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The 2003 Australian Grand Prix, officially the LXVIII Foster's Australian Grand Prix, was the opening round of the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia, on 9 March 2003.[1] The race, which saw several new rules implemented to try to create closer Championship/race battles, would see Michael Schumacher and Ferrari open their respective title defences.[1]

Over the winter of 2002 there had been several moves by the FIA to limit Ferrari's dominance, primarily by revising the points scoring system to award points down to eighth place.[1] Qualifying also received a format change, now down to two one-lap runs, while the lower placed teams in the Championship were given permission to run third cars in practice in order to increase the amount of data/development they could achieve.[1]

On the driver front, meanwhile, it had been a fairly stable winter, with no changes at either Ferrari, McLaren-Mercedes nor Williams-BMW.[1] Further down there were several swaps for F1's next generation of drivers, with Fernando Alonso joining Renault, Jenson Button moving to BAR-Honda and Mark Webber taking a seat at Jaguar-Ford Cosworth.[1]

Unfortunately qualifying would seem to show that the FIA's plans had failed, for Schumacher would lead teammate Rubens Barrichello to a dominant front-row lock-out for the Scuderia, almost a second clear of third placed Juan Pablo Montoya.[1] Behind, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, in the Ferrari engined Sauber-Petronas secured fourth ahead of Olivier Panis' Toyota, while the two McLarens of David Coulthard and Kimi Räikkönen were down in eleventh and fifteenth respectively.[1]

Yet come race day there were hopes of a fight, for a turbulent weather system swept over Melbourne, bringing rain and a choice of wet or slick tyres.[1] Ultimately the majority of the field would opt for wets, although Räikkönen notably abandoned his wets, and fifteenth on the grid, for slicks at the end of the formation lap.[1]

The start itself proved very clean, with Barrichello almost beating Schumacher, albeit only because he had jumped the lights.[1] They duly emerged in formation at the head of the field, and quickly built a gap over Montoya, while the rest of the field scrambled through without issue.[1]

Barrichello was soon slapped with a penalty, although that would become academic as the Brazilian crashed out of the race early on.[1] By that stage the damp circuit was drying rapidly, prompting Schumacher to pit moments before the Safety Car appeared after quick-fire accidents for Ralph Firman and Cristiano da Matta.[1]

Webber would retire soon after the restart with a suspension failure, bringing out a second safety car that further shuffled the field as drivers swapped to slicks.[1] That left Montoya in the lead ahead of Räikkönen and Schumacher, with Jarno Trulli and Coulthard completing the top five.[1]

Montoya established a lead at the restart, although Räikkönen would briefly lead amid a second round of stops in the latter half of the race.[1] The Finn was subsequently slapped with a drive-through penalty for pitlane speeding, rejoining in time to duel with Schumacher, and ultimately force the German racer into a bargeboard breaking bounce across the grass.[1]

Into the closing stages and Coulthard moved into striking position behind Montoya, although it was only when the Colombian spun on his own at turn one that the Scot claimed the lead.[1] With that the race was won, with Coulthard easing away to secure victory ahead of Montoya, with Räikkönen completing the podium.[1] Schumacher, Trulli and Heinz-Harald Frentzen claimed the remaining points.[1]

Incredibly, the 2003 Australian Grand Prix was the first race since the 2001 Italian Grand Prix that Schumacher had not finished on the podium.[1] It also marked the end of a 53 race podium streak for Ferrari, and would be the final victory for Coulthard in F1.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2003 Australian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2002B Ferrari 051 3.0 V10 B
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2002B Ferrari 051 3.0 V10 B
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW25 BMW P84 3.0 V10 M
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW25 BMW P84 3.0 V10 M
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17D Mercedes FO 110P 3.0 V10 M
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17D Mercedes FO 110P 3.0 V10 M
7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23 Renault RS23 3.0 V10 M
8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23 Renault RS23 3.0 V10 M
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber C22 Petronas 03A 3.0 V10 B
10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber C22 Petronas 03A 3.0 V10 B
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ13 Ford Cosworth RS1 3.0 V10 B
12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ13 Ford Cosworth RS1 3.0 V10 B
14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R4 Ford Cosworth CR-5 3.0 V10 M
15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R4 Ford Cosworth CR-5 3.0 V10 M
16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 005 Honda RA003E 3.0 V10 B
17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 005 Honda RA003E 3.0 V10 B
18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy European Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS03 Ford Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 B
19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy European Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS03 Ford Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 B
20 France Olivier Panis Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF103 Toyota RVX-03 3.0 V10 M
21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF103 Toyota RVX-03 3.0 V10 M
23 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Team Arrows F1 Arrows A23 Asiatech Asiatech 3.0 V10 B
Test Drivers for Practice Sessions Only
34 United Kingdom Allan McNish France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23 Renault RS23 3.0 V10 M
Source:[2]

Pre-Race TestingEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Time
1 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault Unknown
2 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth Unknown
3 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth Unknown
4 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Unknown
5 34 United Kingdom Allan McNish France Renault Unknown
6 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth Unknown
7 15 Brazil Antonio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth Unknown

PracticeEdit

Practice ResultsEdit

No. Driver Team FP1 FP2
Pos Time Pos Time
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 6 +1.157 4 1:27.517
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 4 +0.950 5 1:27.558
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 9 +1.420 6 1:27.700
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 10 +1.473 7 1:27.814
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 +0.479 9 1:28.090
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1 1.26.509 14 1:28.564
7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 3 +0.777 1 1:26.928
8 Spain Fernando Alonso 7 +1.162 3 1:27.424
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 8 +1.409 8 1:28.049
10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 12 +1.698 15 1:28.590
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 16 +2.818 16 1:28.619
12 Ireland Ralph Firman 17 +3.022 17 1:28.814
14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 5 +1.145 12 1:28.421
15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia 11 +1.583 18 1:30.551
16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 20 +5.020 13 1:28.509
17 United Kingdom Jenson Button 14 +1.984 2 1:27.416
18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 19 +4.097 19 1:30.857
19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 18 +3.689 20 1:31.066
20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 13 +1.853 11 1:28.360
21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 15 +2.189 10 1:28.177

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2003 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2*
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:27.103 1:27.173
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:26.372 1:27.418 +0.245s
3 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:27.450 1:28.101 +0.928s
4 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:27.563 1:28.274 +1.101s
5 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:27.352 1:28.288 +1.115s
6 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:26.832 1:28.420 +1.247s
7 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:27.510 1:28.464 +1.291s
8 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:27.159 1:28.682 +1.509s
9 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:28.266 1:28.830 +1.657s
10 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:27.255 1:28.928 +1.755s
11 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.242 1:29.105 +1.932s
12 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:27.411 1:29.136 +1.963s
13 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:27.633 1:29.344 +2.171s
14 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:27.675 1:29.367 +2.194s
15 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.551 1:29.470 +2.297s
16 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:27.478 1:29.538 +2.365s
17 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:29.977 1:31.242 +4.069s
18 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:30.092 1:31.733 +4.550s
107% Time: 1:33.275[3]
NC 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:30.053
NC 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:30.479
WD 23 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech Withdrawn
Source:[4][5][3]
  • 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.
  • * Grid order based on times set during the second qualifying session.[3]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 2 3 ______________
Juan Pablo Montoya 4
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 3 5 ______________
Olivier Panis 6
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 4 7 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 8
______________ Jenson Button
Row 5 9 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 10
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 6 11 ______________
David Coulthard 12
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 7 13 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 14
______________ Mark Webber
Row 8 15 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen* 16
______________ Cristiano da Matta
Row 9 17 ______________
Ralph Firman 18
______________ Antônio Pizzonia
Row 10 19 ______________
Jos Verstappen* 20
______________ Justin Wilson
  • * Räikkönen and Verstappen started from the pitlane after stopping for slicks at the end of the formation lap.[3]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2003 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 58 1:34.48.124 11 10
2 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 58 +8.675s 3 8
3 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 58 +9.192s 15 6
4 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 58 +9.482s 1 5
5 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 58 +38.801s 12 4
6 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 58 +43.928s 4 3
7 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 58 +45.074s 10 2
8 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 58 +45.745s 9 1
9 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 58 +1:05.536 6
10 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 58 +1:05.974 8
11 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 19
12 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 52 Gearbox 13
13 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 52 Suspension 18
Ret 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 31 Fuel Pressure 5
Ret 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 20 Suspension 7
Ret 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 16 Radiator 19
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 15 Suspension 14
Ret 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 7 Spin 16
Ret 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 6 Accident 17
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 5 Accident 2
WD 23 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory on the opening day left David Coulthard at the head of the early hunt, two points ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya as a result of the revised points scoring scheme. Kimi Räikkönen was next ahead of defending Champion Michael Schumacher, while Jarno Trulli completed the top five. The rest of the opening day scorers were Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Fernando Alonso and Ralf Schumacher.

In the Constructors Championship it was McLaren-Mercedes who led the early charge, a double podium putting them on 16 points after the opening bout. Williams-BMW were next up on nine ahead of Renault, with Ferrari and Sauber-Petronas the only other scorers.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom David Coulthard 10
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 8
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 6
4 Germany Michael Schumacher 5
5 Italy Jarno Trulli 4
6 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 3
7 Spain Fernando Alonso 2
8 Germany Ralf Schumacher 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 16
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 9
3 France Renault 6
4 Italy Ferrari 5
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 3

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

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Drivers M. Schumacher • 2 Barrichello • 3 Montoya • 4 R. Schumacher • 4 Gené • 5 Coulthard • 6 Räikkönen • 7 Trulli • 8 Alonso • 9 Heidfeld • 10 Frentzen • 11 Fisichella • 12 Firman • 12 Baumgartner • 14 Webber • 15 Pizzonia • 15 Wilson • 16 Villeneuve • 16 Sato • 17 Button • 18 Wilson • 18 Kiesa • 19 Verstappen • 20 Panis • 21 Da Matta
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