MONTREAL: Robert Kubica won the Canadian Grand Prix from BMW team-mate Nick Heidfeld as Formula One history was made after Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen had to retire over a bizarre pit lane crash. The first career win for a Kubica and for BMW-Sauber as an independent team in the sport came 12 months after the first Polish driver in the sport miraculously escaped a horror crash on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve all but unharmed.
Kubica's win over Heidfeld came just minutes ahead of another German-Polish duel, on the football pitch at Euro 2008 in Austria. If the victory wasn't good enough, Kubica also claimed the world championship lead from fourth place before the race with 42 points. Hamilton and Ferrari's Felipe Massa have 38 each and Raikkonen 35. “It is sensational,” said BMW motorsport chief Mario Theissen. It was the first win for BMW-Sauber, while Ralf Schumacher won in 2001 for a BMW-powered Williams on the same course.
BMW made the most of a rookie mistake by McLaren driver Hamilton in the 18th lap with the one-two finish ahead of Scot David Coulthard in a Red Bull. Hamilton, Ferrari driver Raikkonen, Kubica and several others went into the pits to refuel when the safety car was on the track in the 18th lap to allow Adrian Sutil's Force India car to be taken off the course. Raikkonen and the BMW driver Kubica exited side by side but had to stop at the end of pit lane in front of a red light because the safety car and other cars were passing on the track. Hamilton seemingly realised too late that the others had stopped and drove into Raikkonen's car. The incident forced both to retire and prompted a post-race investigation by race stewards. The F1 season continues with the French Grand Prix in Magny Cours on June 22. - The StaR ONLiNe
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