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A number of readers have sent in their reviews and comments about the race and we have decided to publish some. 
You can send your review to [email protected] 

Yaman from India writes:

The German GP :

Ralf Schumacher drove a flawless race capitalising on the misfortune of Juan Pablo Montoya to win his third GP of the season ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Jacques Villeneuve. The two Benetton's made it to the points in 4th and 5th with Jean Alesi picking up another point for Prost.

Montoya had grabbed his first pole of his career in a Williams dominated qualifying session. Mika Hakkinen fresh from victory was third beating his team-mate and even Michael Schumacher. 

The race was an eventful one from the start when Michael crawling with an obvious problem was hit from behind by Luciano Burti in a horrifying accident. Burti was lucky to get away unhurt from the accident but the race had to be restarted because of the debris on the track. Michael got another chance and so did Burti! On the restart all cars made it through safely until the first chicane when Pedro de la Rosa hit Nick Heidfeld from behind causing both the German and the Spaniard to retire immediately. 
Michael was able to overtake Hakkinen and so was Barrichello who was on a two stop strategy. On lap 14 however Hakkinen became the first of the front runners to retire with a radiator leak. The Finn who was driving a strong race until then was unlucky to retire. 
Montoya by now had a good 10 second gap over Ralf with Barrichello in third. But Montoya's bad luck continued. While in the pits the fuel mechanics discovered what they thought to be a faulty fuel nozzle and had to change pipes. This greatly delayed Montoya and a 30 second stop saw the potential race winner rejoin in 4th place. He retired a lap later with a blown engine. Poor Montoya! 
Meanwhile Michael retired on lap 24 with a fuel pressure problem and David Coulthard who must have thought his chances of catching Michael to be improving was wrong! The Scot on exiting the pits after his scheduled stop was delivered a cruel blow when his engine blew without warning causing immediate retirement. Cars were now dropping out everywhere and when the dust had settled only 10 cars remained with Ralf leading Barrichello and Villeneuve. Giancarlo Fisichella and Jenson Button were in 4th and 5th with Jean Alesi in 6th!

Who would've thought of that happening. Ralf was in complete control with virtually an empty track to play with much to the delight of the German fans who had been clamouring with support for the German drivers. Barrichello's love for Hockenheim must have been increasing as he drove towards a second place finish. 
It was Ralf who took the chequered flag in 1st place and the order remained the same in the top 6 too. McLaren seem to be really slipping away and falling into the clutches of Williams while Ferrari and Michael are now virtually assured of a double. 

The Hungarian GP is three weeks away and it just might be the place were Michael win the drivers title or McLaren bounce back?? 

It will be a decider for sure!

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