Montoya grabs British GP
Silverstone, July 10:
Juan Pablo Montoya of McLaren-Mercedes won Sunday’s British Grand Prix, his first victory of the season and the fifth of his career. Fernando Alonso of Renault was second and McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen took third. The Colombian, starting from third on the grid, swept into the lead just seconds into the race as he passed pole-sitter Alonso on the first series of turns. The victory helped improve a poor season for the former Indy 500 champion. Giancarlo Fisichella of Renault was fourth and Jenson Button of Britain and BAR-Honda was fifth. Button was trying to become the first British winner at Silverstone since David Coulthard in 2000. Alonso stayed atop the standings with 77 points through 11 races. Raikkonen stayed in second place with 51 and Michael Schumacher, who finished sixth, stayed third with 43. Montoya improved to 26 points. It was Montoya’s first victory since winning the last race of the 2004 season in Brazil. Raikkonen was the second-quickest in qualifying, but was penalised 10 places on the starting grid after he blew an engine in practice. After qualifying third, he started 13th after an engine penalty but still finished a distant second to Alonso. It was another disappointing weekend for Ferrari. Seven-time series champion Schumacher finished just a second ahead of seventh-place teammate Rubens Barrichello. They finished on the same lap as the winner, but 75 seconds behind.