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Schumacher wins as Alonso suffers DNF 10 Sep 2006

(L to R): Second place Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) McLaren, Jean Todt (FRA) Ferrari Sporting Director, race winner Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari and third place Robert Kubica (POL) BMW Sauber F1.06.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, 10 September 2006 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R26 retires from the race with a blown engine.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, 10 September 2006 Christijan Albers (NDL) MF1 Racing M16 battles with his team mate Tiago Monteiro (POR) MF1 Racing M16.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, 10 September 2006 Fernando Alonso (ESP) Renault R26 and Pedro de la Rosa (ESP) McLaren Mercedes MP4/20.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, 10 September 2006 Michael Schumacher (GER) Ferrari 248F1.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 15, Italian Grand Prix, Race, Monza, Italy, 10 September 2006

Michael Schumacher scored an emotional and dramatic 90th victory at Monza on Sunday afternoon, and closed to within two points of Fernando Alonso in their fight for the world championship.

Schumacher had to follow Kimi Raikkonen until the first pit stops, but took the lead by running two laps longer and thereafter never surrendered it. The Finn clung on to finish second, and Robert Kubica became the first Pole to finish on a Grand Prix podium with an excellent third place for BMW Sauber.

Alonso was headed for that final podium position after a feisty race, but was forced to retire when his engine exploded going into the first chicane on the 44th lap. Behind him, Giancarlo Fisichella shored up some of the damage for Renault, who lost their lead in the constructors’ championship to Ferrari. The Italian ran to a one-stop refuelling strategy, where most of his rivals opted for two.

Jenson Button took fifth after a strong run for Honda, who also had Rubens Barrichello in sixth after a one-stop run.

Jarno Trulli brought his Toyota home seventh ahead of Nick Heidfeld, who could have been a podium contender but for a drive-through penalty for speeding in the pit lane. He just held off unlucky Felipe Massa who spent most of his race bottled up behind Kubica and then Barrichello, and flat-spotted his right front Bridgestone in the aftermath of Alonso’s dramatic exit and had to make an extra pit stop for a replacement.

Christian Klien and David Coulthard one-stopped their Red Bulls to 11th and 12th places after a race-long fight, heading home Scott Speed and Tonio Liuzzi who did likewise in their Toro Rossos. They were followed by Toyota’s Ralf Schumacher, Takuma Sato in the Super Aguri and Christijan Albers' Midland.

Tiago Monteiro had to retire his Midland, and Williams’ Nico Rosberg, Super Aguri’s Sakon Yamamoto and McLaren’s Pedro de la Rosa also failed to finish.

Immediately after the race Ferrari confirmed that Schumacher will retire at the end of the season, and that Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa will spearhead their 2007 campaign.