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Barrichello, Schumacher Top Italy GP

September 15, 2002

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MONZA, Italy (AP) _ Rubens Barrichello led Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher across the finish line at the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday, setting off a celebration by the home fans at the Monza circuit.

Barrichello won his third race of the season, and Ferrari claimed its 13th victory in 15 races.

Schumacher, the five-time Formula One champion and 10-time winner this season, reached the podium for the 15th consecutive race.

Barrichello slowed down on the final lap to allow his teammate to catch up and set up a parade of red Ferraris at the finish line.

Britain’s Eddie Irvine, in a Jaguar, finished third, 52.5 seconds behind the winner.

Irvine was the first of the lapped drivers until the next to last lap. Barrichello’s decision to slow down and wait for Schumacher allowed Irvine and a few other drivers to complete the 53-lap race.

Jarno Trulli, who started from the last row in his Renault, made a sensational comeback to finish in fourth place, 58.2 seconds behind the winner.

Barrichello solidified his second-place position in the drivers standings, while Schumacher, who has already clinched the title, extended his championship points record.

Barrichello and Schumacher alternated in the lead after each pit stop as the opposition faded quickly.

Ralf Schumacher, who moved into the lead in the first lap when teammate Juan Pablo Montoya had a poor start, left the race in the fourth lap because of a blown engine in his Williams BMW.

Montoya, who started from the pole, left with a broken suspension after 34 laps.

Montoya, who earned his first Formula One win at Monza last year, had hoped to repeat on the fastest circuit of the championship.

Only 10 of the 20 drivers who started finished the race.

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