McLaren dominated the weekend, having taken the front row in qualifying on Saturday they went on to storm ahead of the rest of the pack before Raikkonen took the lead from Montoya at the second round of pit stops. A ‘one two’ wasn’t to be though, as Montoya was hit from behind by a back marker in the closing stages for the second race in a row and was forced to retire.
Alonso took second place keeping his lead in the championship at 25 points with only 30 left to play for. Jenson Button produced a good drive to take third place and the final podium position.
Williams was happy with Mark Webber’s fourth place and four points for the team in what has otherwise been a season to forget for them.
Jacques Villeneuve took sixth for Sauber ahead of Ralf Schumacher in seventh who went off track after a gamble with dry tyres that didn’t pay off.
The big surprise of the results was Tiago Montiero’s stunning drive to eighth and a rare point for the Jordan team.
Montoya and Pizzonia’s tangle aside, as well as that of Schumacher and Sato, the only other major incident of the race was Giancarlo Fisichella’s major off half way through the race. The Renault driver was on a charge up through the pack when he lost it in Eau Rouage and went into the barrier at over 200mph in spectacular style. Fortunately, he walked away unharmed.
Off-track a number of announcements were made in terms of 2006.