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The 2003 German Grand Prix, formally known as the LXV Großer Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland, was the twelfth round of the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, on 3 August 2003.[1] The race would see a first lap crash eliminate several title pretenders, as Juan Pablo Montoya made his bid to join the fight with victory.[1]

Indeed, Montoya and teammate Ralf Schumacher had been the drivers to beat during practice/qualifying, with the Williams-BMWs securing a front-row lockout.[1] Montoya ended up on pole position by 0.018s, while Rubens Barrichello beat Jarno Trulli to third for Ferrari.[1]

Yet, it was the start of the race that ultimately set up a dominant weekend for Montoya, with the Colombian ace sprinting away from the grid to claim an early lead.[1] Teammate Schumacher, meanwhile, would make an awful getaway, and duly sparked the first corner collision that wiped out several title contenders.[1]

Indeed, as Barrichello tied to make a move on the inside of Kimi Räikkönen, Ralf Schumacher moved across to the left to block both from lunging around the outside of him.[1] That move resulted in Barrichello bouncing off the rear of the Williams and into the side of Räikkönen's McLaren-Mercedes, which duly went skating off into the barriers.[1]

With Räikkönen and Barrichello out and Schumacher's Williams limping the rest of the field thundered into the accident with an en-masse dive on the brakes.[1] That resulted in an unsighted Ralph Firman smashing over the back of Heinz-Harald Frentzen having been caught out by the German racer's sudden stamp on the brakes.[1] His bid to avoid the Sauber was not aided by a simultaneous broadside thump from Justin Wilson, who had jinked to avoid a spinning Jacques Villeneuve.[1]

Unsurprisingly the Safety Car was called upon to allow the circuit to be cleared, with Montoya leading from Trulli, Fernando Alonso and Michael Schumacher.[1] The race resumed three laps later with Montoya establishing a small lead, although his early hopes of turning that into a big lead were denied by cool tyre temperatures.[1]

Yet, once his Michelin tyres were up to temperature there would be no stopping the Colombian ace, with the two Renaults left to fight Michael Schumacher.[1] Hunting that group down would be David Coulthard in the #5 McLaren, who caught the eye with a daring move around the outside of Mark Webber shortly after the restart.[1]

Yet, having caught the Renault/Ferrari scrap Coulthard would need to use a superior strategy call to gain the upper hand, jumping all three by having a longer second stint.[1] He duly came out from his final stop in fourth behind Trulli, and duly elbowed his way past the Italian for third in the closing stages.[1]

Schumacher, meanwhile, had jumped the Renault's through a better strategy and typically aggressive driving, although his hopes of a podium finish were curtailed by a puncture.[1] He duly limped back to the pits before rejoining in seventh behind the two Toyotas, but ran out of time to make a recovery.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Montoya had a very lonely cruise to victory, collecting fastest lap as well to secure his maiden Hattrick.[1] Coulthard was next ahead of Trulli to complete the podium, with Alonso, Olivier Panis, Cristiano da Matta, Schumacher and Jenson Button the remaining scorers.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Victory for Rubens Barrichello left the Brazilian racer twenty points off the lead of the Championship with five rounds to go, meaning he was effectively the dark horse for the title alongside Fernando Alonso. Indeed, Championship leader Michael Schumacher had seen his lead chipped away by the chasing pack, with Kimi Räikkönen moving within seven points of him. Behind, Juan Pablo Montoya had also gained ground, a further seven off of Räikkönen, while a pointless run for Ralf Schumacher saw him slip to fourth.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had, in contrast, extended their lead, moving ten points clear after Barrichello's win. Williams-BMW hence lost ground in second, while McLaren-Mercedes had inched closer to their two main rivals, although were still five points shy of the 100 point barrier. Behind, Renault looked to be out of the fight in fourth, but had a lot of space between themselves and fifth placed BAR-Honda.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2003 German 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 R23B Renault RS23 3.0 V10 M
8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23B 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 United Kingdom Justin Wilson 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 Denmark Nicolas Kiesa 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
36 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ13 Ford Cosworth RS1 3.0 V10 B
39 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy European Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS03 Ford Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 B
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:14.673 1:15.167
2 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:14.427 1:15.185 +0.018s
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:15.399 1:15.488 +0.321s
4 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:15.004 1:15.679 +0.512s
5 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.276 1:15.874 +0.707s
6 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:15.456 1:15.898 +0.731s
7 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:15.471 1:16.034 +0.867s
8 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:15.214 1:16.483 +1.316s
9 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:16.450 1:16.550 +1.383s
10 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.557 1:16.666 +1.499s
11 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:15.030 1:16.775 +1.608s
12 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:15.968 1:17.169 +1.664s
13 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:17.090 +1.923s
14 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:15.968 1:17.169 +2.002s
15 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:15.985 1:17.557 +2.390s
16 15 United Kingdom Justin Wilson United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:15.373 1:18.021 +2.854s
17 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:15.754 1:18.085 +2.918s
18 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:17.044 1:18.341 +3.174s
19 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:17.702 1:19.023 +3.856s
20 18 Denmark Nicolas Kiesa Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:19.174 +4.007s
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 ______________
Juan Pablo Montoya 2
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 2 3 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 4
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 3 5 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 6
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 4 7 ______________
Olivier Panis 8
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 5 9 ______________
Cristiano da Matta 10
______________ David Coulthard
Row 6 11 ______________
Mark Webber 12
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 7 13 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 14
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 8 15 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 16
______________ Justin Wilson
Row 9 17 ______________
Jenson Button 18
______________ Ralph Firman
Row 10 19 ______________
Jos Verstappen 20
______________ Nicolas Kiesa

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 67 1:28:48.769 1 10
2 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 67 +1:05.459 10 8
3 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 67 +1:09.060 4 6
4 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 67 +1:09.344 8 5
5 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 66 +1 Lap 7 4
6 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 66 +1 Lap 9 3
7 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 6 2
8 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 66 +1 Lap 17 1
9 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 65 +2 Laps 13
10 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 65 +2 Laps 15
11* 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 64 Accident 11
12 18 Denmark Nicolas Kiesa Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 62 +5 Laps 20
13* 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 60 Engine 12
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 23 Hydraulics 19
Ret 15 United Kingdom Justin Wilson United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 6 Gearbox 16
Ret 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1 Damage 2
Ret 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1 Damage 14
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 0 Collision 3
Ret 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 5
Ret 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 0 Collision 18
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

The first corner accident at the Hockenheimring may well have proved to b the key moment in the Championship hunt, as Kimi Räikkönen, Ralf Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello all failed to score. That hence allowed Michael Schumacher to extend his lead to six points, while Juan Pablo Montoya moved into second ahead of Räikkönen to become the German ace's closest threat. Behind, Fernando Alonso had also gained a little ground on those ahead, although he would have to win all four remaining races, and see Schumacher fail to score.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, it had been a very good afternoon for Williams-BMW, as they slashed the lead at the top of the Championship to just two points. Ferrari had therefore just managed to hang onto the lead courtesy of Schumacher's points, while McLaren-Mercedes had kept pace to ensure it would be a three horse race for the foreseeable future. Renault were next but effectively out of the hunt, while BAR-Honda headed the rest of the field in fifth

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 71
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 65 ▲1
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 62 ▼1
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 53
5 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 49
6 Spain Fernando Alonso 44
7 United Kingdom David Coulthard 41
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 22
9 United Kingdom Jenson Button 12 ▲1
10 Australia Mark Webber 12 ▼1
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10
12 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 8 ▲1
13 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 7 ▼1
14 France Olivier Panis 6 ▲1
15 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 3 ▼1
16 Germany Nick Heidfeld 2
17 Ireland Ralph Firman 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 120
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 118
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 103
4 France Renault 66
5 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 15
6 Japan Toyota 14 ▲3
7 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 12 ▼1
8 Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 11 ▼1
9 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 9 ▼1
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

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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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See also 2002 Formula One Season • 2004 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Germany German Grand Prix
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