Canadian Grand Prix 2002 - a look back 10 Jun 2003
The 2002 Canadian Grand Prix saw Michael Schumacher notch up Ferrari's 150th victory in Formula One. With an air of calm he surrendered the lead at the start of the race, confident of the strategy employed by his team. That confidence proved to be well placed and the world champion came home just over a second in front of David Coulthard's McLaren, with team mate Rubens Barrichello in third.
As the lights went out at the start, polesitter Juan Pablo Montoya and Barrichello rocketed away. However, Schumacher knew his team mate's race plan, and if Montoya was keeping pace with Barrichello, then he also knew that the Williams was on a two-stopper. Safe in the knowledge that his one-stop strategy should give him the upper hand, Schumacher kept his distance.
On lap 14 the safety car was deployed and Montoya jumped into the pits for what amounted to a free stop. Emerging in fifth place, he then moved up to third on the restart thanks to an opportunistic pass following mistakes from Ralf Schumacher and Kimi Raikkonen at the final chicane. When Barrichello pitted on lap 26 he lost a lot of ground to his team mate, Montoya and the Ralf/Raikkonen battle.
All this left Michael Schumacher in the lead, setting substantially faster laps than the fuel-heavy Williams of Montoya. When the German pitted in, however, it was Montoya's turn to put in the quick lap times. As the Colombian set the pace at the front questions began to surface as to whether Williams had been able to fuel him to the finish.
It wasn't the case. On lap 50 Montoya was back into the pits and Schumacher regained the lead. Now it was the Colombian's turn to do the chasing and a great battle looked in prospect - that was until his BMW engine let go on lap 57. Well clear of the pursuing pack, Schumacher was then able to ease off in the final laps, losing over 20 seconds but safely taking his fifth Canadian Grand Prix win.