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The 2003 European Grand Prix, officially advertised as the XLVII Allianz Grand Prix of Europe, was the ninth round of the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany, on 29 June 2003.[1] The race would see Ralf Schumacher lead a Williams-BMW one-two across the line, albeit after dominant race leader Kimi Räikkönen retired with an engine failure.[1]

Indeed, the Finn had been in fine form throughout the weekend, sweeping to his first pole position for McLaren-Mercedes during qualifying.[1] He would be joined on the front row by Championship leader Michael Schumacher, while Ralf Schumacher shared the second row with teammate Juan Pablo Montoya.[1]

Räikkönen likewise aced his start to claim an early lead from Michael Schumacher into the first corner, leaving the German ace to fend off the attentions of his brother for second.[1] Behind it was a remarkably clean getaway for the rest of the field, with no major issues or contact to cause an early retirement.[1]

With that Räikkönen was away, quickly building a ten second lead over the #1 Ferrari, which was otherwise occupied defending from the #4 Williams.[1] Montoya, meanwhile, would slip away from the fight for second, and hence allow Räikkönen to stop on lap sixteen and rejoin in third, just a few seconds behind the Schumachers.[1]

During their stops Ralf Schumacher would get the jump on his elder brother, his Michelin tyres proving superior to the Ferrari's Bridgestones when it came to delivering a late-stint blast.[1] Furthermore, Ralf was able to gain ground on Räikkönen during the first round of stops, although the reason for that was soon to be revealed.[1]

Indeed, on lap 25, with a five second gap to Ralf in second, Räikkönen's Mercedes engine blew itself apart, destroying his hopes of victory and regaining the Championship lead.[1] The #4 Williams duly flashed past to claim an unopposed lead, while Montoya was left to slowly close in on Michael Schumacher for second.[1]

The fight for second would take over as the main interest for the following laps, until it was ended by a clash of wheels into the chicane on lap 43 leaving Schumacher's Ferrari in the gravel.[1] Schumacher duly received some help from the marshals to escape, avoiding a penalty as his car was in a dangerous position, although he had slipped to sixth.[1]

That left Montoya in a lonely second ahead of Rubens Barrichello, enduring a quiet race, while Fernando Alonso and David Coulthard had also moved up.[1] They duly had a late race squabble for fourth as Schumacher slowly caught back up to them, until Coulthard's race was ended by a spin into the gravel at the chicane when he got caught out by Alonso braking early.[1]

With that the race was run, with Ralf Schumacher cruising across the line ahead of Montoya to claim victory, and undercut rumours that BMW were looking to end their partnership with Williams.[1] Barrichello was a lonely third to complete the podium, Alonso fended off Michael Schumacher's late charge to secure fourth, while Mark Webber, Jenson Button and Nick Heidfeld claimed the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Victory propelled Michael Schumacher into the lead of the Championship for the first time in 2003, overhauling Kimi Räikkönen to establish a three point advantage. Indeed, the damage to the Finn's title ambitions could have been a lot worse, with the pair set to be the main title pretenders heading into the second half of the season. Behind, Fernando Alonso was twenty off the lead in third ahead of Ralf Schumacher, with Rubens Barrichello in fifth.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari moved back ahead of McLaren-Mercedes, and had established a nine point lead. The Scuderia hence started the second half of the campaign as the favourites, although both Ferrari and McLaren had been drawn in by Williams-BMW. Indeed, the second of the Anglo-German alliances was now just twelve off of McLaren after their double podium, setting up a potential three-way fight for the crown.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2003 European 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 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
Test Drivers for Free Practice Sessions
34 United Kingdom Allan McNish France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23 Renault RS23 3.0 V10 M
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

Friday PracticeEdit

Saturday PracticeEdit

Sunday Warm-UpEdit

Practice ResultsEdit

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

No. Driver Constructor FP1 FP2 FP3 Warm-Up
Time Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos.
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:32.560 10 1:32.852 6 1:32.652 9 1:31.981 1
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:32.607 12 1:32.039 2 1:33.010 10 1:32.097 2
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:32.590 11 1:32.477 4 1:31.366 2 1:32.252 4
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:32.170 8 1:32.891 7 1:31.305 1 1:32.547 7
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.918 7 1:32.471 3 1:31.608 5 1:32.114 3
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:31.260 3 1:32.803 5 1:32.021 6 1:32.385 5
7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:31.513 4 1:33.707 10 1:32.356 7 1:33.029 8
8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:31.750 5 1:34.179 8 1:32.391 8 1:33.068 9
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:32.901 16 1:34.784 16 1:33.698 15 20
10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:32.792 14 1:34.775 15 1:34.940 18 19
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:32.692 13 1:35.332 18 1:33.214 12 1:34.229 14
12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:33.643 18 1:34.967 17 1:34.827 17 1:34.373 15
14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:31.224 2 1:34.564 13 1:33.635 14 1:34.164 13
15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:31.794 6 1:33.127 8 1:33.076 11 1:34.746 16

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:29.989 1:31.523
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:30.353 1:31.555 +0.032s
3 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:30.522 1:31.619 +0.096s
4 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:30.378 1:31.765 +0.242s
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:30.842 1:31.780 +0.257s
6 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:31.143 1:31.976 +0.453s
7 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:57.327 1:32.350 +0.827s
8 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:31.533 1:32.424 +0.901s
9 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.903 1:32.742 +1.219s
10 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:32.949 +1.426s
11 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:35.972 1:33.066 +1.543s
12 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:32.479 1:33.395 +1.872s
13 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:32.196 1:33.553 +2.030s
14 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:53.893 1:33.827 +2.304s
15 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:32.201 1:34.000 +2.477s
16 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:57.435 1:34.159 +2.636s
17 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:34.596 +3.073s
18 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:55.921 1:36.318 +4.795s
19 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:54.546 1:36.485 +4.962s
NC 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:52.300
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 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 2
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 2 3 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 4
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 3 5 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 6
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 4 7 ______________
Olivier Panis 8
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 5 9 ______________
David Coulthard 10
______________ Cristiano da Matta
Row 6 11 ______________
Mark Webber 12
______________ Jenson Button
Row 7 13 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 14
______________ Ralph Firman
Row 8 15 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 16
______________ Antônio Pizzonia
Row 9 17 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 18
______________ Jos Verstappen
Row 10 19 ______________
Justin Wilson 20
______________ Nick Heidfeld*
  • * Heidfeld start the race from the pitlane.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 60 1:34:42.622 3 10
2 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 60 +16.821s 4 8
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 60 +39.673s 5 6
4 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 60 +1:05.731 8 5
5 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 60 +1:06.162 2 4
6 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 11 3
7 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 59 +1 Lap 12 2
8 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap PL 1
9 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 15
10 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 16
11 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 14
12 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 13
13 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 19
14 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 57 +3 Laps 18
15* 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 Spin 9
Ret 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 53 Engine 10
Ret 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 51 Gearbox 17
Ret 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 37 Fuel pressure 6
Ret 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 37 Brakes 7
Ret 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 25 Engine 1
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Coulthard was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

With Kimi Räikkönen failing to score it was advantage Michael Schumacher in the Championship hunt after F1's first trip to Germany in 2003, with the German ace leaving the Nürburgring with 58 points. Räikkönen had therefore slipped seven off the lead, while Ralf Schumacher had closed in on both, moving onto 43 points for the campaign with his victory. Juan Pablo Montoya and Fernando Alonso were also in touching distance, tied on 39 points, with seventeen drivers having registered points.

Ferrari, meanwhile, had surprisingly managed to extend their lead in the Constructors Championship, despite lacking the outright pace in Germany. Indeed, what had started as a strong afternoon for McLaren-Mercedes had ended miserably, meaning they dropped to third behind Williams-BMW after their one-two. The latter partnership hence left Germany thirteen behind the leaders, while McLaren were a further six behind.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 58
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 51
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher 43 ▲1
4 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 39 ▲1
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 39 ▼2
6 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 37
7 United Kingdom David Coulthard 25
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 13
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10
10 United Kingdom Jenson Button 10
11 Australia Mark Webber 9 ▲1
12 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 7 ▼1
13 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 3
14 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 3
15 Germany Nick Heidfeld 2 ▲1
16 France Olivier Panis 1 ▼1
17 Ireland Ralph Firman 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 95
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 82 ▲1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 76 ▼1
4 France Renault 52
5 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 13 ▲1
6 Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 11 ▼1
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 9
8 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 9
9 Japan Toyota 4
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Europe 2003: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2003/europe/engages.aspx, (Accessed 11/12/2019)
  3. '2003 Allianz Grand Prix of Europe - QUALIFYING 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2003/races/745/europe/qualifying-1.html, (Accessed 11/12/2019)
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  6. 6.0 6.1 'Europe 2003: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2003/europe/classement.aspx, (Accessed 11/12/2019)
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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
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