2003 Monaco Grand Prix

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Monaco  2003 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 16 in the 2003 Formula One season
Monte Carlo Formula 1 track map.svg
Date June 1, 2003
Official name LXI Grand Prix de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco, Monaco
Course Street circuit
3.34 km (2.075 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 260.52 km (161.85 mi)
Weather Fine
Pole position
Driver Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Time 1:15.259
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:14.545 on lap 49
Podium
First Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Second Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Third Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari

The 2003 Monaco Grand Prix (formally the LXI Grand Prix de Monaco) was a Formula One motor race held on June 1, 2003 at the Circuit de Monaco. It was the seventh race of the 2003 Formula One season. The race, contested over 78 laps, was won by Juan Pablo Montoya in a Williams car from a third position start. Kimi Räikkönen finished second driving for McLaren, with Michael Schumacher third in a Ferrari.

There were no recorded on track overtakes during this race, one of the very few occasions in Formula One history where this has occurred. The next race that this would take place is the 2009 European Grand Prix.[1]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The Grand Prix was contested by 20 drivers, in ten teams of two.[2] The teams, also known as constructors, were Ferrari, Williams, McLaren, Renault, Sauber, Jordan, Jaguar, BAR, Minardi and Toyota.[2]

Before the race, McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen led the Drivers' Championship with 40 points; Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher was second on 38 points. Behind them in the Drivers' Championship, Rubens Barrichello was third on 26 points in the other Ferrari, with Fernando Alonso and David Coulthard on 25 and 23 points respectively.[3] In the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari were leading with 64 points and McLaren were second on 63 points, with Renault third on 35 points.[3]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Four practice sessions were held before the Sunday race—Two on Thursday, and two on Saturday. The Thursday morning and afternoon sessions each lasted an hour. The third and final practice sessions were held on Saturday morning and lasted 45 minutes.[4] Jaguar driver Mark Webber set the fastest time in the first session, posting a lap of 1:16.373, one-tenth of a second quicker than Jenson Button and Coulthard, in second and third places respectively. The Renault cars were fourth and fifth fastest; Alonso ahead of Jarno Trulli, with Michael Schumacher rounding out the top six.[5]

The qualifying session was run as a one-lap session and took place on Thursday and Saturday afternoon. The cars were run one at a time; the Thursday running order was determined with the Championship leading heading out first. The Saturday running order was determined by times set in Friday afternoon qualifying with the fastest heading out last and the slowest running first. The lap times from the Thursday afternoon session did not determine the grid order.[4]

Race[edit]

The drivers took to the track at 09:30 (GMT +1) for a 30-minute warm-up session.[4]

The race started at 14:00 local time.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:17.063 1:15.259
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.926 1:15.295 +0.036
3 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:17.108 1:15.415 +0.156
4 7 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 1:16.905 1:15.500 +0.241
5 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:16.305 1:15.644 +0.385
6 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.059 1:15.700 +0.441
7 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:16.636 1:15.820 +0.561
8 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:18.370 1:15.884 +0.625
9 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:17.637 1:16.237 +0.978
10 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Toyota 1:20.374 1:16.744 +1.485
11 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:18.109 1:16.755 +1.496
12 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford 1:17.080 1:16.967 +1.708
13 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar-Cosworth 1:18.967 1:17.103 +1.844
14 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:17.912 1:17.176 +1.917
15 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas No Time 1:17.402 +2.143
16 12 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman Jordan-Ford 1:18.286 1:17.452 +2.193
17 20 France Olivier Panis Toyota 1:19.903 1:17.464 +2.205
18 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Minardi-Cosworth 1:19.421 1:18.706 +3.447
19 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Minardi-Cosworth 1:19.680 1:20.063 +4.804
20 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:16.685 No Time

Race[edit]

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

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Formula One Overtaking Database". Retrieved 2012-10-26. 
  2. ^ a b "2003 Entry List". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Archived from the original on 12 August 2003. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Drivers' and Constructors' Provisional Standings". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Archived from the original on 12 August 2003. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "2003 Formula One Sporting Regulations". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Archived from the original on 24 April 2003. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "Webber flies in Monaco GP first practice". motorsport.com. Motorsport.com, Inc. 29 May 2003. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 

Footnotes[edit]


Previous race:
2003 Austrian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2003 season
Next race:
2003 Canadian Grand Prix
Previous race:
2002 Monaco Grand Prix
Monaco Grand Prix Next race:
2004 Monaco Grand Prix

Coordinates: 43°44′4.74″N 7°25′16.8″E / 43.7346500°N 7.421333°E / 43.7346500; 7.421333