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The 2003 Austrian Grand Prix, officially known as the XXXII Großer A1 Preis von Österreich, was the sixth race of the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the A1 Ring on 18 May 2003.[1] The race was won by Michael Schumacher in dominant fashion, despite having a brief fire scare in the pits during one of his stops.[1]

Qualifying had caused confusion as no clear picture emerged, with Bridgestone and Michelin tyres performing differently on each car, while the weather remained unpredictable ahead of the race.[1] Ultimately, it was Schumacher who emerged on pole position ahead of title rival Kimi Räikkönen, while Juan Pablo Montoya and Nick Heidfeld shared the second row.[1]

The weather remained stable on race morning, although a threat of rain would prompt Fernando Alonso and Renault to swap to their spare car, at the cost of starting from the pitlane.[1] There was late drama for Räikkönen too, the McLaren-Mercedes squad getting permission to change his engine, before two starts were aborted due to an electrical issue for Cristiano da Matta.[1]

At the third attempt the race would start, despite the fact that Jos Verstappen suffered a launch control issue and stalled, leaving him stranded as the rest of the field streaked away.[1] Out front, meanwhile, Schumacher would sprint clear to claim an early lead, while Montoya slid inside Räikkönen to secure second.[1]

With Verstappen stuck the safety car was called, staying out for four laps as the Minardi-Ford Cosworth was dragged away.[1] When the race resumed Schumacher would immediately break away, leaving Montoya to fend off Räikkönen as the skies in the Styrian mountains began to darken.[1]

Indeed, by lap eleven the first spots of rain would fall onto the circuit, catching out Jarno Trulli who completed a pirouette at turn one.[1] However, there was no where near enough water to require the use of wet tyres, with Rubens Barrichello beginning the first pitstop phase on lap 22.[1]

An issue for the Brazilian saw Ferrari have to swap to their spare fuel rig, with Schumacher stopping a lap later.[1] This time some errant fuel was sprayed onto the #1 Ferrari's rear bodywork as the car was refuelled, which immediately ignited.[1] Fortunately the fire was small and extinguished quickly, although Schumacher lost valuable seconds and had question marks over how much fuel he had received.[1]

The German ace duly rejoined in third behind Räikkönen and Montoya on heavy fuel loads, although it was not long before the #1 Ferrari reclaimed second from the #6 McLaren.[1] Indeed, Räikkönen's pace was steadily deteriorating as his Mercedes engine began to lose power, while Montoya's race was ended when his BMW engine failed.[1]

Schumacher was hence left on his own out front, while Räikkönen had to doggedly defend second from Barrichello.[1] Ultimately, however, there would be no late changes to the order, leaving Schumacher the victor, Räikkönen two points ahead in the Championship, and Barrichello completing the podium.[1]

This would be the last Austrian Grand Prix to be held until F1 returned to the renamed Red Bull Ring in 2014.

BackgroundEdit

A second victory in a row for Michael Schumacher carried the German ace right to the head of the field, leaving him just four off the lead after a slow start. Indeed, a non-score for Kimi Räikkönen had left him looking vulnerable at the head of the pack, with Fernando Alonso also moving within striking distance in third. Elsewhere, David Coulthard had slipped to fifth behind Rubens Barrichello, with sixteen drivers on the scoresheet.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a very strong afternoon for Ferrari, as they demolished the gap between themselves and early leaders McLaren-Mercedes. The double failure to score in Spain had been very costly for the Anglo-German alliance, leaving them just three ahead of the Scuderia as their strong start to the season faded. Behind, Renault had kept Williams-BMW at bay, while Minardi-Ford Cosworth were left as the only non-scorers.

Entry ListEdit

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

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2003-GA Ferrari 052 3.0 V10 B
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2003-GA Ferrari 052 3.0 V10 B
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW25 BMW P83 3.0 V10 M
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW25 BMW P83 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 F1 Team Minardi PS03 Ford Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 B
19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy European Minardi F1 Team 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
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]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:07.908 1:09.150
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:08.978 1:09.189 +0.039s
3 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:08.839 1:09.391 +0.241s
4 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:09.479 1:09.725 +0.575s
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:08.187 1:09.784 +0.634s
6 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:09.450 1:09.890 +0.740s
7 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:08.831 1:09.935 +0.785s
8 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:09.024 1:10.045 +0.895s
9 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:09.281 1:10.105 +0.955s
10 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:10.279 +1.129s
11 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:09.764 1:10.402 +1.252s
12 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:08.680 1:10.618 +1.468s
13 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:10.370 1:10.834 +1.684s
14 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:08.947 1:10.893 +1.743s
15 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:10.055 1:11.307 +2.157s
16 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:11.171 1:11.505 +2.355s
17 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:08.512 1:11.662 +2.512s
18 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:11.056 1:14.508 +5.358s
19 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:09.860 1:20.113 +10.963s
NC 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:10.894
Source:[3][4][5]
  • 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
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 2 3 ______________
Juan Pablo Montoya 4
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 3 5 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 6
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 4 7 ______________
Jenson Button 8
______________ Antônio Pizzonia
Row 5 9 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 10
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 6 11 ______________
Olivier Panis 12
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 7 13 ______________
Cristiano da Matta* 14
______________ David Coulthard
Row 8 15 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 16
______________ Ralph Firman
Row 9 17 ______________
Mark Webber 18
______________ Justin Wilson
Row 10 19 ______________
Fernando Alonso 20
______________ Jos Verstappen
  • * da Matta started the race from the back of the grid after stalling on the formation lap.[5]
  • Frentzen was unable to start after stalling on the formation lap.[5]
  • Webber and Alonso started the race from the pitlane.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 69 1:24:04.888 1 10
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 69 +3.362s 2 8
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 69 +3.951s 5 6
4 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 69 +42.243s 7 5
5 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 69 +59.740s 14 4
6 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 68 +1 Lap 10 3
7 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 68 +1 Lap 17 2
8 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 68 +1 Lap 6 1
9 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 68 +1 Lap 8
10 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 68 +1 Lap 13
11 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 68 +1 Lap 16
12 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 68 +1 Lap 12
13 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 67 +2 Laps 18
Ret 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 60 Fuel system 9
Ret 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 46 Engine 4
Ret 8T Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 44 Engine 19
Ret 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 32 Engine 3
Ret 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 6 Suspension 11
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 0 Clutch 20
DNS* 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Frentzen was unable to start after stalling on the third formation lap.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Kimi Räikkönen just held onto his Championship lead after the battle of Austria, albeit with his advantage now cut to just two points. Indeed, a third win in succession for Michael Schumacher had left the German ace just behind the Finn at the head of the field, with clear air between themselves and third placed Rubens Barrichello. Behind, Fernando Alonso had lost ground after his non-score, as had David Coulthard in fifth.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had finally taken the lead in the title hunt, moving a point ahead of former leaders McLaren-Mercedes. The Anglo-German squad remained optimistic, however, given that they were still racing a modified version of their 2002 car, and had a lot of ground in-hand between themselves and third placed Renault. The French manufacturer themselves were level on 35 points with Williams-BMW, while Minardi-Ford Cosworth remained at the foot of the table as the only pointless team.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 40
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 38
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 26 ▲1
4 Spain Fernando Alonso 25 ▼1
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 23
6 Germany Ralf Schumacher 20
7 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 15
8 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10
9 Italy Jarno Trulli 10
10 United Kingdom Jenson Button 8 ▲3
11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 7 ▼1
12 Australia Mark Webber 4 ▲2
13 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 3 ▼2
14 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 3 ▼2
15 Germany Nick Heidfeld 1
16 Ireland Ralph Firman 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 64 ▲1
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 63 ▼1
3 France Renault 35
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 35
5 Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 11
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 11 ▲1
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 8 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 4 ▲1
9 Japan Toyota 3 ▼1
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Austria 2003: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2003/autriche/engages.aspx, (Accessed 10/12/2019)
  3. 'A1 Grand Prix von Österreich 2003 - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2003/races/742/austria/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 10/12/2019)
  4. 'A1 Grand Prix von Österreich 2003 - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2003/races/742/austria/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 10/12/2019)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 'Austria 2003: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2003/autriche/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 10/12/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 'Austria 2003: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2003/autriche/classement.aspx, (Accessed 10/12/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 '6. Austria 2003', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2003/autriche.aspx, (Accessed 10/12/2019)
V T E 2003 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Williams • McLaren • Renault • Sauber • Jordan • Jaguar • BAR • Minardi • Toyota
Engines BMW • Cosworth • Ferrari • Ford • Honda • Mercedes • Petronas • Renault • Toyota
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
Other Drivers Badoer • Beretta • Bruni • Davidson • De la Rosa • Lotterer • Massa • McNish • Montagny • Paffett • Wurz • Zonta
Cars Ferrari F2003-GA • Williams FW25 • McLaren MP4-17D • Renault R23 • BAR 005 • Sauber C22 • Jaguar R4 • Toyota TF103 • Jordan EJ13 • Minardi PS03
Tyres Bridgestone • Michelin
Races Australia • Malaysia • Brazil • San Marino • Spain • Austria • Monaco • Canada • Europe • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Italy • United States • Japan
See also 2002 Formula One Season • 2004 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Austria Austrian Grand Prix
Circuits Zeltweg Airfield (1963–1964), Red Bull Ring (1970–1987, 1997-2003, 2014-present)
Circuit Red Bull Ring
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Non-Championship Race 1963
Red Bull Ring was previously called Österreichring and A1-Ring.
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