The 2002 German Grand Prix, otherwise officially advertised as the LXIV Großer Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland, was the twelfth of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Hockenheimring in Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, on 28 July 2002. The race, which was the first to be staged on a heavily redesigned Hockenheimring, would see Michael Schumacher sweep to his ninth win of the season for Ferrari on home soil.
The decision to modify the fearsome Hockenheimring had been made reluctantly, with the old loop through the forest completely eliminated. In its place a smaller, tighter circuit had been penned by Hermann Tilke, featuring a long sweeping curve into a hairpin to enhance overtaking.
Qualifying had been dominated by Schumacher, the German ace sweeping to pole position to end a five race pole-streak for Juan Pablo Montoya. The Colombian racer himself would claim fourth for Williams-BMW, with Ralf Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello in between.
There would be drama ahead of the race, however, as one of the scarlet Ferraris limped back to the pits during a re-con lap, with Barrichello forced to take the spare car. That meant that should Michael Schumacher have encountered an issue then he would not have access to a spare car, although the German ace would have no issues before the field lined up to take the start.
The start itself was also flawless for Schumacher, with the #1 Ferrari instantly sprinting into the lead from the #5 Williams of Ralf Schumacher. Behind it was largely grid order, although Jenson Button and Eddie Irvine found themselves being elbowed onto the extended tarmac area around turn one and dropped down the field.
The rest of the opening lap saw Michael Schumacher establish a small one second lead, while behind Kimi Räikkönen claimed fourth from Montoya at the hairpin. Behind them, David Coulthard would make an excellent double move stick on Giancarlo Fisichella and Olivier Panis, only to get stuck behind Jarno Trulli.
As expected the #1 Ferrari soon pulled out a lead, although not at the rate that many had been accustomed too in recent races. Indeed, Ralf Schumacher would manage to keep his brother in sight for the most part, and as the pitstop window loomed the Williams was steadily closing back up to the Ferrari.
Michael Schumacher duly made his stop on lap 27, releasing Ralf for a two lap sprint on Michelin tyres that were handling the hot northern European summer's day better than Michael's Bridgestones. Yet, all of the younger Schumacher's hard work would be undone in the pitlane, as the German racer found himself stuck behind a trundling Jacques Villeneuve.
With that the race for victory was over, with Ralf emerging six seconds behind and unable to match Michael after the latter's switch to a harder compound. Their second stops came and went with no change, with Michael continuing to ease away as the laps ticked past.
Behind, Barrichello ran in third until he had an issue during his second stop and so rejoined behind Montoya, who had battled back ahead of Räikkönen. The Finn himself would have a miserable afternoon later as a puncture damaged his rear suspension on lap 37, although McLaren-Mercedes sent him back out until the awful handling proved too much to bother with.
Out front, meanwhile, Michael Schumacher cruised across the line to claim a rare home victory, his first at the official German Grand Prix since 1995. Montoya would finish second after Ralf Schumacher had to abandon second late on due to a lack of pneumatic pressure, cured via a trip to the pits, although Ralf would claim a podium finish in third. Barrichello was next ahead of Coulthard and Nick Heidfeld, with the Trulli-train having collapsed when the Italian spun out of the race midway through.
Michael Schumacher claimed the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship in record time after his victory in France, leaving Magny-Cours with 96 points to his credit. That granted him an unassailable 62 point lead over Juan Pablo Montoya in second, the Colombian racer having moved ahead of Rubens Barrichello to claim second. Regardless, Montoya, Barrichello, Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard were all now set to battle for second, with just four points separating the quartet.
In the Constructors Championship Ferrari left France on the verge of claiming the crown, although they still had a small distance to go. Indeed, the Scuderia left France with 128 points to their name and a 62 point lead, meaning they would claim the crown as early as the Hungarian Grand Prix. Williams-BMW were now left as the only team mathematically capable of making a challenge, although in truth the Anglo-German effort were too far back to seriously challenge.
The full entry list for the 2002 German Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 2002 German Grand Prix are outlined below:
|1||1||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari||1:14.389||—||221.355 km/h|
|2||5||Ralf Schumacher||Williams-BMW||1:14.570||+0.181s||220.818 km/h|
|3||2||Rubens Barrichello||Ferrari||1:14.693||+0.304s||220.454 km/h|
|4||6||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW||1:15.108||+0.719s||219.236 km/h|
|5||4||Kimi Räikkönen||McLaren-Mercedes||1:15.639||+1.250s||217.697 km/h|
|6||9||Giancarlo Fisichella||Jordan-Honda||1:15.690||+1.301s||217.551 km/h|
|7||12||Olivier Panis||BAR-Honda||1:15.851||+1.462s||217.089 km/h|
|8||14||Jarno Trulli||Renault||1:15.885||+1.496s||216.991 km/h|
|9||3||David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes||1:15.909||+1.520s||216.923 km/h|
|10||7||Nick Heidfeld||Sauber-Petronas||1:15.990||+1.601s||216.692 km/h|
|11||11||Jacques Villeneuve||BAR-Honda||1:16.070||+1.681s||216.464 km/h|
|12||10||Takuma Sato||Jordan-Honda||1:16.072||+1.683s||216.458 km/h|
|13||15||Jenson Button||Renault||1:16.278||+1.889s||215.874 km/h|
|14||8||Felipe Massa||Sauber-Petronas||1:16.351||+1.962s||215.667 km/h|
|15||20||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Arrows-Ford Cosworth||1:16.505||+2.116s||215.233 km/h|
|16||16||Eddie Irvine||Jaguar-Ford Cosworth||1:16.533||+2.144s||215.154 km/h|
|17||25||Allan McNish||Toyota||1:16.594||+2.205s||214.983 km/h|
|18||21||Enrique Bernoldi||Arrows-Ford Cosworth||1:16.645||+2.256s||214.840 km/h|
|19||24||Mika Salo||Toyota||1:16.685||+2.296s||214.728 km/h|
|20||17||Pedro de la Rosa||Jaguar-Ford Cosworth||1:17.077||+2.688s||213.636 km/h|
|21||23||Mark Webber||Minardi-Asiatech||1:17.996||+3.607s||211.119 km/h|
|107% Time: 1:19.596|
|NC||22||Alex Yoong||Minardi-Asiatech||1:19.775||+5.386s||206.411 km/h|
- 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.
|______________||Juan Pablo Montoya|
|______________||Pedro de la Rosa|
The full results for the 2002 German Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- Arrows made their 291st and final Grand Prix appearance as a constructor.
- 62nd career victory for Michael Schumacher.
- 154th win for Ferrari as a constructor and engine supplier.
- Juan Pablo Montoya claimed his tenth podium finish.
Another race and another increase to Michael Schumacher's crushing Championship lead, the pre-ordained Champion leaving his home race on 106 points, just seventeen shy of his record haul from 2001. Behind, Juan Pablo Montoya had asserted himself at the head of the chase for the runner-up spot, the Colombian racer moving four ahead of Ralf Schumacher in third. The German himself then had a one point margin over Rubens Barrichello, while David Coulthard kept within striking distance on 32 points, eight off of Montoya.
In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had again inched closer to retaining the crown, moving onto 141 points for the campaign. Williams-BMW had, however, successfully delayed the inevitable for at least another race, although with 65 points between them the Anglo-German squad would have to ace the next round in Hungary to stand any chance of keeping the fight alive. Behind, McLaren-Mercedes had lost ground to their compatriots, while Sauber-Petronas had inched closer to Renault in the battle for fourth.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
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- ↑ 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 1.20 1.21 1.22 'German GP, 2002', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr692.html, (Accessed 19/11/2019)
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 '12. Germany 2002', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2002/allemagne.aspx, (Accessed 19/11/2019)
- ↑ 'Germany 2002: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2002/allemagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 19/11/2019)
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 'Germany 2002: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2002/allemagne/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 19/11/2019)
- ↑ 'Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland 2002 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2002/races/731/germany/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 19/11/2019)
- ↑ 'Germany 2002: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2002/allemagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 19/11/2019)
- ↑ '2002 German GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2002&gp=German%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 19/11/2019)
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