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Sunday, 16 September, 2001, 13:43 GMT 14:43 UK
Lapwatch: Italian Grand Prix
Follow the action as it happened at the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.

Italian Grand Prix result:

1 Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams)
2 Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari)
3 Ralf Schumacher (Williams)
4 Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
5 Pedro de la Rosa (Jaguar)
6 Jacques Villeneuve (BAR)

Pre-race: There are bizarre scenes in the final minutes before the race begins as Michael Schumacher walks up and down the grid talking to all the drivers.

An earlier meeting of the drivers saw all but Canadian Jacques Villeneuve decide not to overtake through the first two chicances as a mark of respect to America, and to remember a local fire marshal who was killed by flying debris in last year's race.

But team bosses insist the race starts as normal, leaving Schumacher to try and convince his fellow drivers to take it easy at the green light.

Formation Lap: All the cars make it safely around the circuit to line up on the grid, with nobody sure how the drivers will treat the start.

Lap One: Juan Pablo Montoya leads after a start that sees Jenson Button make a dramatic move down the inside and leave his braking too late, taking Jarno Trull in the Jordan off and out of the race.

Michael Schumacher made a subdued start but quickly got into race mode, passing his brother Ralf to take third place with Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello in second.

Lap Two: Trulli is confirmed as the first retirement as the race settles down after a frantic start, with David Coulthard in the McLaren fifth and Pedro de la Rosa's Jaguar an impressive sixth.

Lap Three: Button comes out of the pits after his run-in with Trulli on the first corner as Montoya continues to lead the Ferrari duo.

Lap Four: Jos Verstappen in the Arrows passes De la Rosa who is struggling to keep the pace, while Jacques Villeneuve and Mika Hakkinen struggle down in 12th and 13th respectively.

Lap Five: Less than three seconds cover Montoya, Barrichello and Michael Schumacher as they look to break away from the rest of the pack. Button retires as smoke pours from the Benetton.

Lap Seven: Ralf Schumacher cannot keep up with the leaders and is almost 10 seconds behind in fourth place.

Lap Nine: Barrichello sweeps past Montoya and into the lead and Michael Schumacher closes in on the Colombian as the Ferraris outperform the Williams. Coulthard retires as his Mclaren's engine blows.

Lap Ten:Kimi Raikkonen in the Sauber and Jean Alesi's Jordan move up to sixth and seventh repsectively while Kakkinen continues to struggle down in 11th.

Lap 11: Michael Schumacher is all over the back of Montoya and Ralf Schumacher continues to slip back as the Williams fail to match the pace of the Ferraris.

Lap 13: Barrichello looks strong and extends his lead over Montoya to five seconds, while Alesi moves into sixth behind Verstappen.

Lap 15: Alex Yoong almost goes out in the Minardi when he spins, but the Malaysian keeps the engine running to continue in 19th and last place. Alesi is driving a storming race and moves past Verstappen into fifth, while Barrichello goes eight seconds clear at the front.

Lap 17: Michael Schumacher comes in for a pit-stop that takes 10.4 seconds and returns in fourth place behind brother Ralf.

Lap 18: Barrichello follows his team-mate into the pits and the stop takes 16 seconds as the pit crew seems unprepared. Montoya regains the lead.

Lap 20: Barrichello returns in third place, four seconds behind second-placed Ralf Schumacher.

Lap 21: Hakkinen joins his team-mate Coulthard back in the McLaren garage as his car fails. Montoya is running 19 seconds clear of Ralf Schumacher with both Williams still to pit.

Lap 23: Alesi makes a sharp pit-stop of just eight sconds to maintain his strong showing, returning in seventh place behind Villeneuve. Raikkonen takes 13 seconds for his stop as De la Rosa takes advantage to move into fifth.

Lap 25: The leading four of Montoya, Ralf Schumacher, Barrichello and Michael Schumacher are separated by 30 seconds, with Montoya over 20 seconds clear.

Lap 26: A huge group is forming behind last-placed Yoong, with sixth-placed Villeneuve the first in line to challenge the Malaysian.

Lap 28: Montoya comes into the pits and his stop of 11 seconds means he rejoins just behind Barrichello in third place. Ralf Schumacher leads the Brazilian by three seconds but will be in for a pit-stop soon.

Lap 29: Montoya is over five seconds behind Barrichello as Ralf Schumacher chooses to stay out a little longer with the track clear of traffic. Heinz-Harald Frentzen retires in the Prost.

Lap 31: The battle between Barrichello looks likely to decide the race, although Ralf Schumacher sets a fastest lap as he stays out of the pits. Verstappen joins the list of retirements.

Lap 33: Alesi's speed is explained when he comes in for a second stop, returning in eighth place, while Villeneuve also makes a pit-stop.

Lap 35: Ralf Schumacher finally comes into the pits just when he looked to be finding his form, and he returns in fourth place behind his brother. Barrichello leads the race again, with Montoya five seconds back in second.

Lap 36: Pedro de la Rosa, who was running fifth, is the last man to come into the pits, and he keeps his place ahead of Villeneuve.

Lap 38: Barrichello moves over 10 seconds clear and the Ferraris may need to stop again, while Ralf Schumacher is flying in fourth place.

Lap 41: The race situation changes dramatically when Michael Schumacher comes into the pits for a six-second stop, and things are looking good for Williams who look unlikely to stop again.

Lap 42: Barrichello comes into the pits for his second stop and takes on fuel for six seconds, allowing Montoya and Ralf Schumacher to go past and put Williams in command.

Lap 43: Montoya leads team-mate Ralf Schumacher by four seconds and Barrichello by six seconds, with fourth-placed Michael Schumacher 25 seconds behind the Colombian.

Lap 45: Barrichello pushes hard and moves right up behind Ralf Schumacher with the German approaching some backmarkers.

Lap 47: Barrichello outbrakes Ralf Schumacher at the end of the straight but the German retains his position by running across the corner, before letting the Brazilian past into second place and avoiding a certain penalty.

Lap 48: Barrichello sets his sights on Montoya but with seven seconds to find in as many laps it looks an impossible task. ALex Yoong retires after a spin.

Lap 50: Montoya loses a little time as he closes in on a first Grand Prix victory, but he still leads Barrichello by almost six seconds. Pedro de la Rosa is hanging on to fifth place for Jaguar, with Villeneuve's BAR close behind.

Lap 52: Barrichello keeps pressing but makes no dent on Montoya's lead, while Villeneuve looks unlikely to make it past De la Rosa.

Lap 53: Montoya takes the chequered flag for the first time in a Grand Prix with Barrichello five seconds back, sparking jubilant scenes in the Williams garage.

Ralf Schumacher takes third ahead of his brother Michael, while Pedro de la Rosa grabs two vital poitnts for Jaguar in fifth and Villeneuve holds on to sixth place.

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