Jarno Trulli took sixth, after a solid if slightly unspectacular race in his TF105 - at least though he managed to score some solid points, unlike Ralf Schumacher, who was way down in twelfth at the finish in the sister car.
Red Bull Racing duo, David Coulthard
and Christian Klien
rounded out the points scorers, in seventh and eighth respectively. Both opted for heavy fuel loads and after starting outside the top ten, the strategy paid of handsomely, allowing the Milton Keynes based squad to add three more points to their tally.
Takuma Sato was unlucky not to score, after a fine drive to ninth place from last on the grid. The Japanese driver dived into the pits before the off, after being put to the back of the grid following his qualifying incident with Mark Webber.
Rubens Barrichello took tenth for Ferrari
- a lap down, followed by Jacques Villeneuve and Ralf Schumacher. The final classified finishers', were Robert Doornbos in 13th for Minardi, while Jordan's Narain Karthikeyan was 14th and Tiago Monteiro 15th, following his incident with Montoya.
Five runners failed to make it to the finish, including both Williams' - who bizarrely suffered from several right rear punctures and as such were forced to pull out. Nick Heidfeld
was the first to suffer on lap 5, followed by Mark Webber
5 laps later. The Aussie then had another one just after mid-distance and so too did Heidfeld. A bad day for the Grove based squad.
Webber's dramas however were not confined to two punctures and just for good measure he also managed to have a coming together with Michael Schumacher. Although it was pretty much a racing incident, Webber was well alongside when Schumi shut the door. Although the German retired, he later completed a few more laps after his Ferrari
mechanics had fixed his car, something that will at least mean he won't be first out in qualifying at Monza in two weeks time.
Of the rest, Felipe Massa
was another to post a DNF - when engine problems put him out, although his race was compromised from the off, when he lost his front wing after running into Heidfeld.
Minardi's Christijan Albers also did not finish.
F1 now heads to Monza and while Raikkonen has closed in on Alonso in the battle for the title, he will need to make greater gains in the next few events if he is to deprive him of the title.
If Alonso stays calm Kimi doesn't stand much hope - it doesn't help either when your team-mate drops a clanger with 3 laps to go.
Fernando will be buying JPM a drink no doubt!