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Jarno Trulli wins his first ever race ahead of Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello. 

What a race!. So many controversial incidents and a different winner for the first time this year!

A few highlights;

  • Jarno Trulli drove a consistent race and deserved to win. His team-mate Alonso was shadowing him until his incident with Ralf Schumacher (again!). Should Ralf - who was being lapped - have slowed down or was Alonso impatient as he was losing time to Trulli.

  • Jenson Button also drove superbly and kept the pressure on Trulli until the very last lap. Sato had a great start (possibly a jump start) but yet again retired with an engine failure that caused chaos on the track. Should BAR have called Sato in as soon as his engine began showing signs of failure or was it right to keep Sato out to try and give Button a buffer ?

  • Rubens Barrichello ended up on the podium by luck as he himself admitted but his Ferrari was way off the pace. Michael Schumacher on the other hand drove superbly and made up 2 places through the pits. But warming up his brakes in the tunnel behind the safety car, was that a wise move ? Montoya didn't anticipate it and couldn't avoid hitting Michael sending him out of the race.
    Ferrari's strategy however did appear wrong as whilst he was leading behind the safety car he still had a pit stop to do while Trulli and Button behind him didn't.

  • Montoya deserves credit for overtaking Barrichello and Heidfeld on the track. Not many drivers can do that however the pace of his Williams wasn't consistent (or was it him) and he ended finishing 4th just because four cars ahead of him retired! Ralf Schumacher continues to show how an impressive driver he is and how good he playing the role of a backmarker!! 
    Williams don't appear to be going much better than McLaren with Montoya a lap down and Ralf out with a retirement!

  • Speaking of McLaren, if they can't get their engines to last in Monaco, they won't last anywhere. Coulthard though was unlucky to be hit by Fisichella in the smoke.

  • Giancarlo Fisichella ruined his race and Coulthard's by being adventurous in zero visibility. His team-mate Massa managed to salvage 4 points for the team though! 

  • Toyota got lucky and managed to finish both cars in the points. Their pace was pathetic but they lasted!

  • Even Jordan managed to score 2 points thanks to the high attrition rate and who would've guessed that Baumgartner was very close to scoring the first points for Minardi despite being 6 laps down!

  • Overtaking backmarkers was very difficult at times and it appears that the marshals weren't consistent. Whatever happened to that -state of the art- light system that was supposed to be introduced into the cars warning the backmarkers of an approaching car ?

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What others are saying:

Well, I have to say that this was a much better race than I anticipated. 
Congratulations to Jarno Trulli, he seems to be one of those guys who quietly goes about his job. 
I never saw a race where so many drivers were so mad at each other after the race. They race on that track every year, they know the conditions are tough, and yet they act like they're so shocked when they can't overtake cleanly. I thought that the MS and JPM incident was just an accident. And Michael should stop sulking. And I thought Alonso was impatient. Another 50 meters, and he would have passed Ralph easily. I think Sato is just stupid. His car Blows, he causes this huge accident, potentially injuring Fisichella. And he walks off the track smiling and waving to the crowd. 
McLaren is un-lucky, while Toyota got lucky, and Rubens had a look on his face during the post race like he had his life threatened. What was that about? 
See ya in the Nurburgring - John N - USA

I thought it was a brilliant race. At last a race to watch with excitement. I am a huge MS fan but dear oh dear. What was the guy thinking? You don't do things like that in the tunnel!! Those cars do not have brakelights at the rear. He knew (so did JPM - how I dislike that guy) that the Safety Car was coming in on that lap. Now he goes and accelerate in the tunnel. Of course JPM was going to do the same - he does not want MS to get a clear advantage at the restart. But MS thought it wise to brake just as hard in the tunnel with JPM at speed behind him and he does not have any indication (brake lights) of his actions. What on earth was he thinking? That is not even "not very smart" - that's downright stupid!! 
He deserved the points and the place he got! But he is still my favourite!! 
As far as Sato is concerned - I also have a feeling he jumped the start. But should he have been brought in in anticipation of engine failure? I don't know. A year or 2 ago David Coulthard also had a smoking car and retirement seemed imminent. But McLaren kept him out and he won the race. Any different?. 
Jarno Trulli, well done, you deserved it. I don't think Button would have won even if he had pole. He passed MS at the start but MS passed him on strategy. JT's strategy was even better than MS's. But all credit to Button - he drove a brilliant race.. Johan M - South Africa

I was a Montoya fan in some distant past, but changed my mind when seeing his behaviour in F1. I can't help but wonder what he would say if, leading the race, he was bumped out from behind by a backmarker under the safety flag. Especially if the backmarker was the guy he loves to hate. 
That said, like Michael, I accept the Stewarts' decision. They must call the shots the way they see them, and sportsmanship requires to take it in good grace (tell that to Montoya!). - Fred - USA

Congratulations to Trulli, Renault, Michelin and Elf!!! They did a superb job and Trulli would win it with or without MS's accident. 
Button was also brilliant! By the away, Button said it all when he mentioned that the track inside the tunnel is colder. MS should have waited a hundred meters more before locking his front tires. It was a childish mistake... 
From what I've seen THIS TIME Ralf is innocent. Alonso was simply faster than the track and that's all.
Sato had a jump start: what were the marshals looking at? And I once more agree with Button when he says that Sato should have been flagged out. It is Monaco for God�s sake!!!! 
Who would say that McLaren's chassis was better than the Williams'? Let's pray that Mercedes will do its homework as soon as possible. 
Barrichello was lucky and I was very disappointed. It seems that he had a problem with his left rear suspension. I just wonder if he touched the wall somewhere... Anyway, three Brazilians within the top 6. I guess the last it happened was in 1991. Good times! - Andre B - Brazil

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