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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Photo: Williams F1

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

14Ralf SchumacherWilliams/BMW1:15.259
26Kimi RäikkönenMcLaren/Mercedes1:15.2950.036
33J.P.MontoyaWilliams/BMW1:15.4150.156
47Jarno TrulliRenault1:15.5000.241
51M.SchumacherFerrari1:15.6440.385
65David CoulthardMcLaren/Mercedes1:15.7000.441
72R.BarrichelloFerrari1:15.8200.561
88Fernando AlonsoRenault1:15.8840.625
914Mark WebberJaguar/Cosworth1:16.2370.978
1021C.da MattaToyota1:16.7441.485
1116J.VilleneuveBAR/Honda1:16.7551.496
1211G.FisichellaJordan/Ford1:16.9671.708
1315Antônio PizzoniaJaguar/Cosworth1:17.1031.844
149Nick HeidfeldSauber/Petronas1:17.1761.917
1510H-H.FrentzenSauber/Petronas1:17.4022.143
1612Ralph FirmanJordan/Ford1:17.4522.193
1720Olivier PanisToyota1:17.4642.205
1819Jos VerstappenMinardi/Cosworth1:18.7063.447
1918Justin WilsonMinardi/Cosworth1:20.0634.804

RACE RESULTS

13J.P.MontoyaWilliams/BMW781:42:19.010 
26Kimi RäikkönenMcLaren/Mercedes781:42:19.6120.602
31M.SchumacherFerrari781:42:20.7301.720
44Ralf SchumacherWilliams/BMW781:42:47.52828.518
58Fernando AlonsoRenault781:42:55.26136.251
67Jarno TrulliRenault781:42:59.98240.972
75David CoulthardMcLaren/Mercedes781:43:00.23741.227
82R.BarrichelloFerrari781:43:12.27653.266
921C.da MattaToyota771:43:24.5021 lap
1011G.FisichellaJordan/Ford771:43:26.0171 lap
119Nick HeidfeldSauber/Petronas761:42:42.3412 laps
1212Ralph FirmanJordan/Ford761:43:07.6302 laps
1320Olivier PanisToyota741:43:06.9474 laps
 
(9)16J.VilleneuveBAR/Honda631:24:59.611Engine
(14)18Justin WilsonMinardi/Cosworth2941:04.619Fuel system
(12)19Jos VerstappenMinardi/Cosworth2839:38.213Fuel system
(15)14Mark WebberJaguar/Cosworth1623:39.983Engine
(14)15Antônio PizzoniaJaguar/Cosworth1015:32.645Electrical
 10H-H.FrentzenSauber/Petronas0Spun-off
 17Jenson ButtonBAR/Honda0DNS

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

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 7/16 RACES

1Kimi Räikkönen48  6108888
2Michael Schumacher44  531010106
3Fernando Alonso29  266384
4Rubens Barrichello27   86661
5Juan Pablo Montoya25  82510
6David Coulthard25  105442
7Ralf Schumacher25  1525435
8Jarno Trulli13  44113
9Giancarlo Fisichella10  10
10Jenson Button8  215
11Heinz-Harald Frentzen7  34
12Mark Webber4    22
13Cristiano da Matta3   3
14Jacques Villeneuve3  3
15Nick Heidfeld1   1
16Ralph Firman1   1
17Antônio Pizzonia0  
18Olivier Panis0     
19Jos Verstappen0  
20Justin Wilson0      

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1McLaren/Mercedes73  161013121210
2Ferrari71  5111616167
3Williams/BMW50  95279315
4Renault42  61073817
5Jordan/Ford11  101
6BAR/Honda11  2315
7Sauber/Petronas8  314
8Jaguar/Cosworth4  22
9Toyota3  3
10Minardi/Cosworth0  
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