Karthikeyan retires, Raikkonen eases to victory

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/n/narainkarthikeyan4.jpg' class='caption'> McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen held off the challenge of championship leader Fernando Alonso to take pole for today's Monaco Grand Prix.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:52 IST
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Narain Karthikeyan's nightmare at the glamorous Monaco Grand Prix was complete when he was forced to retire due to mechanical problems with more than two-thirds of the race remaining at the Monte Carlo street circuit today. Kimi Raikkonen extended his dominance to clinch his second successive win while Nick Heidfeld and Mark Webber gave a two-three finish for Williams-BMW after a race filled with drama and excitement. The McLaren driver, who won the Spanish Grand Prix a fortnight ago, is now second in the overall championship table behind leader Fernando Alonso, who finished fourth here. Michael Schumacher of Ferrari handled a tough race well to come seventh with teammate Rubens Barrichello behind him eighth, first time both the Ferraris finishing with points in a race this season. Brake problems Karthikeyan, driving for the first time in Monaco, a venue where the car manufacturers get to show case their product to their sponsors, made three pits stops before retiring due to brake problems. It was the second time that Karthikeyan's Jordan Toyoto EJ15 car had failed to complete the race. He had retired in the Bahrain Grand Prix at Manama in April earlier. Karthikeyan's teammate Tiago Monteiro came thirteenth, three laps behind the winner. (PTI)

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