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Ralf Schumacher wins Canadian GP

There was no gloating from Ralf Schumacher after overtaking his older brother Michael to win the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday.

Ralf Schumacher, 25, an emerging force in Formula One racing with the BMW-Williams team, passed his 32-year-old brother's Ferrari during a pit stop and pulled away to win in one hour 34 minutes 31.522 seconds.

A record crowd of 111,000 at on a hot day at Gilles Villeneuve Circuit watched Ralf post his second win of the season and of his career and deny three-time world champion Michael a fifth Canadian Grand Prix victory.

"He's seven years older, so we never competed (against each other) in karting or anything," said Ralf, who was drenched with champagne on the podium by his brother and by third-place Mika Hakkinen of Finland.

"So it's actually the first time in a real race situation and, with a bit of luck, I was able to beat him."

Michael, the defending champion, was pleased for his brother, who is a five-year Formula One veteran.

"He was the best one to lose to," said Michael. "I guess my mother and father will be glad.

"It's the first time we were both on the podium and I got six points (for finishing second), so it was a good day."

The first-ever 1-2 finish by brothers was mostly a polite affair, with Michael acknowledging that Ralf's car was the more powerful on the day.

Also in the points were Kimi Raikkonen, a 19-year rookie from Finland who was fourth in a Sauber, veteran Jean Alesi of France, who was fifth for the Prost team and Pedro de la Rosa of Spain, who took sixth in a Jaguar.

It was another disappointing Canadian Grand Prix for Jacques Villeneuve of Iberville, Que., who retired with a clutch problem on the 35th lap.

Many in the crowd were anticipating trouble between Villeneuve and Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya of Colombia, who were side-by-side on the fifth row of the grid.

The two had nearly come to blows at a drivers' meeting after a bumping incident during free practice on Friday and had maintained a war of words all weekend.

Nothing transpired.

Autosport magazine's Web site reported that race director Charlie Whiting had warned Villeneuve and Montoya they would be suspended for two races if there were any incidents between them.

It said Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone had also warned the two drivers.

But Villeneuve's car was slow to start off the grid, dropping him back several places. Montoya crashed his BMW-Williams early in the race, also taking out the second Ferrari driven by Rubens Barrichello of Brazil.

Villeneuve was unhappy at failing to finish his home race for a third consecutive year.

"It was a very, very hard weekend," he said.

The Schumacher brothers started side-by-side on the grid, with Michael taking the lead until making his pit stop on lap 45 of the 69-lap race. Ralf stretched the lead to 27.5 seconds before pitting after the 51st lap and was still in the lead when he re-emerged.

From there, Ralf pulled away, winning by 20.235 seconds.

"I tried to pass him a few times, but he wouldn't let me through, so I waited for a pit stop," said Ralf. "I had the upper hand."

"My car was brilliant. I didn't want to risk too much. I had a lot of fuel and just waited for a pit stop. It was a great day for us. I'm happy for the team and the whole situation. I'm sure we'll have a little party and a few beers."

Michael Schumacher finished ahead of his main rivals, the McLaren-Mercedes team with Hakkinen and Scotland's David Coulthard, and increased his leading points total in drivers standings to 58 -- 18 ahead of Coulthard, who retired with his engine smoking on lap 56.

"I tried to push hard to beat him on his pit stop," said Michael, who was coming off his fourth win of the season two weeks ago in Monaco. "When I saw him come out in front of me, I felt that the only strategy was to drive safely and take the six points."

Ralf scored his first career win at San Marino on April 15, a race Michael didn't finish.

Their 1-2 showing in Montreal will raise expectations for the next race on -- the European Grand Prix at Nurburgring in Germany on June 24.

"That will be great in Germany," said Ralf. "Maybe we can repeat that.

"We'll both try to win, but it would be good if any German car wins."

Hakkinen, the 1998 and 1999 world champion, has finished behind Michael many times in his 10-year career, but being beaten by two Schumachers was a new experience.

"It's just lucky there's not three," Hakkinen quipped.

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