Monza, Italy 10.09.06 Car Fer­rari 248 F1 Grid 2nd

Podium Kimi Räikkö­nen, Robert Ku­bica This was an ex­tra­or­di­nary week­end. First, Fer­nando Alonso was pe­nalised in qual­i­fy­ing for seem­ingly hold­ing up Felipe Massa’s Fer­rari, and duly started tenth. By the end of the week­end, a vic­to­ri­ous Schu­macher was within two points of Alonso in the driv­ers’ cham­pi­onship. More sig­nif­i­cant was the emo­tion rid­ing with Michael dur­ing the race – made clear on his slow­ing down lap when he ra­dioed the garage to say he was about to an­nounce his re­tire­ment from the sport. On the podium, in front of the tifosi, the at­mos­phere was ex­tra­or­di­nary. And in the pos­trace press con­fer­ence you could have heard a pin drop as the king in­formed his sub­jects that his mighty reign was com­ing to an end.

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