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The XXVIII Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix, otherwise known as the 2002 Japanese Grand Prix (XXVIII フジテレビ日本グランプリ in Japanese, was the seventeenth and final round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan, on 13 October 2002.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher complete a record breaking season with an eleventh win of the season, setting a new record points tally of 144.[1]

The German ace had dominate the weekend from the first practice session, and would go on to claim pole position in qualifying ahead of teammate Rubens Barrichello.[1] Best of the rest proved to be the two McLaren-Mercedes of David Coulthard and Kimi Räikkönen, while the two Williams-BMWs shared the third row.[1]

With Ferrari so dominant in qualifying there seemed to be little hope of them being beaten on race pace, meaning McLaren and Williams would be aiming for their best starts of the season to try and ruin the Scuderia's day.[1] Unfortunately for them it was the two scarlet cars that led the way off the grid, with Schumacher easing ahead of Barrichello to claim an early lead.[1]

Indeed, that meant that the race was effectively over by the first corner, with the #1 Ferrari rocketing away at the head of the field, with the sister car just hanging on.[1] Behind, however, there would be some interesting developments, with Jacques Villeneuve getting elbowed wide at turn one, while home hero Takuma Sato emerged as the best Honda powered runner, moving into seventh.[1]

Coulthard, meanwhile, would emerged at the head of the battle for third, although an electrical glitch caused one bank of cylinders in his Mercedes V10 to misfire.[1] That allowed Ralf Schumacher to sweep through into third, having passed Räikkönen on the opening lap, although by that stage both Ferraris were out of reach.[1]

Indeed, on lap 20 Michael Schumacher was able to make his first stop without slipping behind his brother, although with Barrichello leading for a lap the German ace's hopes of a fourth Grand Chelem were over.[1] Regardless, Barrichello's stop would promote Schumacher back into the lead, with the Brazilian unable to remain ahead of Ralf Schumacher in the #5 Williams.[1]

Once Barrichello got back ahead of the Williams it really was all over, with the Ferraris making their stops later in the race without losing any more ground.[1] Behind, Ralf Schumacher would solidify his grip on third, while Räikkönen battled a throttle issue in his lonely run in fourth, with Coulthard dropping out and Juan Pablo Montoya having an unusually quiet race.[1]

All of the interest was hence being placed on the adventures of Takuma Sato, with the Japanese racer running in sixth place fending off the two Renaults.[1] Indeed, Sato would put on something of a show for his home fans, having to battle back past Jenson Button having slipped behind both of the French cars, only to be put back into sixth as Trulli suffered an engine failure.[1]

That eventually become fifth place, for with just five laps to go Ralf Schumacher's race was concluded by an engine failure.[1] That hence left Räikkönen in third, having overcome his traction issues, Sato in fifth and Button, now dropping off the pack of the #10 Jordan-Honda, into sixth.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Michael Schumacher would cruise through to claim another dominant victory, his eleventh of the campaign and fifteenth for Ferrari, equalling McLaren-Hondas record for most wins in a single season, set in 1988.[1] Barrichello was half a second behind to make a Ferrari one-two, their fifth in a row, with Räikkönen completing the podium.[1]

The race would prove to be the last for veteran racers Eddie Irvine and Mika Salo, as well as rookies Alex Yoong and Allan McNish, although the Scot was unable to start for Toyota after an accident in qualifying.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher moved onto 134 points after another podium finish, although that was overshadowed by more PR embarrassment for the German ace. Behind, Rubens Barrichello had secured the runner-up spot with his win, leaving Juan Pablo Montoya, Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard to fight for third. It was the Colombian racer who held the advantage, five ahead of Ralf Schumacher, while Coulthard sat six off third place.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari smashed through the 200 point barrier, ending the weekend on 205 points. Behind, Williams-BMW had been confirmed in second place, albeit with less than half the points of the Scuderia, while McLaren-Mercedes were confirmed in third place. Elsewhere, Renault were almost guaranteed to claim fourth, while BAR-Honda moved level with Jordan-Honda.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:31.317 229.482 km/h
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:31.749 +0.432s 228.401 km/h
3 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.088 +0.771s 227.561 km/h
4 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.197 +0.880s 227.292 km/h
5 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:32.444 +1.127s 226.684 km/h
6 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:32.507 +1.190s 226.530 km/h
7 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:33.090 +1.773s 225.111 km/h
8 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:33.276 +1.959s 224.662 km/h
9 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:33.349 +2.032s 224.487 km/h
10 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 1:33.429 +2.112s 224.294 km/h
11 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:33.547 +2.230s 224.011 km/h
12 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:33.553 +2.236s 223.997 km/h
13 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 1:33.742 +2.425s 223.545 km/h
14 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:33.915 +2.598s 223.134 km/h
15 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:33.979 +2.662s 222.982 km/h
16 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:34.192 +2.875s 222.477 km/h
17 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:34.227 +2.910s 222.395 km/h
18 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 1:35.191 +3.874s 220.143 km/h
19 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:35.958 +4.641s 218.383 km/h
20 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:36.267 +4.950s 217.682 km/h
107% Time: 1:37.709[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 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 2 3 ______________
David Coulthard 4
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 3 5 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 6
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 4 7 ______________
Takuma Sato 8
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 5 9 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 10
______________ Jenson Button
Row 6 11 ______________
Jarno Trulli 12
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 7 13 ______________
Mika Salo 14
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 8 15 ______________
Felipe Massa 16
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 9 17 ______________
Pedro de la Rosa 18
______________ Allan McNish*
Row 10 19 ______________
Mark Webber 20
______________ Alex Yoong
  • * McNish was unable to start the race due to an accident during qualifying.[3]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 1:26:59.698 1 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 53 +0.506s 2 6
3 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +23.292s 4 4
4 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 53 +36.275s 6 3
5 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 53 +1:22.694 7 2
6 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 52 +1 Lap 10 1
7 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 12
8 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 52 +1 Lap 13
9 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 14
10 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 51 +2 Laps 19
11* 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 48 Engine 5
Ret 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 39 Transmission 17
Ret 9T Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 37 Engine 8
Ret 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 32 Engine 11
Ret 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 27 Engine 9
Ret 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 14 Spin 20
Ret 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 8 Engine 16
Ret 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 7 Electrical 3
Ret 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 3 Accident
DNS 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Ralf Schumacher was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

With that the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship came to a close, with Michael Schumacher officially declared as Champion with a record 144 points. That left the German ace 67 points clear of teammate Rubens Barrichello in second, while Juan Pablo Montoya secured third on the final day with 50 points. Ralf Schumacher and David Coulthard completed the top five, with eighteen drivers having registered points across the season.

In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who emerged as the Champions, scoring a daunting tally of 221 points with fifteen race wins. Williams-BMW were their closest "challengers", albeit with a huge 129 point difference between the two teams. McLaren-Mercedes, meanwhile, ended the season in a distant third ahead of Renault and Sauber-Petronas, with all eleven registered teams scoring points in 2002.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 144
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 77
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 50
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 42
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 41
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 24
7 United Kingdom Jenson Button 14
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 9
9 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 8
10 Germany Nick Heidfeld 7
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 7
12 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 4
13 Brazil Felipe Massa 4
14 France Olivier Panis 3
15 Japan Takuma Sato 2 ▲7
16 Australia Mark Webber 2 ▼1
17 Finland Mika Salo 2 ▼1
18 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 221
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 92
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65
4 France Renault 23
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 11
6 Ireland Jordan-Honda 9 ▲2
7 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 8 ▼1
8 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 7 ▼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

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Japan 2002: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2002/japon/engages.aspx, (Accessed 26/11/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Japan 2002: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2002/japon/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 26/11/2019)
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V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
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V T E 2002 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • McLaren • Williams • Sauber • Jordan • BAR • Renault • Jaguar • Arrows • Minardi • Toyota
Engines Asiatech • BMW • Cosworth • Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Petronas • Renault • Toyota
Drivers M. Schumacher • 2 Barrichello • 3 Coulthard • 4 Räikkönen • 5 R. Schumacher • 6 Montoya • 7 Heidfeld • 8 Massa • 8 Frentzen • 9 Fisichella • 10 Sato • 11 Villeneuve • 12 Panis • 14 Trulli • 15 Button • 16 Irvine • 17 De la Rosa • 20 Frentzen • 21 Bernoldi • 22 Yoong • 22 Davidson • 23 Webber • 24 Salo • 25 McNish
Other Drivers Alesi • Alonso • Badoer • Burti • Gené • Lotterer • Pizzonia • Wurz
Cars Ferrari F2002 • Williams FW24 • McLaren MP4-17 • Renault R202 • Sauber C21 • Jordan EJ12 • Jaguar R3 • BAR 004 • Minardi PS02 • Toyota TF102 • Arrows A23
Tyres Bridgestone • Michelin
Races Australia • Malaysia • Brazil • San Marino • Spain • Austria • Monaco • Canada • Europe • Britain • France • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • United States • Japan
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