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The XLVI Allianz Grand Prix of Europe, otherwise known as the 2002 European Grand Prix, was the ninth round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany, on 23 June 2002.[1] The race would see Rubens Barrichello claim victory ahead of teammate Michael Schumacher, after Ferrari opted against swapping their drivers as they controversially had done in Austria just a month before.[1]

Qualifying had seen Williams-BMW take the fight to Ferrari once again with their superior "quali"-Michelin tyres, with Juan Pablo Montoya beating Ralf Schumacher to pole.[1] The two Ferraris hence lined up on the second row, Michael Schumacher ahead of Barrichello, while the two McLaren-Mercedes and the Renaults, locked out the next two rows.[1]

The start would see Ralf Schumacher make a bid for the lead, drawing alongside teammate Montoya before seizing the lead with the outside line through turn one.[1] Behind, David Coulthard got a barnstorming start to sprint ahead of the two Ferraris, only to run wide at the reprofiled first corner and slip back behind the pair of them.[1]

Barrichello, however, would also manage to get ahead of Schumacher, before taking Montoya as the Colombian racer was compromised through the rest of the first complex of corners.[1] He duly hunted down Ralf Schumacher on the run to turn eight and slipped into the lead, leaving the German racer to watch his mirrors as his brother Michael battled for third with Montoya.[1]

Barrichello quickly set about building a lead during the early stages, as teammate Michael fought past first Montoya and then Ralf Schumacher to make it a Ferrari one-two by the end of lap three.[1] The two Williamses were soon left on their own in third and fourth, with Coulthard also running in a lonely fifth place ahead of Kimi Räikkönen.[1]

Michael Schumacher would steadily catch Barrichello as the race wore on, and duly moved into striking position behind his teammate on lap ten.[1] However, with no clear opportunities to pass the German ace held fire, prompting most to wait for the dreaded radio call telling the Brazilian to move aside.[1]

Yet, no call would come, with Barrichello able to lead through to his first pitstop and rejoin at the head of the field.[1] Furthermore, Schumacher would make a rare mistake and spin while chasing his teammate at turn ten, effectively allowing Barrichello to build a ten second lead.[1]

With that the race for victory looked to be over, although Schumacher steadily closed in on Barrichello after the two scarlet cars completed their second stops.[1] Behind, Ralf Schumacher was left to his own devices for most of the race, only to lose out to Kimi Räikkönen on a different pit strategy mid-race, while Coulthard and Montoya took each other out while fighting for fourth.[1]

Into the closing stages as the #1 Ferrari was back tucked underneath the wing of the sister car, with many once again awaiting the call to Barrichello from team principal Jean Todt.[1] Indeed, given their call in Austria, that points for their lead driver was the priority, it would seem incredulous not to let Schumacher past, although it would come at the cost of more PR devistation.[1]

Ultimately, however, there would be no call, leaving Barrichello to fend off a couple of half-hearted lunges from Schumacher to claim victory, only his second since transferring to the Scuderia.[1] Behind, Räikkönen came through to finish a lonely third for McLaren, with Ralf Schumacehr, Jenson Button and Felipe Massa surviving to claim the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher moved onto 70 points for the campaign with his sixth win of the season, just ten points shy of a maximum score. That also meant that he left Canada with a 43 point advantage over his nearest challengers, with Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya having both failed to score. Behind, David Coulthard was just point behind the duo after his podium finish, with Rubens Barrichello completing the top five.

In the Constructors Championship, Ferrari had enjoyed another strong day, once again able to increase their lead as they hit 86 points. That meant they moved 32 ahead of second placed Williams-BMW, with the Anglo-German alliance now being slowly caught by McLaren-Mercedes as the season came to its halfway point. However, the latter squad were still some 21 points shy of their compatriots, with an identical margin over fourth placed Renault.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:29.906 205.975 km/h
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:29.915 +0.009s 205.955 km/h
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:30.035 +0.129s 205.680 km/h
4 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:30.387 +0.481s 204.879 km/h
5 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.550 +0.644s 204.510 km/h
6 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.591 +0.685s 204.418 km/h
7 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:30.927 +1.021s 203.662 km/h
8 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 1:31.136 +1.230s 203.195 km/h
9 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:31.211 +1.305s 203.028 km/h
10 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 1:31.389 +1.483s 202.633 km/h
11 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:31.733 +1.827s 201.873 km/h
12 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:31.906 +2.000s 201.493 km/h
13 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 1:31.941 +2.035s 201.416 km/h
14 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:31.999 +2.093s 201.289 km/h
15 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:32.144 +2.238s 200.972 km/h
16 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:32.281 +2.375s 200.674 km/h
17 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:32.510 +2.604s 200.177 km/h
18 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:32.591 +2.685s 200.002 km/h
19 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:32.968 +3.062s 199.191 km/h
20 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:32.996 +3.090s 199.131 km/h
21 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:33.360 +3.454s 198.355 km/h
22 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:34.251 +4.345s 196.480 km/h
107% Time: 1:36.199[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 ______________
Juan Pablo Montoya 2
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 2 3 ______________
Michael Schumacher 4
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 3 5 ______________
David Coulthard 6
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 4 7 ______________
Jarno Trulli 8
______________ Jenson Button
Row 5 9 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 10
______________ Mika Salo
Row 6 11 ______________
Felipe Massa 12
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 7 13 ______________
Allan McNish 14
______________ Takuma Sato
Row 8 15 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 16
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 9 17 ______________
Eddie Irvine 18
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 10 19 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 20
______________ Mark Webber
Row 11 21 ______________
Enrique Bernoldi 22
______________ Alex Yoong

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 60 1:35:07.426 4 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 60 +0.294s 3 6
3 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 60 +46.435s 6 4
4 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 60 +1:06.963 2 3
5 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 60 +1:16.944 8 2
6 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 11 1
7 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 9
8 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 59 +1 Lap 7
9 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 59 +1 Lap 112
10 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 21
11 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 16
12 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 59 +1 Lap 19
13 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 15
14 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 59 +1 Lap 13
15 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 58 +2 Laps 20
16 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 58 +2 Laps 14
Ret 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 51 Gearbox 10
Ret 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 48 Hydraulics 22
Ret 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 41 Hydraulics 17
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 27 Collision 1
Ret 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 27 Damage 5
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 26 Damage 18
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 76
2 Germany Ralf Schumacher 30
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 27
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 26 ▲1
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 26 ▼1
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 11 ▲1
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button 10 ▼1
8 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 6
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld 5
10 Italy Jarno Trulli 4 ▲1
11 Brazil Felipe Massa 4 ▲1
12 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 3 ▼1
13 Australia Mark Webber 2
14 Finland Mika Salo 2
15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 102
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 57
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 37
4 France Renault 14
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 9
6 Ireland Jordan-Honda 6
7 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3
8 Italy Minardi-Asiatech 2
9 Japan Toyota 2
10 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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