Spanish Grand Prix 2006 Media Review

Two newspapers couldn’t resist the urge to make ‘rain in Spain’ puns – find out which ones and loads more in the post-race media review.

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Headline Alonso allowed to enjoy home rule
They say “It seemed a little impolite to intrude on this Spanish love-in, and most of Formula One obliged with a race ?????? sorry, make that procession ?????? of almost mind-numbing dullness.”
We say You can’t argue with that. Television viewers didn’t even get to see the only pass that happened.
Verdict
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Headline Alonso’s home fire burns off Schumacher
They say “With virtually no overtaking, the Spanish Grand Prix was a less than inspiring event”
We say That’s putting it kindly – it was tedious beyond belief.
Verdict
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Headline Alonso comes home for sweet revenge on Schumacher
Peace at last as Ecclestone lets teams have half of F1 income
They say “Christmas came early for the 11 formula one teams yesterday with a resolution of a battle for more money”
We say …and then the FIA overruled majority opposition to the engine freeze. Some ‘peace’.
Verdict
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Headline Alonso sends Spanish elation into overdrive
They say “Traction control is the issue holding back Button… Honda claim to have discovered more about the functioning of their electronic systems in the past two months than the previous two years. The pursuit of Alonso continues.”
We say Silverstone will be hoping for some Button brilliance at Monaco to boost the takings at the gate.
Verdict
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Headline Fisi’s victory tears
They say “He turned the air blue with a foul-mouthed outburst when forced to retire in the season opener in Bahrain. But his words were filled with sadness after this win.”
We say Are they still going on about the swearing? No-one cared then, no-one cares now.
Verdict
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Headline Alonso’s reigning in Spain
They say “David Coulthard’s 14th place left him with nothing to celebrate after becoming the eighth driver to clock up 200 Grands Prix”
We say Someone obviously hasn’t been reading F1Fanatic…
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Headline Alonso’s back on track for title drive
They say “Twenty one years after he first held a steering wheel, he became the first Spaniard in the sport’s 56-year history to win his home race.”
We say There you have it: you want your kid to be a champion, start them off at age three.
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Headline King of the road: Home run by Alonso is too good for Schumacher
Ecclestone agrees new ???300m deal with teams
They say “[Alonso] became the first Spaniard to win his home grand prix, punching the air and dancing a comic jig before being hugged by his monarch”
We say Anyone know what this one is? Answers on a postcard, or, preferably, e-mail please.
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Headline All bow to Fernando’s regal show
They say “The rest are also-rans at the moment and while everyone awaits an expected McLaren revival, it was a mirage in the Barcelona heat yesterday.”
We say All the same, I wouldn’t bet a naked lap of Silverstone against it just yet Bob McKenzie.
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Headline Schumacher denied as Alonso reigns in Spain
Dennis confirms done deal
They say “Italian Giancarlo Fisichella completed a solid afternoon for Renault by taking third after his team announced a long-term commitment to Formula One.”
We say I wouldn’t put any money on Fisichella taking over the team leader role from Alonso, either.
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