The 2002 Spanish Grand Prix, also officially known as the XLIV Gran Premio Marlboro de España, was the fifth round of the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, on 28 April 2002.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher sweep to his third career Grand Chelem, having led every lap en-route to claiming pole position, fastest lap and victory.[1]

Unfortunately such was Schumacher's dominance that the Spanish Grand Prix would not be considered a classic, with the German ace sweeping to pole by a third of a second over Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello.[1] The two Williams-BMWs came closest to providing a threat, but were a second off the ultimate pace, with the two McLaren-Mercedes split by Jenson Button's Renault behind.[1]

Raceday saw Minardi-Asiatech decide to withdraw from the race weekend, after several wing failures including a scary accident for Mark Webber when his rear wing blew apart during qualifying.[1] Their withdrawal was followed by a gearbox failure for Barrichello on the grid, with the Brazilian unable to take the spare Ferrari which had been setup for his teammate.[1]

Barrichello's demise made it all the more easy for Schumacher at the start, with the German ace blasting into an unopposed lead.[1] Behind, Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya scrapped for second, the German racer emerging ahead, while the two McLarens fought with Button for fourth.[1]

The opening stages saw surprisingly little action of note, with the #1 Ferrari streaking away out front, while Ralf Schumacher and Montoya tried to keep with it in the Williams.[1] Behind, Kimi Räikkönen became an early retirement when his rear wing failed on lap four while fighting with Button, with David Coulthard and Jarno Trulli moving up as well.[1]

Beyond that there was no major drama at the head of the field, until Ralf Schumacher destroyed his hopes of a podium finish by running onto the grass on lap 29, demolishing his front wing and bargeboards.[1] This resulted in the German racer having to make an unplanned pitstop for a new wing, only for a miscalculation on the setup of the wing to leave the #5 Williams with a very unresponsive front end.[1]

There would be further chaos for Williams when Montoya made his planned stop, with chief mechanic and lollipop man Carl Gaden signalling for the Colombian to go, only to belatedly realise that the #6 Williams was still being refuelled.[1] Montoya reacted quickly having initially gone to launch away, only to stop right on Gaden's foot as the rest of the pitcrew were bowled over.[1] Fortunately there were no major injuries or issues, with Montoya released after only a few seconds of delay.[1]

Behind, Button and Coulthard's fight would last until they made their stops, with the Scot ultimately emerging ahead of the Englishman, before Button's hydraulics failed late on.[1] Trulli hence inherited fourth only for his engine to fail, putting the two Sauber-Petronas' and Heinz-Harald Frentzen up the order, albeit with Ralf Schumacher bearing down after a second nose replacement.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Michael Schumacher was able to cruise through the second half of the race to claim a dominant victory, and his first Grand Chelem since the 1994 Canadian Grand Prix.[1] Montoya and Coulthard completed the podium ahead of Nick Heidfeld, Felipe Massa and Frentzen, after Ralf Schumacher's engine failed on the penultimate lap.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Victory moved Michael Schumacher further ahead in the Drivers Championship after the fourth round of the season, the German ace leaving Imola with a fourteen point advantage. Ralf Schumacher remained his closest challenger, sat on twenty points, with Juan Pablo Montoya keeping in touch with his teammate, just three further back. Next up was Jenson Button on eight ahead of Rubens Barrichello, whose first points score of the season made him the twelfth different point scorer of the campaign.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had retaken the lead after a two-race absence, establishing a three point advantage. Williams-BMW had been forced to make way for the Scuderia, although they remained the most likely challengers to the Italian squad in-spite of the former's dominance in Imola. Behind, McLaren-Mercedes lost more ground, and just avoided slipping behind Renault, with the field otherwise unchanged.

Entry list[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 2002 Spanish 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
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 Overview[edit | edit source]

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Report[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:16.364 222.985 km/h
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:16.690 +0.326s 222.037 km/h
3 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:17.277 +0.913s 220.350 km/h
4 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:17.425 +1.061s 219.929 km/h
5 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.519 +1.155s 219.662 km/h
6 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 1:17.638 +1.274s 219.326 km/h
7 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.662 +1.298s 219.258 km/h
8 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:17.851 +1.487s 218.726 km/h
9 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:17.929 +1.565s 218.507 km/h
10 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:18.121 +1.757s 217.970 km/h
11 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:18.139 +1.775s 217.919 km/h
12 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:18.291 +1.927s 217.496 km/h
13 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:18.472 +2.108s 216.995 km/h
14 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1:18.515 +2.151s 216.876 km/h
15 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:18.847 +2.483s 215.963 km/h
16 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:18.885 +2.521s 215.859 km/h
17 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 1:18.897 +2.533s 215.826 km/h
18 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:19.002 +2.638s 215.539 km/h
19 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 1:19.025 +2.661s 215.476 km/h
20 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:19.802 +3.438s 213.378 km/h
21 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech 1:21.415 +5.051s 209.151 km/h
107% Time: 1:21.709[3]
EXC* 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:18.779 +2.415s 216.149 km/h
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.
  • * Irvine was excluded from the results of qualifying after his fuel sample was found to contain different fuel than the team had submitted for pre-weekend scrutineering.[3]

Grid[edit | edit source]

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Rubens Barrichello*
Row 2 3 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 4
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 3 5 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 6
______________ Jenson Button
Row 4 7 ______________
David Coulthard 8
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 5 9 ______________
Jarno Trulli 10
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 6 11 ______________
Felipe Massa 12
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 7 13 ______________
Olivier Panis 14
______________ Enrique Bernoldi
Row 8 15 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 16
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 9 17 ______________
Mika Salo 18
______________ Takuma Sato
Row 10 19 ______________
Allan McNish 20
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 11 21 ______________
Mark Webber 22
______________ Alex Yoong
  • * Barrichello was unable to start the race due to a gearbox failure on the formation lap.[1]
  • The two Minardis of Webber and Yoong were withdrawn on safety grounds after wing failures in practice and qualifying.[1]

Race[edit | edit source]

Report[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 65 1:30:29.981 1 10
2 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 65 +35.630s 4 6
3 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65 +42.623s 7 4
4 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 65 +1:06.697 8 3
5 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 65 +1:18.973 11 2
6 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 65 +1:20.430 10 1
7 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 64 +1 Lap 15
8 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Japan Toyota 64 +1 Lap 19
9 24 Finland Mika Salo Japan Toyota 64 +1 Lap 17
10* 14 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 63 Engine 9
11* 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 63 Engine 3
12* 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button France Renault 60 Hydraulics 6
Ret 12 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 43 Exhaust 13
Ret 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 41 Hydraulics 20
Ret 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 40 Hydraulics 14
Ret 10 Japan Takuma Sato Ireland Jordan-Honda 10 Spin 18
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Honda 5 Hydraulics 12
Ret 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 Wing 5
Ret 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 2 Spin 16
DNS 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari
WD 23 Australia Mark Webber Italy Minardi-Asiatech
WD 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-Asiatech
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Trulli, Ralf Schumacher and Button were all still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]
  • Barrichello was unable to start the race due to a gearbox failure on the formation lap.[5]
  • The two Minardis were withdrawn from the race on safety grounds.[5]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

With less than a third of the season completed it already looked as if the title fight was over, for another dominant victory for Michael Schumacher had moved the German ace onto 44 points out of a maximum 50. That left him a daunting 21 clear of second placed Juan Pablo Montoya, the Colombian racer himself having moved ahead of Schumacher's brother Ralf in Spain. Behind, David Coulthard had moved into fourth ahead of Jenson Button, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen had become the thirteenth scorer of the campaign.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, Ferrari had managed to inch away from Williams-BMW, leaving Spain with an enhanced lead of seven points. Those two were in a class of their own at the head of the field, with Williams holding a 30 point advantage over third placed McLaren-Mercedes. The Anglo-German alliance itself had managed to ease away from Renault after the latter's late demise, although remained just five clear of the returning French effort.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 44
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 23 ▲1
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher 20 ▼1
4 United Kingdom David Coulthard 9 ▲2
5 United Kingdom Jenson Button 8 ▼1
6 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 6 ▼1
7 Germany Nick Heidfeld 5 ▲3
8 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 4 ▼1
9 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 3 ▼1
10 Brazil Felipe Massa 3 ▲2
11 Australia Mark Webber 2 ▼2
12 Finland Mika Salo 2 ▼1
13 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 1 ▲6
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 50
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 43
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 13
4 France Renault 8
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 8 ▲1
6 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3 ▼1
7 Italy Minardi-Asiatech 2
8 Japan Toyota 2
9 United Kingdom Arrows-Ford Cosworth 1 ▲1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[edit | edit source]

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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 F2001 • Ferrari F2002 • Williams FW24 • McLaren MP4-17 • Renault R202 • Sauber C21 • Jordan EJ12 • Jaguar R3 • Jaguar R3B • 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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