Michael Schumacher has beaten Williams Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya in Canadian GP on this day in 2003 after he successfully saved his tyres and brakes on his Ferrari F2003 GA.

It was the eighth race of championships and the fourth victory for Michael Schumacher, who celebrated in three races in a row from Imola to Austria while ahead of the Canadian GP leading driver was Kimi Raikkonen with four points more than Schumacher.

Williams’ drivers Ralf Schumacher (1:15.529) and Juan Pablo Montoya (+0.394 s) secured the second consecutive pole position for Williams after Monaco and Michael Schumacher was the third fastest with 0.518 seconds behind.

Canadian GP F1 2003 start Photo Ferrari
Start of the 2003 Canadian GP (Photo: Ferrari)

Fernando Alonso was very competitive in the fourth place in Renault with only a thousand of a second slower time than Michael Schumacher. Kimi Raikkonen in McLaren did not set the time in Saturday’s qualifying and started from the pits.

Ralf, Montoya and Michael retained their top positions at the start, but Montoya spun in the second round as he tried to closely follow his team-mate. He was passed by Michael, Alonso and Webber.

The Colombian overtook Webber in Jaguar already in the same lap and Alonso in the lap ten. Montoya entered the pits in lap 19, as well as Webber, Ralf entered the in the lap 20 and Michael in the lap 21 after which he returned in front of Ralf and Montoya and behind Alonsa who was not yet in the pits (he pitted in lap 26 and returned in fourth position).

Canadian GP F1 2003 start second corner Photo Ferrari
Second corner of the first lap, 2003 Canadian GP (Photo: Ferrari)

The second pitstops began in the lap 45 when Montoya entered and was followed by Ralf in the next lap while Michael stayed two laps longer than his brother and pitted in lap 48.

Michael returned in front of Ralf and Montoya again and behind Alonso who did his second pitstop in lap 55 and returned about ten seconds behind the leading Ferrari driver.

By the end of the race, Michael slowed down to save tyres and especially brakes, but Ralf could not attack him. Due to the reduced speed of the Schumacher brothers, both Montoya and Alonso approached the leading duo.

Fernando Alonso recorded the fastest lap of the race, the first in his career, in lap 53.

Alonso also secured his first pole position (Malaysia) and the first win (Hungary) in the same year.

Michael Schumacher took the lead in the drivers championship with a three-point lead over Kimi Raikkonen who managed to finish sixth after starting from the pits.

Canadian GP F1 2003 podium Photo Ferrari
Podium ceremony at the 2003 Canadian GP (Photo: Ferrari)

STARTING GRID

1 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:15.529
2 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 1:15.923 0.394
3 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:16.047 0.518
4 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:16.048 0.519
5 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:16.143 0.614
6 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 1:16.182 0.653
7 20 Olivier Panis Toyota 1:16.598 1.069
8 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 1:16.718 1.189
9 21 C.da Matta Toyota 1:16.826 1.297
10 10 H-H.Frentzen Sauber/Petronas 1:16.939 1.410
11 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:17.024 1.495
12 9 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 1:17.086 1.557
13 15 Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar/Cosworth 1:17.337 1.808
14 16 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 1:17.347 1.818
15 19 Jos Verstappen Minardi/Cosworth 1:18.014 2.485
16 11 G.Fisichella Jordan/Ford 1:18.036 2.507
17 17 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 1:18.205 2.676
18 18 Justin Wilson Minardi/Cosworth 1:18.560 3.031
19 12 Ralph Firman Jordan/Ford 1:18.692 3.163
20 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes

RACE RESULTS

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 70 1:31:13.591
2 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 70 1:31:14.375 0.784
3 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 70 1:31:14.946 1.355
4 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 70 1:31:18.072 4.481
5 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 70 1:32:17.852 1:04.261
6 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 70 1:32:24.093 1:10.502
7 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 69 1:31:45.330 1 Lap
8 20 Olivier Panis Toyota 69 1:31:59.794 1 Lap
9 19 Jos Verstappen Minardi/Cosworth 68 1:31:54.700 2 Laps
10 15 Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar/Cosworth 66 1:30:02.795 Brakes
11 21 C.da Matta Toyota 64 1:25:12.721 Suspension
(10) 18 Justin Wilson Minardi/Cosworth 60 1:21:03.275 Gearbox
(10) 17 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 51 1:08:24.317 Gearbox
(6) 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 47 1:02:33.732 Gearbox
(12) 9 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 47 1:03:09.347 Engine
(16) 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 22 33:16.893 Collision
(6) 11 G.Fisichella Jordan/Ford 20 26:46.535 Gearbox
(13) 12 Ralph Firman Jordan/Ford 20 27:11.641 Oil leak
(17) 16 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 14 19:42.804 Brakes
(16) 10 H-H.Frentzen Sauber/Petronas 6 8:23.838 Electrical

Fastest lap: Fernando Alonso – 1:16.040 (lap 53)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 8/16 RACES

1 Michael Schumacher 54   5 3 10 10 10 6 10
2 Kimi Räikkönen 51   6 10 8 8 8 8 3
3 Fernando Alonso 34   2 6 6 3 8 4 5
4 Ralf Schumacher 33   1 5 2 5 4 3 5 8
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 31   8 2 5 10 6
6 Rubens Barrichello 31   8 6 6 6 1 4
7 David Coulthard 25   10 5 4 4 2
8 Jarno Trulli 13   4 4 1 1 3
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 10   10
10 Jenson Button 8   2 1 5
11 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 7   3 4
12 Mark Webber 6   2 2 2
13 Cristiano da Matta 3   3
14 Jacques Villeneuve 3   3
15 Olivier Panis 1   1
16 Nick Heidfeld 1   1
17 Ralph Firman 1   1
18 Antônio Pizzonia 0  
19 Jos Verstappen 0  
20 Justin Wilson 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 85   5 11 16 16 16 7 14
2 McLaren/Mercedes 76   16 10 13 12 12 10 3
3 Williams/BMW 64   9 5 2 7 9 3 15 14
4 Renault 47   6 10 7 3 8 1 7 5
5 Jordan/Ford 11   10 1
6 BAR/Honda 11   2 3 1 5
7 Sauber/Petronas 8   3 1 4
8 Jaguar/Cosworth 6   2 2 2
9 Toyota 4   3 1
10 Minardi/Cosworth 0  

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