Giancarlo Fisichella kept Renault's foot in the door for the constructors' title after Ferrari swept through into the championship lead, the Italian making his risky one-stop strategy pay off with fourth.

His best result since the United States Grand Prix, Fisichella has had a low-key home event as the media concentrate on the controversy surrounding his team-mate Fernando Alonso.

However, while the Spaniard was resigned to the retirements list following a rare Renault engine failure, Fisichella's strong drive with a heavy fuel load was enough to see him cross the line in fourth place, collecting a crucial five points on a day when Ferrari vaulted the French team for the first time this season.

Indeed, Fisichella admitted his afternoon had been a tough one, but was happy with the progress made by Michelin in getting him back into contention for third place in the championship.

"This wasn't an easy race by any means, starting from ninth position and running with a heavy fuel load for long parts of the race. But the Michelin tyres were extremely consistent, the car balance was good and I managed to make up five positions. Obviously, this has been a tough day for the team, with Fernando retiring and Renault losing the lead of the championship.

"On a personal level, I have made up ground on Massa for third in the drivers' title, and the encouraging thing is that our performance was very strong at this circuit. We have a small deficit in the constructors' championship, but will keep on fighting to the end. The team will be doing everything to win both titles."