R. Schumacher leads another Williams 1-2 finishPosted: Sunday July 06, 2003 9:52 AM
Updated: Sunday July 20, 2003 1:02 PM
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.
"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.