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Juan Pablo Montoya dominated the race with his Williams BMW, with second place driver David Coulthard over a minute behind, the rest were also rans. Pity that Ralf Schumacher, Kimi Raikkonen and Rubens Barrichello all retired on the first lap as we would have been able to see if any of those drivers had the speed to match or even beat Montoya.

A few of the highlights:

  • The incident at the start, do you believe Ralf Schumacher was at fault ? Does he deserve being demoted 10 places on the grid at Hungary ?.

  • Juan Pablo Montoya dominated all the way and had no competition at all. Why do you think Williams were so dominant on this track ?.

  • Michael Schumacher raced with the 2 Renaults and David Coulthard and wasn't able to do anything about Montoya. The Ferrari was strong in Silverstone but wasn't here, why ?.

  • The tyre problem Michael suffered, was that just bad luck or was it due to the fact that Ferrari switched him to a 2 stop strategy with a very long third stint ?

  • David Coulthard finished on the podium for the first time since the Australian Grand Prix and it was probably due to the 3 drivers who retired on the first lap. Is Coulthard time in Formula 1 running out ?.

  • The two Toyota's scored 7 points and equalled the total number of points they've scored all season. Looks impressive and a sign of improvement but was it ?, had the 3 top runners not retired they would have probably finished outside the points. 

  • Jenson Button yet again manages to score a point despite starting from 17th and being pressured in the end by Mark Webber.

  • The Williams/BMW/Michelin package looks very strong for the last 4 races of the season. Can they get ahead of Ferrari and Michael Schumacher ? Who do you think is the favourite now for the Drivers' and Constructors' Championships ?

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What others are saying:

Q1 yes it was Ralphs fault but no he doesn't deserve that punishment, I believe taking himself out of title contention was enough. 
Q2 because they now have the best car in F1, get used to it. 
Q3 many reasons, tyres, temperature, development, the Williams have floundered at Silverstone before. 
Q4 bad luck. 
Q5 David who? 
Q6 Just good fortune. 
Q7 The way it goes sometimes. 
Q8 I think Juan Pablo is in a very strong position to win the title, but he is up against the greatest driver of all time and I can't wait for the next race. I have been saying for months on this site that Williams and Montoya are Michaels greatest threat, and you should see the insults I've received, well bring it on - Cooky - Australia

Wow another great GP! 
The unpredictability of recent GPs makes for great viewing and I like it! With a start that took 3 of the top five drivers in the championship out I was fully expecting the race to be restarted. But in the end I was actually glad they did not do it. 
But what a 'classless' (to paraphrase one Ross Brawn) move Michael made on Trulli. Michael braked too late and could not make the corner and normally would have had a real 'off'. As it was he put all 4 wheels on the other side of the curb into the run off area, then has the gall to pass Trulli on the run off! Isn't that like straightlining a chicane to gain advantage? And is that not illegal? The stewards are worthless. In the end, Mikey got his just deserts and Trulli while being passed by Coulthard at least got his first podium for Renault! 
Finally we may ask is 'Formula Juan' back? I'm not sure lets wait and see. Ralf got shafted for Hungary by the FIA stewards who were blind to his brother's antics. Go figure,... Dave W - USA

A totally damned race. 
The race should have been restarted especially in Germany because Burti - Schumacher accident in 2001 caused a restart for the race. Any way maybe it was the last chance for Rubens to catch up. 
Those who are fans of Rubenho can send their comments to the British Rubens Barrichello Fan Club [email protected] - Al - Syria

This was a good race, but it gets a little boring when someone dominates like JPM did. As for the start of the race, the two biggest mistakes I saw was Raikkonen being a little too aggressive, and Ralph Firman just slamming into the back of everyone. Firman has no class. What's he doing in F-1 ? Anyway, Kimi obviously has the better launch control, as he blew by Barrichello, but I feel that had he lifted a little, none of this would have happened. Yes Ralf should have checked his mirrors, but he just went straight, and Rubens' just went straight, and Kimi forced them both inside. 
As far as Williams is concerned, they just have their car dialled in, and they have the better tire. Of course it doesn't hurt to have 2 great drivers, and I think JPM will win the championship, unless Ferrari has some huge gain.
I think Schumacher gambled on that pass he made on Trulli, and that's where his tire failure began. What I see with Schumacher is a guy who has figured out the new scoring system. I think he realizes if he goes third or better, he wins the championship. If it was winner takes all, I think you would see a different driver. 
I don't think Coulthard is done. He is a class act. Just listen to him when he does his podium interviews. There is a reason for everything he does. 
As for Toyota, I think they're right where they're supposed to be. They are faster than Honda, Jaguar, and the rest. They got a break from Ferrari this week, But that's racing. 
You're always going to have some retirements, and if your able to hang around to the end, you can score points. I think the proof of their competitiveness, was 2 weeks ago when da Matta was in the lead. Granted, Kimi knew de Matta still had to pit, but he still couldn't pass him. 
In three weeks I think you will see another track that favors Williams and Renault, while Ferrari will have a struggle, and McLaren will be somewhere in the middle. 
P.S. I hope Jacques Villeneuve gets his deal ironed out. This sport needs people like him and Eddie Irvine - John - San Diego,  USA

Another great race even considering Williams/Montoya's dominance. Ralf was a bonehead which his own words imply - foolish words to say he can't be expected to concentrate on those around him. LOL. Considering what was at stake for him makes it even worse. 
Montoya/Williams were brilliant. The Michelins are good but the Williams is the main reason and Montoya's skill/speed. Also, Williams were correct to 3 stop as Ferrari, Renault and the very disappointing Jaguar can attest. I think this, plus a little offroading by Schuey, caused his puncture. Why these 3 teams didn't change to a 3 stop strategy, especially considering the heat, and the speed of the Williams, is a mystery to me! 
Toyota were again impressive and are probably best of the rest. Jaguar got tactics wrong at last 2 races - the car seems to eat tyres. Webber kept pace for a while then DRAMATICALLY fell off the pace! Jaguar seem to have taken a step backwards somehow. Webber's first big test overtaking for points ended badly too. Interesting little battle going on between Jaguar, BAR and Toyota until seasons end. 
Betting men should be putting money on Montoya for the Championship and even more on Williams for the Constructors Championship - Bryon F - Australia

Incident at the start: the only one not to be blamed is Barrichello. Raikkonen must be advised that the green thing besides the tarmac is grass and is not suitable for driving over it. Ralf had plenty of room to his right and should not go to the left. 
Toyota and Coulthard inherited 3 positions and that's all. I can't understand why McLaren insists with DC. I hope they are waiting for JPM or RB to join KR in 2005. 
Michael was racing with his brains but the move he made on Trulli might has damaged his tire. Very good to the championship!!!! 
Button is proving to be very consistent while Webber and Alonso are becoming pretty ordinary now that there are huge expectations on their performances.
One last thought: the worst punishment to Ralf will be helping JPM to defeat his brother... Andre B - Brazil

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