Juan-Pablo Montoya’s superbly-judged victory at Hockenheim was not a surprise, but few could have predicted the drama that took place behind him, writes CAR deputy editor John Bentley.
“Tales of the unexpected” might end up being an appropriate title for a review of the 2003 season. The only thing any serious betting man could have predicted about the German Grand Prix was Juan Pablo Montoya’s superbly judged victory. The rest was like a lotto draw.
With the points battle so close, the slightest upset can turn the championship battle on its head. Only a few races ago, the fight for the title was between Michael Schumacher and Kimi Raïkkönen, with Ralf Schumacher threatening to join the action up front and Montoya holding station a little further back. Now it’s the elder Schumacher holding off Montoya, with Kimi close behind and Ralf playing the rear-gunner role.
With four races to go, it’s anyone’s title. Hungary, they say, will suit Williams-BMW. Can Ferrari bounce back in front of the tifosi at Monza? And who will be in the driving seat at Indianapolis and Suzuka? This one’s going down to the wire… – John Bentley