Montoya Takes First Win with McLaren

Juan Pablo Montoya secured his first win for McLaren after absorbing intense closing lap pressure from championship leader Fernando Alonso to win the British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday

Montoya Takes First Win with McLaren

Montoya, who won his last race with Williams in Brazil at the end of last season, made the most of his third place grid slot to ease into the lead at the start and never looked like giving up the win.

As his teammate Kimi Raikkonen worked his way through the field from 12th on the grid to claim third, crucially one place behind championship rival Alonso, Montoya made no mistakes to claim his fifth career victory.

Italian Giancarlo Fisichella secured fourth place for Renault, missing out on a podium once again because of a problem in the pits, but he still pushed home hero Jenson Button down to fifth in the BAR-Honda.

World Champion Michael Schumacher had to settle for a sixth place finish, just ahead of Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello, while his brother Ralf Schumacher secured the final point for Toyota by finishing eighth.

Alonso made a clean getaway as Button failed to make the most of his front row start and Montoya flew past then, after running around the outside of Alonso through Copse, he made it past at turn two.

But BAR-Honda driver Takuma Sato had failed to make it to the grid, stopping at Luffield, and the safety car came out immediately after the start as his car was removed and returned to the pits.

The race was underway again after just one lap and Montoya maintained his lead ahead of Alonso with Button in third, Barrichello fourth and Fisichella fifth after a disappointing start for Trulli saw him drop to sixth.

Michael Schumacher made it up to seventh place while Raikkonen, who started 12th after a penalty for changing an engine, had already shot into the points-scoring positions in eighth.

With Sato back out on the track the first retirement of the race was Indian Narain Karthikeyan when his Jordan ground to a halt at the side of a track after just 11 laps.

Barrichello was the first driver into the pits, at the end of lap 17, as Montoya maintained a one-second gap over Alonso and Button dropped to around eight seconds behind before pitting from third at the end of lap 20.

Montoya made his first stop at the end of lap 22 to put Alonso into the lead then Alonso pitted one lap later and came out right alongside Montoya, but the McLaren driver's momentum allowed him to retake his position.

Fisichella was now in the lead but pitted at the end of lap 25, one lap after Michael Schumacher, and Raikkonen then pitted at the end of lap 26 having just made a clean pass on championship rival Alonso.

That left the order with Montoya ahead of Alonso by 2.5 seconds with Fisichella third, Button fourth, Barrichello fifth, Raikkonen sixth, Schumacher seventh and Trulli in the final points scoring position.

Barrichello pitted again on lap 32 but everyone else stayed out and Montoya set the fastest lap of the race on laps 40 and 41 as Raikkonen chased down Button for fourth place.

Button made his second stop at the end of lap 43, by which time Montoya had a 7.1-second lead over Alonso with Fisichella 10.5 seconds back and Raikkonen, now promoted to fourth, 21.8 seconds off the lead.

Montoya pitted on the following lap, followed by Raikkonen and then Fisichella, but the Italian suffered a repeat of the disaster he experienced in France when he stalled his Renault on the way out.

Alonso stopped at the end of lap 49, 11 laps from the race finish, and came out behind Montoya with Raikkonen capitalising on Fisichella's pit problems to move into a podium position in third.

PROVISIONAL RACE RESULTS The British Grand Prix Silverstone, Britain; 60 laps; 308.355km; Weather: Sunny. Classified: Pos Driver Team Time  1. Montoya McLaren-Mercedes (M) 1h24:29.588 2. Alonso Renault (M) + 2.739 3. Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes (M) + 14.436 4. Fisichella Renault (M) + 17.914 5. Button BAR-Honda (M) + 40.264 6. M.Schumacher Ferrari (B) + 1:15.322 7. Barrichello Ferrari (B) + 1:16.567 8. R.Schumacher Toyota (M) + 1:19.212 9. Trulli Toyota (M) + 1:20.851 10. Massa Sauber-Petronas (M) + 1 lap 11. Webber Williams-BMW (M) + 1 lap 12. Heidfeld Williams-BMW (M) + 1 lap 13. Coulthard Red Bull-Cosworth (M) + 1 lap 14. Villeneuve Sauber-Petronas (M) + 1 lap 15. Klien Red Bull-Cosworth (M) + 1 lap 16. Sato BAR-Honda (M) + 2 laps 17. Monteiro Jordan-Toyota (B) + 2 laps 18. Albers Minardi-Cosworth (B) + 3 laps 19. Friesacher Minardi-Cosworth (B) + 4 laps Fastest Lap: Raikkonen, 1:20.502 Not Classified/Retirements: Driver Team On Lap Karthikeyan Jordan-Toyota (B) 11 World Championship Standing, Round 11: Drivers: Constructors:  1. Alonso 77 1. Renault 102 2. Raikkonen 51 2. McLaren-Mercedes 87 3. M.Schumacher 43 3. Ferrari 74 4. Barrichello 31 4. Toyota 54 5. Trulli 31 5. Williams-BMW 47 6. Montoya 26 6. Red Bull-Cosworth 22 7. Fisichella 25 7. Sauber-Petronas 13 8. Heidfeld 25 8. Jordan-Toyota 11 9. R.Schumacher 23 9. BAR-Honda 9 10. Webber 22 10. Minardi-Cosworth 7 11. Coulthard 17 12. Button 9 13. Massa 7 14. Villeneuve 6 15. Wurz 6 16. Monteiro 6 17. Karthikeyan 5 18. Albers 4 19. Klien 4 20. de la Rosa 4 21. Friesacher 3 22. Liuzzi 1 All timing unofficial 
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