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The 2002 Italian Grand Prix, officially LXXIII Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia, was the fifteenth round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy, on 15 September 2002.[1] The race would see Rubens Barrichello lead Michael Schumacher across the line to claim a one-two victory for Ferrari on home soil, a result which saw the latter shatter the record for most points scored in a single season.[1]

Indeed, it would be a record breaking weekend, with Juan Pablo Montoya registering the fastest ever average lap speed during qualifying, lapping Monza at an average speed of 259.828 km/h (161.450 mph).[1] That meant that the #6 Williams-BMW would start on pole ahead of Schumacher in the #1 Ferrari, with their teammates sharing the second row.[1]

The start saw Montoya sweep across the block Michael Schumacher, allowing Ralf Schumacher in the sister Williams to draw alongside, with Barrichello on his tail.[1] The German racer duly ran wide to avoid hitting Montoya and cut the Rettifilo Chicane, prompting the Williams crew to contact FIA race director Charlie Whiting.[1]

Whiting eventually told Williams that Ralf Schumacher had to cede the lead to Montoya, although with Barrichello and Michael Schumacher sitting in the Colombian's wake there was no opportunity to do so.[1] Behind, it had been an unusually clean start to the Italian Grand Prix, with Allan McNish the star of the midfield, leaping from thirteenth to seventh.[1]

The early laps saw Ralf Schumacher ease away from Montoya, until the call to switch positions with Montoya was relayed to the German racer.[1] However, before Ralf Schumacher could do anything about it his engine blew itself apart on lap five, an incident that would also cost Montoya the lead.[1]

Indeed, Montoya would be completely unsighted by the smoke pouring out of the sister car's exhausts, and hence missed the fact that Barrichello had drawn alongside as they passed the incident.[1] The Brazilian duly out-braked the Colombian to claim the lead at the Rettifilo, before sprinting away to establish a lead of his own.[1]

Two laps later and Williams' fight was effectively over, for a mistake by Montoya at Ascari sent the #6 Williams bouncing across the kerbs, and hence allow Michael Schumacher to sweep past to claim second.[1] With that the Ferraris were away, knowing they had to build a lead over the one-stopping Montoya as they were on a two-stop strategy.[1]

Yet, there would be no challenge for the Scuderia, with Barrichello and Schumacher emerging from their second stops with a daunting lead.[1] Behind, Montoya was cruising along in an increasingly lonely third until he suffered a "chassis failure", ending his race on lap 33.[1]

His exit followed that of Kimi Räikkönen, whose McLaren-Mercedes had suffered a spectacular engine failure on lap 30.[1] That put Eddie Irvine into third ahead of Jarno Trulli, while behind Jenson Button in the second Renault battled with Olivier Panis, David Coulthard and Giancarlo Fisichella, fight which lasted through to the chequered flag.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, the two Ferraris cruised across the line, with Barrichello and Schumacher flying in formation as they passed the chequered flag.[1] Behind, Irvine claimed a lonely third for Jaguar-Ford Cosworth, his and their last podium finish, with Trulli, Button and Panis claiming the remaining points.[1]

The race was also noted as the first to feature the new HANS (Head and Neck Support) Device, wielded by Felipe Massa in the latest push to improve the safety of F1.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher's record tenth victory of the campaign would move the German ace just a point behind his record points haul from 2001, and with three races still to run. Behind the World Champion the fight for second was falling increasingly in Rubens Barrichello's favour, the Brazilian having moved seven points clear. However, with 30 points still in play there was still a fight to be had, with Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher still within striking distance.

In the Constructors Championship a sixth one-two for Ferrari of the campaign had left the Scuderia on 173 points, more than double that of second placed Williams-BMW. The Anglo-German alliance themselves were having a poor campaign compared to the all conquering Scuderia, although they were on the verge of securing the runner-up spot in Italy. Indeed, McLaren-Mercedes would have to avoid being outscored by Williams by one point in Monza if they were to deny their compatriots second in the Championship, although in truth the fight was already over.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:20.264 259.828 km/h
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:20.521 +0.257s 258.998 km/h
3 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:20.542 +0.278s 258.931 km/h
4 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:20.706 +0.442s 258.405 km/h
5 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:21.606 +1.342s 255.555 km/h
6* 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.712 +1.448s 255.233 km/h
7 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.803 +1.539s 254.939 km/h
8 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:21.960 +1.696s 254.451 km/h
9 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:22.126 +1.862s 253.937 km/h
10 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 1:22.318 +2.054s 253.344 km/h
11 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:22.383 +2.119s 253.144 km/h
12 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:22.515 +2.251s 252.740 km/h
13 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 1:22.521 +2.257s 252.721 km/h
14 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:22.565 +2.301s 252.586 km/h
15 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:22.601 +2.337s 252.476 km/h
16 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:22.645 +2.381s 252.342 km/h
17 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 1:22.714 +2.450s 252.131 km/h
18 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:23.166 +2.902s 250.761 km/h
19 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:23.794 +3.530s 248.882 km/h
20 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:25.111 +4.847s 245.031 km/h
107% Time: 1:25.882[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.
  • * Räikkönen had his fastest time (1:21.163) deleted for blocking Takuma Sato during the session.[3]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Juan Pablo Montoya 2
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 2 3 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 4
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 3 5 ______________
Eddie Irvine 6
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 4 7 ______________
David Coulthard 8
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 5 9 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 10
______________ Mika Salo
Row 6 11 ______________
Jarno Trulli* 12
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 7 13 ______________
Allan McNish 14
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 8 15 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 16
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 9 17 ______________
Jenson Button 18
______________ Takuma Sato
Row 10 19 ______________
Mark Webber 20
______________ Alex Yoong
  • * Trulli started the race from the back of the grid.[3]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 53 1:16:19.982 4 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 +0.255s 2 6
3 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 53 +52.579s 5 4
4 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 53 +58.219s 11 3
5 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 53 +1:07.770 17 2
6 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 53 +1:08.491 16 1
7 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +1:09.047 7
8 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 53 +1:10.891 12
9 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 53 +1:21.068 9
10 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 53 +1:22.046 15
11 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 52 +1 Lap 10
12 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 52 +1 Lap 18
13 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 47 +6 Laps 20
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 33 Chassis 1
Ret 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Williams-BMW 29 Engine 6
Ret 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 20 Engine 19
Ret 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 16 Damage 14
Ret 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 15 Collision 8
Ret 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 12 Suspension 13
Ret 5T Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 4 Engine 3
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for Rubens Barrichello left the Brazilian racer in a clear second place in the Championship with two races to go, meaning he could secure the runner-up spot in the United States. Indeed, as teammate Michael Schumacher smashed the record for most points scored in a single season, the Brazilian racer would need just three points in Indianapolis to secure a one-two for Ferrari in the Drivers Championship. Furthermore, only Juan Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher could now mathematically deny Barrichello, David Coulthard having fallen out of the fight.

In the Constructors Championship it had been another impressive day for Ferrari, with a seventh one-two moving them to within touching distance of the 200 point mark. Furthermore, their 189 point tally was 103 more than second placed Williams-BMW, with the Anglo-German squad set to finish a distant second. Indeed, McLaren-Mercedes were fast running out of time to close the gap, and would now required two one-twos in the final races just to get back on terms with their compatriots.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 128
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 61
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 44
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 42
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 37
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 20
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button 13
8 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 8 ▲2
9 Italy Jarno Trulli 7 ▲2
10 Germany Nick Heidfeld 7 ▼2
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 7 ▼2
12 Brazil Felipe Massa 4
13 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 3
14 France Olivier Panis 3 ▲3
15 Australia Mark Webber 2 ▼1
16 Finland Mika Salo 2 ▼1
17 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 189
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 86
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57
4 France Renault 20
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 11
6 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 8 ▲2
7 Ireland Jordan-Honda 7 ▼1
8 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 6 ▼1
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

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