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Sauber finish but fail to secure points in Monza

Kimi Räikkönen on his way to seventh place


Switzerland's Sauber racing team has held on to fourth place in the Formula One constructors' championship following the Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Both Sauber-Petronas cars completed the race but finished out of the points.

Finn Kimi Räikkönen came seventh, while his German teammate Nick Heidfeld finished in 11th place after starting the race from the pit lane.

Räikkönen, who announced last week that he would be leaving Sauber at the end of the year to join rivals McLaren, kept good his promise to give his all for the team in the season's final three races.

Sauber's performance at Monza means the team now lies three points ahead of BAR Honda in the constructors' championship. Heidfeld is in eighth place in the overall drivers' standings with 11 points, with Räikkönen one place behind with nine points.

The race was won by the Williams-BMW driver, Juan Pablo Montoya, who secured his first ever Formula One victory. The Colombian beat Brazilian Rubens Barrichello to deny Ferrari's passionate fans the victory they wanted in the last European race of the year.

Barrichello, who was hampered by a slow pit stop, forced his Ferrari past the Williams of Ralf Schumacher six laps from the end to take second place. Ralf was third, ahead of brother Michael's Ferrari.

swissinfo with agencies

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