Coulthard holds off Schumi to win Monaco again

David Coulthard holds off Michael Schumacher at the Monaco Grand Prix to claim Formula One's most famous race for the second time.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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David Coulthard held off Michael Schumacher Sunday in his McLaren Mercedes at the Monaco Grand Prix and claimed Formula One's most famous race for the second time. The British driver, second on the grid, jumped out faster than pole position holder Juan Pablo Montoya and beat the Williams BMW driver to the lead heading into the first curve. After that Coulthard, who also won in 2000, led the whole way with Schumacher pushing him to the end to claim his 12th career victory at Formula One's most glamorous event. Coulthard first had Montoya right behind him, until the Colombian dropped out with engine trouble on the 46th lap, then Schumacher in his dominant Ferrari F2002 car. The British driver had finished no better than fourth this season in a disappointing season for McLaren, Ferrari's biggest rival in recent years. Coulthard covered the 262.860 kilometers (163.662 miles) through Monte Carlo's streets in 1 hour, 45 minutes and 39.066 seconds. Schumacher was just 1.050 seconds behind after 78 laps. The German's younger brother, Ralf, finished third but was a lap back in his Williams. Schumacher now has 60 points, moving him closes to Juan Manuel Fangio's record of five world titles. Montoya and Ralf Schumacher have 27 and Coulthard 20. Schumacher's bid to match Brazilian legend Aryton Senna's six Monaco wins was spoiled. The German also failed to win for just the second time in seven races this season.