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The 2003 Monaco Grand Prix, formally known as the LXI Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco, was the seventh round of the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on 1 June 2003.[1] The race would be infamous as the first ever Grand Prix not to feature an on-track overtake, despite at late race truel for victory.[1]

The star of qualifying had been Ralf Schumacher, who claimed pole position by 0.036s from Kimi Räikkönen of McLaren-Mercedes.[1] Juan Pablo Montoya was next in the second Williams-BMW ahead of Jarno Trulli, while Michael Schumacher led the Ferrari challenge from fifth.[1]

During the qualifying session there would be a scary crash for Jenson Button, with the #17 BAR-Honda smashing itself into the barriers on the run to the Nouvelle Chicane.[1] Button was sent to hospital for checks, but was only found to have bruising to his legs, although the Brit opted to withdraw from the race.[1]

The start of the race saw Ralf Schumacher make a clean getaway to claim an early lead, while Montoya squeezed past Räikkönen to claim second.[1] Other changes saw the two Ferraris beaten off the the line by the two Renaults, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen was an early casualty as he crashed all on his own in the second sector.[1]

With bits of Sauber littering the circuit the race was brought under the safety car's control, which stayed out until the end of lap four.[1] Ralf Schumacher duly aced the restart to claim an early lead from Montoya, while Räikkönen went with them to leave Trulli at the head of a train of cars.[1]

The race soon settled into a familiar Monegasque procession, meaning attention was focused on how the various strategies would play out.[1] Unsurprisingly Ralf Schumacher would be the first to stop on lap 21, just as Montoya began to eat away at his two second lead, rejoining down in eighth.[1]

Montoya stopped two laps later after delivering two brilliant laps and claimed the de facto lead, leaving Ralf in a frustrated third behind Räikkönen.[1] However, the two Ferraris and Renaults, as well as David Coulthard, had stayed out on higher fuel loads, and would begin their stops on laps 27 through 31.[1]

The Ferrari ploy of heavy fuel loads at the start paid off beautifully, for Michael Schumacher would emerge in third place, ahead of his brother and Trulli whom he had been trailing.[1] However, there was still no real on-track fighting of note, meaning it was down to the second round of stops to settle the order.[1]

Ralf Schumacher was the first to stop again, although his stop would have no impact on the overall order, as Montoya and Räikkönen stopped without issue.[1] That left the #1 Ferrari of Michael Schumacher in the lead with apprehension that he had enough fuel to make it without stopping again.[1]

Ultimately, however, Ferrari had dropped the ball during their first stop, and hence the German ace had to stop again, rejoining in third.[1] However, as the final laps ticked away the #1 Ferrari would steadily close onto the back of Räikkönen, with the Finn himself latching onto the back of Montoya.[1]

The trio ran nose-to-tail through to the chequered flag, with Montoya just hanging on to claim victory, and announce himself as a title contender.[1] Räikkönen was next and managed to extend his title lead, with Michael Schumacher completing the podium.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Kimi Räikkönen just held onto his Championship lead after the battle of Austria, albeit with his advantage now cut to just two points. Indeed, a third win in succession for Michael Schumacher had left the German ace just behind the Finn at the head of the field, with clear air between themselves and third placed Rubens Barrichello. Behind, Fernando Alonso had lost ground after his non-score, as had David Coulthard in fifth.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had finally taken the lead in the title hunt, moving a point ahead of former leaders McLaren-Mercedes. The Anglo-German squad remained optimistic, however, given that they were still racing a modified version of their 2002 car, and had a lot of ground in-hand between themselves and third placed Renault. The French manufacturer themselves were level on 35 points with Williams-BMW, while Minardi-Ford Cosworth remained at the foot of the table as the only pointless team.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2003 Monaco Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2003-GA Ferrari 052 3.0 V10 B
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2003-GA Ferrari 052 3.0 V10 B
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW25 BMW P83 3.0 V10 M
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW25 BMW P83 3.0 V10 M
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17D Mercedes FO 110P 3.0 V10 M
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17D Mercedes FO 110P 3.0 V10 M
7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23 Renault RS23 3.0 V10 M
8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23 Renault RS23 3.0 V10 M
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber C22 Petronas 03A 3.0 V10 B
10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber C22 Petronas 03A 3.0 V10 B
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ13 Ford Cosworth RS1 3.0 V10 B
12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ13 Ford Cosworth RS1 3.0 V10 B
14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R4 Ford Cosworth CR-5 3.0 V10 M
15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R4 Ford Cosworth CR-5 3.0 V10 M
16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 005 Honda RA003E 3.0 V10 B
17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 005 Honda RA003E 3.0 V10 B
18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy European Minardi F1 Team Minardi PS03 Ford Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 B
19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy European Minardi F1 Team Minardi PS03 Ford Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 B
20 France Olivier Panis Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF103 Toyota RVX-03 3.0 V10 M
21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF103 Toyota RVX-03 3.0 V10 M
Test Drivers for Free Practice Sessions
34 United Kingdom Allan McNish France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23 Renault RS23 3.0 V10 M
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

Free Practice 1Edit

Free Practice 2Edit

Warm-UpEdit

Practice ResultsEdit

The full practice results for the 2003 Monaco Grand Prix are outline below:

No. Driver Constructor FP1 FP2 Warm-Up
Time Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos.
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:16.915 6 1:15.255 3 1:16.127 5

QualifyingEdit

Thursday QualifyingEdit

Saturday QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2003 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:17.063 1:15.259
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.926 1:15.295 +0.036s
3 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:17.108 1:15.415 +0.156s
4 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:16.905 1:15.500 +0.241s
5 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:16.305 1:15.644 +0.385s
6 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.059 1:15.700 +0.441s
7 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:16.636 1:15.820 +0.561s
8 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:18.370 1:15.884 +0.625s
9 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:17.637 1:16.237 +0.978s
10 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:20.374 1:16.744 +0.978s
11 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:18.109 1:16.755 +1.496s
12 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:17.080 1:16.967 +1.708s
13 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:18.967 1:17.103 +1.844s
14 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:17.912 1:17.176 +1.917s
15 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:17.402 +2.143s
16 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:18.286 1:17.452 +2.193s
17 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:19.903 1:17.464 +2.205s
18 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:19.421 1:18.706 +3.447s
19 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:19.680 1:20.063 +4.804s
NC* 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:16.895
Source:[3][4][5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.
  • * Button was withdrawn from the race after crashing heavily during qualifying.[5]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2003 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 78 1:42:19.010 3 10
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 78 +0.602s 2 8
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 78 +1.720s 5 6
4 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 78 +28.518s 1 5
5 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 78 +36.251s 8 4
6 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 78 +40.972s 4 3
7 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 78 +41.227s 6 2
8 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 78 +53.266s 7 1
9 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 77 +1 Lap 10
10 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 77 +1 Lap 12
11 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 76 +2 Laps 14
12 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 76 +2 Laps 16
13 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 74 +4 Laps 17
Ret 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 63 Engine 11
Ret 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 29 Fuel system 19
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 28 Fuel system 18
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 16 Hydraulics 9
Ret 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 10 Electrical 13
Ret 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 0 Accident 15
WD 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Kimi Räikkönen managed to extend his tight Championship lead as a result of his second place finish in Monaco, leaving the Principality on 48 points. Michael Schumacher was still a major threat in second, however, and was sat just four points behind as the halfway point in the season rapidly approached. Behind, Fernando Alonso had moved back ahead of Rubens Barrichello, while race winner Juan Pablo Montoya completed the top five at the head of a trio of drivers on 25 points.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had once again gained the high-ground, although they had only re-established a two point lead. Ferrari hence remained in serious contention to retain their crown, while Williams-BMW had gained on both after Montoya's triumph. They were still 21 points behind, however, and had Renault in close attendance.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 48
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 44
3 Spain Fernando Alonso 29 ▲1
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 27 ▼1
5 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 25 ▲2
6 United Kingdom David Coulthard 25 ▼1
7 Germany Ralf Schumacher 25 ▼1
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 13 ▲1
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10 ▼1
10 United Kingdom Jenson Button 8
11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 7
12 Australia Mark Webber 4
13 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 3
14 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 3
15 Germany Nick Heidfeld 1
16 Ireland Ralph Firman 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 73 ▲1
2 Italy Ferrari 71 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 50 ▲1
4 France Renault 42 ▼1
5 Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 11
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 11
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 8
8 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 4
9 Japan Toyota 3
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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V T E 2003 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Williams • McLaren • Renault • Sauber • Jordan • Jaguar • BAR • Minardi • Toyota
Engines BMW • Cosworth • Ferrari • Ford • Honda • Mercedes • Petronas • Renault • Toyota
Drivers M. Schumacher • 2 Barrichello • 3 Montoya • 4 R. Schumacher • 4 Gené • 5 Coulthard • 6 Räikkönen • 7 Trulli • 8 Alonso • 9 Heidfeld • 10 Frentzen • 11 Fisichella • 12 Firman • 12 Baumgartner • 14 Webber • 15 Pizzonia • 15 Wilson • 16 Villeneuve • 16 Sato • 17 Button • 18 Wilson • 18 Kiesa • 19 Verstappen • 20 Panis • 21 Da Matta
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