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R. Schumacher leads another Williams 1-2 finish

Posted: Sunday July 06, 2003 9:52 AM
Updated: Sunday July 20, 2003 1:02 PM
  Ralf Schumacher Ralf Schumacher moved to within three points of Kimi Raikkonen in the season standings with his second win of the year. Clive Mason/Getty Images

MAGNY COURS, France (AP) -- Ralf Schumacher won the French Grand Prix on Sunday for his second straight victory.

Schumacher finished 13.8 seconds ahead Juan Pablo Montoya in the second consecutive 1-2 finish for Williams-BMW.

Michael Schumacher of Ferrari languished in fifth most of the race and finished third. Kimi Raikkonen was fourth, and David Coulthard placed fifth.

Ralf Schumacher, whose victory in last week's European Grand Prix in Nuerburgring, Germany, ended a 24-race winless streak, claimed his sixth career win.

Pos.  Driver  Team 
1 .  Ralf Schumacher  Williams-BMW  
2.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Williams-BMW 
3.  Michael Schumacher  Ferrari 
4.  Kimi Raikkonen  McLaren-Mercedes  
5.  David Coulthard  McLaren-Mercedes 
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    "I still don't believe it. Two wins in a row, and finally from the pole," said Ralf Schumacher, who had failed win from the pole position in Monaco and Canada.

    The Williams-BMW team extended its recent dominance over Ferrari in Formula One, winning three of the last four races.

    "If the two of us keep working like this, we can keep winning but there are circuits where it will be quite tough for us," Ralf Schumacher said.

    Michael Schumacher still leads the season standings with 64 points. Raikkonen is second with 56, three points ahead of Ralf Schumacher.

    Michael Schumacher closed within 19.5 seconds at the end of the 70 laps on the 2.74-mile Nevers-Magny Cours circuit, but never really challenged.

    Mark Webber, in a Jaguar, was sixth, Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello was seventh, and Olivier Panis, driving a Toyota, was eighth.

    Ralf Schumacher started from the pole for the third time in four races and held a lead over Montoya, Raikkonen and his brother at the end of the first lap.

    Barrichello spun while crossing the line for the first time and dropped to 20th. He spent the rest of the race moving through the pack.

    The two Williams cars ran first and second virtually all the way.

    Ralf Schumacher stretched his lead from 3.5 seconds to nearly 10 seconds at the end of 60 laps and to 13.7 seconds with five laps left.

    Both Williams drivers eased off in the final laps, and were never challenged

    The next race is the British Grand Prix July 20.

    French Grand Prix Results
    At Nevers-Magny Cours
    Pos.  Driver  Country  Team  Behind 
    1 .  Ralf Schumacher  Germany  Williams-BMW  70 
    2.  Juan Pablo Montoya  Colombia  Williams-BMW  13.813 
    3.  Michael Schumacher  Germany  Ferrari  19.568 
    4.  Kimi Raikkonen  Finland  McLaren-Mercedes  30.602 
    5.  David Coulthard  Britain  McLaren-Mercedes  40.289 
    6.  Mark Webber  Australia  Jaguar  66.380 
    7.  Rubens Barrichello  Brazil  Ferrari  1 lap 
    8.  Olivier Panis  France  Toyota  1 lap 
    9.  Jacques Villeneuve  Canada  BAR-Honda  1 lap 
    10.  Antonio Pizzonia  Brazil  Jaguar  1 lap 
    11.  Cristian DaMatta  Brazil  Toyota  1 lap 
    12.  Heinz-Harald Frentzen  Germany  Sauber-Petronas  2 laps 
    13.  Nick Heidfeld  Germany  Sauber-Petronas  2 laps 
    14.  JustinWilson  Britain  Minardi-Cosworth  3 laps 
    15.  RalphFirman  Ireland  Jordan-Ford  3 laps  
    16.  Jos Verstappen  Netherlands  Minardi-Cosworth  4 laps 
    Not Classified
    Pos.  Driver  Country  Team  Completed 
    17.  Jarno Trulli  Italy  Renault  45 laps  
    18.  Fernado Alonso  Spain  Renault  43 laps 
    19.  Giancarlo Fisichella  Italy  Jordan-Ford  42 laps  
    20.  Jenson Button  Britain  BAR-Honda  21 laps 

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