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The 2002 Austrian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXXI Grosser A1 Preis von Österreich, was the sixth round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the A1 Ring in Spielberg, Austria, on 12 May 2002.[1] The race would see Ferrari make one of the biggest PR blunders in F1 history, after ordering Rubens Barrichello to hand victory to Championship dominating teammate Michael Schumacher.[1]

Indeed, Barrichello had been the stronger of the Ferrari drivers across the weekend, having claimed pole position during qualifying.[1] Ralf Schumacher, meanwhile, would get his Williams-BMW ahead of brother Michael in the #1 Ferrari, with Juan Pablo Montoya completing the top four.[1]

The start proved even further that Barrichello had the best pace in the field, with the Brazilian ace sprinting away to claim the lead.[1] He hence left teammate Michael Schumacher to charge past Ralf Schumacher in the #5 Williams, followed by Nick Heidfeld in the Ferrari engined Sauber-Petronas.[1]

Elsewhere, Felipe Massa was put onto the grass while fighting with Kimi Räikkönen and Montoya, while Enrique Bernoldi smacked into the back of his Arrows-Ford Cosworth teammate Heinz-Harald Frentzen.[1] Further around the lap Frentzen was on the receiving end of a whack from an out of control Jacques Villeneuve, sending the German racer for a bounce across a gravel trap.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Barrichello established himself at the head of the field dragging teammate Schumacher with him as they disappeared from Heidfeld.[1] Heidfeld, in his bid to stay with them, would run wide at the Castrol Kurve on lap two and allowed both the Williams cars through, but remained clear of the two McLaren-Mercedes behind.[1]

With that the race for victory was effectively over for anyone not driving a Ferrari, for Barrichello and Schumacher were able to increase their lead by almost two seconds a lap.[1] Fortunately, there would be action further down the field, with Villenenuve barging his way up the order, albeit aided by retirements for Räikkönen and Massa.[1]

On lap 24 hopes of a Ferrari defeat were briefly enhanced by an appearance for the safety car, with Ferrari calling in both Barrichello and Schumacher for the their first stops.[1] Williams, on a one-stop, stayed out with Ralf Schumacher splitting the Ferraris as they rejoined, with the race restarting on lap 28 with Barrichello still in the lead.[1]

The Brazilian aced the restart to leave the Schumachers to fight amongst themselves, only for Heidfeld to ruin his race with a rear lock-up, which sent his Sauber skating backwards down towards Remus.[1] The German race duly careened into the side of Takuma Sato, having narrowly missed Montoya, and left both cars with heavy damage.[1] Fortunately, both Heidfeld and Sato, who both needed outside help to get out of their cockpits, would escape with only minor leg injuries.[1]

The race resumed after a twenty minute spell behind the safety car, with Barrichello again acing the restart to begin building his lead again on lap 36.[1] He duly left the Ralf Schumacher to fend off his brother Michael, which the German racer duly managed until making his only stop of the day on lap 47.[1]

Barrichello and Michael Schumacher made their stops on laps 61 and 62 respectively, at which point Ferrari team principal Jean Todt ordered Barrichello to allow his German teammate to pass.[1] Barrichello refused in-spite of an oblique threat to his contract with the team, with the Brazilian managing to prevent Schumacher from closing to within a second of him during the final laps.[1]

Indeed, it was only on the run to the line that Barrichello finally relented, slamming on the brakes just metres from the chequered flag to gift Schumacher the win.[1] That prompted en-masse booing from the crowd as Montoya swept across the line to complete the podium.[1] Behind him came Ralf Schumacher, Giancarlo Fisichella and David Coulthard.[1]

The podium ceremony saw the Austrian fans make their displeasure known, prompting Schumacher to swap places with Barrichello and hand him the winner's trophy.[1] Ferrari were subsequently slapped with a $1,000,000 fine for that podium violation, with the FIA later banning "team orders" for the 2003 season onward.[1]

BackgroundEdit

With less than a third of the season completed it already looked as if the title fight was over, for another dominant victory for Michael Schumacher had moved the German ace onto 44 points out of a maximum 50. That left him a daunting 21 clear of second placed Juan Pablo Montoya, the Colombian racer himself having moved ahead of Schumacher's brother Ralf in Spain. Behind, David Coulthard had moved into fourth ahead of Jenson Button, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen had become the thirteenth scorer of the campaign.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, Ferrari had managed to inch away from Williams-BMW, leaving Spain with an enhanced lead of seven points. Those two were in a class of their own at the head of the field, with Williams holding a 30 point advantage over third placed McLaren-Mercedes. The Anglo-German alliance itself had managed to ease away from Renault after the latter's late demise, although remained just five clear of the returning French effort.

Entry listEdit

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

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2002 Ferrari 051 3.0 V10 B
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2002 Ferrari 051 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 OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:08.082 228.748 km/h
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:08.364 +0.282s 227.804 km/h
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:08.704 +0.622s 226.677 km/h
4 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:09.118 +1.036s 225.319 km/h
5 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:09.129 +1.047s 225.283 km/h
6 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:09.154 +1.072s 225.202 km/h
7 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:09.228 +1.146s 224.961 km/h
8 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:09.335 +1.253s 224.614 km/h
9 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:09.561 +1.479s 223.884 km/h
10 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 1:09.661 +1.579s 223.563 km/h
11 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:09.671 +1.589s 223.531 km/h
12 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:09.723 +1.641s 223.364 km/h
13 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 1:09.780 +1.698s 223.181 km/h
14 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 1:09.818 +1.736s 223.060 km/h
15 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:09.901 +1.819s 222.795 km/h
16 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:09.980 +1.898s 222.544 km/h
17 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:10.051 +1.969s 222.318 km/h
18 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:10.058 +1.976s 222.296 km/h
19 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:10.553 +2.471s 220.736 km/h
20 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:10.741 +2.659s 220.150 km/h
21 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:11.388 +3.306s 218.154 km/h
22 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:12.336 +4.254s 215.295 km/h
107% Time: 1:12.848[3]
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.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 71 1:33:51.562 3 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 71 +0.182s 1 6
3 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 71 +17.730s 4 4
4 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 71 +18.448s 2 3
5 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 71 +49.965s 15 2
6 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +50.672s 8 1
7 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 71 +51.229s 13
8 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 71 +1:09.425 10
9 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 71 +1:09.718 14
10* 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 70 Engine 17
11 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 69 +2 Laps 11
12 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 69 +2 Laps 21
Ret 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 44 Fuel pressure 16
Ret 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 42 Engine 22
Ret 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 38 Hydraulics 20
Ret 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 27 Collision 5
Ret 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 26 Collision 18
Ret 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 22 Engine 9
Ret 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 7 Suspension 7
Ret 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5 Engine 6
Ret 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 2 Collision 12
Ret 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 0 Throttle 19
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Villeneuve was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Regardless of whether the late Ferrari had been completely necessary in the wider-scope of the Championship, it did have an immediate effect on the table as the F1 field left Austria. Indeed, controversial victor Michael Schumacher would leave Spielberg with double the points of second place Juan Pablo Montoya, moving onto 54 points with his fifth win of the campaign. Behind, Ralf Schumacher had enhanced his grip on third ahead of Rubens Barrichello, with David Coulthard completing the top five.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari's one-two ensured that they scored maximum points in Austria, and hence opened out a healthy sixteen point lead. Indeed, it meant that second placed Williams-BMW were more than a race's worth of points behind them, with the Anglo-German alliance set to be the Scuderia's only threat. Behind, McLaren-Mercedes had continued to inch away from the midfield in third, while BAR-Honda had been left as the only non-scorers as Jordan-Honda collected their first points.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 54
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 27
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher 23
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 12 ▲2
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 10 ▼1
6 United Kingdom Jenson Button 8 ▼1
7 Germany Nick Heidfeld 5
8 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 4
9 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 3
10 Brazil Felipe Massa 3
11 Australia Mark Webber 2
12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 2 ▲8
13 Finland Mika Salo 2 ▼1
14 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 66
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 50
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 14
4 France Renault 8
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 8
6 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3
7 Italy Minardi-Asiatech 2
8 Ireland Jordan-Honda 2 ▲3
9 Japan Toyota 2 ▼1
10 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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V T E 2002 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • McLaren • Williams • Sauber • Jordan • BAR • Renault • Jaguar • Arrows • Minardi • Toyota
Engines Asiatech • BMW • Cosworth • Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Petronas • Renault • Toyota
Drivers M. Schumacher • 2 Barrichello • 3 Coulthard • 4 Räikkönen • 5 R. Schumacher • 6 Montoya • 7 Heidfeld • 8 Massa • 8 Frentzen • 9 Fisichella • 10 Sato • 11 Villeneuve • 12 Panis • 14 Trulli • 15 Button • 16 Irvine • 17 De la Rosa • 20 Frentzen • 21 Bernoldi • 22 Yoong • 22 Davidson • 23 Webber • 24 Salo • 25 McNish
Other Drivers Alesi • Alonso • Badoer • Burti • Gené • Lotterer • Pizzonia • Wurz
Cars Ferrari F2001 • Ferrari F2002 • Williams FW24 • McLaren MP4-17 • Renault R202 • Sauber C21 • Jordan EJ12 • Jaguar R3 • Jaguar R3B • BAR 004 • Minardi PS02 • Toyota TF102 • Arrows A23
Tyres Bridgestone • Michelin
Races Australia • Malaysia • Brazil • San Marino • Spain • Austria • Monaco • Canada • Europe • Britain • France • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • United States • Japan
See also 2001 Formula One Season • 2003 Formula One Season • Category
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