The 2002 Australian Grand Prix, officially known as the LXVII Foster's Australian Grand Prix was the opening round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia, on 3 March 2002.[1] The race would see defending Champion Michael Schumacher claim victory for Ferrari, after a spectacular collision at the start removed two of his rivals.[1]

There had been several high profile changes to the field over the winter, with the notable addition of Toyota to the field, with the Japanese manufacturer hiring Mika Salo and Allan McNish to race for them.[1] They replaced the out-going Prost team, while Renault completed their take over of Benetton, marking their return to the F1 field as a constructor for the first time since the 1985 Australian Grand Prix.[1]

Elsewhere, two-time Champion Mika Häkkinen had opted to take a "sabbatical" for the foreseeable future, prompting McLaren-Mercedes to sign Kimi Räikkönen to their squad.[1] His seat at Sauber was subsequently taken by Ferrari junior driver Felipe Massa, while Mark Webber and Takuma Sato would also make their F1 debuts at Minardi and Jordan respectively.[1]

However, when it came to qualifying it would be the two Ferraris that dominated the field as they had in 2001, with Rubens Barrichello taking pole ahead of Schumacher.[1] Almost half a second then followed before Ralf Schumacher appeared in third on the grid for Williams-BMW, while David Coulthard of McLaren completed the second row ahead of his new teammate.[1]

All of that would be overshadowed at the start of the race itself, for Ralf Schumacher made a stunning start to streak ahead of his brother and challenge Barrichello for the lead.[1] However, the Brazilian would catch both himself and the #5 Williams pilot out at the first corner, braking earlier than expected right in-front of the German's car.[1]

Schumacher was subsequently catapulted over the back of the Ferrari, getting airborne before crashing down in the barriers a 100m away, while Barrichello slid to a stop in the middle of the circuit.[1] The rest of the field took avoiding action, until Giancarlo Fisichella caused a multi-car pile-up when he jinked into the path of Nick Heidfeld.[1]

Ten drivers were suddenly seen sprinting back to the pit lane, anticipating that the race would be stopped given the amount of damaged equipment abandoned on circuit and hence allow them to start in their spare cars.[1] However, with no injury concerns race director Charlie Whiting instead opted to cover the clear-up of the circuit under the Safety Car, and hence meant that none of the ten drivers could rejoin.[1]

On-track, meanwhile, the chaos of the start had resulted in Coulthard leading from Jarno Trulli, Juan Pablo Montoya and Michael Schumacher, while Räikkönen made a long stop to have debris removed from his car.[1] He rejoined at the back of the field in time for the restart, which came at the start of lap five.[1]

Coulthard duly aced the restart to claim an early lead, while Schumacher pounced on a slide from Montoya to grab third.[1] Trulli subsequently put up a ferocious defence of second until lap nine, when he slid onto oil at Jones Corner and slammed into the barriers prompting another safety car period.[1]

Two laps later and the race resumed, with Coulthard initially able to break away, only to miss a gear into Prost corner and slide onto the grass.[1] Schumacher duly swept past to the claim the lead as the Scot tumbled to fifth, with Montoya and Räikkönen completing the top three.[1]

That, ultimately, was how it stayed at the head of the field, with Schumacher able to eek out an eighteen second lead by the end of the race as he claimed victory.[1] Montoya duly claimed second ahead of Räikkönen, who secured his maiden podium finish, with Eddie Irvine, Australian born Webber, and Salo claiming the remaining points.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Heading into the first round of the 2002 season, many teams stuck with the same lineup that they had in 2001. With the only real change being Kimi Räikkönen heading to McLaren with him replacing Mika Häkkinen. In the constructors area, Toyota debut in the F1 as the development of the previous year.

Entry list[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 2002 Australian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F1-2001 Ferrari 050 3.0 V10 B
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F1-2001 Ferrari 050 3.0 V10 B
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17 Mercedes FO 110M 3.0 V10 M
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17 Mercedes FO 110M 3.0 V10 M
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW24 BMW P82 3.0 V10 M
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW24 BMW P82 3.0 V10 M
7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber C21 Petronas 02A 3.0 V10 B
8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber C21 Petronas 02A 3.0 V10 B
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland DHL Jordan Honda Jordan EJ12 Honda RA002E 3.0 V10 B
10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland DHL Jordan Honda Jordan EJ12 Honda RA002E 3.0 V10 B
11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 004 Honda RA002E 3.0 V10 B
12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 004 Honda RA002E 3.0 V10 B
14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R202 Renault RS22 3.0 V10 M
15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R202 Renault RS22 3.0 V10 M
16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R3 Ford Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 M
17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R3 Ford Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 M
20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Orange Arrows Arrows A23 Ford Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 B
21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Orange Arrows Arrows A23 Ford Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 B
22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy KL Minardi Asiatech Minardi PS02 Asiatech AT02 3.0 V10 M
23 Australia Mark Webber Italy KL Minardi Asiatech Minardi PS02 Asiatech AT02 3.0 V10 M
24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF102 Toyota RVX-02 3.0 V10 M
25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF102 Toyota RVX-02 3.0 V10 M
Source:[2]

Practice Overview[edit | edit source]

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Report[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

The full qualifying results for the 2002 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:25.843 222.392 km/h
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:25.848 +0.005s 222.379 km/h
3 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:26.279 +0.436s 221.268 km/h
4 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.446 +0.603s 220.841 km/h
5 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.161 +1.318s 219.029 km/h
6 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:27.249 +1.406s 218.808 km/h
7 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:27.710 +1.867s 217.658 km/h
8 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:27.869 +2.026s 217.264 km/h
9 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:27.972 +2.129s 217.010 km/h
10 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:28.232 +2.389s 216.370 km/h
11 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 1:28.361 +2.518s 216.055 km/h
12 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:28.381 +2.538s 216.006 km/h
13 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:28.657 +2.814s 215.333 km/h
14 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 1:29.205 +3.362s 214.010 km/h
15 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:29.474 +3.631s 213.367 km/h
16 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 1:29.636 +3.793s 212.981 km/h
17 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:29.738 +3.895s 212.739 km/h
18 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:30.086 +4.243s 211.918 km/h
19 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:30.113 +4.270s 211.854 km/h
20 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:30.192 +4.349s 211.668 km/h
21 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:31.504 +5.661s 208.634 km/h
107% Time: 1:31.851[3]
NC* 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:53.351 +27.508s 168.422 km/h
Source:[3][4]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.
  • * Sato was allowed to start despite failing to set a time within 107% of pole at the stewards' discretion.[3]

Grid[edit | edit source]

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 2
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 2 3 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 4
______________ David Coulthard
Row 3 5 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 6
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 4 7 ______________
Jarno Trulli 8
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 5 9 ______________
Felipe Massa 10
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 6 11 ______________
Jenson Button 12
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 7 13 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 14
______________ Mika Salo
Row 8 15 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen* 16
______________ Allan McNish
Row 9 17 ______________
Enrique Bernoldi* 18
______________ Mark Webber
Row 10 19 ______________
Eddie Irvine 20
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 11 21 ______________
Alex Yoong 22
______________ Takuma Sato
  • * Frentzen and Bernoldi started the race from the pit lane in their spare cars.[5]

Race[edit | edit source]

Report[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

The full results for the 2002 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 58 1:35:36.792 2 10
2 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 58 +18.628 6 6
3 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 58 +25.067 5 4
4 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 19 3
5 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 56 +2 Laps 18 2
6 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 56 +2 Laps 14 1
7 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 55 +3 Laps 21
8 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 53 +5 Laps 20
Ret 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 33 Gearbox 4
Ret 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 27 Rear Wing 13
DSQ* 20T Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Cosworth 16 Disqualified 15
DSQ* 21T Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Cosworth 15 Disqualified 17
Ret 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 12 Electrical 22
Ret 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 8 Accident 7
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 0 Collision 1
Ret 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 0 Collision 3
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 0 Collision 8
Ret 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 9
Ret 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 10
Ret 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 0 Collision 11
Ret 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 0 Collision 12
Ret 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 0 Collision 16
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Frentzen and Bernoldi were disqualified for ignoring a red light in the pit lane and changing to their spare cars during the race without permission from the officials.[5]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

For a third season in succession defending Champion Michael Schumacher opened his title defence with victory in Australia, and hence left the opening round of the season at the head of the field. Juan Pablo Montoya, meanwhile, would start the season with a second place ahead of Kimi Räikkönen, while Eddie Irvine appeared in the top five for the first time since leaving Ferrari. Completing the first round scorers were Mark Webber and Mika Salo.

Ferrari had claimed victory and the Championship lead at the opening round for a fourth successive season courtesy of Schumacher, and hence started the season on ten points. Williams-BMW were next ahead of McLaren-Mercedes, while Jaguar-Ford Cosworth, Minardi-Asiatech and Toyota had also registered points. For Minardi it was also a significant first points score since the 1999 European Grand Prix.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 10
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 6
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 4
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 3
5 Australia Mark Webber 2
6 Finland Mika Salo 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 10
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 6
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4
4 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3
5 Italy Minardi-Asiatech 2
6 Japan Toyota 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

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