Alonso, the defending F1 champ, claimed his fourth straight win and sixth of the season at the Canadian Grand Prix on June 25 and leads the current drivers standings with 84 points, 25 ahead of Michael Schumacher. In winning seven races last year, Alonso, at age 24, became the youngest champion in the history of grand prix racing. He was one of 14 drivers to retire before the start of last year's U.S. Grand Prix in protest for the lack of a chicane added to Turn 13.
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Schumi bounced back from a rough start this season with consecutive victories, including a checkered flag at the European Grand Prix. Finished third in points last year, ending his string of five consecutive championships as he managed just seven points over the last six races. Had a tarnished USGP win last year as just six drivers competed due to safety controversy; has won three straight years at Indianapolis and four of last five.
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Claimed second straight third-place finish and seventh top-five finish at Canadian Grand Prix to move into third place in the standings. Was runner-up at Australia to rebound nicely from disappointing race at Malaysia, where he retired after crashing in the first lap. Captured seven checkered flags and five poles in 2005 to finish second in the standings, 21 behind Alonso. Sat out last year's race in Indy.
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Has finished fourth in last two F1 races. Earlier this year, withdrew after 21 laps at Bahrain due to a hydraulics problem but bounced back with a victory at Malaysia. Finished fifth in the standings last season with 58 points, teaming with Alonso to lead Renault to the constructors championship. Sat out last year's USGP.
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Juan Pablo Montoya
Dropped a spot to sixth in the standings after failing to finish at Montreal following an accident on lap 13, but has shown ability to bounce back. Montoya rebounded from poor performance at Spanish Grand Prix, where he retired after spinning out in lap 18, to finish second at Monoco. Last year, he got off to a rough start before finishing strong in 2005, winning three races from July 10-Sept. 25 and finished fourth overall. Sat out last year's USGP.
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The English driver absorbed a disappointing effort in British Grand Prix, where he retired with an oil leak after eight laps. Was sitxh at Spanish Grand Prix after a poor effort at the European Grand Prix, where he retired with engine trouble after completing just 28 laps. Comes off disappointing 2005 campaign in which he had to battle for ninth-place finish in standings. Sat out last year's USGP.
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Was forced to retire after 11 laps at Canadian Grand Prix with mechanical problem. Before that, he ran off a string of seven consecutive top-10 finishes in his first year with BAR-Honda. Last season, he struggled to eighth in the standings, his worst placing as a Ferrari driver. Finished second in last year's USGP as just one of six drivers competing amid controversy with safety of course.
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The lone U.S. driver competing in F1, the rookie Speed is one of seven drivers who have yet to register a point this season. His best finish was ninth in Australia; he comes off a 10th-place showing in Canada. It will be a major surprise if he's among the leaders at Indy, although the home fans will certainly off their support.
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