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Kubica leads BMW one-two in Canada
Robert Kubica wins his first Formula One grand prix ahead of teammate Nick Heidfeld.
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2008 19:29 GMT

Robert Kubica suffered a horrific crash in Canada last year, but returned to win his first F1 grand prix[AFP]

Poland's Robert Kubica won his first ever grand prix after an action packed race in Montreal, as the BMW Sauber team went one-two across the finish line following a bizarre pit lane incident involving pre-race favourite Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.
German Nick Heidfeld, Kubica's BMW teammate, claimed second place with Briton David Coulthard of Red Bull finishing third.
 
After lap 18 of the 70-lap race, Hamilton ploughed into the back of Raikkonen's car while the Finn and Kubica were waiting for the green light at the end of the pit lane.
Kubica leapfrogged Hamilton to the top of the drivers' world championship, four points clear of the Briton, and BMW Sauber now top the constructor's title race.

"It is very fantastic to win my first race for BMW Sauber who I joined from the beginning. We have grown up together," Kubica said after the race.

"Last season I was struggling a lot, but I am doing pretty well this season."

Robert Kubica
"It's fantastic for me and my country, and for the fans who were cheering for me in Canada.

"Last season I was struggling a lot, but I am doing pretty well this season."

The Pole's win was the first by a team other than McLaren and Ferrari since October 2006 and fulfilled the Swiss-German team's pre-season ambition to win their first Formula One race.

"Very happy with second position, and very happy for the team. It is our first ever one-two finish," Heidfeld said.

"It shows we are still going in the right direction. Over the last three years we have managed to reach our goals.

"Our goal for this season was to win a race, and we have done that."

Coulthard podium

Scottish veteran Coulthard, who recorded a rare podium finish in recent times, was happy to reminisce about his long career.

"It's my 62nd podium and I am as delighted to be here as in 1994 when I was first there," Coulthard said.

"Actually it was in Canada that I scored my first points.

"I'm very happy for Robert [Kubca] and for BMW who deservedly won this grand prix."

Toyota's German Timo Glock took fourth place, the best result of his first full Formula One season and Brazilian Ferrari driver Felipe Massa claimed an eventful fifth.

Italian Jarno Trulli completed a good day for the Toyota team with sixth place with Honda's Rubens Barrichello and Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel filling the other point-scoring places.

Hamilton blunder

The safety car was deployed early in the race after German Adrian Sutil's Force India car caught fire.

As the field bunched up, half a dozen cars - including ost of the leaders, decided to head to the pits to refuel.

"It's not exactly a racing incident as such but I think it's really unfortunate."

Lewis Hamilton
Raikkonen and Kubica emerged from their stops ahead of previous leader Hamilton, but were held up by a red-light at the end of the pit lane.

Inexplicably, Hamilton did not realise that his two rivals were stationary ahead of him and after pulling away from his garage he barrelled into the back of Raikkonen ending his own race and that of the reigning world champion.

"We got into the pit stop, it wasn't a great stop and I saw the two guys in front of me and they were battling in the pit lane," Hamilton told Britain's ITV television.

"I was obviously trying to make sure I didn't get involved with those guys. I saw the red light but by the time they had stopped and I had seen the red light it was a bit late.

"It's not exactly a racing incident as such but I think it's really unfortunate."

The next F1 grand prix is in France at Magny-Cours on June 22.

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