Sunday team-by-team: Part 1

After the most eventful Italian Grand Prix in recent memory, Autosport.com's Jonathan Noble gives you a rundown of how each team fared in today's race at Monza, in our team-by-team analysis

Sunday team-by-team: Part 1



Stunning 1-2 for the team after a disastrous start to the race. Rubens Barrichello wrongly chose to start on wet tyres and dropped down the order after stopping for grooved tyres on lap five, while Michael Schumacher slipped down the order after spinning at the second chicane on the first lap. Both men carved their way through the field and even a late splash-and-dash for Barrichello was not going to stop him grabbing his first win of the season.

RUBENS BARRICHELLO: "Some people say F1 is boring but there was nothing boring about today's race. It is an unbelievable feeling. This has been the best season ever and all that was missing for me was a win."

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER: "I never thought I could go from almost last to second. At the first chicane I could not stop the car in time and then at the second chicane I got into a nice four wheel slide but Jenson was outside me, we touched and it spun me round. It was very frustrating waiting for the cars to go past before I could start again, but afterwards the car worked fantastically well."



Juan Pablo Montoya had been in the hunt for victory for much of the race but dropped back in the closing stages thanks to a gearbox problem and having been slowed by getting too much fuel at the second pit-stop. He still managed to finish fifth. Team-mate Antonio Pizzonia grabbed seventh in what is almost certainly his final race for Williams before the return of Ralf Schumacher despite several incidents and a clash with David
Coulthard.

JUAN PABLO MONTOYA: "My car was pretty good in both the first and second stints when we were close to the cars in front and quite competitive. However in the last stint the car became difficult to drive. After the pit-stop I dropped from third to sixth position and I could not keep up with the cars in front anymore because of a gearbox problem."

ANTONIO PIZZONIA: "My race was basically compromised on the very first lap when I got hit from behind and spun off. I was very lucky to get out of the gravel and that my car wasn't damaged, but still I dropped to 19th. After that I basically spent my race climbing up the field and I eventually finished in seventh."



Kimi Raikkonen's continued criticisms of McLaren's reliability record proved well founded when he retired with an engine problem on lap 13 after the Mercedes-Benz power-unit developed a water leak. David Coulthard wrongly chose wet tyres for the start and pitted for grooved rubber after the warm-up lap, but recovered to finish sixth after being switched to a one-stop strategy.

DAVID COULTHARD: "Considering the circumstances we have to be relatively satisfied with sixth. Based on my experience from last week's test I thought it would still be damp in the forest section of the track and decided to start the race on intermediates. However it already became clear on the installation lap that dry weather tyres were the right choice and I went into the pits to change."

KIMI RAIKKONEN: "I think we could have been in a strong position for a podium finish today. However it was not to be, as after only two laps it became clear that my engine was losing water pressures. It was a shame."



Renault had a truly disappointing outing, with Fernando Alonso spinning outat the second chicane after a race-long battle with eventual third placed finisher Jenson Button, while Jarno Trulli could manage no better than 10th after continuing to struggle with the handling of the R24.

JARNO TRULLI: "I struggled in the opening stages when the grip levels were low - I could not find a good pace and could not feel how the car was handling. As the circuit dried out, the handling improved slowly but the car was still difficult to drive."

FERNANDO ALONSO: "My spin occurred when I took too much kerb in the second chicane and lost control of the rear end of the car but after that I was surprised that the marshals decided not to push me, as the rules allow them to. But that's life. We will bounce back from this result."



BAR grabbed second place in the constructors' championship after proving the quickest Michelin runners. Midway through the race it appeared that Jenson Button could be heading for his first win, but the pace of the Ferraris charging through the field proved too much for them. He finished third, one place ahead of team-mate Takuma Sato.

JENSON BUTTON: "We came very close to our first victory here but third and fourth for myself and Taku is amazing and I dedicate this podium to the team who have done a great job all weekend. I didn't think the Ferraris were going to be that strong from what we could see earlier in the race but all credit to them for turning things around in the closing stages."

TAKUMA SATO: "My start was good but I could not pull away at the exit of the first chicane so I lost quite a few places. Once the conditions improved though I was able to get back on the pace."

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