Winning the Hard Way: How McLaren Won and Lost
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Winning the Hard Way: How McLaren Won and Lost

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The Italian Grand Prix once again featured the best and the worst in McLaren's 2005 assault. On the one hand Kimi Raikkonen endured yet another grid penalty for an engine replacement; on the other hand, he put in one of the best qualifying laps of the year. On the other hand, Juan Pablo Montoya won the race without relinquishing the lead at any point; on the other hand, he had to nurse a failed rear tyre to the chequered flag. Adam Cooper analyses McLaren's performance at the Italian GP

The Italian Grand Prix might not have featured a great deal of wheel to wheel action amongst the frontrunners, but it was nevertheless a fascinating contest. This latest battle in the McLaren/Renault war saw honours evenly distributed in terms of constructors' points at least, with McLaren gaining just one on their rivals.

Apart from a stunning level of reliability throughout the field, the race featured several intriguing aspects that are worthy of further examination, and as so often is the case this season, the real interest revolves around things going awry at McLaren.

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