To say that Michael Schumacher dominated the 2002 season would be an extreme example of understatement. By the end of the season he had scored double the points of his team mate Rubens Barrichello and was a staggering 94 points ahead of third placed man, Juan Pablo Montoya. In Malaysia he finished third, which was his lowest finishing position all year and he completed each and every race …
Not surprisingly, examples of the great German engaging in a good wheel-to-wheel scrap in 2002 are rare to say the least, so for that reason we’re celebrating the 2015 Festival of Speed theme ‘Flat Out and Fearless – Racing on the Edge’ with a look at the aforementioned affable Columbian, Montoya, and McLaren’s Kimi Raikkonen.
Qualifying in Germany went well for both, ending up in fourth and fifth places on the grid respectively. In the race, Montoya did a great job of finishing in second place; a mere 10 seconds behind Schumacher, whilst Raikkonen spun out of contention on lap 59. However, once you’ve seen this clip you might wonder how much closer Montoya might have been had he not lost some time engaging in one of the battles of the season with the Finn.
This footage is an edit of the fight between the two for fourth place early on in the race and it has the lot: late-braking, cut-backs, attempted passing around the outside (from both protagonists), four wheels on the grass… Epic stuff, and seemingly all played out in a sporting manner. Such a shame that Raikkonen took his rallying sabbatical and Montoya turned his back on F1 for a life spent racing Stateside.