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Last Updated: Sunday, 16 October 2005, 05:42 GMT 06:42 UK
Lapwatch: China Grand Prix
1. F Alonso (Renault)

2. K Raikkonen (McLaren)

3. R Schumacher (Toyota)

4. G Fisichella (Renault)

5. C Klien (Red Bull)

6. F Massa (Sauber)

7. M Webber (Williams)

8. J Button (BAR)


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Lap 56: Alonso comes home in first place to ensure Renault wrap up the double and add the constructors' title to the Spaniard's championship crown. It is Alonso's seventh victory of the season - which equals Raikkonen's record this season.

Ralf Schumacher holds on to take the final podium spot behind Raikkonen.

Coulthard is unlucky to finish in ninth spot and fails in his bid to surpass the 500 points mark in his career.

Lap 55: Raikkonen records the fastest lap of the Grand Prix, clocking one minute, 33.255 but Alonso holds a seven-second lead.

Lap 54: In the dying stages of the race, Fisichella tries to put Ralf Schumacher under pressure while Webber and Massa battle it out for sixth spot.

Lap 53: Albers has to come into the pit as he loses a wheel nut from his Minardi. Raikkonen keeps Alonso under pressure but it seems unlikely he will eat into his lead.

Lap 51: Alonso looks set to lead home the Renault team and Fisichella exercises his penalty, returning to the track in fourth place.

Lap 50: Fisichella is given a drive through penalty for obstructive driving in the pit entry and so he will lose some ground. He must serve the penalty within the next three laps.

Lap 49: Alonso looks set to finish the season in style as he builds up a 12.2-second lead over Raikkonen.

Lap 47: Ralf Schumacher makes one final late stop for fuel but he is quick to re-enter and holds onto fourth spot.

Lap 45: Klien comes in to the pits and Coulthard is able to come down the inside of Barrichello to move up into ninth place.

Lap 44: Rubens Barrichello locks up in seventh place and allows Webber and Button to pass him - but Coulthard cannot edge and has to settle for pressurising him on his tail.

Lap 43: Christian Klien posts the fastest lap of the race so far of one minute, 33.727 seconds from fourth pace in his Red Bull.

Lap 41: Raikkonen is now 10 seconds behind Alonso and he has not been able to deliver in Shanghai.

Lap 40: Webber tries to pass Barrichello in seventh place but he cannot find a way through.

Lap 37: Alonso stays in front with a 2.9-second lead over Ralf Schumacher.

Lap 34: The race resumes again as the safety car exits. Things go wrong again for Sato as he appears to have no drive and drops out of the race. Reports from the pits reveal a gearbox failure for the Japanese driver.

Lap 33: The safety car continues to hold up the pace of the race.

Lap 32: The top order is shuffled as different drivers opt to fuel under the safety conditions. Massa, Klien and Ralf Schumacher hold lofty postions but they all have to fuel again whereas the Renaults and Raikkonen will not. Button and Coulthard drop out of the top 10 - the British duo lost some ground as they opted to re-fuel under race conditions before the safety car came out for the first time after Lap 18.

Lap 30: Alonso and Fisichella take advantage of the safety car conditions and come in to the pits. The China Grand Prix takes another frustrating turn for the drivers. Raikkonen also pits and is able to crucially come out ahead of Fisichella.

Lap 29: The safety car is again employed as Narain Karthikeyan suffers a dramatic crash on the final bend. He crashes into the tyre barrier and his Jordan is left in flames putting him out of the race.

Lap 27: Alonso's massive lead is eaten away and he is now just 3.7 seconds ahead of team-mate Fisichella. Raikkonen really has nothing to lose now and must win the race to give McLaren any hope while the Renaults must now just ensure they come home in the points.

Lap 24: Montoya pits again and has to retire from the Grand Prix because of his misfortune of hitting a drain cover - things look bleak now for McLaren's hopes of claiming the constructors crown.

Lap 23: The safety car is withdrawn and the pace picks up again as normal race conditions resume.

Lap 22: Michael Schumacher is out of the China Grand Prix as he spins off the track under safety car conditions. The seven-time world champion ends one of his worst seasons in Formula One in ignominious circumstances.

Lap 21: Things do not look good for Montoya as he rejoins the race back in 14th place. If McLaren are to snatch the constructors' title then Montoya needs to be challenging in the top four.

Lap 19: Alonso comes in and pits for Renault which could eradicate his lead. Fisichella and Raikkonen come in to pit too as the safety car remains out. Montoya has to come in again - this time for fuel - and it transpires the Colombian had to come in after hitting a drain cover on the track. The safety car is still out as the track officials have to replace the drain cover.

Lap 18: David Coulthard pits for Red Bull and Jarno Trulli also goes in for fuel at the Toyota pits. Juan Pablo Montoya and Jenson Button both pit and the safety car is deployed. It appears Montoya has hit something.

Lap 15: Alonso roars on and builds up a massive 15.7-second lead. Down the field Tiago Monteiro makes a stop in his Jordan.

Lap 13: Montoya stays in fourth place but looks a little quicker than his McLaren team-mate Raikkonen. The duo have made no moves on Renault and there is suspicion in the McLaren camp that Renault's tactic is to let Fisichella hold them up before racing away later in the latter stages while Alonso builds up a dummy lead.

Lap 12: In the middle of the pack of drivers strung out on the Shanghai circuit, Christian Klien tries to put pressure on Sauber's Felipe Massa in his Red Bull. But Massa holds on to 11th spot.

Lap 11: Alonso continues to keep up the pace at the head of the race, recording the fastest lap of one minute, 34.168 seconds.

Lap 10: Raikkonen falls more than 12 seconds off leader Alonso and so far the action in Shanghai is fairly tame.

Lap 8: Michael Schumacher moves up to 16th as he struggles to get to grips with the spare car. Sato moves his way up the field passing Christijan Albers and Narain Karthikeyan

Lap 7: Back at the front, Alonso is in a class of his own as he builds a lead of 7.9 seconds over team-mate Fisichella.

Lap 6: The two McLarens, who are carrying a lot of fuel, remain in third and fourth place respectively and look sluggish - if they are to try and challenge the Renault pair for the constructors' title then they need to make a tactical move.

Lap 4: Takuma Sato rejoins the race for BAR at the back after a bizarre jump start in Shanghai. He was given a drive-through penalty and is now right at the back of the field.

Lap 3: Michael Schumacher lies in 17th spot as he struggles to wend his way through the field in China. At the front Alonso builds up a lead of 3.9 seconds while Raikkonen is almost five seconds behind the lead in his McLaren.

Lap 2: Alonso builds a 2.6 second lead over Fisichella as his team-mate keeps up a defensive position at the front of the pack.

0702: The 19th and last Grand Prix of the season gets the green light at Shanghai's spectacular circuit.

Alonso powers away from the pack to give Renault the start they need with team-mate Fisichella just behind as all the drivers get away cleanly.

0645 (all times BST): Michael Schumacher is involved in a collision with Minardi's Christijan Albers during the warm-up for the China Grand Prix. The left front wheel of his Ferrari hangs dangling and the German looks very despondent as both he and Albers now must start from the pit lane. Narain Karthikeyan also starts from the pits.

Pre-race: China stages the final Grand Prix of the season with the battle for the constructors' crown still to be decided.

Renault lead the race by two points ahead of McLaren and go into the Shanghai race full of confidence with Fernando Alonso on pole just ahead of team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella.

McLaren Kimi Raikkonen is third on the grid and is targeting his eighth victory of the season - if he avoids the glitches which hampered qualifying.

Britain's Jenson Button is still searching for his maiden race victory in what will be his 100th Grand Prix.

Juan Pablo Montoya is looking for valuable points for McLaren and is also battling it out with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher for third spot in the drivers' championship.

Meanwhile, the German's team-mate Rubens Barrichello makes his final appearance for Ferrari.

And Shanghai is also the last race for the Minardi team, Sauber and Jordan teams before they are swallowed up by Red Bull, BMW and Midland respectively.




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