Ferrari dominated the race weekend in Indianapolis, with Michael Schumacher confidently winning his 87th Formula One victory, and Felipe Massa completing the Ferrari one-two.
It was an all-red front row for the start of the U.S. Grand Prix. Both drivers, who were delighted with the performance of the Shell V-powered Ferraris, set the fastest times with Michael Schumacher taking his third pole of the season. Felipe Massa comfortably took grid position just behind his team mate. The Renault of Giancarlo Fisichella was third, followed by Rubens Barrichello's Honda and Renault's Fernando Alonso.
Before any spectator had a chance to contemplate who had made the best start to the race, the safety car was summoned due to two large-scale collisions. Montoya, Webber and Heidfeld – whose car dramatically somersaulted across the grass – were just some of the drivers forced to retire. Both episodes significantly reduced the size of the field to contest the remainder of the race. This incident was perhaps an omen of what was to come – by the end of the race only nine cars crossed the finishing line.
In the meantime Felipe Massa had passed Michael Schumacher before the first corner. He stormed ahead once free of the safety car, leading for the next 30 laps of the race.
Michael Schumacher soon caught up with his team mate once the Ferrari pit stops began. After an excellent out lap from his pit stop, Schumacher gained first place, which he then never relinquished. Having set the fastest time of the race, Michael Schumacher crossed the line followed by Massa, both ending a weekend in which the 248 F1 had been on top form.
Photo Action of the Race'For us at Shell it's been the best result of the season so far! This track is notoriously hard on the engines, the temperature out here is incredibly hot, plus this is the second race weekend for both Ferrari engines - bearing all this in mind, the Shell fuel and lubes have behaved faultlessly,' said Mike Copson, Shell Technical Manager.
Alonso had a frustrating 73 laps, earning five points in fifth place. Fisichella was the more successful Renault at this race; the Italian took third place.
Ferrari maintains second spot in the FIA Formula One Constructors' Championship with 105 points to Renault's 131.
The gap between Alonso and Schumacher in the Drivers Championship has narrowed significantly. Alonso now leads Schumacher by 19 points.
Teams now return to Europe for the French Grand Prix, on 16 July.