privacy & Cookies Policy | Contact us
banner watch listen bbc sport