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Last Updated: Sunday, 9 October 2005, 04:51 GMT 05:51 UK
Japanese GP as it happened
Final race positions:

1 K Raikkonen (McLaren)

2 G Fisichella (Renault)

3 F Alonso (Renault)

4 M Webber (Williams)

5 J Button (BAR)

6 D Coulthard (Red Bull)

7 M Schumacher (Ferrari)

8 R Schumacher (Toyota)


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Lap 53: Kimi Raikkonen makes a spectacular move to pass Giancarlo Fischella for the lead inside the final lap.

Lap 51: Kimi Raikkonen takes his first look round Fisichella but backs off.

Lap 49: A Minardi slows up Giancarlo Fisichella allowing Kimi Raikkonen to close further. The Finn could yet snatch this race.

Lap 48: Fernando Alonso makes another stunning pass to get round Mark Webber for third.

Lap 46: Kimi Raikkonen, who started from 17th, is attacking Giancarlo Fisichella for the lead.

Lap 45: Kimi Raikkonen makes his last stop leaving Giancarlo Fisichella in the lead.

Lap 44: David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher pit from fifth and sixth.

Lap 42: Michael Schumacher makes his second stop. Fernando Alonso passes Jenson Button for sixth.

Lap 40: Jenson Button pits from the lead, as does Mark Webber. The Williams driver sneaks out first as they rejoin sixth and seventh.

Lap 37: Giancarlo Fisichella pits from the lead. He rejoins in fourth place but all the cars in front still have to stop again.

Lap 36: Fernando Alonso stops for a second time.

Lap 35: Christijan Albers' Minardi is on fire in the pits but he clambers out safely.

Lap 32: Fernando Alonso dives past Michael Schumacher to take fifth place. Giancarlo Fisichella leads Jenson Button by about 15 seconds. Mark Webber is right behind Button with Kimi Raikkonen hot on his heels.

Lap 31: Kimi Raikkonen is on a charge and Mark Webber and Jenson Button are now in his sights.

Lap 29: Kimi Raikkonen passes Michael Schumacher leaving Fernando Alonso to inspect at close quarters the rear of the Ferrari.

Lap 27: Ralf Schumacher makes his second stop.

Lap 25: Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen both pit. The Ferrari gets away first.

Lap 24: It's all change as the drivers come in at differing times for their first stops.

Lap 23: Jenson Button pits as David Coulthard leads the race. Fernando Alonso also pits.

Lap 21: Fernando Alonso passes Micahel Schumacher at 180mph on the outside for fifth as Giancarlo Fisichella pits. Kimi Raikkonen also overtakes Schumacher.

Lap 18: The new world champion and the old world champion - Alonso and Michael Schumacher - are involved in a relentless battle for fifth. The pair are 17 seconds adrift of leader Giancarlo Fisichella.

Lap 17: Race leader Giancarlo Fisichella leads by 4.2 seconds from Jenson Button.

Lap 16: Fernando Alonso is climbing all over the back of Michael Schumacher in the battle for fifth place.

Lap 13: Race leader Ralf Schumacher comes in for his first pit-stop. The Toyota driver rejoins the race in ninth.

Lap 11 Fernando Alonso's temporary blip is over as he powers back up to pass Christian Klien for seventh.

Lap 9: Antonio Pizzonia flies off the track at the infamous Degner corner. Up ahead Fernando Alonso has a dart at Michael Schumacher but then drops right back.

Meanwhile, Jarno Trulli's Toyota is smacked by local boy Takuma Sato and is getting pushed off.

Lap 8: Fernando Alonso tries to pass Christian Klien but there is a touch and the Renault driver drifts off the track. But he quickly composes himself and soon passes the Red Bull car.

Lap 7: The safety car comes in and the race is back on. Michael Schumacher immediately passes Christian Klien for sixth and offers Fernando Alonso the chance to have a good look at Klien himself.

Lap 5: The safety car is still out as they try and clear the debris of Montoya's McLaren. Michael Schumacher made a good start, jumping from 14th up to seventh.

Lap 1: McLaren's Juan Pablo Montoya takes a big shunt at the back of the pack and loses his wheels and is out of the Grand Prix. The safety car comes out.

0603: The 2005 Japanese Grand Prix is GO and Jenson Button is overtaken by Giancarlo Fisichella for second place.

Takuma Sato and Rubens Barrichello spin into the gravel off the line but are able to continue.

Pre-race:After the deluge that hampered qualifying on Saturday, conditions have dried out at Suzuka for race day.

The wind is blustery aloft as Jenson Button and Ralf Schumacher line up on the front row of the grid.

Both drivers are aiming for a first win for their respective teams, Schumacher for Toyota and Button, chasing a maiden F1 win, for BAR.

The other battle is between McLaren and Renault for the constructors' title with McLaren leading by two points.




SEE ALSO
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