Shanghai marks end of season

The Formula One Entourage Arrives in Shanghai 18 races have been competed so far in a Formula One season that has seen 24 drivers battle it out on tracks across the World. However the saying 'last but not least' has never found itself sitting ...

The Formula One Entourage Arrives in Shanghai

18 races have been competed so far in a Formula One season that has seen 24 drivers battle it out on tracks across the World. However the saying 'last but not least' has never found itself sitting as comfortably as it does when referring to the Shanghai International Circuit's hosting of the final round of the Formula One World Championship 2005.

Although the Drivers' Championship was decided in Brazil with Fernando Alonso becoming the sport's youngest ever champion, the 2005 Constructors' Championship still remains on a knife edge.

There are just two points separating the two leading teams, McLaren and Renault in the race to claim the Constructors' Championship. For McLaren it will be a record 12th success, while Renault are aiming to claim the Championship for only the second time in the team's history.

Renault are currently in the driving seat at the top of the Championship table, on 176 points, while McLaren are biting at their heals, two points behind, on 174. Fo Renault it would be the first time they picked up the prestigious award since taking the title in 1995 under Michael Schumacher's guidance.

McLaren on the other hand have had little luck in recent years and have the right to feel slightly aggrieved that this year hasn't bought them more fortune. Raikkonen's constant engine troubles have meant that the Drivers' Championship has eluded the team for another year, however has added fuel to their desire to regain the team prize.

General Manager of the SIC Managment and Development Company, Yu Zhifei commented: "The Constructers Championship is hanging in the balance between these two fantasticly competitive teams - it could go either way. I think it's great for both the sport and China that the Championship had remained open until the final race of the season."

Shanghai is buzzing with excitement throughout the city as final preparations are underway for Sunday's showpiece. A sell-out crowd of 190,000 is expected to witness Shanghai's second Formula One race and the decider for this year's Constructors' Championship.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Michael Schumacher , Fernando Alonso
Teams McLaren