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The 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XXXI Grande Prêmio do Brasil, was the third round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on 31 March 2001.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher claim a dominant victory courtesy of using the latest Bridgestone tyres, outfoxing the rest of the field.[1]

However, the German ace would have to fight his way to the head of the field after qualifying, for he was beaten to pole position by Juan Pablo Montoya of Williams-BMW.[1] Schumacher duly claimed second ahead of his brother Ralf, while the two McLaren-Mercedes and the two Renaults got ahead of Rubens Barrichello in the second Ferrari.[1]

The start of the race would dictate the rest of the afternoon, with Michael Schumacher able to draw alongside Montoya on the run to the first corner.[1] The #1 Ferrari subsequently dived inside the #6 Williams to seize the lead, aided by the fact that Montoya ran wide.[1]

Yet, Montoya did not fall too far behind the German ace, and duly got into the slipstream of Schumacher on the run to Descina do Logo, turn four.[1] Unfortunately the Colombian racer would misjudge his braking point and smack into the back of the Ferrari as he tried to dive to the inside of the left-hander, resulting in the Williams losing its front wing.[1]

Montoya's plummet down the order would leave Schumacher with a healthy lead at the head of the field, with brother Ralf assuming second place.[1] Behind, Barrichello stormed his way up the order on home turf, taking Kimi Räikkönen, David Coulthard, Jenson Button and Jarno Trulli on successive laps.[1]

Indeed, by lap six the Brazilian was also clear of Ralf Schumacher, and charging off to challenge his teammate Michael for the lead.[1] After eight laps the #1 Ferrari moved aside to let the sister car take the lead, prompting huge cheers from the home fans, with Schumacher safe in the knowledge that his Brazilian teammate was on a low fuel load due to opting for a three-stop strategy.[1]

Yet, just three laps later Barrichello was out of the race completely after a hydraulic failure, leaving Schumacher at the head of the pack.[1] Behind, Ralf Schumacher ran in a lonely second, while behind it was all-out war between Renault and McLaren, with Räikkönen and Coulthard trying hard to get back ahead of Trulli and Button.[1]

As the race wore on many began to question when race leader Schumacher would make his stop, most assuming that his pace was down to being on a two-stop, compared to the Michelin runners' usual one-stop.[1] However, as the laps ticked by it soon became clear that the Ferrari was indeed on a one-stop, ending any hope that the scarlet car could be defeated.[1]

Schumacher would only lose the lead for five laps as he made his stop, rejoining in second behind his brother before Ralf made his lone stop on lap 44.[1] With that the race for victory was over, with the Schumacher brothers easing to a familial one-two, with Michael allowing Ralf to close to within a second by the end of the final tour.[1]

Behind, the Renault/McLaren fight ended with just one car apiece left healthy at the end of the race, with Coulthard ultimately emerging ahead to complete the podium.[1] Button duly claimed fourth despite some late pressure from his Williams replacement Montoya, while Mika Salo had a quietly satisfying run to sixth for Toyota.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Victory had ensured that Ralf Schumacher leapt up the order in the early Championship table, ending the second weekend of the season in third on ten points. That left him four shy of his Championship leading brother Michael, with the German ace himself two ahead of Ralf's teammate Juan Pablo Montoya. Elsewhere, Kimi Räikkönen slipped to fourth ahead of Eddie Irvine and Jenson Button, with ten drivers on the score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship the one-two for Williams-BMW had propelled the Anglo-German alliance to the top of the pack, establishing an eight point lead. Ferrari hence slipped to second on fourteen points, although they still held a significant ten point margin over third placed McLaren-Mercedes. Elsewhere, Renault, Sauber-Petronas and Jaguar-Ford Cosworth were all level on three points, while Minardi-Asiatech and Toyota completed the early score sheet.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2002 Brazilian 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 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 OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:13.114 212.167 km/h
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:13.241 +0.127s 211.799 km/h
3 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:13.328 +0.214s 211.548 km/h
4 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.565 +0.451s 210.867 km/h
5 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.595 +0.481s 210.781 km/h
6 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:13.611 +0.497s 210.735 km/h
7 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 1:13.665 +0.551s 210.580 km/h
8 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:13.935 +0.821s 209.811 km/h
9 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:14.233 +1.119s 208.969 km/h
10 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 1:14.443 +1.329s 208.380 km/h
11 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:14.464 +1.350s 208.321 km/h
12 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:14.533 +1.419s 208.128 km/h
13 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:14.537 +1.423s 208.117 km/h
14 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:14.748 +1.634s 207.529 km/h
15 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:14.760 +1.646s 207.496 km/h
16 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 1:14.990 +1.876s 206.860 km/h
17 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:14.996 +1.882s 206.843 km/h
18 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:15.112 +1.998s 206.524 km/h
19 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:15.296 +2.182s 206.019 km/h
20 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:15.340 +2.226s 205.899 km/h
21 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:15.355 +2.241s 205.858 km/h
22 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:16.728 +3.614s 202.174 km/h
107% Time: 1:18.232[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.
  • * Barrichello and Sato had their fastest lap times deleted for ignoring a red light in the pitlane during practice.[3]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 71 1:31:43.663 2 10
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 71 +0.588s 3 6
3 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +59.109s 4 4
4 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 71 +1:06.883 7 3
5 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 71 +1:07.563 1 2
6 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 70 +1 Lap 10 1
7 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 70 +1 Lap 13
8 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 70 +1 Lap 11
9 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 69 +2 Laps 19
10* 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 68 Engine 15
11 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 68 +3 Laps 20
12* 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 67 Wheel 5
13 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 67 +4 Laps 22
Ret 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 61 Brakes 9
Ret 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 60 Engine 6
Ret 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 41 Collision 12
Ret 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 40 Spin 16
Ret 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 25 Gearbox 17
Ret 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 25 Suspension 18
Ret 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 19 Suspension 21
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 16 Hydraulics 8
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 6 Engine 14
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Villeneuve and Räikkönen were both still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher extended his Championship lead after his second win of the campaign, moving eight clear at the head of the pack. Ralf Schumacher, meanwhile, had moved into second ahead of his teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, with those three the only drivers in double figures. Behind, Jenson Button climbed into fourth ahead of the two McLaren-Mercedes, with eleven drivers on the score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship Williams-BMW had done enough to hold their Championship lead, although their advantage had been cut to six points. Ferrari hence still loomed large in their mirrors, moving onto 24 points, with McLaren-Mercedes already a distant third, sixteen behind their Italian rivals. Behind, Renault were sat in fourth ahead of Sauber-Petronas and Jaguar-Ford Cosworth, while Minardi-Asiatech remained ahead of Toyota.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 24
2 Germany Ralf Schumacher 16 ▲1
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 14 ▼1
4 United Kingdom Jenson Button 6 ▲2
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 4 ▼1
6 United Kingdom David Coulthard 4 ▲12
7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 3 ▼2
8 Australia Mark Webber 2 ▼1
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld 2 ▼1
10 Finland Mika Salo 2 ▼1
11 Brazil Felipe Massa 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 30
2 Italy Ferrari 24
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 8
4 France Renault 6 ▲1
5 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3 ▼1
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 3
7 Italy Minardi-Asiatech 2
8 Japan Toyota 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 'Brazilian GP, 2002', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr683.html, (Accessed 14/11/2019)
  2. 'Brazil 2002: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2002/bresil/engages.aspx, (Accessed 14/11/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Brazil 2002: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2002/bresil/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 14/11/2019)
  4. '2002 Grande Premio do Brasil - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2002/races/722/brazil/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 14/11/2019)
  5. 5.0 5.1 'Brazil 2002: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2002/bresil/classement.aspx, (Accessed 14/11/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 '3. Brazil 2002', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2002/bresil.aspx, (Accessed 14/11/2019)
  7. '2002 Brazilian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2002&gp=Brazilian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 14/11/2019)
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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
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