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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 October 2006, 08:27 GMT 09:27 UK
Japanese Grand Prix photos

The start of the Japanese Grand Prix - Felipe Massa (right) leads from Michael Schumacher (second right)

The Ferraris of Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher get off to the ideal start by surging into the lead in formation

Michael Schumacher takes the lead of the Japanese Grand Prix as Felipe Massa lets him by

Massa lets Schumacher by on lap three as Ferrari's tactics go to plan, with Fernando Alonso held up by Ralf Schumacher

Fernando Alonso leads BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld and the Ferrari of Felipe Massa immediately after his first pit stop in the Japanese Grand Prix

Alonso passes Ralf Schumacher before his first stop and rejoins ahead of Massa, who pitted early with a puncture

Christijan Albers spins to a halt after the suspension of his Midland collapses

Christijan Albers crashes out, but the safety car is not deployed and Schumacher's five-second lead is protected

Fernando Alonso passes Michael Schumacher's stricken Ferrari in the closing stages of the Japanese Grand Prix

But it all goes wrong for Schumacher as he suffers his first engine failure in a race for more than six years

Michael Schumacher waves to his fans after retiring from the Japanese Grand Prix

The German waves to fans as he trudges back to the pits, many of them then leave before the end of the race

Fernando Alonso celebrates victory in the Japanese Grand Prix

Schumacher's woe is good news for Alonso, who secures victory in a race that saw the title fight turn on its head

Fernando Alonso celebrates victory in the Japanese Grand Prix, which puts him on the brink of the world title

The Spaniard indulges in a victory dance after stopping his Renault in parc ferme, as months of frustration wash away

Giancarlo Fisichella races to third in Japan

Giancarlo Fisichella comes home third behind Massa, who denies Renault a one-two finish at Suzuka

Jenson Button's Honda on its way to fourth place in the Japanese Grand Prix

Jenson Button safeguards the honour of Honda at their home track and race by beating the Toyotas to finish fourth

Jarno Trulli leads Toyota team-mate Ralf Schumacher during the Japanese Grand Prix

Both Toyotas start the race ahead of Button, but slip back to sixth and seventh, with Jarno Trulli ahead of Ralf Schumacher

Kimi Raikkonen's McLaren during the Japanese Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen recovers from the disappointment of qualifying 11th with a strong drive on a one-stop strategy to finish fifth

Michael Schumacher in the pit lane towards the end of the Japanese Grand Prix

But Schumacher's anguish is plain to see as he realises his dreams of winning an eighth world title are all but over

Michael Schumacher faces German TV crews after his retirement from the Japanese Grand Prix

He says that "the drivers' title for me is finished", but that he hopes to help Ferrari win back the constructors' crown

Fernando Alonso jumps for joy on the podium after winning the Japanese Grand Prix

Alonso jumps with joy on the podium after a potentially decisive victory which he describes as a "beautiful surprise"



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