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   Sunday, 15 September, 2002, 13:20 GMT 14:20 UK
Williams hand win to Barrichello
Rubens Barrichello moves into the lead of the Italian Grand Prix, starting a chain reaction of diaster for Juan Pablo Montoya, with Michael Schumacher close behind
Barrichello passes Montoya for the lead at Monza


Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello has taken his third victory of the year at the Italian Grand Prix after the Williams team blew their best chance of a win for several months.

Ralf Schumacher's BMW engine failed while he was leading on lap four and Juan Pablo Montoya also retired - long after the Colombian had ruined his own chances of a win.

Michael Schumacher was second, with Eddie Irvine third in by far Jaguar's strongest showing of the year so far.

The Nothern Irishman finished ahead of the Renaults of Jarno Trulli and Jenson Button and BAR's Olivier Panis.

Top six at Monza
1 R Barrichello
2 M Schumacher
3 E Irvine
4 J Trulli
5 J Button
6 O Panis

Williams started the race in a strong position to inflict Ferrari's first loss for eight races, but they pressed the self-destruct button in a catastrophic first few laps.

Ralf Schumacher illegally jumped the first chicane in a desperate scramble past pole-sitter Montoya at the start.

But Ralf was ordered by race officials to let his team-mate back into the lead - which he did on the entry to the Parabolica corner at the end of lap four, only for his engine to fail at the same time.

That set in train a disastrous series of events for Montoya and Williams.

He lost enough momentum passing his team-mate to allow Barrichello to overtake him into the first chicane at the start of lap five.

Montoya then missed his braking point at the Roggia chicane and bounced over the gravel trap.

This was the result we dreamed of

Michael Schumacher

He managed to hold off Michael Schumacher behind him, but an aerodynamic part on his car was damaged and the Ferrari blasted past on the straight at the end of the lap.

The subsequent damage to the aerodynamic performance of Montoya's car slowed him enough to take him out of the battle for the lead, and the only challenge to Ferrari was gone.

Montoya looked on course for third place, only to retire after 33 laps with a suspension failure. Williams said it had not been caused by his trip over the kerbs.

It was a terrible waste on a day when Williams might have had the speed to win - although it did appear as if Ferrari's Bridgestone tyres had an advantage over Williams' Michelins on race day.

The only unknown remaining was whether Barrichello - on a two-stop strategy - would beat Michael Schumacher, who was on a one-stop.

The Brazilian did so, even though Schumacher had been the quicker man in qualifying.

Eddie Irvine holds off Toyota's Allan McNish in the early laps at Monza
Irvine scored Jaguar's equal best result
Barrichello came out of the pits after his second stop with Schumacher bearing down on him, but the German had eased off, ensuring the number two Ferrari just held on.

Ferrari had decided the result in the pits, to help secure their aim of having Barrichello finishing second in the championship this year.

Barrichello's win moved him 13 points clear of Montoya - and he now can clinch second place in two weeks' time at the US Grand Prix.

Michael Schumacher said: "This was the result we dreamed of. To look out from the podium and see so many people, it is an amazing emotion."

It was a disastrous race for McLaren, who had raced wheel-to-wheel with Williams at the Belgian race two weeks ago.

Kimi Raikkonen was on course for an out-of-touch fourth place when his engine failed mid-race.

Coulthard took seventh place from Jordan's Giancarlo Fisichella with a lap to go after battling back from a pit stop to replace his front wing following a first-lap clash.

But his comeback drive was overshadowed by Trulli's - the Italian had to start last after his engine died on the formation lap.

Toyota's Mika Salo was challenging Irvine but was penalised for breaking the rules when rejoining after his pit stop, demoting him to 11th.

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