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Rubens Barrichello wins the 9th race of the season ahead of his team-mate Michael Schumacher and McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen. Ralf Schumacher was 4th ahead of Jenson Button and Felipe Massa.

Michael pushed Rubens until the second pit stops but couldn't get past. Ferrari then asked their drivers to slow down and hold position. They allowed Rubens to win the race this time. Was that a good decision by the Ferrari team ?
McLaren while over half a second slower in qualifying were certainly quicker than Williams in the race. They appear to be gentler on the tyres ? 
The Montoya - Coulthard incident, a racing incident or was one of them to blame ?
Solid racing from the 2 Renaults and the 2 Saubers.
The high rate of finishers. It was surprising to see just 6 cars retire and 3 of them due to accidents!

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I can't believe the crap I am hearing about Montoya, everyone has engine failures, pure and simple. Remember the start of the year when Ruben's blew up all the time, remember last year it was Mika, previous years we have Ayrton, Nelson, Nikki etc etc.
Were we labelling them car breakers, Senna maybe but he was a freak who pushed the car beyond it's limit. I see Ralph and Montoya's telemetry after every debrief, and to travel at the same speed, or quicker than Ralph he is often using less rpm as well as having more fuel on board. So it is a case of if you don't know, don't comment. 
The incident with David was a racing incident, and nothing more, though it was a bold move that did not come off, if David had waited different story, no story actually and I think this is the crux of the matter - Cooky -

The races just keep getting better and better! I think Ferrari let Rubens win the race as a public relations act. Having said that, I also believe he earned it. As was pointed out, the situation now is entirely different than it was in Austria. The championship is a little more secure, there are fewer points for the other drivers to pickup and I think Ferrari are thinking about a 1-2 in the drivers championship. Ferrari is so dominant right now that they control their destiny. Ferrari's actions in Austria still p**s me off, but they were within the rules, 'nuff said. 
McLaren appears to be on the way back. They were certainly quick in the race. The DC/JPM incident was a racing incident. JPM had the lead and was trying to defend it, unfortunately it turned out badly for both drivers. JPM said later that his tires had gone off, and, as DC said, the gentlemanly thing to do would have been to move over if you know you can't compete, but I guess "Gentleman" are in short supply these days. 
The front runners, particularly the McLarens, need to watch their backs the Saubers and the Renaults are looking better and better - Jeff S - USA

By being a spectator at motor-sports since ca. 1948, I believe that makes me some kind of an old timer and so I feel somewhat predestinated to say a few words about the Columbian young man; Montoya. 
The present day philosophy of BMW is in contrast of the Company's long standing quality and reliability-based successes. Living some years (decades really) in other parts of the world I understand somewhat the attitude of Montoya as well beside of the European drivers'. The car-racing, the sport itself has a generally accepted description as "Gentleman Sport," which basically originates from the very simple starting point; namely that although the winning is important, but sleeping in bed following the race instead of being in the morgue is far more important. The European and most of the other drivers of course as well thinking on the very same line too, except Montoya. He is lacking all the finesse of the mechanical understandings of the machine he is driving and at the same time he is a dangerous, all risk taking racer, who completely disregards the safety of others' beside of his own. 
BMW is not a bad Company as we all know it. The Company stands among the three of the best traditional motor manufacturers, not exotic cars like Ferrari, but a commonly used car, manufacturing high volume series, performing very well today too on the everyday market. Although a driver's death is not going to cost more than a destroyed car and a wreath on the grave in the name of the company, since the drivers are carrying their own insurances, I believe this mentality is not among the conceivable responsible approaches how to accomplish the best results, - especially on the long run. BMW does not need to embark on this road even if is being run by Williams, the British owned stable. The company should have some saying in this matter, in contrast of Herr Berger's opinion. There is an attitude in the country where Montoya is from, Columbia, along with several other Latin American countries, - fortunately Barrichello is not among those - that risking the life is the norm. This sentiment is deeply seated, originates from the social conditions, which in other words means that the life is cheap! Montoya of course would risk others' life first before his own, it is a human nature, and essentially he will risk it. 
On the other, - the better - occasions he pushes the car over to the limit, resulting the blown engine. At the Nurburgring race, when the Montoya's skill just wasn't adequate enough to hold up Coulthard, he chose knowingly the speed in the curve what he was not capable to maintain without spinning out, therefore, crashed into Coulthard's car, - here again - taking the "risk all" attitude. Normally the crash like this is a "non event" episode, which could and does occur over and over to every driver, but the problem with Montoya is far more dangerous and vectors into future possibilities - Spectator - EU

Excellent Decision: With no Montoya neither Coulthard in the track 6 more points in the championship for Schumi and a win for Rubens to fight for runner up of the year is full house for the Ferrari Team. Remember they will face the FIA next Wednesday and they look good with this - George Lao - Costa Rica

I'm disappointed in Montoya. Coulthard was clearly faster and by his own admission his tyres were worn. There comes a point where you have to get out of the way for the obviously faster car, the same way Coulthard did last year in this race (I think he let Ralf by). I cant understand why they didn't call JPM in for a tyre change when he needed one badly with Coulthard right behind him. Sad - Peter M - USA

It was an interesting race, but also boring, because lacked in intensity. Only the incident between J.P. Montoya and Coulthard, and the uncertain Barrichello victory with Shumi on the back added some spice to this race. 
Ferrari played a winner card here letting Rubinho win, but it also seemed political in the face of an upcoming hearing in front of the FIA to soften their possible reprimand or disqualification, only upcoming events will give us the reason when this situation repeats to see what Jean Todd would do then. 
The race accident between Coulthard and Montoya was just that a Race accident. 
It was really a shame to see the Williams struggling after such qualifier demo on Saturday. Some commentator said BMW engines were "tamed" in their RPM's because the engine factory could not afford the embarrassment to have another "engine failure" in front of their countrymates. Definitely it was not the same engine of their qualifier, and even if Michelin will not admit it, their tires were not up to the task, sorry - J Herrero - Dominican Republic

To whom it may concern, Once again we have another contrived finish. One question - what was the difference between last night's result & Austria? Team orders were in play - Michael caught up to Rubens from 10 seconds behind and had it been any other car in front he would have taken them. But no, this is not allowed because it's Michael who is behind.
Next thing, commentary. I think Martin Brundle & James Allen should take a leaf out of Martin Tylers book (the English Commentator) BIAS - they are two of the most biased commentators I have ever heard. For starters, with Montoya's & Coulthards collision, immediately it was Montoya's fault. Coulthard knew the risks of the outside move, and Montoya is a racer, just like Coulthard. 
Secondly, the bias shown towards Michael whenever he leads or follows what the team wants him to do. In case you haven't realised, this is a team sport & team rules do apply at times. 
People have said Schuey is the luckiest driver around, but the fact of the matter is, he has had his fair share of bad luck. People don't realise what Schumacher has done for the Ferrari team. It would be fair to say that without Schuey, Rubens wouldn't have the car he has today, and Ferrari wouldn't have their World Titles. Also, don't forget what he has done for the safety and promotion of the sport. 
If you are sick of Schuey winning all the time, maybe the others should try a bit harder. Kind Regards - F1 Fan - Australia

Wasn't that a shame that Michael could not fight for victory in is "home" GP, being politically correct? Where are now all those who defended the truth of this sport? Not defending Schumacher for sure!!!I - Albert G - Portugal

t made logical sense to let Rubens win, as he has a chance to come second in the world championship and make it a Ferrari one-two. With only a few points covering first to fourth place, the race for second place is still wide open. With the extra four points for winning, Rubens has closed the gap markedly in the last few races - Lindsay C - Australia.

I wish that Ferrari would make up their mind. Either enforce team orders or don't. If they choose to treat the championship as a team sport then so be it - they do have the right to choose that. I for one saw nothing wrong with Ferrari's actions in Austria. It was simply a matter of Ferrari choosing a team strategy over a driver strategy. They could, however, have been a little more subtle in their execution. 
As for the Euro GP, I think that Barrichello's post race comments tend to say it all (I am paraphrasing here because I am too lazy to search for the exact quote) - Ferrari are now more confident than they were a few races ago and feel that it is ok to throw a few wins Reubens' way. 
One last thing about team orders - they can tend to cheapen the value of the driver's championship. This year there is no question that Michael is the best driver in the best car, however in years to come will things be so clear cut? - Adrian - Australia

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