Model produced by: Paul’s Model Art (Minichamps)
Driver: Fernando Alonso (Spain)
Car: Renault R26
Results: 7 wins, 14 podiums, 6 poles, 5 fastest laps
At the end of 2005, three well-known teams were bought out: Minardi, Sauber and Jordan. The former were bought by Red Bull to be run as a junior team to house their growing list of young talent looking for an F1 drive. Despite campaigns by Minardi fans the team were renamed Scuderia Toro Rosso (Toro Rosso), Italian for Team Red Bull. The Sauber team was purchased by BMW.
The Drivers’ Championship was won by Fernando Alonso of Renault F1 for the second year in a row, with Alonso becoming the youngest ever double world champion. Retiring legend Michael Schumacher of Scuderia Ferrari finished runner-up, 13 points behind. Renault also retained the Constructors’ Championship, beating Ferrari by only five points.
The season was highlighted by the rivalry between Alonso and Schumacher, who each won seven races. Renault and Ferrari drivers dominated the field, victorious in all but one race, and the four second-place finishes not achieved by these two teams were accomplished by McLaren Mercedes.