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Race Report - Results

Michael Schumacher wins the Austrian Grand Prix ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Rubens Barrichello. It was Michael's 3rd race win this season and despite some drama in the pits when his car caught fire during his first stop, he managed to recover superbly and win comfortably. Kimi Raikkonen did a great job finishing second and managing to keep Rubens Barrichello behind him while hard luck goes to both Juan Pablo Montoya and Fernando Alonso both retiring with engine problems but both impressed.

Before the start of the race, both Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber decide to start from the pitlane and thus going out on the heaviest possible fuel load to match their strategy.

The formation lap went fine but at the lights, the Toyota of Cristiano da Matta appeared to have a problem and the start was aborted.

The second formation lap went fine but again at the lights Cristiano da Matta waves his hands and the race start is aborted!.

Heinz Harald Frentzen gets out of his car due to a clutch problem and attempts to get into the spare which was setup for Heidfeld.

The third formation lap went fine as did the race start!.

At the start, Michael Schumacher gets away fine but Raikkonen has a slow start and loses 2nd to Montoya. Barrichello gets a good start and gets ahead of Nick Heidfeld 
Order after first lap: M Schumacher, JP Montoya, K Raikkonen, R Barrichello, N Heidfeld, A Pizzonia, J Trulli and J Button.

Verstappen retires at the end of the start-finish straight and the safety car gets deployed.

Panis makes his pits stop and pits.

The safety car pits at the end of the 4th lap. 
Order after lap 5:  M Schumacher, JP Montoya, K Raikkonen, R Barrichello, N Heidfeld, A Pizzonia, J Trulli and J Button.

Michael Schumacher starts building a gap to Montoya with a 2.9 second gap by lap 7.

Panis retires on lap 7 with a suspension problem. His 5th car related failure of the season!

Rubens Barrichello tries to get past Raikkonen without success while Michael Schumacher increased his gap over Montoya by 5.7 seconds by lap 11.

Mark Webber receives a 10 second stop go penalty for breaching of parc ferme rules.

By lap 12 rain starts to fall on some areas of the track. 
Nick Heidfeld who had a good qualifying position was the first to pit for tyres and fuel.

Ralf Schumacher makes his first stop on lap 15.

With the rain falling, Montoya starts closing the gap to Michael as the dry Michelins appear to perform better than the Bridgestones under a slightly damp track. 
Trulli spins on the damp track and pits.

By lap 19, the rain eases and the gap between Michael and Montoya stabilises at around 3 seconds.

Order after lap 20: M Schumacher, JP Montoya, K Raikkonen, R Barrichello, J Button, J Villeneuve, D Coulthard, F Alonso

Montoya and Coulthard both pit on lap 21

Barrichello pits on lap 22 and has a problem with refuelling! It takes him around 20 seconds.

Michael Schumacher pits and he too has a problem and fire erupts on his car and the pit crew extinguish it quickly. His stop took 20 seconds and appeared not to have taken as much fuel as planned.

Order after lap 28: JP Montoya, K Raikkonen, M Schumacher, J Button, R Barrichello, F Alonso, R Schumacher, N Heidfeld.

Montoya blows his engine and is out, in the meantime, Michael Schumacher managed to get ahead of Raikkonen and takes the lead and starts to build a gap.

Fernando Alonso who started from the pits lane makes his first and only stop on lap 38 from 5th place!

Michael Schumacher makes his second pit stop on lap 41 and doesn't lose much time. He rejoins in 3rd.

Fernando Alonso retires on lap 45 as he spins due to an engine failure

Raikkonen makes his final pit stop and rejoins in 3rd behind Rubens and Michael. Rubens pits a lap later and rejoins behind Kimi.

Jacques Villeneuve pits but has a problem getting away and loses a lot of time and losing a potential points finish.

On lap 58 Ralf Schumacher while running 5th locks up and Coulthard gets through.

Order after lap 59: M Schumacher, K Raikkonen, R Barrichello, J Button, D Coulthard, R Schumacher, M Webber, J Trulli

For the remaining 10 laps it appeared that Michael was heading for the win without any threat. Rubens Barrichello in 3rd was catching Kimi Raikkonen and attempted to pass him on a number of occasions but with no avail and so the order remained: Michael Schumacher ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Rubens Barrichello. Jenson Button gave BAR their best result so far this season with a 4th place finish while Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher only managed 5th and 6th respectively. Mark Webber defied the odds by finishing in the points after starting from the pitlane and was penalised during the race while Jarno Trulli managed to score the last available point.

In the Drivers' Championship, Kimi Raikkonen remains in the lead with 40 points and 2 points ahead of Michael Schumacher. Rubens Barrichello takes 3rd from Alonso while David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher make the top 6.

In the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari take the lead from McLaren with 64 points against 63 while Renault and Williams are tied on points with 35 points each. Jordan and BAR are also tied on points with 11 points each.

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