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After the European Grand Prix, the Spanish Grand Prix was Michael Schumacher's chance to make further inroads into the lead of Fernando Alonso in the World Championship. Catalunya was a favourite track of Schumacher.

Qualifying 1 went badly for David Coulthard. he was unable to set a time, and was eliminated. Juan Pablo Montoya also went out in Qualifying 2, and was well down the grid for McLaren.

The rest of qualifying was a procession for Renault. Michael Schumacher was the only car that could come near the two Renault's, and Fernando Alonso easily wandered to pole.

The race itself was no more thrilling. The Renault's super start system yet again gave them the go off the line, and they pulled away comfortably.

As Alonso was coasting to victory, Giancarlo Fisichella was having more trouble. He was unable to match Alonso's pace, and soon Michael Schumacher overtook him to take second place.

Fisichella held off Felipe Massa towards the end, but Schumacher was the key car that had got infront of him.

It was a very easy victory for Alonso, who won his home Grand Prix for the first time. Behind the two Renault's and Ferrari's, only Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button were on the same lap.

Alonso now had a fifteen point advantage over Michael Schumacher, and they had gone through two of each other's home races even, 18 points each. Importantly however, after a bad start, it showed that the Ferrari was in with a chance of beating Renault, but the points system meant consistency with the odd win would give the title to Alonso.


Rank Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 Template:Flagicon Fernando Alonso Renault 66 1:26:21.759 1 10
2 Template:Flagicon Michael Schumacher Ferrari 66 +18.5 sec 3 8
3 Template:Flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella Renault 66+ 23.9 sec 2 6
4 Template:Flagicon Felipe Massa Ferrari 66+ 29.8 sec 4 5
5 Template:Flagicon Kimi Raikkonen McLaren 66 +56.8 sec 9 4
6 Template:Flagicon Jenson Button Honda 66+ 58.3 sec 8 3
7 Template:Flagicon Rubens Barrichello Honda 65 +1 lap 5 2
8 Template:Flagicon Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 65 +1 lap 10 1
9 Template:Flagicon Mark Webber Williams 65 +1 lap 11
10 Template:Flagicon Jarno Trulli Toyota 65 +1 lap 7
11 Template:Flagicon Nico Rosberg Williams 65 +1 lap 13
12 Template:Flagicon Jacques Villeneuve BMW Sauber 65 +1 lap 22
13 Template:Flagicon Christian Klien Red Bull 65 +1 lap 14
14 Template:Flagicon David Coulthard Red Bull 65 +1 lap 21
15 Template:Flagicon Vitantonio Liuzzi Toro Rosso 63 +Hydraulics 15
16 Template:Flagicon Tiago Monteiro Midland 63 +3 laps 17
17 Template:Flagicon Takuma Sato Super Aguri 62 +4 laps 19
18 Template:Flagicon Christijan Albers Midland 48 +Broken wing 18
19 Template:Flagicon Scott Speed Toro Rosso 47 +Engine 16
20 Template:Flagicon Ralf Schumacher Toyota 31 +Electronics 6
21 Template:Flagicon Juan Pablo Montoya McLaren 17 +Spin 12
22 Template:Flagicon Franck Montagny Super Aguri 10 +Driveshaft 20
23 Template:Flagicon +
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