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F1 pole-sitter dominates; Schumacher out early

By wire services
Published April 4, 2005


SAKHIR, Bahrain - Fernando Alonso won his second straight Formula One race Sunday with an easy victory in the Bahrain Grand Prix while Michael Schumacher had trouble again, dropping out after just 12 laps in his new Ferrari.

Renault has captured the first three races of the season - with Alonso winning in Malaysia two weeks ago and Giancarlo Fisichella taking the opener.

"It shows we are the car to beat," Alonso said.

Alonso, on the pole for the second straight race, led almost from start to finish for his third career victory. The Spaniard tops the driver standings with 26 points.

Jarno Trulli was second in a Toyota, finishing 13.4 seconds back on a day when track temperatures exceeded 131 degrees, and drivers took extreme precautions against the heat.

Kimi Raikkonen was third in a McLaren-Mercedes, 32 seconds behind.

Fisichella went out after the third lap and has failed to finish the last two races after winning in Australia.

Schumacher, the defending champion and seven-time Formula One champ, has just two points after three races - his worst start in years.

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