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Monaco GP: Lap by lap

by CAR magazine on 26/05/2002

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A roundup of all the race action from the streets of Monte Carlo.

Start: David Coulthard gets the jump on Juan-Pablo Montoya into the Sainte Devote and the Scot has the lead. Montoya is in second position, followed by Michael Schumacher in third. Jarno Trulli has made a fantastic start up into fifth but Jenson Button is nearly last

Lap 2: Coulthard has pulled out a 1,1s lead at the end of the first lap. Jacques Villeneuve was left on the line but the marshals get the BAR off the grid. Villeneuve has rejoined the race after starting in the pit-lane

Lap 3: Order – Coulthard, Montaya, Schumacher, Ralf Schumacher, Trulli, Kimi Raikkonen, Rubens Barrichello, Mika Salo, Allan McNish, Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Coulthard is not pulling away any more and the field are running together.

Lap 4: Montoya now seems to be reeling in Coulthard. The gap is down to 0,8s. Less than nine seconds covering the first nine cars.

Lap 5: New fastest lap from Ralf Schumacher in fourth place – 1m21,9s. The first four are pulling away. Barrichello is close behind Raikkonen in the battle for sixth.

Lap 6: Coulthard has lost a lot of time. Montoya and Schumacher are now right behind the McLaren. Schumacher is all over the back of the Williams.

Lap 7: Button has got a drive through penalty for jumping the start.

Lap 8: The first four cars are covered by 0,4s.

Lap 9: The front men are absolutely nose to tail. Trulli, Raikkonen and Barrichello are now also catching the first four cars.

Lap 10: The first four are absolutely nose to tail around the hairpin. They are trying not to trip over each other. They are covered by 1,4s.

Lap 11: Coulthard’s pulled out a little bit of a gap on this lap. But his pursuers are still close in pursuit. Order – Coulthard, Montoya, Schumacher, Ralf, Trulli, Raikkonen, Barrichelo, Salo, McNish.

Lap 12: McNish is very close behind his team-mate in the battle for eighth position.

Lap 13: Ralf Schumacher has set a new fastest lap and Coulthard is beginning to pull out a slender lead over Montoya.

Lap 14: The Michelins may be coming back to peak performance as Coulthard seems a lot more comfortable than he was a few laps ago

Lap 15: McNish has gone off into the barriers at Ste Devote. The Scot is out.

Lap 16: Schumacher sets a new fastest lap with a 1m21,2s

Lap 17: Order – Coulthard, Montoya, Schumacher, Ralf, Trulli, Raikkonen, Barrichello, Salo, Frentzen, Fisichella.

Lap 18: The gap is fluctuating around the one second mark between Coulthard and Montoya.

Lap 19: Coulthard has now set a new fastest lap but the leaders are coming up to lap traffic. It’s Villeneuve in the BAR that they are coming up to pass

Lap 20: Frentzen has overtaken Salo for eighth at the chicane and Sato has snuck past Fisichella in the confusion.

Lap 21: Frentzen has just set the fastest lap of the race with a 1m20,6s. Sato takes a great dive down the inside of Salo into the Mirabeau and makes it through to take ninth place.

Lap 22: Salo pits the Toyota and takes on a new set of tyres.

Lap 23: Order – Coulthard, Montoya, Schumacher, Ralf, Trulli, Raikkonen, Barrichello, Frentzen, Sato , Fisichella.

Lap 24: Barrichello is still really close behind Raikkonen. Sato has had a huge crash in the tunnel. The Japanese driver is okay but a very similar crash to the one Frentzen had last year. The two Jordans were lucky to avoid each other as Fisichella swerved to miss his team-mate’s crashing car.

Lap 25: The first three runners are still covered by about 1,2s.

Lap 26: Montoya gets very close to the wall on the exit of Ste Devote. He loses momentum but keeps Schumacher behind him.

Lap 27: Schumacher has just set a fastest lap as he continues to put Montoya under pressure.

Lap 28: Bernoldi puts in a great move on Massa on the start-finish straight but both go off at Sainte Devote as Massa fails to brake and hits the back of the Arrows. Both continue after spin-turning in the run off area.

Lap 29: Montoya has Schumacher close on his heels.

Lap 30: Massa stops for a new front wing after his contretemps with Enrique’s Bernoldi. The Sauber driver was definitely responsible for the crash.

Lap 31: Order – Coulthard, Montoya, Schumacher, Ralf, Trulli, Raikkonen, Barrichello, Frentzen, Fisichella.

Lap 32: There are signs of smoke coming from the exhausts of his McLaren Mercedes, but the Scot is 1,8s ahead of Montoya.

Lap 33: Coulthard’s car is starting to blow out smoke and race might soon be over. Yoong retires his car after hitting the barriers on the entry into Casino Square.

Lap 34: Schumacher looks to have the fastest car in the race. The German sets a new fastest lap of 1m20,3s.

Lap 35: Coulthard has just set the fastest lap with a 1m19,4s.

Lap 36: Frentzen is catching the battle for fifth with the Trulli, Raikkonen and Barrichello running in front of him

Lap 37: The leaders are lapping Jenson Button who has had a frustrating afternoon in the Renault.

Lap 38: Schumacher is all over the back of Montoya and Coulthard has pulled out a 3s lead.

Lap 39: Jenson Button stops in the pit as Montoya’s car slides all over the track.

Lap 40: Montoya’s tyres look to be finished and he is struggling. Coulthard is now 4,5s ahead of the battle for second but the McLaren mechanics are getting ready for a pit stop.

Lap 41: Barrichello crashes into the back of Raikkonen’s car at the chicane. Both cars return to the pits. Raikkonen’s car is heavily damaged, but Barrichello returns to the circuit after the replacement of his front wing.

Lap 42: Coulthard is now back to 3s ahead of the battling second place pair.

Lap 43: Coulthard, Montoya, Schumacher, Ralf, Trulli, Frentzen, Fisichella, Heidfeld.

Lap 44: Schuey is into the pit-lane and makes his stop in 8.5s. The Ferrari

Lap 45: Montoya is now 8,5s behind Coulthard. Raikkonen rejoined but he has pitted again as the car’s suspension is irreparable.

Lap 46: Coulthard is now nine seconds ahead of Montoya who is still struggling. Barrichello has been called in for a stop-go penalty. He exceeds the speed limit making the stop-go and is called in again.

Lap 47: Montoya has let Ralf through into second place and the Colombian’s car belches out smoke and his race looks to be finished.

Lap 48: Schumacher sets a new fastest lap and the Ferrari looks to be in a strong position.

Lap 49: Ferrari have found a perfect gap in the traffic for Schumacher and he is making excellent progress. He is 33s behind Coulthard and 18 behind Ralf.

Lap 50: Order – Coulthard, Ralf, Schumacher, Fisichella, Trulli, Frentzen. Trulli and Frentzen have stopped for their tyre stop as Ralf makes his pit-stop.

Lap 51: Coulthard is coming into the pits and he gets out again after a 6,9s stop. He rejoins with just a 2s gap over Schumacher who is flying up behind the McLaren.

Lap 52: Schumacher has just set another fastest lap and he is the fastest man on the track.

Lap 53: Fisichella is into the pits to make his stop as Button and Panis collide going into Ste Devote. Button was trying to make a move up the inside. Both are out.

Lap 54: Button’s and Panis’ cars are craned out of the way just in time for the race leaders coming through.

Lap 55: The gap between the leaders remains about 1s.

Lap 56: Order – Coulthard, Schumacher, Ralf, Trulli, Fisichella, Frentzen, Salo, Barrichello.

Lap 57: The race leaders are 20s ahead of Ralf Schumacher in fourth. Barrichello is now only a fraction behind Salo in the battle for seventh.

Lap 58: Coulthard is managing to stave off Schumacher’s challenge. Maybe he is waiting to see if the McLaren’s earlier problems will manifest themselves.

Lap 59: Order – Coulthard, Schumacher, Ralf, Trulli, Fisichella, Frentzen, Salo, Barrichello.

Lap 60: Ralf is now on his own in third place – 22 seconds behind the race leaders.

Lap 61: Trulli, Fisichella and Frentzen are taking up the remaining points place.

Lap 62: Salo pits and rejoins in eighth place. The leaders are coming up behind Frentzen to lap the sixth-placed man.

Lap 63: Frentzen drives off the circuit at the chicane to let the race leaders by.

Lap 64: Coulthard is now 25s ahead of Ralf Schumacher in third place.

Lap 65: The leaders are circulating with the gap constantly hovering around the one second mark.

Lap 66: Order – Coulthard, Schumacher, Ralf, Trulli, Fisichella, Frentzen, Barrichello, Salo.

Lap 67: Ralf pits for a second time after suffering from a delaminated tyre. He rejoins the track in third place.

Lap 68: Massa hits the tyre barrier head on at Sainte Devote. The Brazilian takes his time getting out of the car as he appears to be winded.

Lap 69: Order – Coulthard, Schumacher, Ralf, Trulli, Fisichella, Barrichello, Salo,

Lap 70: Barrichello has just set a new fastest lap with a 1m18,0. Coulthard loses time lapping both Jaguars at the same time but he manages to stay ahead of Schumacher.

Lap 71: Barrichello is homing in on Frentzen for the final point. The Brazilian is the fastest man on the track

Lap 72: Salo has a big crash at Massenet after suffering what looks like wheel bearing failure.

Lap 73: Barrichello is now all over the back of Frentzen’s Arrows.

Lap 74: Order – Coulthard, Schumacher, Ralf, Trulli, Fisichella, Frentzen, Barrichello, Webber.

Lap 75: The gap between Schumacher and David Coulthard is fluctuating. It was up to 1,5s but the German is now right behind the Scot’s McLaren.

Lap 76: Fisichella is challenging Trulli. Somehow Fisichella has caught his countryman and it’s Jordan against Renault. The leaders are coming up behind the pair. They get by without incident.

Last lap: Coulthard holds off Schumacher to take a stunning victory. One of the best of the Scot’s career and his second at Monaco. Ralf comes home in third after a lonely race and Trulli and Fisichella hold position after a titanic scrap in the closing laps. Frentzen takes the final point for Arrows.