good points by persid. Also did you notice that Coulthard, Schumi (M), and Montoya ALL retired approx 1 lap after their pit stops and Montoya had problems with the fuel hose. As David Hobbs mentioned perhaps at such high temperatures there can be problems with the fuel? Who knows!
Also, regarding BMW engines, if you listened to Ralf in the press conference afterwards he was told that they were "tight on engines" meaning that they could finish the race, but the engine would be near retirement. So Ralf (who all other things aside has been in F1 longer and is then more mature in the sport if only because of his experience) didn't push as hard as he could of and THAT is in my mind the prime reason that he was way off of montoya's pace, because montoya was pushing hard.
So then if Ralf wasn't pushing to hard and STILL opening a gap over Michael what theories does this present us with. Since M Schumi retired, maybe he overworked his engine as well which tells me that if he was pushing hard and Ralf wasn't but Ralf was opening a gap, who has the better engine (or chassis/setup for the track for that matter). OR perhaps, Michael is set for another mid-season slump ala2000? Not very probable but possible none the less. After having what like 2 retirements in the past 17 races and to have 2 mechanical problems in 1 race (the start, and the failure), what is this saying? Also, if you remember, last year in the beginning McLarens car was slightly stronger I believe but Ferrari worked and worked and by the end their car was AS good or better than any in the field. And coming into this year I believe that Ferrari had the best chassis out there. However, like last year might a team be working hard on their chassis to make it better? Only this time instead of Ferrari and McLaren, maybe its Williams and Ferrari. So what I'm getting at is maybe the Ferrari isn't the best car out there right now. Also what of Ralf Schumi, he has CERATINLY come into his own this year, and consider that he is 7 years younger than his brother, so if he's on the same tracks his brother took, what was Michael doing 7 years ago? Starting to win more races on the way to his first championship ever.
So what am I saying, 2002, in my mind, will be the year of the Williams BMW and Ralf Schumacher and Montoya. Will they have the domination they had in the late 80s and early 90s. It would be nice to see a white and blue car on the podium more often in my mind.
God damn, I wrote a book.