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Mark (Flag) Braintree

Michael Schumacher does NOT win Formula 1 in Monac

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in Monaco Grand Prix.

 

For the 1st time this season, Michael fails to win a race. The details.

 

Formula One Live

Monaco

Monaco Grand Prix - Final positions

Lap 77 of 77

RACE STANDINGS

1 J Trulli (Renault)

2 J Button (BAR)

3 R Barrichello (Ferrari)

4 J P Montoya (Williams)

5 F Massa (Sauber)

6 C da Matta (Toyota)

7 N Heidfeld (Jordan)

8 O Panis (Toyota)

 

 

LAP BY LAP

MONACO CLOCKWATCH

 

Finish: Trulli takes the chequered flag with Button second just 0.4 seconds back. Barrichello is third and Montoya fourth. Then it's Massa, Da Matta, Heidfeld and Panis in the other points positions.

 

Lap 77: On to the final lap. It looks like Trulli will hang on for his first-ever win.

 

Lap 76: On the penultimate lap now. Trulli leads from Button. Barrichello is way back in third.

 

Lap 75: Button is right up behind Trulli now. The gap is 0.8 seconds.

 

Lap 74: Ralf Schumacher is forced out in the closing stages with smoke coming from his Williams.

 

Lap 73: It's hard to see how Button can get past. It will take a mistake from the Italian you feel.

 

Lap 72: Button is really putting the pressure on Trulli. Will he crack?

 

Lap 71: It's less than two seconds now. Can Button find a way through?

 

Lap 70: It's just 2.2 seconds between the first two. Still Button faces a tough task to get past on this street circuit.

 

Lap 69: The gap is down to 3.5 seconds now. Button is really come up behind Trulli's exhaust.

 

Lap 68: Trulli gets stuck behind Heidfeld and Button closes in. The Briton gets past soon after.

 

Lap 67: Looking further down the field, Sauber, Toyota and Jordan are all on course for championship points.

 

Lap 66: Trulli's gap is now going out again. It's just nudged over five seconds once more.

 

Lap 65: Trulli's lead is holding steady at the moment. Ten runners remain with little sign of any positional changes at present.

 

Lap 64: No change at the front.

 

Lap 63: Montoya moves over to let Button through. The gap to Trulli is now under five seconds.

 

Lap 62: However, Button is refusing to throw in the towel. He's still doing his best to close the gap, but he's got Montoya in between him and Trulli.

 

Lap 61: The Renault is showing no sign of giving this one up.

 

Lap 60: Trulli's lead is now 5.5 seconds from Button.

 

Lap 59: Panis and Zsolt Baumgartner are still going at the rear of the field. They are ninth and 10th respctively.

 

Lap 58: Trulli remains on course for his maiden GP win. But Button is still in with a shout in second.

 

Lap 57: The lead is now 5.2 seconds.

 

Lap 56: Button takes another half a second out of Trulli. Felipe Massa is up to fifth after Da Matta's penalty.

 

Lap 55: Barrichello comes into the pits. A fast stop that - just over six seconds.

 

Lap 54: Only half the starting field is now running. Trulli's lead is down to 6.1 seconds.

 

Lap 53: Trulli still leads from Button.

 

Lap 52: Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello is now third after all that chaos a few laps ago, but he's 10 seconds back from Button.

 

Lap 51: Da Matta has been hit with a drive through penalty for ignoring blue flags. He'll now lose fifth place.

 

Lap 50: 6.6 seconds is the gap between first and second at present.

 

Lap 49: Trulli is now well ahead. Second-placed Button has the two Williams car between himself and the leader.

 

Lap 48: Schumacher throws his helmet in disgust. He's fuming with Montoya.

 

Lap 47: Trulli is now back in front and sure enough Schumacher is out. He was nudged by Montoya in the tunnel the replays show.

 

Lap 46: The race restarts. But as soon as it does, Schumacher comes out of the tunnel with his left front wheel hanging off! He's surely out of the race and won't win for the first time this season.

 

Lap 45: The safety car is still out.

 

Lap 44: Alonso is fuming with Ralf Schumacher after that incident. The Spaniard tried to go round him on the outside in the tunnel but it was simply too much to ask and he smashed into the wall. He's OK though.

 

Lap 43: Button takes the opportunity to make a second pit stop. Trulli also comes in so Schumacher takes the lead.

 

Lap 42: Crash. Alonso is off. His car is wrecked at the side of the road. The safety car comes out after Alonso hit the wall in the tunnel.

 

Lap 41: Button is also closing the gap on Schumacher slightly.

 

Lap 40: Alonso is closing a little on Trulli. The gap is now 2.1 seconds.

 

Lap 39: Ralf Schumacher pits from ninth - could be a gear problem. Meanwhile, the leaders reach half distance.

 

Lap 38: Button trails Schumacher by just over three seconds. The Briton is fourth at present.

 

Lap 37: Little change in this period of the race. The second round of pit stops is still around 10 laps or so away.

 

Lap 36: Trulli leads his team-mate by three seconds at the front.

 

Lap 35: Towards the rear, Ralf Schumacher is struggling with some sort of problem.

 

Lap 34: A reminder that Trulli leads from Alonso, then it's Schumacher and Briton Button is fourth.

 

Lap 33: A crucial period now for Schumacher as he looks to close the gap again on the Renaults.

 

Lap 32: Button is nine seconds off the lead, but he's got traffic to deal with now.

 

Lap 31: Trulli is stuck behind Heidfeld. Eventually he goes past the Jordan. But both the leader and Alonso have lost big time and Schumacher is homing in on the Renaults. The gap is now under five seconds between Trulli and Schumacher.

 

Lap 30: Raikkonen retires with engine trouble making it another miserable weekend for McLaren. Montoya has gone past Heidfeld to move into what is now seventh place.

 

Lap 29: Trulli still ahead of team-mate Alonso.

 

Lap 28: Schumacher is now just over seven seconds behind race leader Trulli, but crucially he's now got clear ground ahead of him.

 

Lap 27: Schumacher does pit now. The Renaults go back in front, but Schumacher is out in third ahead of Button.

 

Lap 26: Alonso comes in now for Renault. Schumacher leads, but he's yet to pit.

 

Lap 25: Trulli pits from the front. It's an 8.5 second stop. He's back out in third, ahead of Button.

 

Lap 24: Another fastest lap from Schumacher. He's flying at present, but has yet to pit. Da Matta comes in, allowing Button through into fourth.

 

Lap 23: Button is being held up by Cristiano Da Matta.

 

Lap 22: Massa stops for fuel. That lifts Heidfeld into eighth spot.

 

Lap 21: Barrichello pits now. Team-mate Schumacher sets the fastest lap and is closing the gap to the Renaults.

 

Lap 20: Raikkonen pits, allowing Schumacher into fourth. Button is out ahead of Raikkonen. They are sixth and seventh respectively.

 

Lap 19: Button comes in for his first pit stop. He's out after 9.5 seconds. Gianmaria Bruni is also in.

 

Lap 18: Trulli is coming up behind the Minardis and that should help Schumacher and co close the gap to the leader.

 

Lap 17: Schumacher is now challenging Kimi Raikkonen for fourth. He'll be desperate to get past the Finn and start chasing Button and the Renaults.

 

Lap 16: Trulli still leads the way and he's extended the gap at the front to more than two seconds. Pantano's pit session didn't work. Smoke is coming out his car and his race is over.

 

Lap 15: Giorgio Pantano of Jordan is the next to pit.

 

Lap 14: Montoya comes into the pits to refuel. He drops out of the points positions.

 

Lap 13: Webber is in trouble and he's crawled to a stop. That's a blow for Jaguar as he'd been in the points.

 

Lap 12: At the front, Trulli's lead from his team-mate is just over a second. He's just set the fastest lap.

 

Lap 11: Button is 1.7 seconds behind the second-placed Alonso. Meanwhile, Schumacher is pulling away from Montoya who is still sixth.

 

Lap 10: World champion Schumacher is struggling down in fifth.

 

Lap 9: The Renaults are going well again, starting to pull away from the BAR car of Button in third.

 

Lap 8: The green flags are waved and we're back under way. Montoya gets past Barrichello into sixth.

 

Lap 7: The safety car is set to come back in and the race is to restart soon.

 

Lap 6: The safety car is still rolling around.

 

Lap 5: Juan Pablo Montoya and Mark Webber are into the points now, but for how long remains to be seen with confusion reigning at present.

 

Lap 4: Sato's engine blowing up has caused all sorts of trouble. Several cars need to pit.

 

Lap 3: The front three already have a good gap with Sato holding up the chasing pack. And sure enough Sato's car expires with so much smoke coming out that is causes a crash, with Giancarlo Fisichella's car flipping over. The race is halted. David Coulthard was hit by Fisichella and his back end is badly damaged. The safety car is out. Coulthard won't be able to continue.

 

Lap 2: There looks like some kind of smoke coming from Sato's BAR car.

 

Lap 1: Takuma Sato has flown up to fourth from seventh after that thrilling start. The Renaults are at the front though. Christian Klien goes into the barrier at the hairpin.

 

Start 2: Off they go for real this time. Fernando Alonso surges past Jenson Button into second as Jarno Trulli keeps his lead. Michael Schumahcer drops back to sixth.

 

Warm-up lap 2: The cars are off again on a second formation lap after that problem with Panis' car. But would you believe it, Panis' Toyota immediately stalls for a second time. He's now being pushed off the grid.

 

Start: Olivier Panis is not in the correct grid position and team mechanics rush back on to the grid. The start will have to be delayed. Covers are going back on the tyres as it is announced the race will now get under way at 1309 BST.

 

Warm-up lap: The cars roll off the grid to get their tyres heated up.

 

Pre-race: The stars are out in force for the highlight of the F1 season. The likes of Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Roman Abramovich are just being cleared off the grid ahead of the warm-up lap.

 

RETIREMENTS

Klien, Sato, Coulthard, Fisihcella, Pantano, Webber, Raikkonen, Bruni, Alonso, M Schumacher, R Schumacher

 

 

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So do I !

 

I havent' enjoyed an F.1 so much for a couple of years.

 

Shunt on the track - Safety car goes out.

 

Safety car is running through tunnel.

 

Mr Michael, (I'm so bl**dy perfect), Schumacher charges up behind the safety car, slams on his anchors. Big puff of smoke from the tyres as he 'locks-up' then gets forced into the wall barrier and loses a front wheel !

 

Soo-Bl**dy-Perb !

 

Larf so much ? I had to go out and buy a beer !

 

[color:"blue"] Oh ! And I almost forgot !

 

Best bit was when Schu had got back to the pits and entered the garage, there was a God almighty crash, at which point, one of the commentators remarked,

 

[color:"red"] ".........and that was Michael's helmet hitting the pit garage wall !"

 

[color:"blue"] At this point, the pit crew emerged to shepherd all the camera-men and reporters away from the scene!

 

P-R-I-C-E-L-E-S-S !!

 

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That's Right Mark ! You tell 'em.

 

Mr Grumpy and Huff have gone into 'cold turkey' now the footy season is all but spent.

 

F.1. Now that IS a mans sport !

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Crashes are part of the entertainment of Formula One. There have been far too few of them recently. Perhaps this race was the start of a return to the old days, when there were more crashes and more interest in the 'sport'.

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Young Jenson second in two succesive G.P's

 

Can't be bad !

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FLEETFANNo1USA said:
Only morbid people want more crashes.......True race fans want Competition,since Schumacher arrived the competition has gone!


Yes, but the casual fan, the swing fan, the person who has to be attracted to expand the base of Formula One spectators, is bored unless something spectacular happens. When I mentioned Formula One yesterday and today, the conversation immediately turned to the crashes. Of course, we don't want anyone killed or even injured, but, despite real race fans, expansion for Formula One means more spectacular action.

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FLEETFANNo1USA said:
Only morbid people want more crashes.......True race fans want Competition,since Schumacher arrived the competition has gone!


Yes, but the casual fan, the swing fan, the person who has to be attracted to expand the base of Formula One spectators, is bored unless something spectacular happens. When I mentioned Formula One yesterday and today, the conversation immediately turned to the crashes. Of course, we don't want anyone killed or even injured, but, despite real race fans, expansion for Formula One means more spectacular action.


Just goes to show how many people watch F1 for ALL the wrong reasons
Close racing should be why they watch it.......and thats why a lot of people don't........Until F1 finds someway to equalise the cars it will be a parade. Monaco is a traffic jam in motion, and thank god a one off.......like the result!

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Yeah, Babs, I kept an eye on your boys via text on Sunday, when you got it back after going 1 down, I thought this was going to be a Canvey Win.

 

Back to the F1, Schumacher not winning, wont change anything, he is still far too good not to win the title again, he deserves it. I dont dis like Michael Winning, a bit like Steve Davis at Snooker, in the 80's you have to admire class. I know though it does nothing to atract new supporters to the Sport.

 

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'Fraid it won't be, Rock.

 

Monaco has never really suited the Ferrari machine, where as Nurnburgring definitely will. Faster and more open, though very testing on brakes.

 

I only hope Jenson B. keeps up the good work for Britain !

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Even I have to admit that Button has come on really well this season. If he continues improving I can see him going to McClaren next year or Ferrari the year after when Schmuis contract expires as I suppose he will retire then.

As for Marks quote about Steve Davis in the 80's well your showing your age there. I'm gonna pretend I dont know what your talking about!!

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Even I have to admit that Button has come on really well this season. If he continues improving I can see him going to McClaren next year or Ferrari the year after when Schmuis contract expires as I suppose he will retire then.
As for Marks quote about Steve Davis in the 80's well your showing your age there. I'm gonna pretend I dont know what your talking about!!


Babs, If you click on the icon at the side of your post, it says your age and you are older than me. <img src="/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />

Button to take over from Coulthard with any luck. Time for the Scot to go. Well passed sell by date.

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I see Montoya has confirmed his move next season, so that will hamper Button's possible move.

 

A future move to Ferrari seems the logical move, but that wouldn't be for at least another couple of seasons.

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He may aswell stay at BAR, at the moment the second best car in the field, Mclaren have lacked pace and reliability.

Williams haven't got the car underneath them this season and wouldn't be an attractive move.

Renault are good but inconsistent.

All points to BAR

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This Sunday promises an awesome race, two Brits guaranteed to be on the front row. Wheel to wheel racing, loads of overtaking, and drama guaranteed. It will last the best part of 3 hours and cover 500 miles.

No not the Grand Prix !!!! The Indianapolis 500.

 

Its on Sky Sports 3 at 4.30 Sunday afternoon, dont miss it.

 

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Mark (Flag) Braintree said:
a bit like Steve Davis at Snooker, in the 80's


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Babs said:
the year after when Schmuis contract expires as I suppose he will retire then.


But Steve Davis did not retire two years after the 80's.

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