Sunday, April 02, 2006

Australian Grand Prix

Alonso wins Melbourne GP.
Saturday, April 1 was the Foster’s Australian F1 Grand Prix of Australia at the Albert Park circuit in Melbourne, Australia.

Winning was Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who dominated the dramatic Australian Grand Prix in his Renault, giving him the lead with 14 points.

Ralf Schumacher for Team Toyota, who started pole 7th, finished in 3rd.

American Scott Speed finished 8th, but was given a 25 second penalty for passing under yellow that bumped him to 9th for Team Toro Rosso-Cosworth.

The Melbourne GP is 58 Laps, 191.110 miles. Lap Distance = 5.303 km (3.295 miles)

The Melbourne Formula One circuit is made up of public roads with 17 total turns. Melbourne made its F1 debut in 1996, and now for the first time in 10 years, the Australian Grand Prix is not the FIA World Championship season opener. This was the third race of the 2006 Formula One World Championship season and the 3rd of 18 races on the program for the 2006 F1 season.

Michael Schumacher has won in Melbourne four times, started Saturday with Team Ferrari at Pole-6, but pushed too hard and crashed after 25 laps ending his hopes at Melbourne this year. Schumacher was 2nd in the 2006 standings with 11 points.

Keep up on the continuing action this year on SPEED-TV.

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