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Coulthard winner in F1 opener

David Coulthard took advantage of a spin by leader Juan Montoya and an earlier black flag to Michael Schumacher to win today's Australian Grand Prix, the Formula One opener.

Coulthard, driving a McLaren, trailed Montoya by nearly three seconds with 11 laps to go. Montoya's Williams spun in Turn 2 of the Albert Park circuit.

Montoya took the lead two laps earlier when leader Schumacher, trying for his fourth consecutive win in Australia, was black-flagged by race officials when the barge board from the side of his cockpit was dragged under his Ferrari.

Coulthard finished the 58-lap race around the 3.295-mile circuit in 1 hour, 34 minutes, 42.144 seconds. He beat Montoya by 8.6 seconds. Kimi Raikkonen's McLaren was third, and Schumacher finished fourth.

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