Barrichello wins disrupted British GPPosted: Sunday July 20, 2003 9:46 AM
Updated: Sunday July 20, 2003 1:09 PM
SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) -- A death-defying track invasion by a kilted protestor overshadowed Rubens Barrichello's first win of the year for Ferrari at the British Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Brazilian beat Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya's Williams in a thrilling and chaotic race that tightened up the title battle and plunged the embattled Silverstone circuit owners deeper into trouble.
Finland's Kimi Raikkonen was third for McLaren ahead of Ferrari's championship leader Michael Schumacher in fourth place.
Five times champion Schumacher's overall lead over Raikkonen has been trimmed to seven points from eight with five races remaining. Ralf Schumacher, winner of the last two races for Williams, finished ninth.
The race was thrown into confusion on lap 12 when the protestor -- seemingly dressed as former world champion Jackie Stewart -- appeared on the track, trotting down the middle of Hangar Straight as cars roared past at about 200 kph (about 125 mph). (Full Story)
In the confusion, there was a mass of hurried pitstops and Toyota's Brazilian rookie Cristiano da Matta found himself leading a grand prix for the first time with French teammate Olivier Panis in third place.
Briton David Coulthard was fifth for McLaren, ahead of Italian Jarno Trulli for Renault. Brazilian Cristiano Da Matta was seventh for Toyota and Briton Jenson Button took the final point for BAR.
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