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The 2003 Malaysian Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the V Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, was the second round of the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, on 23 March 2003.[1] The race would see two drivers make their breakthroughs, one by claiming a maiden pole position, and one taking his maiden victory.[1]

The first emerging star of the weekend would be Fernando Alonso, who delivered a stunning run in qualifying to claim pole for Renault, their first since the 1984 French Grand Prix.[1] Teammate Jarno Trulli subsequently made it a front-row lock-out for the French squad, with defending Champion Michael Schumacher sharing the second row with Championship leader David Coulthard.[1]

The start saw Alonso sprint away to secure an early lead, while Trulli did his best to fend off a charging Schumacher.[1] Somewhat inevitably the German's attempts to force the issue resulted in contact, with the Italian sent spinning while Schumacher sustained heavy wing damage.[1]

With that Alonso was away, as behind avoiding action from Juan Pablo Montoya resulted in the Williams-BMW getting whacked by Antônio Pizzonia.[1] David Coulthard hence emerged from the chaos in second ahead of Nick Heidfeld, with Kimi Räikkönen chasing the Sauber-Petronas for third.[1]

Coulthard's race came to an end a lap later after an electronics failure, just as Räikkönen dived past Heidfeld in the sister McLaren-Mercedes.[1] Alonso, meanwhile, would continue to break away at the head of the field, knowing that he was set to make an early stop having opted to start on a lighter fuel load.[1]

The Spaniard's stop came on lap fourteen, by which time Rubens Barrichello, the first of the "old guard", had secured third from Heidfeld, who began a slow tumble down the field.[1] Alonso rejoined in third but lacked immediate pace due to his fuel load, and hence was unable to prevent Räikkönen from leap-frogging him when the Finn stopped five laps later.[1]

With that Räikkönen was the man to watch, the Finn easing away as Barrichello stopped and rejoined behind Alonso.[1] Elsewhere, Trulli was back up to sixth and fighting with Jenson Button, Ralf Schumacher ran in a lonely fourth, while Michael Schumacher was steadily catching all three, having served a penalty for causing his first corner collision.[1]

The second wave of stops began with Alonso on lap 35, which duly resulted in him being dumped back to third as Barrichello delivered three quick laps.[1] Trulli, meanwhile, looked set to jump Button until a sticking fuel nozzle ruined his stop, while Schumacher briefly moved ahead of both before making his final stop.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Räikkönen was left all on his own, completing his second and final stop without issue before cruising to his maiden victory.[1] Barrichello finished a distant second ahead of Alonso, while Trulli and Schumacher would both elbow their way past Button in the closing stages to finish behind Ralf Schumacher.[1]

Among the other feats achieved in the race, Alonso would set a new record for the youngest driver to lead a lap (21 years 237 days), breaking Jimmy Davies' mark from the 1951 Indianapolis 500. The Spaniard also claimed the record for youngest ever pole setter from Barrichello, set in 1994. Räikkönen, meanwhile, would become the fourth youngest race winner in F1 history at 23 years, 157 days.

BackgroundEdit

Victory on the opening day left David Coulthard at the head of the early hunt, two points ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya as a result of the revised points scoring scheme. Kimi Räikkönen was next ahead of defending Champion Michael Schumacher, while Jarno Trulli completed the top five. The rest of the opening day scorers were Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Fernando Alonso and Ralf Schumacher.

In the Constructors Championship it was McLaren-Mercedes who led the early charge, a double podium putting them on 16 points after the opening bout. Williams-BMW were next up on nine ahead of Renault, with Ferrari and Sauber-Petronas the only other scorers.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2003 Malaysian 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 P80 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

ReportEdit

Practice ResultsEdit

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

No. Driver Constructor P1 P2 Warm-Up
Time Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos.
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:37.313 7 1:36.990 4 1:39.483 16
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:37.497 9 1:37.422 9 1:38.060 3
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:36.998 4 1:37.218 7 1:38.615 8
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:37.045 5 1:37.436 10 1:38.640 10
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.102 1 1:36.777 2 1:37.848 2
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.515 15 1:36.557 1 1:37.506 1
7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:36.372 3 1:37.198 6 1:38.443 6
8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:36.231 2 1:36.849 3 1:38.122 4
9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:37.906 12 1:38.090 16 1:38.700 12
10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:37.951 13 1:37.751 13 1:38.933 15
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:37.847 11 1:37.443 11 1:41.202 18
12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:38.516 16 1:38.282 17 1:42.884 20
14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:38.870 18 1:37.980 15 1:38.680 11
15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:38.839 17 1:37.947 14 1:38.907 14
16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:37.357 8 1:38.329 18 1:38.621 9
17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:37.060 6 1:37.418 8 1:38.468 7
18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:39.695 20 1:40.638 20 1:40.588 17
19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:39.183 19 1:40.382 19 1:41.458 19
20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:37.748 10 1:37.623 12 1:38.187 5
21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:37.992 14 1:37.093 5 1:38.876 13
Source:[3][4][5]

QualifyingEdit

ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap
Q1 Q2
1 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 1:36.693 1:37.044
2 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 1:36.301 1:37.217 +0.173s
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:34.980 1:37.393 +0.349s
4 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.297 1:37.454 +0.410s
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:36.297 1:37.454 +0.410s
6 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:36.407 1:37.766 +0.722s
7 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.038 1:37.858 +0.814s
8 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:35.939 1:37.974 +0.930s
9 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:36.632 1:38.073 +1.029s
10 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 1:36.995 1:38.094 +1.050s
11 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Japan Toyota 1:36.706 1:38.097 +1.053s
12 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:37.585 1:38.289 +1.245s
13 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:36.615 1:38.291 +1.247s
14 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:36.759 1:38.416 +1.372s
15 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:38.516 +1.472s
16 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:37.669 1:38.624 +1.580s
17 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:36.805 1:38.789 +1.745s
18 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:38.904 1:40.417 +3.373s
19 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:39.354 1:40.599 +3.555s
20 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 1:38.240 1:40.910 +3.866s
107% Time: 1:43.837[6]
Source:[6][7][8]
  • 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 ______________
Fernando Alonso 2
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 2 3 ______________
Michael Schumacher 4
______________ David Coulthard
Row 3 5 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 6
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 4 7 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 8
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 5 9 ______________
Jenson Button 10
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 6 11 ______________
Cristiano da Matta* 12
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 7 13 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 14
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 8 15 ______________
Antônio Pizzonia 16
______________ Mark Webber
Row 9 17 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 18
______________ Jos Verstappen
Row 10 19 ______________
Justin Wilson 20
______________ Ralph Firman
  • * da Matta started the race from the pitlane.[6]
  • Villeneuve was unable to start due to an electrical failure on the formation lap.[6]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 1:32:22.195 7 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 56 +39.286s 5 8
3 8 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 56 +1:04.007 1 6
4 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 56 +1:28.026 17 5
5 7 Italy Jarno Trulli France Renault 55 +1 Lap 2 4
6 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 3 3
7 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BAR-Honda 55 +1 Lap 9 2
8 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 55 +1 Lap 6 1
9 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 55 +1 Lap 13
10 12 Ireland Ralph Firman Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 20
11 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 11
12 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 53 +3 Laps 8
13 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 52 +4 Laps 18
Ret 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 42 Brakes 15
Ret 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 41 Fatigue 19
Ret 14 Australia Mark Webber United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 35 Engine 16
Ret 20 France Olivier Panis Japan Toyota 12 Fuel pressure 10
Ret 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 Electrical 4
Ret 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ireland Jordan-Ford Cosworth 0 Electrical 14
DNS 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda
Source:[9]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 16 ▲2
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 10 ▼1
3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 8 ▼1
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 8 ▲10
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 8 ▲2
6 Germany Michael Schumacher 8 ▼2
7 Italy Jarno Trulli 8 ▼2
8 Germany Ralf Schumacher 6
9 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 3 ▼3
10 United Kingdom Jenson Button 2
11 Germany Nick Heidfeld 1 ▲3
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 26
2 Italy Ferrari 16 ▲2
3 France Renault 16
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 14 ▼2
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 3
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors 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 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix
Circuits Sepang International Circuit (1999–present)
Sepang
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