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The IV Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the 2002 Malaysian Grand Prix, was the second round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, on 17 March 2002.[1] The race would see Williams-BMW claim a one-two victory courtesy of Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya, despite the latter receiving a controversial drive-through penalty early on.[1]

Qualifying had seen Championship leader Michael Schumacher storm to a familiar pole position, edging out Montoya by a quarter of a second.[1] Their respective teammates Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher shared the second row, while the two McLaren-Mercedes of Kimi Räikkönen and David Coulthard shared the third.[1]

It was right at the start of the Grand Prix itself, however, where the controversy would begin, with Michael Schumacher using his familiar defensive tactic of diving across in front of the man in second.[1] Montoya reacted by jumping on the brakes and heading to the outside of the circuit, allowing Barrichello to briefly get ahead.[1]

However, Montoya would opt to brake later than either of the Ferraris into the first corner, and duly got his nose ahead of Schumacher as the turned into the left-hander.[1] Schumacher subsequently began understeering on the inside of the circuit, and duly smashed his front win on the right front wheel of Montoya, the Colombian having opted to take as tight a line as possible while leaving what he believed to be enough room.[1]

Regardless, their contact would cost both the lead, with Barrichello sweeping into the lead ahead of a wingless Schumacher and Ralf Schumacher.[1] Montoya recovered to fourth ahead of the McLarens, and was duly put back into third when the #1 Ferrari dived into the pits for a new nose.[1]

Yet, just a few laps later Montoya would be slapped with the responsibility, and therefore the penalty, for causing his collision with Schumacher, meaning he had to take a trip through the pitlane.[1] He served the penalty immediately despite widespread confusion about how the collision was Montoya's fault, with even Michael Schumacher himself stating after the race that it was a "harsh" decision.[1]

That left Barrichello leading from Ralf Schumacher and the two McLarens, although both Räikkönen and Coulthard would soon retire with engine issues.[1] Ferrari and Williams-BMW were hence left in a duel for the lead between Barrichello and Schumacher, albeit with Barrichello on a two-stop, while the German racer was on a one-stop.[1]

Their respective strategies were completed on lap 35, with Barrichello falling five seconds behind Schumacher as a result of his additional stop.[1] Yet, it soon became clear that the Brazilian had enough pace to retake the lead, closing in by over a second a lap, only for his engine to fail on lap 39.[1]

That left Schumacher with a huge 30 second margin over Jenson Button in second, although the Brit was being steadily caught by a charging Montoya.[1] The Colombian racer duly claimed the position a few laps from the end, leaving Button en-route to a maiden podium finish, only for his suspension to fail on the final lap.[1]

As Button tried to limp his Renault around Ralf Schumacher flashed across the line to claim victory, almost 40 seconds clear of teammate Montoya to secure Williams' first one-two since the 1996 Portuguese Grand Prix.[1] Button, meanwhile, would be unable to prevent Michael Schumacher from charging past him on the final tour, relegating him to fourth, with Nick Heidfeld and Felipe Massa claiming the remaining points behind the wounded Renault.[1]

BackgroundEdit

For a third season in succession defending Champion Michael Schumacher opened his title defence with victory in Australia, and hence left the opening round of the season at the head of the field. Juan Pablo Montoya, meanwhile, would start the season with a second place ahead of Kimi Räikkönen, while Eddie Irvine appeared in the top five for the first time since leaving Ferrari. Completing the first round scorers were Mark Webber and Mika Salo.

Ferrari had claimed victory and the Championship lead at the opening round for a fourth successive season courtesy of Schumacher, and hence started the season on ten points. Williams-BMW were next ahead of McLaren-Mercedes, while Jaguar-Ford Cosworth, Minardi-Asiatech and Toyota had also registered points. For Minardi it was also a significant first points score since the 1999 European Grand Prix.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2002 Malaysian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F1-2001 Ferrari 050 3.0 V10 B
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F1-2001 Ferrari 050 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 Malaysian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:35.266 209.464 km/h
2 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:35.497 +0.231s 208.957 km/h
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:35.891 +0.625s 208.099 km/h
4 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:36.028 +0.762s 207.802 km/h
5 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.468 +1.202s 206.854 km/h
6 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.477 +1.211s 206.835 km/h
7 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:37.199 +1.933s 205.298 km/h
8 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 1:37.245 +1.979s 205.201 km/h
9 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:37.536 +2.270s 204.589 km/h
10 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 1:37.694 +2.428s 204.258 km/h
11 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:37.919 +2.653s 203.789 km/h
12 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:37.920 +2.654s 203.787 km/h
13 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:38.039 +2.773s 203.539 km/h
14 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:38.057 +2.791s 203.502 km/h
15 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:38.141 +2.875s 203.328 km/h
16 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:38.284 +3.018s 203.032 km/h
17 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:38.374 +3.108s 202.846 km/h
18 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:38.390 +3.124s 202.813 km/h
19 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 1:38.959 +3.693s 201.647 km/h
20 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:39.121 +3.855s 201.318 km/h
21 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:39.454 +4.188s 200.644 km/h
22 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:40.158 +4.892s 199.233 km/h
107% Time: 1:41.935[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
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 2 3 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 4
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 3 5 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 6
______________ David Coulthard
Row 4 7 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 8
______________ Jenson Button
Row 5 9 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 10
______________ Mika Salo
Row 6 11 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 12
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 7 13 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 14
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 8 15 ______________
Takuma Sato 16
______________ Enrique Bernoldi
Row 9 17 ______________
Pedro de la Rosa 18
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 10 19 ______________
Allan McNish 20
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 11 21 ______________
Mark Webber 22
______________ Alex Yoong

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 56 1:34:12.912 4 10
2 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 56 +39.700s 2 6
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 56 +1:01.795 1 4
4 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 56 +1:09.767 8 3
5 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 55 +1 Lap 7 2
6 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 55 +1 Lap 14 1
7 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 55 +1 Lap 19
8 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 55 +1 Lap 13
9 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 54 +2 Laps 15
10 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 54 +2 Laps 17
11 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 54 +2 Laps 11
12 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 53 +3 Laps 10
13 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 53 +3 Laps 9
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 39 Engine 3
Ret 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 34 Electrical 21
Ret 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 30 Hydraulics 20
Ret 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 29 Gearbox 22
Ret 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 24 Engine 5
Ret 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 20 Fuel pressure 16
Ret 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 15 Engine 6
Ret 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 9 Clutch 18
Ret 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 9 Overheating 12
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory had ensured that Ralf Schumacher leapt up the order in the early Championship table, ending the second weekend of the season in third on ten points. That left him four shy of his Championship leading brother Michael, with the German ace himself two ahead of Ralf's teammate Juan Pablo Montoya. Elsewhere, Kimi Räikkönen slipped to fourth ahead of Eddie Irvine and Jenson Button, with ten drivers on the score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship the one-two for Williams-BMW had propelled the Anglo-German alliance to the top of the pack, establishing an eight point lead. Ferrari hence slipped to second on fourteen points, although they still held a significant ten point margin over third placed McLaren-Mercedes. Elsewhere, Renault, Sauber-Petronas and Jaguar-Ford Cosworth were all level on three points, while Minardi-Asiatech and Toyota completed the early score sheet.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 14
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 12
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher 10 ▲6
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 4 ▼1
5 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 3 ▼1
6 United Kingdom Jenson Button 3 ▲3
7 Australia Mark Webber 2 ▼2
8 Germany Nick Heidfeld 2 ▲1
9 Finland Mika Salo 1 ▼3
10 Brazil Felipe Massa 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 22 ▲1
2 Italy Ferrari 14 ▼1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4
4 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3
5 France Renault 3 ▲3
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 3 ▲2
7 Italy Minardi-Asiatech 2 ▼2
8 Japan Toyota 1 ▼2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 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 'Malaysian GP, 2002', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr682.html, (Accessed 13/11/2019)
  2. 'Malaysia 2002: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2002/malaisie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 13/11/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Malaysia 2002: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2002/malaisie/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 13/11/2019)
  4. '2002 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2002/races/721/malaysia/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 13/11/2019)
  5. 'Malaysia 2002: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2002/malaisie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 13/11/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 '2. Malaysia 2002', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2002/malaisie.aspx, (Accessed 13/11/2019)
V T E Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix
Circuits Sepang International Circuit (1999–present)
Sepang
Races 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017
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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