Scot scores shock win as German loses his cool with Montoya

SPIELBERG (Austria) - McLaren's David Coulthard won the Austrian Grand Prix yesterday to lift McLaren's spirits and pile the pressure on world championship leader Michael Schumacher.

The Scot's victory had seemed unlikely after McLaren suffered a nightmare in qualifying, but it lifted morale following the death of team engineer Paul Morgan in a plane crash on Saturday.

"Obviously the victory has been marred by Paul's death," Coulthard said. "We are all very sad and I don't feel much like celebrating."

The win narrowed the gap between Coulthard and Ferrari's Schumacher, who finished second, to four points after six of the season's 17 races.

It could have been far worse for Schumacher, though, after he tangled with Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya early in the race. His Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello finished third after allowing Schumacher to pass him on the final lap.

"I am satisfied with second place because it could have been much worse for me after the incident with Juan Pablo," Schumacher said.

Finland's Kimi Raikkonen was fourth in a Sauber, ahead of Frenchman Olivier Panis in a BAR, with Dutchman Jos Verstappen sixth in an Arrows.

Coulthard had Montoya to thank for his 11th Grand Prix victory after finishing second for the past four years in Austria, as the Williams driver clashed with Schumacher on the 16th lap after overtaking the German at the start.

Schumacher tried to go past on the outside but Montoya blocked the manoeuvre, locking his brakes in the process and bringing both cars to a halt.

The German, who has never won at the A1 Ring, gesticulated furiously at Montoya before concentrating on salvaging the situation and climbing back from sixth place.

The two had lined up on the front row, but the expected fireworks between them into the first corner failed to materialise as Montoya and his team-mate Ralf Schumacher roared past the slow-starting Ferrari.

Instead there were blanks further back as four cars, including Mika Hakkinen's McLaren, were left stranded. 

Both the Jordans of Heinz Harald Frentzen and Jarno Trulli and the Sauber of Nick Heidfeld failed to get away with the rest.

Marshals struggled to clear the McLaren as the safety car was deployed.

"It doesn't look too promising, does it?" two-time world champion Hakkinen said of his fast evaporating title chances.

"I really can't understand it and at the moment I'm feeling very uncomfortable because I'm not sure whether it was my fault or down to a technical fault."

Eddie Jordan was dismayed by his team's worst day for some time.

"I've had a few bad seasons in my time, but we normally get to the first corner," he said, blaming the new electronic launch-control systems. "It was clearly our fault and we just didn't get things right at the end."

RESULTS AND STANDINGS

1. David Coulthard (Gbr) McLaren-Mercedes 1hr 27min 45.927sec 2. Michael Schumacher (Ger) Ferrari 2.191 3. Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Ferrari 2.528 4. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Sauber-Petronas 41.594 5. Olivier Panis (Fra) BAR-Honda 53.776 6. Jos Verstappen (Ned) Arrows-Asiatech one lap behind 7. Eddie Irvine (Gbr) Jaguar one lap 8. Jacques Villeneuve (Can) BAR-Honda one lap 9. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) Sauber-Petronas two laps 10. Jean Alesi (Fra) Prost-Acer two laps 11. Luciano Burti (Bra) Prost-Acer two laps No other drivers finished

* Formula One standings - Drivers: 1. Michael Schumacher 42 points 2. Coulthard 38 3. Barrichello 18 4. Ralf Schumacher (Ger) Williams 12 5. Heidfeld 8 6. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Jordan 7 7. Juan Pablo Montoya (Col) Williams 6 8. Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Ger) Jordan 6 9. Panis 5 10. Villeneuve 4 11. Raikkonen 4 12. Mika Hakkinen (Fin) McLaren 4 13. Verstappen, Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Benetton 1

* Constructors: 1. Ferrari 60 points 2. McLaren 42 3. Williams 18 4. Jordan 13 5. Sauber 12 6. BAR 9 7. Arrows, Benetton 1

RACE HIGHLIGHTS

Lap 1: Juan Pablo Montoya leads the race through the first corner after overtaking Michael Schumacher, who started in pole position. Montoya's Williams team-mate Ralf Schumacher overtakes his brother Michael. Mika Hakkinen's McLaren is one of four cars left on the grid. Lap 4: Hakkinen starts race two laps behind the leaders but is forced to retire, along with Frentzen. Lap 6: Montoya leads Ralf Schumacher, Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello in a Ferrari, the Arrows of Jos Verstappen and McLaren's David Coulthard. Lap 10: Ralf Schumacher pulls into pits at end of lap and is forced to retire with suspected suspension failure. Lap 14: Montoya struggles to stay ahead of Michael Schumacher, Barrichello and Verstappen. Coulthard lies fifth, with the Sauber of Kimi Raikkonen in sixth. Lap 16: Barrichello takes lead when Montoya goes off track trying to hold off Michael Schumacher, who drops to sixth. Lap 24: Verstappen makes first pit stop for fuel, moving Coulthard into second place. Lap 28: Michael Schumacher moves up to third place. Lap 31: Schumacher, who breaks circuit lap record, closes on Coulthard as the McLaren driver gets caught in traffic. Lap 42: Montoya forced to retire. Lap 46: Michael Schumacher makes 8.7-second pit stop from third place, returning in same position. Lap 47: Barrichello makes 9.2sec pit stop, handing lead to Coulthard. Lap 49: Coulthard makes pit stop and returns in first place. Lap 54: Schumacher nearly spins off the track following a driving mistake. Lap 59: Barrichello closes to within 0.9sec of Coulthard, with Schumacher three seconds back. Lap 71: Barrichello moves over to let Schumacher through. * Coulthard wins his second Grand Prix of the season.