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F1: Fisichella dominates the Australian Grand Prix

Monday, March 07, 2005

Fisichella dominated the Australian grand prix last weekend, leading from start to finish after securing pole position in two faultless qualifying sessions. He completed the 57 laps of the 5.3km circuit in 1hr 24min 17.336sec, reaching a sizzling top of 310km/h in his blue Renault.

It was the second grand prix win for Fisichella, whose previous best result in Melbourne was fourth in 1999. Ferrari's, Rubens Barrichello, stormed home to finish second, 5.5 seconds behind the Italian, while Spanish young gun, Fisichella's teammate Fernando Alonso, was 6.7 seconds back, delivering Renault a first-third finish.

Meanwhile, Michael Schumacher who had started from the back row of the grid after being caught in torrential rain during qualifying, was involved in a late-race skirmish with Heidfeld. The Williams driver tried to pass Schumacher, who was rejoining the race from a pit stop, on the inside of Turn 3, but the world champion closed the door and forced Heidfeld on to the grass. Having unable to brake on the grass, Heidfeld colided with Schumacher.

As for my fave team McLaren, Kimi Raikkonen stalled on the grid and had to start from pit-lane. While, Montoya bolted from ninth on the grid to seventh at the start, but then found himself on the tail of a train that stretched as far as third. The man driving the train was none other than ex-Mclaren driver, David Coulthard. At the end Montoya finnished 6th and Raikkonen 8th.

Finally, there's something to watch on the weekends besides the Chelsea dominated premier league this season.
posted by Ivan, 9:56 am


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