Alonso win puts French carmaker back in business, as McLaren challenge stalls Spain's Fernando Alonso held his nerve in an eventful Chinese Grand Prix yesterday to seal the constructors' title for his team Renault, adding the silver lining to the drivers' title he won last month. The win was Alonso's seventh in what has been a terrific season for him. The 24-year-old Spaniard became the sport's youngest champion in Brazil last month. 'This is a fantastic feeling. The race was actually very easy. We only used full power on the engine in the first part and we saw we were quicker than everybody so we turned things down and went conservative for the second part,' said Alonso. 'We showed that when we want to push, and take the risks, we can win races.' The weather was sunny and warm, but the Shanghai circuit was slightly more subdued than last year for what was the second Chinese Grand Prix, with around 130,000 spectators in the track, shy of last year's 150,000. But earlier fears that attendances would nosedive proved unfounded. 'This is the second year of Grand Prix, and the feeling is that F1 in China is growing and maturing, and getting better. I believe we'll do even better next year,' said Yang Xiaodu, Shanghai's deputy mayor. Yu Zhifei, general manager of the Shanghai circuit, said the appreciation of Formula One in China was becoming more sophisticated. 'Even though there is no Chinese driver in F1, you can see that the automobile industry does have a great potential in China,' said Yu. 'We have also been trying to guide drivers to realise that Formula One here is a comprehensive industry, not just a motor sport,' he said. A Huan, who organises a 100-strong motor racing fan club, agreed the sport was maturing in China and people were picking their favourites. 'Schumacher obviously has no luck on this Shanghai track - he had two accidents today. It's unbelievable. 'A girl in my fan-club cried because of Schumacher's failure just then. She said she would never watch his race again, because he was so unlucky. 'She felt extremely disappointed,' said A. The championship was Renault's first as a constructor, stressing in the strongest possible terms that the French carmaker is back in business in Grand Prix racing. McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen finished second, but the Mercedes-powered team's hopes were all but dashed when the Finn's Colombian teammate Juan Pablo Montoya had to retire before the halfway stage after he ran over a drain cover, puncturing a tyre and McLaren's hopes. Alonso and his teammate Giancarlo Fisichella started the race on the front row of the grid with a two-point lead, and were able to build on this strong position, even though the safety car came out twice to interrupt the flow of the race. Fisichella, who finished fourth behind Toyota's Ralf Schumacher, gave Renault some anxious moments when he picked up a drive-through penalty for obstructive driving on the pit entry with six laps to go. The season ended early for seven-time champion Schumacher, who crashed on the way to the starting grid and spun off in the race while following the safety car. The safety car was called out for six laps as marshals rushed to fix the drain cover that dashed Montoya's hopes. It was called out again on lap 30 after India's Narain Karthikeyan wrecked his Jordan coming out of turn 13. Christian Klien came fifth for Red Bull and Brazilian Felipe Massa sixth place for Sauber. Australian Mark Webber was seventh in a Williams and Briton Jenson Button took the final point for BAR. The race was the last time that Jordan would drive under the name of the charismatic Irish entrepreneur Eddie Jordan.