June 25, 2006

Canada win makes it four in a row for Alonso

MONTREAL (Reuters) - Renault's Formula One world champion
Fernando Alonso won the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday to
complete his fourth consecutive victory.

The 24-year-old Spaniard, starting on pole position for the
fifth successive race, stretched his overall lead over
Ferrari's Michael Schumacher to 25 points at the halfway point
in the 18-race season.

Alonso has 84 points and Schumacher 59.

Seven-times world champion Schumacher, also a seven-times
winner in Montreal, finished second 2.111 seconds adrift of the

McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen, last year's winner on the island
circuit, finished third after ceding second place to Schumacher
on the last lap.

Alonso's win was the 14th of his career, his sixth in nine
races but his first in North America.

It took his run of podium finishes to 15 in a row and was
also the 100th victory in Formula One for Renault's tire
partners Michelin.

Renault team mate Giancarlo Fisichella was fourth, despite
a drive-through penalty for jumping the start, with Ferrari's
Brazilian Felipe Massa fifth.

Italian Jarno Trulli took his first points of the season,
and first in 13 races, with sixth place for Toyota.

BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld was seventh and Red Bull's David
Coulthard took the final point after starting at the back of
the grid due to an unscheduled engine change.

The safety car was twice deployed after drivers hit the
unforgiving walls -- Germany's Nico Rosberg in a Williams on
lap one and Canada's 1997 world champion Jacques Villeneuve
with 11 laps remaining.