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Last Updated: Sunday, 29 May, 2005, 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK
European GP as it happened
Final race positions (59 laps):

1 F Alonso (Renault)

2 N Heidfeld (Williams)

3 R Barrichello (Ferrari)

4 D Coulthard (Red Bull)

5 M Schumacher (Ferrari)

6 G Fisichella (Renault)

7 J Montoya (McLaren)

8 J Trulli (Toyota)


Lap 59: In a dramatic late twist at the start of the final lap, the right front suspension of Raikkonen's car buckles and his McLaren spins off the track.

It leaves the charging Alonso clear to claim victory for Renault, giving his title hopes a massive boost.

Heidfeld is promoted to second in the Williams, and Barrichello snatches the final podium place for Ferrari.

Coulthard has an impressive fourth for Red Bull, which would have been better had he had not picked up a pitlane speeding penalty.

Lap 57: Leader Raikkonen's right front tyre is starting to deteriorate badly, but he is still keeping the car on the road.

Lap 56: Raikkonen is looking like he will hold on for victory, if his McLaren's fading tyres do not give up at this late stage. The gap is 3.5 seconds.

Lap 55: Raikkonen appears to be doing just enough, as Alonso only manages to cut his lead by 0.4 seconds.

Lap 54: Alonso has reduced the gap to leader Raikkonen to 4.4 seconds.

Michael Schumacher runs off the track in the Ferrari but does not lose sixth place.

Lap 53: Alonso looks set to catch Raikkonen very soon. Will he be able to get past?

Heidfeld's third place is also coming under threat from Barrichello's Ferrari.

Lap 52: Earlier damage to Raikkonen's car and tyre wear look to be beginning to tell.

He now leads Alonso by just over six seconds and the Spaniard's Renault is closing fast.

Lap 51: Massa runs off into the gravel, allowing Montoya to snatch eighth place from him.

Lap 50: Heidfeld makes his third and final stop in the Williams. Leader Raikkonen is slow, giving Alonso a scent of victory.

Lap 49: Michael Schumacher has jumped Massa's Sauber during the stops.

Lap 48: Positions are changing quickly as the drivers continue to come in for pitstops. Raikkonen still has the lead.

Lap 47: Alonso comes in for his second stop, which will allow Raikkonen to reclaim the lead for McLaren.

Lap 46: Second-placed Alonso locks his tyres and runs off into the dirt, but manages to get his Renault back on to the track.

Lap 45: Montoya pits from eighth place as Michael Schumacher gets ahead of Massa to take sixth.

Lap 44: Alonso, promoted into the lead for the time being after Raikkonen's pitstop, sets the fastest lap of the race so far.

Lap 43: Raikkonen comes into the pits for his second stop. He appears to have broken the right barge board on his McLaren, which could well cost him time.

Lap 41: Massa's Sauber is closing on Coulthard's Red Bull in the battle for fifth place.

Lap 40: Michael Schumacher's Ferrari and Montoya's McLaren almost touch tyres as the Colombian unsuccessfully challenges the world champion for seventh place.

Lap 39: Championship leader Alonso is on course to finish second, which would minimise the effect of a Raikkonen victory in the context of the title race.

Lap 38: BAR have not been competitive on their return from a two-race ban. Button is 11th and Sato 13th.

Lap 36: Raikkonen is still looking good for victory.

A couple of off-course moments have raised doubts about the McLaren's tyres, but the Finn is 15 seconds ahead of Alonso's Renault and lapping at a similar pace.

Lap 35: Raikkonen makes another mistake as he tries to lap Villeneuve at the first corner, locking up and losing more time.

Lap 34: Ralf Schumacher's miserable race for Toyota is over as he runs wide and spins off into the gravel from 14th place.

Lap 33: Barrichello comes in for his second stop, moving down from third to fourth. The Ferrari driver also looks to be on three-stop strategy.

Lap 32: Heidfeld is down from first to fourth after his second stop.

Lap 31: Heidfeld does not enjoy the lead for long as he comes straight into the pits for his second stop.

He is almost certainly on a three-stop strategy, while Raikkonen should only need to come in once more.

Lap 30: Leader Kimi Raikkonen makes a big mistake, running wide on to the dirt and allowing Heidfeld to get past.

Lap 28: Despite their different strategies, Raikkonen and Heidfeld are as they were before the pitstops, with just over two seconds between them.

Alonso is 15 seconds further back in third, with Barrichello's Ferrari closing fast.

Lap 26: Coulthard makes an error through the chicane, running his Red Bull over the grass as he tries to make up for his pitlane speeding penalty.

Lap 25: Ferrari's race is starting to look more promising.

Barrichello is up to fourth after the pitstops and Michael Schumacher is seventh, hotly pursued by Montoya.

Lap 24: Raikkonen has retained the race lead after the first round of pitstops, with Heidfeld still second.

Alonso has gained a place because of Coulthard's drive-through penalty, which has relegated the Red Bull driver to fifth.

Lap 23: Alonso comes in for his first stop, putting Raikkonen back in front.

Lap 22: Coulthard's promising race for Red Bull suffers a big blow when he is given a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pitlane.

Lap 21: Alonso has yet to pit and leads the race for Renault. The Spaniard is putting in some quick laps.

Lap 20: Coulthard pits from the lead and Michael Schumacher comes in from sixth place.

Lap 19: Liuzzi and Montoya both pit from sixth and seventh place, and the McLaren mechanics do their job to get Montoya out in front.

Lap 18: Race leader Raikkonen comes in for his first stop. It is good news for Alonso's Renault team, who have obviously been running with a heavier fuel load.

Coulthard leads in the Red Bull. Trulli makes his stop in the Toyota.

Lap 16: Michael Schumacher, who was badly affected by the first-corner pile up ahead of him at the start, is running ninth.

Lap 15: Montoya's McLaren is putting Liuzzi's Red Bull under pressure in the battle for sixth place.

Lap 14: Raikkonen now leads second-placed Coulthard by 20 seconds, with both drivers yet to come in for their first stops.

Lap 13: Heidfeld is down to fourth after his pitstop.

Lap 12: Heidfeld comes in for his first pitstop from second place.

It confirms that the German's Williams has been running with a lighter fuel load than Kimi Raikkonen's McLaren.

Lap 11: Michael Schumacher gets his Ferrari past Button's BAR to take 10th place.

Barrichello is the first driver to pit from sixth place.

Lap 10: Heidfeld's Williams is just two seconds behind race leader Raikkonen's McLaren.

The German is a comfortable 15 seconds clear of third-placed Coulthard's Red Bull.

Lap 9: Leader Raikkonen puts in a new fastest lap. Trulli drops to ninth after his drive-through penalty.

Seventh-placed Barrichello is showing good pace in the Ferrari.

Lap 8: Barrichello gets past Liuzzi's Red Bull to take seventh, and Trulli goes in for his drive-through penalty.

Lap 7: Trulli gets a drive-through penalty as Toyota mechanics were still on the grid just before the start of the parade lap.

Lap 6: Button drops from eighth to 10th as Barrichello pulls alongside through the first four corners and gets past. Montoya follows soon after.

Lap 5: Eighth-placed Button is holding up the cars behind him.

Lap 4: Leaders Raikkonen and Heidfeld have already created a big gap to the chasing pack.

Coulthard is the big beneficiary of the crash at the start, having moved from 12th to fourth.

Lap 3: Michael Schumacher is up to 12th after being relegated to 13th in the chaos at the start. Montoya is now 10th.

Trulli is under investigation by the stewards.

Lap 2: Montoya is still going, down in 13th, after his collision at the first corner but Webber is out. Ralf Schumacher comes into the pits.

Lap 1: Raikkonen gets away well and beats polesitter Heidfeld to the first corner.

Montoya's McLaren collides with Webber's Williams and Ralf Schumacher is also affected.

1303 BST: The start is aborted as Fisichella puts his hand up to signal a problem with his Renault. The cars set off for another warm-up lap, and the race will be reduced to 59 laps.

1300: The tension builds as Nick Heidfeld leads the cars away for the warm-up lap.

Jarno Trulli's Toyota team linger on the grid until the last minute as they make adjustments to his car.

1200: The unusually hot weather that has bathed the Nurburgring in bright sunshine throughout the weekend has abated slightly. There are light clouds, but it is still dry and warm.


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