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The 2002 British Grand Prix, formally the LV Foster's British Grand Prix, was the tenth round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, UK, on 7 July 2002.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher claim a dominant victory, courtesy of his superior Bridgestone wet tyres.[1]

Qualifying had seen Juan Pablo Montoya claim a fourth straight pole position for Williams-BMW, edging out Rubens Barrichello by just 0.034s.[1] Schumacher himself was just a hundredth further behind in third ahead of Ralf Schumacher in the second Williams, while the two McLaren-Mercedes shared the third row.[1]

It was a dark and overcast day as the field gathered on the grid for the start, with dramas for Ferrari as Barrichello stalled on the formation lap.[1] The Brazilian was hence sent to the back of the grid when he was fired back up again, enhancing Montoya's hopes of holding onto the lead at the start.[1]

Montoya duly eased away when the lights went out to claim an early lead, with Michael Schumacher unable to challenge into the first corner.[1] Behind, Ralf Schumacher was under immediate pressure from Kimi Räikkönen, while Barrichello stormed past a handful of cars at the back of the pack.[1]

The race quickly settled down, with Montoya able to keep Michael Schumacher at arm's length, while Räikkönen snatched third from Ralf Schumacher.[1] Behind, Barrichello continued to make up ground at an impressive rate, moving into eighth by the end of lap six as the first spots of drizzle began to fall on the circuit.[1]

That drizzle soon developed into a steady fall of rain, prompting the field to begin pitting for wet tyres from lap ten onward.[1] The Williams' and Michael Schumacher all stopped on lap thirteen, Räikkönen having stopped a lap before, leaving David Coulthard in the lead of the race until he stopped two laps later.[1]

After the wave of stops it was Montoya leading from Michael Schumacher and Barrichello, the Brazilian having gained even more ground with an early stop.[1] However, Montoya's lead had been demolished by the conditions, and with Michelin having a reputation for poor wet-weather tyres, the Colombian racer was powerless to prevent both Ferraris slipping past in the intervening laps.[1]

With that the Ferraris were away, with Schumacher leading comfortably from Barrichello, with both soon under no threat from Montoya.[1] Elsewhere, McLaren took a gamble and pitted both fourth placed Räikkönen and ninth placed Coulthard for slicks, only for both to end up pitting again and rejoin at the back of the field.[1]

Such was Ferrari and Bridgestone's advantage that Barrichello was able to spin mid-race and rejoin ahead of Montoya, before slipping back behind the Colombian when he made a second stop.[1] However, within five laps of said stop the #2 Ferrari would sweep back ahead of the #6 Williams, and duly disappear from Montoya into the gloom with ease.[1]

With that the race was run, with Michael Schumacher cruising across the line to claim victory, a quarter of a minute clear of Barrichello.[1] Montoya was a lonely third as the only other man on the lead lap, with Jacques Villeneuve, Olivier Panis and Nick Heidfeld claiming the remaining points after a series of late retirements.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher had established a huge tally of 76 points at the halfway point of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship, leaving German with a 46 point advantage. Ralf Schumacher now occupied a clear but vulnerable second place, three ahead of teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, while race winner Rubens Barrichello was up into fourth. The Brazilian himself had moved ahead of David Coulthard on countback as a result of his win, with fifteen different scorers.

In the Constructors Championship there was little surprise that Ferrari led the way at the halfway mark, ending the ninth race weekend having broken the 100 point barrier. Furthermore, they had opened out a 45 lead over Williams-BMW in second, meaning they could afford to miss two whole race weekends and still retain a healthy lead. Behind, McLaren-Mercedes had inched closer to Williams in third, leaving Germany twenty behind, with all bar BAR-Honda on the score board with eight rounds to go.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2002 British 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 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 British Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:18.998 234.279 km/h
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:19.032 +0.034s 234.179 km/h
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:19.042 +0.044s 234.149 km/h
4 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:19.329 +0.331s 233.302 km/h
5 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.133 +1.135s 230.961 km/h
6 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.315 +1.317s 230.438 km/h
7 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:20.516 +1.518s 229.862 km/h
8 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 1:20.995 +1.997s 228.503 km/h
9 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:21.130 +2.132s 228.123 km/h
10 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:21.187 +2.189s 227.963 km/h
11 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:21.191 +2.193s 227.951 km/h
12 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 1:21.247 +2.249s 227.794 km/h
13 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:21.274 +2.276s 227.719 km/h
14 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:21.337 +2.339s 227.542 km/h
15 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 1:21.382 +2.384s 227.416 km/h
16 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:21.416 +2.418s 227.321 km/h
17 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:21.636 +2.638s 226.709 km/h
18 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:21.780 +2.782s 226.310 km/h
19 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:21.851 +2.853s 226.113 km/h
20 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:22.281 +3.283s 224.932 km/h
21 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:23.422 +4.424s 221.855 km/h
107% Time: 1:24.528[3]
NC 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:24.785 +5.787s 218.289 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.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 60 1:31:45.015 3 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 60 +14.578s 2 6
3 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 60 +31.661s 1 4
4 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 59 +1 Lap 9 3
5 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 59 +1 Lap 13 2
6 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 10 1
7 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 59 +1 Lap 17
8 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 59 +1 Lap 4
9 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 11
10 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 58 +2 Laps 6
11 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 21
12* 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 54 Wheel 12
Ret 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 50 Engine 13
Ret 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44 Engine 5
Ret 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 29 Electrical 7
Ret 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 28 Driveshaft 18
Ret 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 23 Spin 19
Ret 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 20 Engine 16
Ret 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 15 Transmission 8
Ret 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 9 Clutch 20
Ret 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 0 Clutch 15
DNQ 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Button was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher moved ever closer to his fifth World Championship title with victory at Silverstone, leaving the British circuit with 86 points to his name. That meant that he held a 54 point advantage at the head of the field, and could feasibly win the title in France, before the end of July. Indeed, Rubens Barrichello, Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher, his closest challengers, were set to be the only ones who could deny the German ace, if they could finish ahead of him in France.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had also moved into an almost unassailable lead, leaving Silverstone with 118 points and a 57 point lead. Williams-BMW hence could still entertain a title threat, but now faced an almost four race deficit in terms of points just to get back onto terms with the Scuderia. They did, however, manage to increase their healthy margin over third placed McLaren-Mercedes, while BAR-Honda were off the foot of the table after claiming their first points of the campaign.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 86
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 32 ▲2
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 31
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 30 ▼2
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 26
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 11
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button 10
8 Germany Nick Heidfeld 6 ▲1
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 6 ▼1
10 Italy Jarno Trulli 4
11 Brazil Felipe Massa 4
12 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 3 ▲6
13 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 3 ▼1
14 Australia Mark Webber 2 ▼1
15 Finland Mika Salo 2 ▼1
16 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2 ▼1
17 France Olivier Panis 2 ▲3
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 118
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 61
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 37
4 France Renault 14
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 10
6 Ireland Jordan-Honda 6
7 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 5 ▲4
8 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3 ▼1
9 Italy Minardi-Asiatech 2 ▼1
10 Japan Toyota 2 ▼1
11 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 2 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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