After qualifying only 11th, Fernando Alonso, the local star driver in the Ferrari, won the race on a track notorious for its difficulty in overtaking. Behind him, aside from Kimi Raikkonen, who finished second in a Lotus, was the other unbelievable and popular result: Michael Schumacher finishing third in a Mercedes.
It was the famed driver’s first podium finish since returning from retirement two years ago — and he started the race from 12th on the grid.
In a country wracked by financial woes — with the race itself likely to become a casualty of those problems — and at a track that has always produced boring processions from start to finish, Sunday’s race was one of the high points of the season. It was also the first time that the winner of one of the previous eight races of the season won again.
CONTINUED at International Herald Tribune.