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In a duel between Formula One's new and old leaders, Fernando Alonso went wheel to wheel with Michael Schumacher and held on to win the San Marino Grand Prix in Italy for his third straight victory.

Alonso edged the seven-time world champion by 0.2 seconds to give Renault its fourth win in a row, a result that could signal a shift of power after years of Ferrari dominance. Renault has won every race this season, the other victory by Giancarlo Fisichella in the opening Australian Grand Prix.

"This is probably the best of the three that I've had so far," Alonso said. "It was difficult, but at the end I managed to be first."

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