Montoya cruises to victory in German Grand Prix

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Juan Pablo Montoya staked a serious claim for the world championship title today when he cruised to victory in the German Grand Prix.

Montoya cruises to victory in German Grand Prix
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Hockenheim:

Juan Pablo Montoya left his rivals in the shade and staked a serious claim for the world championship title today when he cruised to victory in the German Grand Prix. Colombian Montoya closed the gap to world championship leader Michael Schumacher to six points at a sizzling Hockenheim circuit after dominantly leading the race from start to finish to claim his second victory of the season. He had been forced to settle for second place behind team-mate Ralf Schumacher and Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello in the last two events but both they and championship contender Kimi Raikkonen were forced out in a first lap collision. That left the way clear for Schumacher, who started from sixth on the grid, to challenge for second but he was cruelly denied a podium finish when he suffered a puncture three laps from the end. Scot David Coulthard was promoted to second place for McLaren, more than a minute behind Montoya, with Italian Jarno Trulli claiming his first podium finish this season in third with his Renault team-mate Fernando Alonso fourth. Montoya's three-stop strategy was the key to his victory and the Toyota pair of Frenchman Olivier Panis and Brazilian Cristiano da Matta also benefited from similar tactics to claim fifth and sixth ahead of Schumacher. Briton Jenson Button claimed the final point with eighth place for BAR-Honda. (AP)

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