F1: Alonso relishes victory

World champion Fernando Alonso scorched to a crushing home win in the Spanish Grand Prix to send a sell-out 130,000 crowd wild in Barcelona yesterday.

World champion Fernando Alonso scorched to a crushing home win in the Spanish Grand Prix to send a sell-out 130,000 crowd wild in Barcelona yesterday.

Alonso received his winner's trophy from King Juan Carlos after a dominant display but for the blue-shirted hoards in the packed grandstands there was only one king of Spain.

The 24-year-old delivered a devastating performance to comfortably end Michael Schumacher's winning streak.

Despite a faster strategy, Schumacher had no answer to Alonso's pace and the Ferrari driver slipped 15 points behind in the title race after finishing second.

Alonso almost leapt out of his cockpit with delight on his slowing-down lap, waving frantically to his adoring public after becoming the first Spaniard to win his home race.

Formula One has only recently caught the Spanish imagination as a result of Alonso's emergence and the national hero revealed this emotional triumph was more enjoyable than his world title win last year.

"So far this is the best thing that has happened to me in Formula One," said Alonso, who drove the King around the track in a Renault Megane before the race.

"I won the championship but this is a better feeling.

"I finished in front of my people, my supporters, and it was the best feeling in a Formula One car."

It was Alonso's 11th career win. Giancarlo Fisichella was third with Felipe Massa fourth. Kimi Raikkonen held Jenson Button at bay to leave the Honda driver in sixth with David Coulthard 15th.

Formula 1 spanish grand prix, Barcelona, Spain - 66 Laps: 1 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault 1hr 26mins 21.759secs, 2 Michael Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari 1:26:40.261, 3 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault 1:26:45.710, 4 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1:26:51.618, 5 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) McLaren 1:27:18.634, 6 Jenson Button (Gbr) Honda 1:27:20.106, 7 Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Honda at 1 lap, 8 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber at 1 lap, 9 Mark Webber (Aus) Williams at 1 lap, 10 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota at 1 lap, 11 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams at 1 lap, 12 Jacques Villeneuve (Can) BMW Sauber at 1 lap, 13 Christian Klien (Aut) Red Bull at 1 lap, 14 David Coulthard (Gbr) Red Bull at 1 lap, 15 Vitantonio Liuzzi (Ita) Scuderia Toro Rosso at 3 laps, 16 Tiago Monteiro (Por) Midland at 3 laps, 17 Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri at 4 laps. Not Classified: 18 Christijan Albers (Ned) Midland 48 laps completed, 19 Scott Speed USA Scuderia Toro Rosso 47 laps completed, 20 Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 31 laps completed, 21 Juan Montoya (Col) McLaren 17 laps completed, 22 Franck Montagny (Fra) Super Aguri 10 laps completed.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS - Driver: 1 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault 54pts, 2 Michael Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari 39, 3 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) McLaren 27, 4 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Renault 24, 5 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 20, 6 Jenson Button (Gbr) Honda 16, 7 Juan Montoya (Col) McLaren 15, 8 Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Honda 8, 9 Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Toyota 7, 10 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 6, 11 Mark Webber (Aus) Williams 6, 12 Jacques Villeneuve (Can) BMW Sauber 6, 13 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams 4, 14 Christian Klien (Aut) Red Bull 1, 15 David Coulthard (Gbr) Red Bull 1.

Manufacturers: 1 Renault 78pts, 2 Ferrari 59, 3 McLaren 42, 4 Honda 24, 5 BMW Sauber 12, 6 Williams 10, 7 Toyota 7, 8 Red Bull 2.

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