The 2003 Italian Grand Prix, officially known as the LXXIV Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia was the fourteenth round of the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on 14 September 2003.L[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher claim a dominant victory for Ferrari to reignite his title challenge, beating closest challenger Juan Pablo Montoya.[1]

Qualifying had seen Schumacher rediscover some of his early season form, claiming pole position ahead of Montoya.[1] Rubens Barrichello put the sister Ferrari into third ahead of another title challenger in the form of Kimi Räikkönen, while Marc Gené, returning to F1 after a heavy accident for Ralf Schumacher in testing, claimed fifth.[1]

The start saw Schumacher have to go on the defensive into the Rettifilo Chicane, fending off a challenge from Montoya around the outside of the right-left combination.[1] They duly exited the corner still side-by-side, as behind Jarno Trulli leapt up to fourth in the Renault to challenge Barrichello.[1]

The Schumacher/Montoya fight lasted through to the second chicane, with the #1 Ferrari ultimately emerging ahead of the #3 Williams-BMW.[1] Likewise, Barrichello kept Trulli at bay, with the Italian racer's hopes of a podium ended by a hydraulic failure later on during the opening lap.[1]

With that the race soon settled down, with Schumacher and Montoya easing away after a barrage of fastest laps.[1] Barrichello, meanwhile, would work to keep Räikkönen and David Coulthard off the podium, while Gené battled with Olivier Panis.[2]

The first round of stops would see Schumacher manage to establish a small gap back to Montoya, although the Colombian ace would set a series of fastest laps to close the gap back up.[1] However, this came at the expense of having less fuel in the car, and so the the #3 Williams would stop before he even managed to send a lunge at the #1 Ferrari.[1]

The race was therefore effectively over from that moment on, with Schumacher pitting for a second time a few laps later without losing the lead.[1] His only concern would instead be back markers, although the sight of a scarlet Ferrari in their mirrors was usually enough for them to jump out of the way.[1]

Furthermore, the race behind would likewise fizzle out after the second round of stops, with Barrichello easing away from Räikkönen, while Coulthard was out with an engine failure.[1] Panis was another retiree after a brake failure, while Fernando Alonso could only battle his way up to eighth with his Renault proving to be off the pace.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Schumacher would be able to cruise across the line to claim victory, and extend his meagre Championship lead to three points.[1] Montoya and Barrichello completed the podium ahead of Räikkönen and Gené, with Jacques Villeneuve, Mark Webber and Alonso claiming the rest of the points.[1]

Despite being one of the more dull F1 races in history the 2003 Italian Grand Prix would set a new record as the fastest, having been completed at an average speed of 247.585 km/h (153.842 mph).

Background[edit | edit source]

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.

Entry list[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 2003 Italian 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
Spain Marc Gené
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 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
39 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy European Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS03 Ford Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 B
Source:[3]
  • * Gené would take over Ralf Schumacher's car after practice.[4]

Practice Overview[edit | edit source]

Free Practice 1[edit | edit source]

Free Practice 2[edit | edit source]

Free Practice 3[edit | edit source]

Warm-Up[edit | edit source]

Practice Results[edit | edit source]

The full practice results for the 2003 Italian 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 1:21.152 2 1:21.623 1 1:21.586 2 1:27.906 19
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:21.001 1 1:22.146 2 1:22.108 5 1:21.633 1
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:21.556 4 1:22.646 5 1:21.468 1 1:21.819 2
4 Spain Marc Gené United Kingdom Williams-BMW DNP 1:22.685 6 1:21.928 3 1:22.534 4
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:22.312 9 DNP DNP DNP
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.675 5 1:22.552 3 1:22.134 6 1:22.480 5
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.318 3 1:22.718 7 1:22.091 4 1:22.512 6

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Q1 Report[edit | edit source]

Q2 Report[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:21.268 1:20.963
2 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:20.656 1:21.014 +0.051s
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:20.784 1:21.242 +0.279s
4 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.966 1:21.466 +0.503s
5 4 Spain Marc Gené United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:21.834 +0.871s
6 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:22.034 1:21.944 +0.981s
7 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:22.495 1:22.301 +1.338s
8 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.154 1:22.471 +1.508s
9 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:22.372 1:22.488 +1.525s
10 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:22.858 1:22.717 +1.754s
11 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:21.966 1:22.754 +1.791s
12 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:21.829 1:22.914 +1.951s
13 10 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:24.179 1:22.992 +2.029s
14 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:22.203 1:23.216 +2.253s
15 15 United Kingdom Justin Wilson United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:23.609 1:23.484 +2.521s
16 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:22.547 1:23.803 +2.840s
17 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:25.078 +4.115s
18 12 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:24.872 1:25.881 +4.918s
19 18 Denmark Nicolas Kiesa Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:26.299 1:26.778 +5.818s
20 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:40.405 +19.422s
WD* 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW Withdrawn
Source:[5][6][4]
  • 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.
  • * Schumacher was withdrawn after the first qualifying session.[4]

Grid[edit | edit source]

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

Race[edit | edit source]

Report[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 1:14:19.838 1 10
2 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 53 +5.294s 2 8
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 53 +11.835s 3 6
4 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +12.834s 4 5
5 4 Spain Marc Gené United Kingdom Williams-BMW 53 +27.891s 5 4
6 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 52 +1 Lap 10 3
7 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 11 2
8 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 52 +1 Lap 20 1
9 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 16
10 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 13
11 12 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 18
12 18 Denmark Nicolas Kiesa Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 19
13* 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 50 Transmission 14
Ret 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 45 Fuel pressure 8
Ret 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 35 Brakes 9
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 27 Oil leak 17
Ret 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 24 Gearbox 7
Ret 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 3 Spin 12
Ret 15 United Kingdom Justin Wilson United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 2 Gearbox 15
Ret 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 0 Hydraulics 6
WD 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW
Source:[7]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Frentzen was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[7]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Victory for Michael Schumacher saw the German ace leave Italy with an enhanced lead in the Championship, and with the potential to claim a record sixth title if he won in Indianapolis. However, second place for Juan Pablo Montoya in Monza ensured that he remained just three points behind the German, and hence could still entertain hopes of taking the crown in the US. Likewise, Kimi Räikkönen had just kept pace with the title fight, leaving Italy seven off the lead, with those three the only title contenders left in the fight.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had cut the gap to leaders Williams-BMW in half after a double podium on home soil, although they remained four behind. Hence, Williams could win their first Constructors crown since 1997 with a one-two in the United Stats, if Ferrari failed to score more than four points. Behind, McLaren-Mercedes had almost dropped out of the fight, needing two perfect scores in the remaining two rounds to challenge.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 82
2 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 79
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 75
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 58
5 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 55 ▲1
6 Spain Fernando Alonso 55 ▼1
7 United Kingdom David Coulthard 45
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 24
9 Australia Mark Webber 17
10 United Kingdom Jenson Button 12
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 6
16 Spain Marc Gené 4 ▲7
17 Germany Nick Heidfeld 2 ▼1
18 Ireland Ralph Firman 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 141
2 Italy Ferrari 137
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 120
4 France Renault 79
5 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 18
6 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 17
7 Japan Toyota 14
8 Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 11
9 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 9
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 0

Only point scoring drivers are shown.

References[edit | edit source]

Images and Videos:

References:

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  6. 'Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia 2003 - QUALIFYING 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2003/races/750/italy/qualifying-2.html, (Accessed 13/12/2019)
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