23 June 2002
European GP 2002 - Rubens turns tables.
Hound the German did, however, closing the gap to around a second according to traffic, but, with ten laps to go, it became noticeable that both drivers were running some two seconds off their earlier pace. The radio traffic continued, but now it appeared to be telling the drivers to hold station and preserve the cars for a 1-2 finish.
Further back, preservation was not on the agenda for, although third, fourth and fifth were almost certain to go to Raikkonen, Ralf and Button, sixth remained up for grabs - with three men in pursuit of the point. Trulli's slip at the start meant that he rejoined the fray in eighth place after his second stop, but was close enough to both Massa and Heidfeld to have a sniff at sixth. It was not to be, however, for, now on equal fuel loads, the Italian was unable to blast past his rivals as he had at the start, and Massa refused to crack as he added another mark to his rookie total.
Up front, a couple of tenths separated the Ferrari pair as they crossed the line in perfect photo-opportunity formation. Despite having to swallow the bitter pill of being beaten on home ground - and by his team-mate at that - Schumacher still punched the air as he passed the pit-stall.
With Montoya out, and his little brother kept off the podium by the rejuvenated Raikkonen, the champion's points advantage opened by another three points - and maybe, just maybe, he and the team had gone some way to restoring their reputations with the F1 world.
1. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari 60 laps 1hr 35min 07.426secs
2. Michael Schumacher Germany Ferrari-Ferrari +0.294secs
3. Kimi Raikkonen Finland McLaren-Mercedes +46.435secs
4. Ralf Schumacher Germany Williams-BMW +1min 06.963secs
5. Jenson Button Britain Renault-Renault +1min 16.943secs
6. Felipe Massa Brazil Sauber-Petronas +1 lap
7. Nick Heidfeld Germany Sauber-Petronas +1 lap
8. Jarno Trulli Italy Renault-Renault +1 lap
9. Olivier Panis France BAR-Honda +1 lap
10. Pedro de la Rosa Spain Jaguar-Cosworth +1 lap
11. Enrique Bernoldi Brazil Arrows-Cosworth +1 lap
12. Jacques Villeneuve Canada BAR-Honda +1 lap
13. Heinz-Harald Frentzen Germany Arrows-Cosworth +1 lap
14. Allan McNish Britain Toyota-Toyota +1 lap
15. Mark Webber Australia Minardi-Asiatech +2 laps
16. Takuma Sato Japan Jordan-Honda +2 laps
Rtd Mika Salo Finland Toyota-Toyota 51 laps completed
Rtd Alex Yoong Malaysia Minardi-Asiatech 48 laps completed
Rtd Eddie Irvine Britain Jaguar-Cosworth 41 laps completed
Rtd Juan Montoya Colombia Williams-BMW 27 laps completed
Rtd David Coulthard Britain McLaren-Mercedes 27 laps completed
Rtd Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Jordan-Honda 28 laps completed
Michael Schumacher Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 32.226secs lap 26
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