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  The 2003 Hungarian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XIX Marlboro Magyar Nagydíj, was the thirteenth round of the 2003 FIA Formula One World CHampionship, staged on the 24 August 2003 at the Hungaroring near Budapest, Hungary.[1] The race would become famed as the breakout result for Fernando Alonso, who broke Bruce McLaren's 43 year old record as the youngest driver to win a World Championship Grand Prix.[1]

Indeed, Alonso had been in fine form throughout the weekend, storming to pole position in qualifying ahead of Ralf Schumacher.[1] Mark Webber was another standout name, claiming third for Jaguar-Ford Cosworth ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya, the first of the main title pretenders.[1]

The start saw Alonso scamper away from the grid unopposed, with Schumacher getting caught out on the dirty side of the grid.[1] He duly tumbled down the order with teammate Montoya, before a collision at the first corner saw the #4 Williams-BMW get pitched into a spin.[1]

Webber hence led the chase to catch Alonso from Kimi Räikkönen, with the Australian racer soon forming a bottleneck despite running on low fuel.[1] Indeed, while the Hungaroring had undergone some major revisions since 2002, overtaking remained difficult at best throughout the field.[1]

Hence, Alonso was able to stop on lap fourteen having built up a 21 second lead, and duly rejoined in second behind Räikkönen.[1] The Finn continued to lead until he made his stop on lap sixteen, handing a seemingly decisive advantage back to the young Spaniard, while Webber slipped even further back.[1]

Luck was also in for Alonso during the race, with the stewards opting against throwing Safety Car in the wake of a suspension failure for Rubens Barrichello, despite the fact that the Ferrari had slammed into the barriers on the outside of turn one.[1] Furthermore, while Räikkönen and Webber were a distant second and third, the rest of the field were being held up by Alonso's teammate Jarno Trulli.[1]

The Trulli train lasted until the Italian pitted on lap 32, by which stage Alonso had pitted for a second time and rejoined without losing the lead.[1] The Spaniard was hence left unopposed at the head of the field, with the interest now lying in the fight to make it onto the podium behind second placed Räikkönen.[1]

Juan Pablo Montoya was among those, and a series of fastest laps after Trulli's stop carried him from third in the train to third on track, dancing out of the pitlane just ahead of Webber.[1] The Australian youth's maiden podium hopes took a further blow when Ralf Schumacher dived past shortly before the third round of stops.[1]

The third round of stops produced little change to the order, although David Coulthard made a lot of ground to move onto the back of Ralf Schumacher, while Michael Schumacher tumbled away from the group.[1] Indeed, the Championship leader would be lapped by young Alonso in the closing stages, with his major title rivals Räikkönen and Montoya also able to put a lap on the #1 Ferrari.[1]

With that the race was run, with Alonso cruising across the line to claim his record maiden win, aged 22 years and 26 days.[1] Räikkönen and Montoya completed the podium to demolish Schumacher's lead to just a couple of points, as Ralf Schumacher, Coulthard, Webber, Trulli and the aforementioned Ferrari ace claimed the rest of the points.[1]

Alonso's record would stand for five years until Sebastian Vettel claimed victory at the 2008 Italian Grand Prix for Toro Rosso-Ferrari, aged 21 years and 73 days.[1] It was also the first win for the factory Renault team since the 1983 Austrian Grand Prix, and a first triumph for a Renault badged engine since the 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2003 Hungarian 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
Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner
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 R23B 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]
  • * Baumgartner replaced Firman during the race weekend after the Irishman crashed during practice.[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1 ReportEdit

Q2 ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:22.953 1:21.688
2 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:22.413 1:21.944 +0.256s
3 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:22.625 1:22.027 +0.339s
4 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:23.305 1:22.180 +0.492s
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:22.892 1:22.180 +0.492s
6 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:22.358 1:22.610 +0.922s
7 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.695 1:22.742 +1.054s
8 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:23.430 1:22.755 +1.067s
9 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.786 1:23.060 +1.372s
10 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:22.986 1:23.369 +1.681s
11 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:23:482 1:23.621 +1.933s
12 15 United Kingdom Justin Wilson United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:24:343 1:23.660 +1.972s
13 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:24:725 1:23.726 +2.038s
14 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:24:313 1:23.847 +2.159s
15 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:55:138 1:23.982 +2.294s
16 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:24:333 1:24.100 +2.412
17 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:23.660 1:24.569 +2.881s
18 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:26.052 1:26.423 +4.735s
19 12 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:26.678 +4.990s
20 18 Denmark Nicolas Kiesa Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:27.023 1:28.907 +7.219s
WD* 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 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.
  • * Firman was withdrawn from the rest of the weekend due to injuries sustained during practice.[3]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Fernando Alonso 2
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 2 3 ______________
Mark Webber 4
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 3 5 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 6
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 4 7 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 8
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 5 9 ______________
David Coulthard 10
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 6 11 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 12
______________ Justin Wilson
Row 7 13 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 14
______________ Jenson Button
Row 8 15 ______________
Cristiano da Matta 16
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 9 17 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 18
______________ Jos Verstappen
Row 10 19 ______________
Zsolt Baumgartner 20
______________ Nicolas Kiesa

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 70 1:39:01.460 1 10
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +16.768s 7 8
3 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 70 +34.537s 4 6
4 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 70 +35.620s 2 5
5 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +56.535s 9 4
6 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 70 +1:12.643 3 3
7 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 69 +1 Lap 6 2
8 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 8 1
9 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 69 +1 Lap 11
10 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 69 +1 Lap 14
11 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 68 +2 Laps 15
12 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 67 +3 Laps 18
13 18 Denmark Nicolas Kiesa Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 66 +4 Laps 20
Ret 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 47 Out of fuel 17
Ret 15 United Kingdom Justin Wilson United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 42 Engine 12
Ret 12 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 34 Engine 19
Ret 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 33 Gearbox 10
Ret 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 23 Engine 13
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 19 Suspension 5
Ret 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 14 Hydraulics 16
WD 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher had seen his title lead obliterated as a result of a poor day in Hungary, leaving the Hungaroring with just a point in hand. Indeed, Juan Pablo Montoya had narrowly missed out on overhauling the German ace, while Kimi Räikkönen had also moved to within two of the title lead. Ralf Schumacher had also gained ground by remained an outside shot for the crown with three rounds left, as was race winner Fernando Alonso.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, Williams-BMW had been the big winners of the battle of Hungary, claiming the lead by eight points. Ferrari made way for them having claimed just a single point, with McLaren-Mercedes sat just six further behind. Renault, meanwhile, had effectively secured fourth in the Championship after Alonso's triumph, with BAR-Honda set to duel with Jaguar-Ford Cosworth and Toyota for fifth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 72
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 71
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 70
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 58
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 54 ▲1
6 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 49 ▼1
7 United Kingdom David Coulthard 45
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 24
9 Australia Mark Webber 15 ▲1
10 United Kingdom Jenson Button 12 ▼1
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10
12 Brazil Cristiano da Matta 8
13 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 7
14 France Olivier Panis 6
15 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 3
16 Germany Nick Heidfeld 2
17 Ireland Ralph Firman 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 129 ▲1
2 Italy Ferrari 121 ▼1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 115
4 France Renault 78
5 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 15
6 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 15 ▲1
7 Japan Toyota 14 ▼1
8 Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 11
9 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 9
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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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
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 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix
Circuits Hungaroring (1986 - Present)
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