Hakkinen Blows It Schuey Wins

Mika Hakkinen blew an engine on the final lap of the Grand Prix of Spain Sunday, making way for Michael Schumacher to win his 47th career Formula One race, and his third of the season.

Hakkinen, who started the race second, was leading the German by 40 seconds going into the last lap when his Mercedes slowed to a crawl, began billowing smoke, and then stopped. Hakkinen’s retirement from an “exploded clutch” ruined his run of three straight Spanish Grand Prix wins.

“It’s shocking because he had really done everything right and then something like this happens,” Schumacher said. “I’m sorry for him. I went to see him because it’s not the way you like to win a race but sometimes it happens. This has happened to me before and now it happens to Mika. This is the way it goes sometimes.”

Schumacher led much of the first part of the race, but had trouble in a pit stop on lap 50, giving Hakkinen the lead after his 2.1-second stop.

This would have been Hakkinen’s first win this season and provided the Finnish driver with much needed ten championship points.

After the race Hakkinen was very upset and dejected.

“I'm super-disappointed,'' Hakkinen said. “It could have been a fantastic finish for me - it was going so easy. I didn't even have to push - I was just more or less cruising. It just didn't work out this time over here for me. But it's alright, it's alright.''

Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya finished second, his first career F-1 podium finish, and Jacques Villeneuve finished third. Jarno Trulli finished fourth, David Coulthard finished fifth, and Nick Heidfeld scored one point with a sixth place finish.

Olivier Panis finished seventh, followed by Kimi Raikkonen, Hakkinen, and Jean Alesi.

Luciano Burti impressed his new Prost team with an 11th place finish and Pedro de la Rosa went out on lap 5 in his Jaguar Racing debut.

Montoya’s second place finish earned him six points, his first career F-1 points. After five races with Williams this was his first race finish.

“The first four races have been really hard for me with some races been competitive, some not so much,” Montoya said. “Here I wasn’t expecting to be on the podium, really. I started 11th and the start was really good and moved up a lot of places, and I just kept pushing all the way up the field.”

Villeneuve’s podium appearance is his first since the 1998 Hungarian Grand Prix, and his first with BAR.

“Everyone in the team has worked real hard for the last three years and to begin this season really, really hard and to finally get a podium is great for the team,” Villeneuve said.

The win gives Schumacher an eight-point lead in the World Championship standings. Coulthard, who stalled an engine on the parade lap and started from the back of the field, is second in the standings with 28 points. Rubens Barrichello is third in the standings with 14 points, Ralf Schumacher is fourth with 12 points, and Heidfeld is fifth with eight points.

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

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