You gotta love today’s race! Formula 1 came to the most glamorous,
twistiest and tightest circuit on the calendar, i.e. Monaco. David
Coulthard finally ended the Schumacher brothers’ winning streak for
this year’s grand prix. He was very much in the lead in his McLaren
throughout the race right from the beginning after a superb start from
2nd place despite having a couple of scares during the race itself with
some slight smoke coming out of his engine and the Michelin tires
behaving rather peculiarly. Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams BMW) posed
some challenge behind Coulthard for about 30-something laps before
retiring due to engine failure. Michael Schumacher (Ferarri) was then
pretty much in Coulthard’s rear view mirror all the way to the chequered
flag but wasn’t able to do much due to the tight nature of the track.
The younger Schumacher had a relatively easy race towards the end.
The position for 4th and 5th was fought tooth and nail all the way to
the end between Jarno Trulli (Renault) and Giancarlo Fisichella (Jordan
Honda) with the former triumphing. Barichello (Ferarri) did put up a
fight for the last point of the race with Frentzen (Orange Arrows) but
the latter held on to the end for the deserved point leaving Barichello
walking away empty handed from the race.
Race standings: 1 – David Coulthard (McLaren Mercedes), 2 – Michael
Schumacher (Ferarri), 3 – Ralf Schumacher (Williams BMW), 4 – Jarno
Trulli (Renault), 5 – Giancarlo Fisichella (Jordan Honda), 6 – Heinz-Harald
Frentzen (Orange Arrows)