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The 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix, officially known as the XXXII Grande Prêmio Marlboro do Brasil, was the third round of the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil, on 6 April 2003.[1] The race, which was the 700th World Championship Grand Prix to be staged, would conclude in dramatic fashion, as late red flag caused chaos and confusion for days after the race.[1]

Qualifying had seen Rubens Barrichello in fine form on home soil, sweeping to pole position ahead of David Coulthard of McLaren-Mercedes.[1] Mark Webber was next in an impressive third for Jaguar-Ford Cosworth, while Kimi Räikkönen, Championship leader arriving in Brazil, started from fourth.[1]

Raceday dawned with horrible weather conditions, while McLaren and BAR-Honda were given permission to change the engines of Räikkönen and Jacques Villeneuve after damage was detected in their units.[1] Indeed, so poor were the conditions that FIA race director Charlie Whiting delayed the start for fifteen minutes, before ultimately deciding to start the race behind the Safety Car.[1]

The SC stayed out for eight laps as the rain finally stopped, with several drivers making stops for fuel in hopes of making it to the end without another refill.[1] The restart itself saw Barrichello wait until the last moment to break away, only to see Coulthard slither inside him on the brakes for the Senna S to claim the lead.[1]

The Scot quickly established a lead, while Barrichello was left to fend off the attentions of Webber and Räikkönen.[1] Behind, Juan Pablo Montoya looked inspired as he danced his Williams-BMW through to fifth from eighth on the grid, while Nick Heidfeld became an early retirement with an oil leak.[1]

Montoya's warpath soon carried him past Webber and Barrichello, moments after the #6 McLaren of Räikkönen had passed the #2 Ferrari of Barrichello to claim second.[1] He duly went scampering off after the two McLarens, with Räikkönen catching and passing Coulthard before the Colombian ace could catch them.[1]

The circuit was drying rapidly everywhere apart from turn three, meaning drivers were beginning to burn through their tyres.[1] Yet, it would not be long before the safety car reappeared, this time to allow the removal of Ralph Firman and Olivier Panis' cars from the start/finish straight after a collision on lap eighteen.[1]

The restart came on lap 22 after several stops, meaning Räikkönen led from Coulthard, Michael Schumacher and Cristiano da Matta of Toyota.[1] However, it was not long before the safety car was called upon for a third time, with quick fire accidents for Montoya, Antônio Pizzonia and Schumacher at turn three, the German having narrowly avoided the recovery vehicle removing Pizzonia's car under yellow flags.[1]

Räikkönen and da Matta stopped during the third SC, handing the lead to Coulthard for three laps, before the SC was called upon again as Jenson Button crashed heavily at Curva del Sol.[1] Coulthard once again led away to main his lead, while Räikkönen began his climb back towards his teammate with a move on Fernando Alonso for fourth.[1]

Out front Barrichello would hunt down and pass Coulthard for the lead on lap 45, while Räikkönen closed in on Giancarlo Fisichella for third.[1] However, when it came to their stops Barrichello would lose a lot of time with a fuel sensor issue, dropping him back down behind the lead group.[1]

The left Räikkönen leading from Fisichella and Alonso, with the latter two closing in on the Finn as fuel became a major concern.[1] On lap 54 Fisichella slid inside the McLaren to claim the lead as Räikkönen ran wide, moments before Webber had a huge accident at Arquibancadas.[1]

Fisichella and Räikkönen were first on the scene and picked their way though the debris, before a distracted Alonso slammed into one of the Jaguar's tyres, causing him to crash heavily.[1] A red-flag was thrown and the race result declared a lap later, with Räikkönen initially handed the victory on count-back.[1]

However, FIA official Whiting would launch an investigation about the result, citing a timing glitch that meant Fisichella was not officially registered as having completed lap 54, despite having led Räikkönen across the line.[1] A hearing was held at the FIA headquarters in Paris on 11 April, and duly awarded Fisichella his maiden win ahead of Räikkönen and Alonso.[1] All three would unofficially take their trophies at the following race in San Marino, with Alonso having been sent to hospital for checks after his accident.[1]

The race was also significant as the 176th and final victory for a Ford Cosworth engine, as well as the final triumph for the Jordan team in their 200th race.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Kimi Räikkönen moved to the head of the Championship after his maiden victory, leaving Malaysia with a six point advantage. Teammate David Coulthard had made way for him, but had retained second despite failing to score, while no fewer than five drivers trailed them on eight points. Head of that pack were Juan Pablo Montoya and Rubens Barrichello after their second places, while Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and Jarno Trulli completed the quintet.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes' strong start had left them with a small lead at the head of the field, leaving the second round with ten points in hand. Ferrari, meanwhile, had moved into second, albeit level with Renault, while Williams-BMW had slipped to fourth. Behind, Sauber-Petronas had retained fifth, while BAR-Honda had become the sixth scorer of the campaign.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2003 Brazilian 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 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]

PracticeEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:23.249 1:13.807
2 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.655 1:13.818 +0.011s
3 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:23.111 1:13.851 +0.044s
4 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.607 1:13.866 +0.059s
5 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:26.557 1:13.953 +0.146s
6 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:26.709 1:14.124 +0.317s
7 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:25.585 1:14.130 +0.323s
8 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:26.726 1:14.191 +0.384s
9 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:27.961 1:14.223 +0.416s
10 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:26.203 1:14.384 +0.577s
11 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:14.504 +0.697s
12 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:27.111 1:14.631 +0.824s
13 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:25.672 1:14.668 +0.861s
14 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:26.375 1:14.839 +1.032s
15 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:25.614 1:14.839 +1.032s
16 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:28.083 1:15.240 +1.433s
17 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:25.764 1:15.317 +1.510s
18 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:26.554 1:15.641 +1.834s
19 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:26.886 1:16.542 +2.735s
20 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:28.317 1:16.586 +2.779s
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
2 Rubens Barrichello
David Coulthard ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Mark Webber
Kimi Räikkönen ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Jarno Trulli
Ralf Schumacher ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Michael Schumacher
Giancarlo Fisichella ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Juan Pablo Montoya
Fernando Alonso ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Jenson Button
Nick Heidfeld ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Jacques Villeneuve
Heinz-Harald Frentzen* ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Olivier Panis
Ralph Firman* ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Antônio Pizzonia*
Cristiano da Matta ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Jos Verstappen
Justin Wilson ______________
  • * Frentzen, Firman, Pizzonia and Verstappen all started the race from the pitlane.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired* Grid Points
1 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 54 1:31:17.748 8 10
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 54 +0.945s 4 8
3 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 54 Accident 10 6
4 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 54 +8.096s 2 5
5 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 54 +8.642s 14 4
6 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 54 +16.054s 13 3
7 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 54 +38.526s 6 2
8 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 54 +45.927s 5 1
9 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 53 Accident 3
10 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 53 +1 Lap 18
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 47 Fuel system 1
Ret 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 33 Accident 11
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 31 Spin 19
Ret 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 26 Accident 7
Ret 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 25 Accident 9
Ret 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 25 Accident 17
Ret 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 18 Collision 15
Ret 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 18 Suspension 16
Ret 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 16 Spin 20
Ret 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 8 Engine 12
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Result declared as the field completed the 54th lap.[6]
  • Alonso and Webber were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Kimi Räikkönen extended his Championship lead despite his late demotion in Brazil, leaving São Paulo with 24 points. David Coulthard had likewise retained second, but slipped nine behind his teammate, while Fernando Alonso was up to third, and cleared to race in San Marino. Race winner Giancarlo Fisichella, meanwhile, was the big winner as he leapt up into fourth, with Jarno Trulli completing the top five.

In the Constructors Championship it was McLaren-Mercedes who continued to lead the way, holding 39 points after three races in 2003. Renault, meanwhile, had moved into second on 23 points, while Ferrari had slipped back to third, only ahead of Williams-BMW on countback. Jordan-Ford Cosworth were next after their rare win, with Sauber-Petronas and BAR-Honda the other scorers.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 24
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 15
3 Spain Fernando Alonso 14 ▲2
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10 ▲11
5 Italy Jarno Trulli 9 ▲2
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 8 ▼3
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 8 ▼3
8 Germany Michael Schumacher 8 ▼2
9 Germany Ralf Schumacher 8 ▼1
10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 7 ▼1
11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 3 ▲1
12 United Kingdom Jenson Button 2 ▼2
13 Germany Nick Heidfeld 1 ▼2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 39
2 France Renault 23 ▲1
3 Italy Ferrari 16 ▼1
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 16
5 Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 10 ▲3
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 8 ▼1
7 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 5 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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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
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