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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.[1] 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.[1]

The decision to modify the fearsome Hockenheimring had been made reluctantly, with the old loop through the forest completely eliminated.[1] In its place a smaller, tighter circuit had been penned by Hermann Tilke, featuring a long sweeping curve into a hairpin to enhance overtaking.[1]

Qualifying had been dominated by Schumacher, the German ace sweeping to pole position to end a five race pole-streak for Juan Pablo Montoya.[1] The Colombian racer himself would claim fourth for Williams-BMW, with Ralf Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello in between.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

The start itself was also flawless for Schumacher, with the #1 Ferrari instantly sprinting into the lead from the #5 Williams of Ralf Schumacher.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] Behind them, David Coulthard would make an excellent double move stick on Giancarlo Fisichella and Olivier Panis, only to get stuck behind Jarno Trulli.[1]

As expected the #1 Ferrari soon pulled out a lead, although not at the rate that many had been accustomed too in recent races.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] Their second stops came and went with no change, with Michael continuing to ease away as the laps ticked past.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1]

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.[1] 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.[1] 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.[1]

The race would also be notable as the final race for Arrows, as they ran out of money amid a succession of legal cases against former, and current, drivers.[2]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2002 German 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:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:14.389 221.355 km/h
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:14.570 +0.181s 220.818 km/h
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:14.693 +0.304s 220.454 km/h
4 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:15.108 +0.719s 219.236 km/h
5 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.639 +1.250s 217.697 km/h
6 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:15.690 +1.301s 217.551 km/h
7 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:15.851 +1.462s 217.089 km/h
8 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:15.885 +1.496s 216.991 km/h
9 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.909 +1.520s 216.923 km/h
10 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:15.990 +1.601s 216.692 km/h
11 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:16.070 +1.681s 216.464 km/h
12 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:16.072 +1.683s 216.458 km/h
13 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 1:16.278 +1.889s 215.874 km/h
14 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:16.351 +1.962s 215.667 km/h
15 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:16.505 +2.116s 215.233 km/h
16 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:16.533 +2.144s 215.154 km/h
17 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 1:16.594 +2.205s 214.983 km/h
18 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:16.645 +2.256s 214.840 km/h
19 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 1:16.685 +2.296s 214.728 km/h
20 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:17.077 +2.688s 213.636 km/h
21 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:17.996 +3.607s 211.119 km/h
107% Time: 1:19.596[4]
NC 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:19.775 +5.386s 206.411 km/h
Source:[4][5]
  • 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
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 2 3 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 4
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 3 5 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 6
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 4 7 ______________
Olivier Panis 8
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 5 9 ______________
David Coulthard 10
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 6 11 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 12
______________ Takuma Sato
Row 7 13 ______________
Jenson Button 14
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 8 15 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 16
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 9 17 ______________
Allan McNish 18
______________ Enrique Bernoldi
Row 10 19 ______________
Mika Salo 20
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 11 21 ______________
Mark Webber 22
______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 67 1:27:52.078 1 10
2 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 67 +10.503s 4 6
3 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 67 +14.466s 2 4
4 2T Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 67 +23.195s 3 3
5 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 66 +1 Lap 9 2
6 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 66 +1 Lap 10 1
7 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 66 +1 Lap 14
8 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 66 +1 Lap 12
9 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 66 +1 Lap 19
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 59 Engine 6
Ret 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 59 Spin 5
Ret 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 57 Brakes 16
Ret 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 48 Engine 18
Ret 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 39 Engine 7
Ret 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 36 Spin 8
Ret 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 27 Gearbox 11
Ret 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 24 Engine 13
Ret 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 23 Engine 17
Ret 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 23 Hydraulics 15
Ret 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 18 Hydraulics 15
Ret 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 0 Transmission 20
DNQ 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 106
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 40
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher 36 ▲1
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 35 ▼1
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 32
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 17
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button 11
8 Germany Nick Heidfeld 7
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 6
10 Italy Jarno Trulli 4
11 Brazil Felipe Massa 4
12 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 3
13 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 3
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 141
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 76
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 49
4 France Renault 15
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 11
6 Ireland Jordan-Honda 6
7 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 5
8 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3
9 Italy Minardi-Asiatech 2
10 Japan Toyota 2
11 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

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