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Classic onboard - Alonso hunts down Schumacher

20 Jul 2016

The Hungaroring crowd was treated to a stunning piece of theatre in 2006, as bizarre weather produced a wild, ever-changing race. Jenson Button would be the headline act as he came from 14th to claim his first F1 win, but it could have all been very different had misfortune not befallen Fernando Alonso, who had grabbed the race by the scruff of the neck in the most emphatic fashion early on...

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By the time the drivers got to Hungary, the 13th round of an 18-race season, it was clear the title would once again be settled between old foes Alonso and Michael Schumacher. It was a massive shock, then, that neither driver broke into the top 10 in qualifying, as unseasonably cold and wet weather led to a hugely shuffled grid. The bad weather persisted on Sunday, but this time Schumacher and Alonso were irresistible. From 11th and 15th respectively, the pair were fourth and sixth by the end of the first lap, and running nose to tail by lap three, which is where we join the battle. Alonso (who we ride with) went on the attack immediately, prompting a typically robust defence from Schumacher - though he wouldn't be able to keep the Spaniard at bay for long...