Mika Hakkinen took advantage of Ferrari pit stop problems to win the Spanish Grand Prix Sunday
Hakkinen gets off the mark in Spanish Grand Prix Mika Hakkinen, Formula One Ferrari driver

BARCELONA, Spain May 7 (AFP) - Mika Hakkinen took advantage of Ferrari pit stop problems to win the Spanish Grand Prix Sunday for the third consecutive time over teammate David Coulthard.

Hakkinen, the two-time world champion, was ahead of Coulthard by 16sec to notch his first win of the season, placing him second in the drivers' title race behind Michael Schumacher.

Schumacher, in a Ferrari, had pole and led Hakkinen until the end of the 41st lap when both came in together for fuel and tires. Hakkinen had been trailing by less than a second since the 28th lap.

But while Hakkinen sped off back onto the track in less than seven seconds Schumacher took more than 17sec, his stop being slowed by a faulty refueling.

On the first pit stop on the 24th lap, Schumacher's fuel man for the Ferrari team was nearly run over. Schumacher took off with the fuel pump still in the car, nearly yanking the crewman's arm out.

Hakkinen moved easily away as Schumacher had problems, turning two seconds a lap slower than Hakkinen and dropping further behind.

After that Coulthard took advantage of Schumacher's slower laps and passed the German on the 48th lap to move into second. Schumacher had to come in again at the end of the 50th lap for his third stop and dropped to fifth, eventually finishing nearly 48sec behind Hakkinen.

Schumacher's Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello was third, 29sec behind Hakkinen.

It was Hakkinen's 15th win in his career.

Coulthard was second five days after his miraculous escape from a plane accident in central France. He won the British Grand Prix two weeks ago after Schumacher had won the first three races of the season.

Coulthard was still bruised following his escape when he jumped out of a burning private jet that crashed and killed the pilot and co-pilot in Lyon. The Formula 1 star, his fiancee and fitness trainer all got out having only minor cuts and bruises.

Schumacher still leads the drivers standings after five races with 36 points, with Hakkinen on 22 and Coulthard 20.

Ralf Schumacher, Michael's brother, was fourth in a Williams-BMW and Heinz-Harald Frentzen in a Jordan-Mugen-Honda sixth.

Spain's Pedro de la Rosa in an Arrows-Supertec had to start in the back of the grid. It was discovered after Saturday's qualifying that his fuel did not conform to previous legal samples. His ninth-place time was disallowed and he was placed 22nd.

The local man sadly lasted just one lap before he and Jean Alesi in a Prost-Peugeot bumped each other and both spun out.

The next race is the European Grand Prix at the Nurburgring in Germany on May 21.