Alonso wins Japanese GP

Reigning world champion Fernando Alonso won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.

updated: February 25, 2007 11:37 IST
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Suzuka, Japan:

Reigning world champion Fernando Alonso won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday and heads into the season's final race with a 10-point lead over Michael Schumacher, who dropped out in 37th lap with a blown engine. The Formula One driving title will be decided at the Brazilian GP with Renault's Alonso holding a 10-point lead over Schumacher of Ferrari. Felipe Massa finished second to keep alive Ferrari's hopes of winning the constructor's title, while Alonso's teammate Giancarlo Fisichella finished third. After Schumacher went out, Alonso maintained his gap over Massa through the last 15 laps, and after crossing the finish line, he swerved left and right repeatedly in celebration. It was the Spanish driver's first win since the Canadian GP in June. After completing his victory lap, Alonso jumped onto his car and imitated bird standing on one leg. He then he ran into an open area where he danced and did a spin before hugging nearly every blue-and-yellow teammate in sight. The title race is now back in Alonso's hands. He needs only to score a point in the last race to clinch the title no matter where Schumacher finishes. Jenson Button in a Honda, was fourth, while Kimi Raikkonen of McLaren, last year's winner here, was fifth. Toyota's Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher were next with Nick Heidfeld of BMW-Sauber eighth. Sunday's F1 race is the last at Suzuka for a while as the Japanese GP moves to the Fuji track next year. (AP)