Mika Hakkinen wins US Grand Prix

Updated: 25 February 2007 07:37 IST

Mika Hakkinen won his 20th career Formula One race on Sunday when he won the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis.

Mika Hakkinen wins US Grand Prix

Indianapolis:

Mika Hakkinen won his 20th career Formula One race and second of the season on Sunday. Hakkinen took advantage of two pit stops by Brazil's Rubens Barrichello to win the United States Grand Prix at Indianapolis by 11 seconds, ahead of Michael Schumacher.The victory did not come easily for the McLaren Mercedes team member. The problems started early for Hakkinen, who qualified second to Ferrari's Schumacher. The anticipated duel between Schumacher and Hakkinen, who have won the last four points titles, never materialized because Schumacher said he was playing support for his team-mate, Barrichello. For much of Sunday, it appeared as if Barrichello would coast to victory and become the second Brazilian to win at Indianapolis this year. Countryman Helio Castroneves won the Indianapolis 500 in May. He quickly moved past three drivers in the opening laps, then chased down Schumacher. Barrichello led until a pit stop on lap 27 and when Hakkinen finally stopped, Barrichello again took the lead by more than 20 seconds.Meanwhile, Hakinen's strategy to stay on the track long enough paid off when Barrichello, Ferrari's other driver and the leader for most of the first half of the race, stopped a second time. Hakkinen took the lead and sped away to victory. Barrichello's car stopped with one lap to go, ending his chances of a high finish. He finished 15th. Only Schumacher and David Coulthard of Scotland finished within 20 seconds of Hakkinen. It was Schumacher's fifth runner-up finish of the season.
Results of the United States Formula One Grand Prix on the 4.19-kilometer (2.606-mile), 13-turn Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
1. Mika Hakkinen, Finland, McLaren Mercedes, 1 hour, 32 minutes, 42.840 seconds.
2. Michael Schumacher, Germany, Ferrari, 11.046 seconds behind.
3. David Coulthard, Scotland, McLaren Mercedes, 12.043.
4. Eddie Irvine, Ireland, Jaguar, 1:02.434.
5. Nick Heidfeld, Germany, Sauber Petronas, 1:12.996.
6. Jean Alesi, France, Jordan Honda, 1 lap behind.
7. Giancarlo Fisichella, Italy, Benetton Renault, 1 lap.
8. Jenson Button, England, Benetton Renault, 1 lap.
9. Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Germany, Prost Acer, 1 lap.
10. Olivier Panis, France, BAR Honda, 1 lap.
11. Pedro De La Rosa, Spain, Jaguar, 1 lap.
12. Enrique Bernoldi, Brazil, Arrows Asiatech, 1 lap.
13. Tomas Enge, Czech Republic, Prost Acer, 1 lap.
14. Rubens Barrichello, Brazil, Ferrari, 2 laps.
Fastest Lap: Montoya 1:14.448.
Did Not Finish
  • Jacques Villeneuve, Canada, BAR Honda, 28 laps.
  • Jos Verstappen, Netherlands, Arrows Asiatech, 29 laps.
  • Juan Pablo Montoya, Colombia, Williams BMW, 35 laps.
  • Alex Yoong, Malaysia, European Minardi, 35 laps.
  • Ralf Schumacher, Germany, Williams BMW, 37 laps.
  • Fernando Alonso, Spain, European Minardi, 37 laps.
  • Kimi Raikkonen, Finland, Sauber Petronas, 71 laps.
Standings (After 16 of 17 races)
Driver
1. Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, 113 points (clinched title).
2. David Coulthard, McLaren, 61.
3. Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari, 54.
4. Ralf Schumacher, Wiliams, 48.
5. Mika Hakkinen, McLaren, 34.
6. Juan Pablo Montoya, Williams, 25.
7. Nick Heidfeld, Sauber, 13.
8. Jacques Villeneuve, BAR, 12.
9. Kimi Raikkonen, Sauber, 9.
10. Jarno Trulli, Jordan, 9.
11. Giancarlo Fisichella, Benetton, 8.
12. Eddie Irvine, Jaguar, 7.
13. Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Prost, 6.
14. Jean Alesi, Jordan, 6.
15. Olivier Panis, BAR, 5.
16. Pedro De La Rosa, Jaguar, 3.
17. Jenson Button, Benetton, 2.
18. Jos Verstappen, Arrows, 1.
Constructor
1. Ferrari, 167 (clinched title).
2. McLaren Marcedes, 95.
3. BMW Williams, 73.
4. Sauber Petronas, 22.
5. BAR Honda, 17.
6. Jordan Honda, 17.
7. Benetton Renault, 10.
8. Jaguar, 10.
9. Prost Acer, 4.
10. Arrows, 1.
11. European Minardi, 0.



Topics : Formula 1
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