MONTREAL -- The first 1-2 finish by brothers in Formula One
history saw Ralf Schumacher come out on top of his older, more
famous brother Michael.
"We have never raced against each other in anything but Formula
One, not even go-karts," Ralf said, grinning widely. "So I've
never beaten him in any kind of racing."
The German siblings, nearly eight years apart in age, started
side-by-side on the front row and pole-winner Michael Schumacher led from the
start on the 2.747-mile Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Ralf never let
him get too far away, though, stalking the leader until he made his
pit stop on the 46th of 69 laps.
"When I started, I thought he was going to pull away," Ralf
said. "Then I saw both of us pulling away. I knew I was running
quite easily and I had the upper hand."
As Michael, 32, the defending Formula One champion and race
winner, drove his Ferrari into the pits, Ralf's Williams BMW
flashed past into the lead. He stayed out front the rest of the
way, building a big enough edge before his pit stop on lap 51 to
retain the lead.
After the younger brother, who will turn 26 on June 30, emerged
from the pits in front, he pulled steadily away, unchallenged until
he crossed the finish line 20.235 seconds -- more than the front
straightaway -- ahead. It was his second victory, with the first
coming on April 15 in San Marino.
"Initially I pushed very hard after his pit stop," Michael
said. "You have to try because you never know what traffic does or
if he makes a mistake. Once he showed he was not going to slow
down, I made the decision to take six points."
Michael Schumacher, who added a third runner-up finish to four
victories here, also added those points to his championship lead
over David Coulthard, whose McLaren went out of the race in a huge
puff of gray engine smoke while running fourth on lap 55.
That raised the three-time world champion's margin from 12 to 18
over the Scot after eight of 17 races.
Both brothers appeared delighted with the result.
"It was a great race," Ralf said. "The whole time the two of
us were together I was waiting for him to make a mistake, which he
obviously didn't. I decided to wait for the pit strategy and it
"The car was just brilliant today. I just didn't want to make a
The older brother was beaming as he watched Ralf bask in his
"He's certainly the best to lose to," Michael said. "I guess
our mother and dad will be very proud of us. It's the first time
brothers are 1 and 2 in Formula One.
"I got six important points and my brother won. It was a great
Two-time world champ Mika Hakkinen, Coulthard's McLaren
teammate, finished a distant third, his first podium of a
disappointing season thus far.
Watching the two brothers enjoy their result, Hakkinen -- who has
had many tough battles with Michael -- was asked how it felt to get
beat by two Schumachers.
"Luckily, there's not three," he said, laughing. "Then it
would be a problem."
Montoya got the jump and was running well ahead of Villeneuve in
10th on lap 20 when his Williams BMW banged off a curbing and sent
him hard into a concrete barrier. Rubens Barrichello, who had
fallen far off the pace after a solo spin early in the race while
running third, was close behind and wound up crashing after
swerving to avoid Montoya.
Villeneuve, who had fallen to 15th on the start, was up to ninth
when his car slowed and he pulled onto the grass.
"I think the clutch broke," the Canadian-born local favorite
said. "The car just stopped driving."
The safety car had to take to the track for several laps during
the cleanup of the crashes of Montoya and Barrichello.
On the restart on lap 24, the elder Schumacher, who had been
holding leads of less than a second over his brother, pulled out to
a margin of 2.6 seconds -- by far his biggest gap.
"I picked up a bit of rubber on my tires and it took a long
time to get up to grip again," the winner said. "I knew I had to
close in again or I would lose the race. Luckily, it worked out."
Ralf steadily cut the gap, moving within tenths of a second by
lap 31 and filling Michael's mirrors for lap after lap until the
latter finally ducked into the pits and gave up the top spot.
Once he took the lead, there was not much doubt about the
"I have no problem with it at all," said Michael, who owns 48
F1 victories. "If he's faster, he's faster. We just have to work