Chinese Grand Prix 2006 media review

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The championship battle just gets closer – in fact it couldn’t be any tighter. Have a look at the highlights from the national newspapers…

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thetimes

HeadlineSchumacher a master in the art of revival
Button proves his prowess in the wet with bold finish
They say“The race had earlier witnessed an impressive exhibition of seat-of-the-pants driving by Kimi Raikkonen.”
We sayGood to see Raikkonen get a rare mention.
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theguardian

HeadlineSchumacher rolls on as tyre trouble weakens Alonso’ grip on title
Teutonic sense of humour leaves rivals looking glum
They say“Michael Schumacher deployed every ounce of his genius and commitment to draw level with Alonso in the battle for the World Champoinship.”
We sayStrangely, the guy who dropped one of Alonso’s wheel nuts didn’t merit a mention.
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theindependent

HeadlineSchumacher in pole position as Alonso runs into trouble
They say“If Giancarlo Fisichella’s performance in China yesterday was a guide, Renault are going to be in trouble in 2007.”
We sayToo right. Not that Felipe Massa was necessarily any better, though.
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thedailytelegraph

HeadlineSchumacher on the verge of history
Renault error opens door for Schumacher
Alonso’s team still confident of victory
They say“Renault team principal Flavio Briatore raged at the gods and the officials in Italy three weeks agoat the treatment handed down to his team by fate and the stewards..”
We sayThe irony was lost on no-one.
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thesun

Headline“I’m the oldest driver in F1 but fortunately I’m not the slowest”
Honda ‘fix’ fury
They say“Move of race: Ferrari’s Michael Schumacher cut it fine as he took to the grass to overtake Renault’s Giancarlo Fisichella on lap 41.”
We sayNah – some of Robert Kubica’s were much better. Fisichella couldn’t have made it much easier for Schumacher.
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thedailymail

HeadlineLead role for Schu as Alonso fluffs his title lines
They say“Was this the day the champion’s dream of a second title slipped away?”
We sayAlonso fluffed nothing – it was his pit crew.
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thedailyexpress

HeadlineSchu just over the moon
They say“‘I had a moment,’ said Fisichella, ‘It was difficult at turn one.’ Big wages, big experience, big mistake!”
We sayThumbs up for covering the A1 Grand Prix season-opener too.
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dailymirror

HeadlineSchu’s gotta lotta bottle
Honda silence the Chinese whispers
They say“To be fair to the Spaniard there was only one type of weather – drying track – that favoured Schumacher’s tyres and the gods delivered it yesterday,.”
We sayWho’s to say Schumacher didn’t have more dry-weather pace and wasn’t just coasting his Ferrari home?
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metro

HeadlineFrustrated Alonso let down by tyres
Masterly Schuey’s class act in China
Button happy with late charge
They say“Takuma Sato was disqualified following the Chinese Grand Prix after ignoring blue flags and blocking faster cars during the race.”
We sayIronically, given the accusations of collusion between Super Aguri and Honda, this story was illustrated with a picture of Sato from last year, when he raced for Honda…
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