The 2002 Belgian Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the LX Foster's Belgian Grand Prix, was the fourteenth round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium, on 1 September 2002.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher claim a record tenth victory of the season, leading home another crushing one-two for Ferrari.[1]

Qualifying would similarly be dominated by the Scuderia, with Schumacher storming to pole position by half a second.[1] However, Kimi Räikkönen would cause a stir by splitting the Ferraris late on in his McLaren-Mercedes, with Rubens Barrichello having to start from third alongside Ralf Schumacher.[1]

Ultimately the fate of the race would be decided at the start, with the two Ferraris expertly charging away off the line to claim the lead.[1] That left Räikkönen under attack from Montoya and a fast starting Jarno Trulli, with the trio diving into the corner three abreast, Räikkönen ultimately managing to hang on.[1]

Come the end of the opening tour it was Michael Schumacher leading by two seconds from Barrichello, with day light between the #2 Ferrari and Räikkönen's McLaren.[1] The Finn himself was at the head of a train of cars including Montoya, David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher, although there was no hope of any overtaking on raw pace alone.[1]

Indeed, the only action of note ahead of the stops would be a dramatic wobble for Räikkönen heading through Stavelot, which allowed Montoya to sweep past for third.[1] However, the Colombian racer was not able to go chasing off the Ferraris, and hence had to produce some defensive moves of his own as Räikkönen glued himself to the #6 Williams-BMW's gearbox.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Schumacher would make his lone stop of the race on lap sixteen, handing the lead to Barrichello for a lap before the Brazilian made his stop.[1] They duly emerged one-two and had a gentle cruise to the chequered flag, leaving the rest of the field to sort itself out.[1]

Indeed, Montoya's grip on third place would only be secured when Räikkönen had a poor stop, a delay that also allowed Coulthard to pass his teammate, before the Finn's recovery drive was ended by an engine failure.[1] Ralf Schumacher would also lose time courtesy of a spin and hence slip behind Trulli, only for the Renault racer to suffer an engine failure of his own.[1]

With that the race was run, with Michael Schumacher only denied a Grand Chelem as Barrichello had led one lap.[1] Regardless, the German ace moved to within a point of his record points haul from 2001 with three rounds to go, with Barrichello and Montoya little more than footnotes as they completed the podium.[1] The remaining points on offer went to Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher and the Jaguar-Ford Cosworth of Eddie Irvine.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Victory for Rubens Barrichello propelled the Brazilian racer up into second in the Championship with four rounds to go, leaving Hungary with 45 points to his name. That left him five clear at the head of the hunt to finish as runner-up to Michael Schumacher, with the German ace himself having moved onto 112 points for the campaign. Behind, Juan Pablo Montoya had slipped back behind teammate Ralf Schumacher, while David Coulthard was eleven behind Barrichello in fifth.

In the Constructors Championship the fight for the crown was officially over, with Ferrari ending the Hungarian weekend on 157 points and with a crushing lead of 77 over second place. Indeed, Williams-BMW were now in a fight to hold onto second for the rest of the campaign, but had enhanced their hopes by extending their advantage over McLaren-Mercedes to 26 points. McLaren themselves were almost guaranteed third in the Championship as Renault failed to score, while Jordan-Honda had inched back towards the top five.

Entry list[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 2002 Belgian 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 R3B Ford Cosworth CR-4 3.0 V10 M
17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R3B Ford Cosworth CR-4 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 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson 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 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:43.726 241.664 km/h
2 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:44.150 +0.424s 240.680 km/h
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:44.335 +0.609s 240.253 km/h
4 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:44.348 +0.622s 240.223 km/h
5 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:44.634 +0.908s 239.566 km/h
6 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:44.759 +1.033s 239.281 km/h
7 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:45.386 +1.660s 237.857 km/h
8 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:45.865 +2.139s 236.781 km/h
9 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 1:45.880 +2.154s 236.747 km/h
10 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 1:45.972 +2.246s 236.542 km/h
11 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:46.056 +2.330s 236.354 km/h
12 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:46.403 +2.677s 235.584 km/h
13 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 1:46.485 +2.759s 235.402 km/h
14 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:46.508 +2.782s 235.351 km/h
15 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:46.553 +2.827s 235.252 km/h
16 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:46.875 +3.149s 234.543 km/h
17 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:46.896 +3.170s 234.497 km/h
18 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:47.272 +3.546s 233.675 km/h
19 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:47.562 +3.836s 233.045 km/h
20 22 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:48.170 +4.444s 231.735 km/h
107% Time: 1:50.987[3]
WD* 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth
WD* 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth
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.
  • * Frentzen and Bernoldi were withdrawn as Arrows had run out of funds.[3]

Grid[edit | edit source]

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

Race[edit | edit source]

Report[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 44 1:21:20.634 1 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 44 +1.977s 3 6
3 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 44 +18.445s 5 4
4 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44 +19.357s 6 3
5 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 44 +56.440s 4 2
6 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 44 +1:17.370 8 1
7 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 44 +1:17.809 9
8 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 44 +1:19.855 12
9 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 43 +1 Lap 13
10 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 43 +1 Lap 18
11 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 43 +1 Lap 16
12* 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 39 Engine 15
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 38 Engine 14
Ret 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 37 Suspension 11
Ret 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 37 Engine 17
Ret 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 35 Engine 2
Ret 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 35 Engine 7
Ret 22 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Italy Minardi-Asiatech 17 Spin 20
Ret 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 10 Engine 10
Ret 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 4 Gearbox 19
WD 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth
WD 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Panis was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Michael Schumacher's record tenth victory of the campaign would move the German ace just a point behind his record points haul from 2001, and with three races still to run. Behind the World Champion the fight for second was falling increasingly in Rubens Barrichello's favour, the Brazilian having moved seven points clear. However, with 30 points still in play there was still a fight to be had, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher still within striking distance.

In the Constructors Championship a sixth one-two for Ferrari of the campaign had left the Scuderia on 173 points, more than double that of second placed Williams-BMW. The Anglo-German alliance themselves were having a poor campaign compared to the all conquering Scuderia, although they were on the verge of securing the runner-up spot in Italy. Indeed, McLaren-Mercedes would have to avoid being outscored by Williams by one point in Monza if they were to deny their compatriots second in the Championship, although in truth the fight was already over.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 122
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 51
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 44 ▲1
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 42 ▼1
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 37
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 20
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button 11
8 Germany Nick Heidfeld 7
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 7
10 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 4 ▲3
11 Italy Jarno Trulli 4 ▼1
12 Brazil Felipe Massa 4 ▼1
13 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 3 ▼1
14 Australia Mark Webber 2
15 Finland Mika Salo 2
16 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2
17 France Olivier Panis 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 173
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 86
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57
4 France Renault 15
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 11
6 Ireland Jordan-Honda 7
7 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 5
8 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 4
9 Italy Minardi-Asiatech 2
10 Japan Toyota 2
11 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[edit | edit source]

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