Barrichello Wins in Hungary; Ferrari Secure WCC

Ferrari underlined their season of Formula One dominance in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix when Rubens Barrichello led home teammate Michael Schumacher to secure the Italian team's fourth consecutive Constructors' Championship with an emphatic one-two finish.

Barrichello Wins in Hungary; Ferrari Secure WCC

Ferrari underlined their season of Formula One dominance in Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix when Rubens Barrichello led home teammate Michael Schumacher to secure the Italian team's fourth consecutive Constructors' Championship with an emphatic one-two finish.

Barrichello led from the start and the Italian team did not put a foot wrong to allow the Brazilian, who has been dogged with bad luck this season, to cruise home for his third career victory, his second of 2002.

Schumacher and Barrichello were closely matched in a processional 77-lap race around the tight and twisty Hungaroring, and Barrichello came home 13.3 seconds ahead of third-placed German Ralf Schumacher, of Williams-BMW.

The victory allowed Barrichello to move into second place in the Drivers' Championship on 45 points, five ahead of closest rivals Ralf Schumacher and Montoya, of Williams BMW.

Ferrari's romp to the constructors' title was no surprise - they only needed to hold station to Williams-BMW and they now lie 77 points ahead with just 64 points remaining.

No shock, either, was the lack of overtaking on the notoriously twisty Hungaroring track, with a brief battle between Finn Kimi Raikkonen and Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya the sole highlight of an otherwise disappointing race at a time when, more than ever before, Formula One needed an injection of drama.

A clever strategy from McLaren-Mercedes allowed Raikkonen to come home fourth, after Montoya dropped away to finish outside the top ten. The Finn's British teammate David Coulthard was fifth and Italian Giancarlo Fisichella grabbed the final point for Jordan Honda.

Barrichello made a clean start to head into the first corner clearly in front of teammate Schumacher and the first Williams-BMW of Ralf Schumacher as the rest of the field jostled for position behind them.

Fisichella slotted into fourth ahead of Felipe Massa, of Sauber, who had moved up from seventh on the grid, and Briton Jenson Button, who climbed three places to sixth in his Renault.

At the end of lap one, Barrichello was half a second ahead of Schumacher and already 2.4 seconds ahead of the Williams of Schumacher junior, and it was not long before the Ferrari pair were already out in the distance.

Barrichello and Schumacher traded fastest laps in the early part of the race as they extended their advantage over the lead Williams to more than 10 seconds after the tenth lap of the race.

The team then maintained the gap as positions remained the same until Montoya hit trouble when he was forced wide by Raikkonen in a wheel-to-wheel battle for seventh place on lap 22.

Montoya pitted at the end of the lap after losing out to Trulli and Coulthard in quick succession, one lap after Jacques Villeneuve had become the first retirement of the race when he parked his BAR Honda at the side of the start-finish straight.

By now, Grand Prix debutant Anthony Davidson had been lapped and came into the pits for his first ever Formula One pitstop, which he executed perfectly and returned to the track.

In fact, it was his Australian teammate Mark Webber who made an uncommon error when he accelerated into his pit, locked up and hit a tyre as the pit crew scrambled out of the way.

Eddie Irvine was the next to go when his Jaguar ground to a halt with an engine problem on lap 24 and he posted his sixth successive retirement as the Milton Keynes-based team's season of struggles continued.

Fisichella was the first of the lead drivers to pit at the end of lap 29. Second placed Schumacher followed on lap 31, with a stop of 8.4 seconds and, although Barrichello was stationary for 0.6 seconds longer when he came in the following lap, he still came out ahead of his teammate.

New leader Ralf Schumacher pitted at the end of the next lap to leave Barrichello back up front, just ahead of Schumacher as the pair continued their nose-to-tail procession.

By the 36th lap, once the first set of pit stops had concluded, the top six comprised of Barrichello, Michael Schumacher, Ralf Schumacher, Fisichella, Massa and Raikkonen, and the order remained the same as the difficulties of overtaking on the twisty circuit were displayed with a continued procession.

Schumacher made his second pit stop on lap 55, one lap after his third-placed brother Ralf, and one lap before leader Barrichello. But the Ferrari pair were stationary for exactly the same time, 7.6 seconds, and held station to set up a procession finish.

At the end of the second set of pit stops, Barrichello led Schumacher, with the German dropping away as team orders appeared to come into play. Ralf Schumacher remained third, with Fisichella and Massa losing out to the McLaren pair of Raikkonen and Coulthard, who moved up to fourth and fifth respectively.

Davidson's Grand Prix debut came to an end on the leaders lap 62, with the Minardi driver two laps adrift, when he spun out into the gravel trap at turn nine to post the fourth and final retirement of the race.

PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS The Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring, Budapest; 77 laps; 306.075km; Weather: Hot and dry. Classified: Pos Driver Team-Engine Tyres Time 1. Barrichello Ferrari (B) 1h 41:49.001 2. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) + 0.434 3. R.Schumacher Williams BMW (M) + 13.355 4. Raikkonen McLaren Mercedes (M) + 29.479 5. Coulthard McLaren Mercedes (M) + 37.800 6. Fisichella Jordan Honda (B) + 1:08.804 7. Massa Sauber Petronas (B) + 1:13.612 8. Trulli Renault (M) + 1 Lap 9. Heidfeld Sauber Petronas (B) + 1 Lap 10. Sato Jordan Honda (B) + 1 Lap 11. Montoya Williams BMW (M) + 1 Lap 12. Panis BAR Honda (B) + 1 Lap 13. de la Rosa Jaguar Cosworth (M) + 2 Laps 14. McNish Toyota (M) + 2 Laps 15. Salo Toyota (M) + 2 Laps * 16. Webber Minardi Asiatech (M) + 2 Laps * Received 25-second penalty Fastest Lap: M.Schumacher, 1:16.207, lap 72 Not Classified/Retirements: Driver Team On Lap Davidson Minardi Asiatech (M) 59 Spun off Button Renault (M) 31 Spun off Irvine Jaguar Cosworth (M) 24 Mechanical Villeneuve BAR Honda (B) 21 Mechanical World Championship Standing, Round 13: Drivers: Constructors: 1. M.Schumacher 112 WC 1. Ferrari 157 CC 2. Barrichello 45 2. Williams-BMW 80 3. R.Schumacher 40 3. McLaren-Mercedes 54 = Montoya 40 4. Renault 15 5. Coulthard 34 5. Sauber-Petronas 11 6. Raikkonen 20 6. Jordan-Honda 7 7. Button 11 7. BAR 5 8. Heidfeld 7 8. Jaguar-Cosworth 3 = Fisichella 7 = Toyota 2 10. Trulli 4 = Arrows 2 = Massa 4 = Minardi-Asiatech 2 12. Irvine 3 = Villeneuve 3 14. Webber 2 = Salo 2 = Frentzen 2 = Panis 2 All timing unofficial

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