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Rubens Barrichello rolls to victory at British Grand Prix


Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello won the British Grand Prix Sunday, nabbing his first win this season and stopping the recent dominance of Williams-BMW.

Barrichello's victory from the pole position came amid a brief interruption on lap 12 when a man ran out onto track, bringing out a safety car to the track and momentarily shaking up the standings.

At least one team official complained the incident ruined the race.

Finishing 5.4 seconds ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya of Williams-BMW, Barrichello became the seventh winner in 11 Formula One races this season.

It was the first victory for Ferrari since the Canadian GP in June, which was won by five-time world champion Michael Schumacher. Barrichello now has six career victories, his last at the US Grand Prix last September.

"It always very hard to listen to the Brazilian anthem and not cry," a teary-eyed Barrichello said in accepting victory on the podium. "When I am on the podium in first place I still remember my father who sold his car so I could start racing."

Montoya finished second for the third straight race, and Kimi Raikkonen was third in a McLaren-Mercedes.

Michael Schumacher was fourth and saw his overall lead over Raikkonen slip to seven points with five races left. Montoya is third with 55 points.

"Fourth is not too bad considering what happened and in terms of the championship my lead over Kimi has only been reduced by one point," Schumacher said.

David Coulthard of McLaren-Mercedes and Jarno Trulli of Renault were fifth and sixth, respectively, while Cristiano DaMatta of Toyota finished seventh.

Ralf Schumacher, who won the previous two races, was just ninth following Jenson Button of BAR-Honda.

The race was affected by two safety car interventions -- the first coming on after lap 5 when protective foam from Coulthard's driver's cockpit fell off and landed on the track.

The second incident came after the 12th lap when a man wearing a kilt ran onto the track. Several had to swerve to avoid the man, who ran for more than 20 seconds before security guards and police caught him and dragged him off. The incident brought in nearly the entire field for their first pit stops.

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