| Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya after his triumph in Monaco Sunday. (AFP)
Monaco: Colombian Juan Pablo Montoya claimed the second Formula One win of his career and ended his Williams team’s 20-year Monte Carlo jinx with victory in the Monaco Grand Prix here on Sunday.
Montoya, who had not won since Monza in 2001, resisted late pressure from the McLaren of second-placed Finn Kimi Raikkonen to finish just 0.6 seconds ahead.
He delighted Williams team chiefs Frank Williams and Patrick Head by securing their first win around the streets of Monte Carlo since Finn Keke Rosberg, watching the day’s race, in 1983.
Raikkonen extended his championship lead to four points after world champion Michael Schumacher, who closed on the lead pair at the end of the race after starting from fifth on the grid, only finished third for Ferrari.
Montoya’s Williams teammate Ralf Schumacher finished just off the podium in fourth place after starting from pole but recovering from a bump with the barriers during the race.
Spaniard Fernando Alonso moved back up to third in the Drivers’ world championship behind Schumacher after finishing fifth, one place ahead of his Italian Renault teammate Jarno Trulli.
Scot David Coulthard finished seventh ahead of Brazilian Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello to ensure his McLaren team moved back ahead of the Italian giants in the Constructors’ world championship.
Ralf had made a clean start from pole position and Montoya claimed second ahead of Raikkonen as the 19-car field — missing Briton Jenson Button after his practice crash — filed through Sainte Devote.
But the safety car came out after Heinz-Harald Frentzen clattered into the barriers at the exit of the swimming pool and damaged the right-hand side of his Sauber on the first lap.
The field was set free again at the end of lap four and the Williams pair immediately made a break from Raikkonen as Schumacher set two successive fastest laps.
Brazilian Antonio Pizzonia, of Jaguar, retired at the chicane on lap 12 and his Australian teammate Mark Webber also pulled out five laps later after initially pitting with a problem at the end of lap 14.
Montoya began to push teammate Ralf hard on lap 21 before claiming the lead when the German pitted for 7.8 seconds at the end of that lap and dropped to eighth.
Montoya then set the fastest lap before pitting at the end of lap 23 and came out in front of Ralf in seventh place.
New leader Raikkonen then pitted one lap later and rejoined between the two Williams’ after a stop of 8.9 seconds, leaving Trulli at the front ahead of Michael’s Ferrari.
Trulli was next to stop, at the end of lap 27, with his teammate Alonso stopping the following lap to leave Michael with a relatively clear track to enable him to set a fastest lap of 1 minute 14.707 seconds.
Michael pitted at the end of lap 30 for a stop of 9.1 seconds and slotted back into the race just ahead of his brother Ralf to claim third place, six seconds behind leader Montoya, three behind second-placed Raikkonen.
Minardi driver Jos Verstappen and his British teammate Justin Wilson became the next drivers to retire when they both stopped at the chicane after completing 28 and 29 laps, respectively.
Ralf Schumacher was the first of the leaders to make his second stop at the end of lap 48 before his teammate and race leader Montoya made a rapid stop of 6.7 seconds one lap later.
Montoya dropped to third as Raikkonen took over the lead and set the fastest lap to increase the gap to second-placed Michael to 17.9 seconds before pitting for 8.9 seconds on lap 53 and coming out behind the Colombian.
Ralf, running in eighth place, lost 11 seconds when he hit the barriers at La Rascasse before Trulli and Coulthard pitted together on lap 56 and almost collided in the pits as they headed out in sixth and seventh places.
With 20 laps remaining the elder Schumacher led by 10.3 seconds from Montoya and a further 1.5 seconds ahead of third-placed Raikkonen, with the German the only one of the lead three still to stop. He pitted at the end of lap 59 to hand Montoya the lead again and came out in fifth place behind teammate Barrichello, who pitted on the next lap and dropped further down.
1. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland, McLaren) 48 points; 2. Michael Schumacher (Germany, Ferrari) 44; 3. Fernando Alonso (Spain, Renault) 29; 4. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil, Ferrari) 27; 5. Juan Pablo Montoya (Colombia, Williams) 25; 6. Ralf Schumacher (Germany, Williams) 25; 7. David Coulthard (Britain, McLaren) 25; 8. Jarno Trulli (Italy, Renault) 13; 9. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy, Jordan) 10; 10. Jenson Button (Britain, BAR) 8; 11. Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Germany, Sauber) 7; 12. Mark Webber (Australia, Jaguar) 4; 13. Jacques Villeneuve (Canada, BAR) 3; 14. Cristiano da Mata (Brazil, Toyota) 3; 15. Nick Heidfeld (Germany, Sauber) 1; 16. Ralph Firman (Britain, Jordan) 1.