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Europe GP 2003 - Schu towers as lord of the 'Ring.

Unable to extract himself, Coulthard joined the likes of Panis (the victim of a second turn one spin), the increasingly luckless Villeneuve and Cristiano da Matta (engine failure), as well as Trulli and Raikkonen on the retirement list, while Schumacher Sr maintained his 'lucky man' reputation by moving up to fifth on the road after his push start.

That almost became fourth as the German caught and challenged the hobbled Alonso on the last lap, with just the Spaniard's lack of acceleration out of the final Coca-Cola Kurve preventing Raikkonen from surrendering another point in the championship race.

The battle, however, came in over a minute behind the Schumacher who would ultimately accept the crowd's acclaim, as Ralf maintained his cool to stroke the leading Williams-BMW to a comfortable victory. Sixteen seconds separated the German from Montoya in the runners-up spot, as Williams and BMW celebrated their renewed partnership with an historic 1-2. It was Schumacher's fifth career win and his first since last year's Malaysian Grand Prix - when his team-mate and brother also made contact....

It was an accomplished performance from a driver who, having been under-fire at the start of the year, appears to have found his feet again. Just 15 points now separate him from the championship lead, with another Michelin circuit to come in a weeks' time.

Behind Schumacher Sr, Mark Webber made the most of an anonymous afternoon to pick up more points for Jaguar, with Jenson Button and Nick Heidfeld filling out the top eight. The Briton's performance provided some succour for BAR, which had endured an otherwise torrid weekend, but was nothing compared to the joy Sauber would have derived from Heidfeld's eighth place after starting in pit-lane.

After a Canadian round that had failed to live up to the excitement and incident provided in the previous six races, the Nurburgring proved that Formula One still has the odd twist up its sleeve.



Race result:

1. Ralf Schumacher Germany Williams-BMW 60 laps 1hr 34min 43.622secs
2. Juan Montoya Colombia Williams-BMW +16.821secs
3. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +39.673secs
4. Fernando Alonso Spain Renault-Renault +1min 05.731secs
5. Michael Schumacher Germany Ferrari-Ferrari +1min 06.162secs
6. Mark Webber Australia Jaguar-Cosworth +1 lap
7. Jenson Button Britain BAR-Honda +1 lap
8. Nick Heidfeld Germany Sauber-Petronas +1 lap

9. Heinz-Harald Frentzen Germany Sauber-Petronas +1 lap
10. Antonio Pizzonia Brazil Jaguar-Cosworth +1 lap
11. Ralph Firman Britain Jordan-Ford +2 laps
12. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Jordan-Ford +2 laps
13. Justin Wilson Britain Minardi-Cosworth +2 laps
14. Jos Verstappen Holland Minardi-Cosworth +3 laps

Rtd David Coulthard Britain McLaren-Mercedes 56 laps completed
Rtd Cristiano da Matta Brazil Toyota-Toyota 53 laps completed
Rtd Jacques Villeneuve Canada BAR-Honda 51 laps completed
Rtd Jarno Trulli Italy Renault-Renault 37 laps completed
Rtd Olivier Panis France Toyota-Toyota 37 laps completed
Rtd. Kimi Raikkonen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 25 laps completed


Fastest lap:

Kimi Raikkonen McLaren-Mercedes 1min 32.621secs






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