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Rain arrives at bad time for top drivers

Updated: October 9, 2005, 10:28 AM ET
Associated Press

SUZUKA, Japan -- Rain soaked the track at the Japanese Grand Prix, leaving world champion Fernando Alonso and other top drivers at the back of the grid for Sunday's Formula One race.

The morning run was hampered by overnight rain, although conditions improved by the time qualifying started. But with 10 minutes left, heavy rain returned for the last four starters -- Alonso, seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya.

The four drivers ...

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