Motor Sport News - - British Grand Prix -

Rubens Bar­richello ar­rived at Sil­ver­stone with his place at Fer­rari in ques­tion and un­favourable com­par­isons be­ing made with his world cham­pi­onship-lead­ing team­mate Michael Schu­macher.

A spin into the Luffield gravel dur­ing Fri­day qual­i­fy­ing meant no time and go­ing sec­ond in Satur­day’s grid-de­cid­ing ses­sion. Rubens’ re­sponse was pole po­si­tion, but it was the Re­nault R23 of Jarno Trulli which led the early laps be­fore nu­mer­ous pit stops un­der a cou­ple of safety car pe­ri­ods – the sec­ond caused by an idiot run­ning on to the track on Hangar Straight – dis­rupted the race or­der and dropped Rubens down to eighth. For a while the Toy­ota TF103 of Cris­tiano da Matta held the lead while Rubens passed car af­ter car un­til his Fer­rari F2003-GA hit the front for the first time on lap 39 of 60 when Kimi Raikko­nen (Mclaren) made his fi­nal pit stop. Af­ter his fi­nal stop four laps later Rubens was be­hind Kimi once more, but the force was still with him. Hound­ing the Mclaren through Bridge, Rubens seized the lead when Kimi ran slightly wide in a bold move at a chal­leng­ing cor­ner. Rubens was a win­ner once more.

Rubens won a chaotic race

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