Fernando Alonso’s bid to become the youngest ever Formula One champion at 24 in Spa, Belgium last Sunday continued. His brief, to finish four points ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the 44 lap showdown.
Monza winner Montoya, however, had other plans, taking pole with Raikkonen’s other McLaren in second. Alonso’s Renault could only manage fourth alongside Truli with the Schumacher brothers on the third row. A good start was needed by the young Spaniard to take Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1972 record, but, in very wet conditions, he did not get it, remaining in fourth. Sato nudged Schumacher off the track and after Raikkonen had taken over at the front with 11 laps to race, Montoya exited in a collision with Pisonio. As Raikkonen took the chequered flag, Alonso finished second while Jenson Button moved into third. The championship race continues in Brazil on September 25 with only Japan and China remaining thereafter.