Schumacher extends championship lead

 

Jenson Button's dreams of a debut win on home soil were dashed by world champion Michael Schumacher in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this afternoon.

Schumacher initially looked to have stolen a march on the opposition with a clever two-stop strategy but his advantage was wiped out when the safety car bunched the field up with 18 laps to go after Jarno Trulli crashed heavily.

That made it a straight fight to the finish and despite heavy pressure from Raikkonen, six-times world champion Schumacher held his nerve and took his third win at Silverstone and his 80th grand prix victory.

Schumacher's win extends his advantage in the title race to 26 points over Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello, who held off Button to finish third.

Button was a disappointing fourth for BAR, although he remains the best-placed non-Ferrari driver in the championship, 47 points down on Schumacher.

Juan Pablo Montoya took fifth for Williams with Sauber's Giancarlo Fisichella sixth, McLaren's David Coulthard seventh and Jaguar's Mark Webber eighth.

Result

1 Michael Schumacher (Germany) Ferrari
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) McLaren    
3 Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Ferrari    
4 Jenson Button (Britain) BAR              
5 Juan Pablo Montoya (Colombia) Williams    
6 Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Sauber       
7 David Coulthard (Britain) McLaren     
8 Mark Webber (Australia) Jaguar             
9 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Sauber               
10 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault          
11 Takuma Sato (Japan) BAR                   
12 Marc Gene (Spain) Williams
13 Cristiano Da Matta (Brazil) Toyota         
14 Christian Klien (Austria) Jaguar
15 Nick Heidfeld (Germany) Jordan     
16 Gianmaria Bruni (Italy) Minardi
Not classified (did not finish)
Giorgio Pantano (Italy) Jordan
Jarno Trulli (Italy) Renault               
Zsolt Baumgartner (Hungary) Minardi        
Olivier Panis (France) Toyota