Alonso wins Japanese GP

Suzuka, October 8 :

Fernando Alonso moved within a point of retaining his title when Michael Schumacher’s Ferrari suffered engine failure and he capitalised by winning the Japanese Grand Prix today. The Renault driver trailed the German for 36 laps of the 53-lap contest before taking the lead when the seven-times champion was forced to retire with engine problems.

Alonso went on to cruise to victory and now requires just one point in the final race, in Brazil in a fortnight, to clinch his second championship. Alonso now leads Schumacher by 10 points in driver’s standings and they are level on seven wins apiece this season.