Juan-Pablo Montoya says San Marino Grand Prix winner Michael Schumacher "pushed him off" the track at the start of the race and has accused race stewards of showing favouritism in failing to punish the six-time F1 champion.

Juan-Pablo Montoya says San Marino Grand Prix winner Michael Schumacher "pushed him off" the track at the start of the race and has accused race stewards of showing favouritism in failing to punish the six-time F1 champion.


The Colombian's Williams-BMW finished third behind Schumacher and second-placed Briton Jenson Button. On the opening lap, Montoya tried to pass Schumacher, but the Ferrari star unceremoniously blocked the Williams driver's manoeuvre.


Montoya was punished for a similar clash with Schumacher's team-mate Rubens Barrichello in last year's US Grand Prix and was furious that the stewards failed to question the move.


"Michael had a poor start, he was slow, I went to pass him and he closed the door twice then came straight at me and hit me and put me on the grass," Montoya said.


"It's disappointing to have racing like that. I will be surprised if he gets away with it. I understand he has to defend his position but how far can he go?


"He said he didn't see me, he didn't know I was there. He probably forgot to look. I got in front of him before Tosa. He didn't see me? He must be blind or stupid.


"Look at Indianapolis last year there I was given a drive-through penalty and that cost me the championship. He gets away with it. The rules should apply to Ferrari and everyone else."


On the subject of Montoya's angry gesture on the slowing down lap towards him, Schumacher told the Colombian: "I thought you were congratulating me."


"No," Montoya responded, "I never do, actually."


Meanwhile, Schumacher equalled his best start to a F1 season with his fourth consecutive win on Sunday. He started second behind Button, missing pole for the first time this season, but took the lead after the first pit stops and never looked back, to continue his perfect record with another dominant display.


Button, who made his first F1 podium appearance two races ago in Malaysia, was second for his best result yet, while Montoya claimed third for Williams-BMW.


However, on a day when the sport remembered Brazilian great Ayrton Senna, 10 years after his death here in 1994, it was Schumacher who displayed his supreme talent to take his points tally to 40 with a sublime victory.


Renault duo Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli claimed the fourth and fifth spots after holding off a late push from Ferrari's sixth-placed Barrichello.


Ralf Schumacher, in the second Williams-BMW, finished seventh and Kimi Raikkonen, of McLaren-Mercedes, clinched the final points-scoring place when Takuma Sato's BAR-Honda engine blew up six laps from the end.


Button made a perfect start while Michael Schumacher dropped into the clutches of Montoya, who attempted to get around the Ferrari at the Tosa corner but was forced wide on to the grass. Montoya then forced Ralf Schumacher on to the grass on the other side of the track as he tried to protect third place.


At the end of the first lap Button had a 2,7-second lead but Michael Schumacher soon closed as the leading pair drove off into the distance more than seven seconds ahead of Montoya, who started the first round of pit stops at the end of lap eight.


But Button's long pit-stop gave Schumacher the lead at the end of lap nine. Button was stopped for 9,7 seconds. Schumacher then had two record lap times and kept the lead after a stop 2,1 seconds quicker than BAR on lap 11.


By the end of lap 16, Schumacher's lead over Button was less than 10 seconds with Montoya, Trulli, Ralf Schumacher, Barrichello, Alonso and Sato completing the top eight.


Alonso and Ralf collided and the Williams-BMW driver spun when the Spaniard tried to pass for fourth place on lap 51. Ralf, cautioned for bad driving in Bahrain, moved across to block him and the two cars touched. Both drivers escaped sanction from race stewards afterwards.

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