On this day in 2003 – Montoya wins in Monaco for BMW Williams

On this day in 2003 Juan Pablo Montoya won the most prestigious race in Formula 1 after beating the teammate Ralf Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen in McLaren in 2003 Monaco GP.

Montoya won from third place, one year after failing to win from pole position on the streets of Monte Carlo when Coulthard overtook him at the start and later won the race.

Ralf Schumacher won his first pole position of the season and the second in his career after the 2001 French GP – the German was 0.036 seconds faster than Raikkonen and 0.156 seconds faster than Montoya. The fourth was Trulli in Renault, fifth Michael Schumacher in Ferrari, sixth Coulthard in McLaren, seventh Barrichello in Ferrari and eighth Alonso in Renault.

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Ralf retains the lead at the start, but he is lightest from the fronrunners and pits already in lap 21. Montoya followed him two laps later while Raikkonen entered the pits two laps after Columbian. Michael Schumacher was the heaviest from top6 drivers and made his first stop in lap 31 while Montoya and Raikkonen overtook Ralf after his first stop.

Michael Schumacher was third after the first stops and finished third behind Montoya and Raikkonen, which was vital for his championship hopes because Kimi increased his advantage at the top. Ralf finished just fourth after starting from pole, Alonso was fifth and Trulli sixth.

It was Williams’ first win in the 2003 season and Raikkonen continued to lead the drivers’ championship, four points ahead of Michael Schumacher, while McLaren led the constructors with two points more than Ferrari.

STARTING GRID

1 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:15.259
2 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:15.295 0.036
3 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 1:15.415 0.156
4 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 1:15.500 0.241
5 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:15.644 0.385
6 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:15.700 0.441
7 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:15.820 0.561
8 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:15.884 0.625
9 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 1:16.237 0.978
10 21 C.da Matta Toyota 1:16.744 1.485
11 16 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 1:16.755 1.496
12 11 G.Fisichella Jordan/Ford 1:16.967 1.708
13 15 Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar/Cosworth 1:17.103 1.844
14 9 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 1:17.176 1.917
15 10 H-H.Frentzen Sauber/Petronas 1:17.402 2.143
16 12 Ralph Firman Jordan/Ford 1:17.452 2.193
17 20 Olivier Panis Toyota 1:17.464 2.205
18 19 Jos Verstappen Minardi/Cosworth 1:18.706 3.447
19 18 Justin Wilson Minardi/Cosworth 1:20.063 4.804

RACE RESULTS

1 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 78 1:42:19.010
2 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 78 1:42:19.612 0.602
3 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 78 1:42:20.730 1.720
4 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 78 1:42:47.528 28.518
5 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 78 1:42:55.261 36.251
6 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 78 1:42:59.982 40.972
7 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 78 1:43:00.237 41.227
8 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 78 1:43:12.276 53.266
9 21 C.da Matta Toyota 77 1:43:24.502 1 lap
10 11 G.Fisichella Jordan/Ford 77 1:43:26.017 1 lap
11 9 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 76 1:42:42.341 2 laps
12 12 Ralph Firman Jordan/Ford 76 1:43:07.630 2 laps
13 20 Olivier Panis Toyota 74 1:43:06.947 4 laps
(9) 16 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 63 1:24:59.611 Engine
(14) 18 Justin Wilson Minardi/Cosworth 29 41:04.619 Fuel system
(12) 19 Jos Verstappen Minardi/Cosworth 28 39:38.213 Fuel system
(15) 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 16 23:39.983 Engine
(14) 15 Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar/Cosworth 10 15:32.645 Electrical
10 H-H.Frentzen Sauber/Petronas 0 Spun-off
17 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 0 DNS

Fastest lap: Kimi Raikkonen – 1:14.545 (lap 49)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 7/16 RACES

1 Kimi Räikkönen 48   6 10 8 8 8 8
2 Michael Schumacher 44   5 3 10 10 10 6
3 Fernando Alonso 29   2 6 6 3 8 4
4 Rubens Barrichello 27   8 6 6 6 1
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 25   8 2 5 10
6 David Coulthard 25   10 5 4 4 2
7 Ralf Schumacher 25   1 5 2 5 4 3 5
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 4   2 2
13 Cristiano da Matta 3   3
14 Jacques Villeneuve 3   3
15 Nick Heidfeld 1   1
16 Ralph Firman 1   1
17 Antônio Pizzonia 0  
18 Olivier Panis 0  
19 Jos Verstappen 0  
20 Justin Wilson 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 McLaren/Mercedes 73   16 10 13 12 12 10
2 Ferrari 71   5 11 16 16 16 7
3 Williams/BMW 50   9 5 2 7 9 3 15
4 Renault 42   6 10 7 3 8 1 7
5 Jordan/Ford 11   10 1
6 BAR/Honda 11   2 3 1 5
7 Sauber/Petronas 8   3 1 4
8 Jaguar/Cosworth 4   2 2
9 Toyota 3   3
10 Minardi/Cosworth 0  
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