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San Marino Grand Prix
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Race Report - Results
Michael Schumacher wins his 3rd race of the season
ahead of his team-mate Rubens Barrichello making it a Ferrari 1-2 at their
first of 2 home races in Imola. The Williams were no match to the Ferrari here
with Ralf Schumacher finishing third and Juan Pablo Montoya in 4th. Jenson
Button finished an impressive 5th ahead of David Coulthard in the McLaren who finished
a lap down on Michael.
It was the first Ferrari 1-2 finish since the team won both titles last year at the Hungarian Grand Prix. It is also the first time since the 2000 Japanese Grand Prix that the top 3 from Qualifying finish the race in the same order.
At the start, Ralf Schumacher managed to get ahead of Rubens
Barrichello for second while both Renault drivers got ahead of Heidfeld who
started in 7th.
The 2 Sauber were the first to pit on lap 18 and 19.
Heidfeld had a long stop struggling with the re-fuelling hose and had to stop
again 2 laps later only to learn that he was speeding in the pit lane and had
to pit for a third time.
Kimi Raikkonen heads back into the pits on lap 45 to retire. while the rest continue in the same order.
The second round of stops came around lap 46 and all the top
runners make a pit stop. It is interesting that they all seem to have adopted
very similar strategies.
The order remained the same until the end of the race with Michael Schumacher winning with Rubens Barrichello in second and Ralf Schumacher in third.
The race highlighted the strength of the new Ferrari
compared to the Williams. We also witnessed for the first time a Renault
beating McLaren on merit, it was indeed an impressive drive by Jenson Button
who has made a rebound from a disastrous 2001 season. McLaren were humiliated,
as not only they've had only one car finish the race but Coulthard was a lap
Arrows, Toyota, Jaguar and Jordan failed to finish either car while Oliver Panis and Enrique Bernoldi remain without being classified as finishers for the 4th race in a row!
In the Drivers' Championship, Michael Schumacher leads with 34 points, 14 points ahead of Ralf Schumacher. Juan Pablo Montoya is third with 17 and Jenson Button is 4th with 8 points.
In the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari takes the lead from Williams with 40 points against 37. McLaren now have 9 points followed by Renault with 8.
Next stop: The Spanish GP on the 28th of April.