Monaco Grand Prix: Trulli beats Schumacher

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Italian Jarno Trulli has ended Michael Schumacher's record winning streak of Formula One races by winning the Monaco Grand Prix.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Italian Jarno Trulli has ended Michael Schumacher's record winning streak of Formula One races by winning the Monaco Grand Prix. Having won all five Grand Prixs so far, Schumacher was looking to make Monaco his sixth victory. But Renault driver Jarno Trulli led from the start to win his first ever Grand Prix. Other winners Britain's Jenson Button in a BAR Honda came second, to claim his fourth podium place of the season, while Brazilian Rubens Barrichello salvaged some pride for Ferrari with a third place finish. Michael Schumacher's record-equalling start to a season was brought to an end as the Ferrari driver limped out of the race following a collision with Juan Pablo Montoya, which completely smashed the front wheel of his Ferrari. Schumacher's retirement on lap 46 also dashed the German's hopes of matching Brazilian Ayrton Senna's record of six Monaco victories. Race in action Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix was shortened from 78 laps to 77 after Olivier Panis stalled, forcing the first start to be aborted. When the race got underway at the second time of asking Renault enjoyed their customary good start. Pole sitter Jarno Trulli held on to first place, while his team mate Fernando Alonso passed Jenson Button to move into second. Takuma Sato started in seventh place, but moved up into fourth with a daredevil manoeuvre that saw him squeeze past Michael Schumacher. The German lost another place off the grid as Kimi Raikkonen held on to his fifth place, forcing the four-times reigning world champion down into sixth. Up in smoke However, smoke was pouring from Sato's BAR further up the field and his engine blew on lap three of the race. The Japanese driver's misfortune had a knock on effect for his rivals - Giancarlo Fisichella crashed out of the race in the melee. Replays showed that Fisichella had been blinded by the thick cloud of smoke that Sato had left behind and the Italian drove his Sauber into the back of David Coulthard, whose McLaren suffered irreparable damage. Raikkonen followed his team mate back to the garage shortly after, leaving McLaren with just five world championship points from the first six races of the season. Collision impact The field came back together behind the safety car and Alonso held on to second place after the re-start. But the Spaniard crashed out of the race when he attempted to lap Ralf Schumacher in the tunnel and collided with the outside wall. Alonso was forced out of the race and, for the first time this season, a Renault driver would finish outside the points positions. Michael Schumacher was bidding to set a new record for the best start to a Formula One season with a sixth consecutive victory. Dream gone sour But like Alonso, Schumacher's afternoon came to a premature end in the tunnel, after he braked hard behind the safety car to raise the temperature of his tyres. Juan Pablo Montoya was slow to react to Schumacher's manoeuvre and caught the Ferrari, which smashed into the wall and was left with its front-left wheel hanging off. Schumacher's exit left Trulli and Button to battle for the race win. Button closed to within half a second of Trulli in the closing laps, but the Renault man held on in this clash of F1's stars of tomorrow and completed his first Grand Prix win in a time of one hour, 45 minutes and 46.601 seconds. (With AP inputs)

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