2002 Australian Grand Prix
|Race 1 of 17 in the 2002 Formula One season|
|Date||3 March 2002|
|Official name||LXVII Australian Grand Prix|
|Location||Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia|
|Course||Temporary street circuit
5.303 km (3.295 mi)
|Distance||58 laps, 307.574 km (191.12 mi)|
|Second||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW|
The race was won by defending World Champion Michael Schumacher for Ferrari, becoming just the eighth driver to win the event three times since it was first held in 1928. Schumacher was also the first to achieve all three wins during the Formula One World Championship era. Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya finished 18 seconds behind in second position while McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen came home in third place and was the only other driver apart from Montoya, not to be lapped by Schumacher. The race was heavy on attrition, with eight cars eliminated in a multi-car pile-up at the first corner. Williams driver Ralf Schumacher ran into the back of polesitter Rubens Barrichello in the Ferrari. In the ensuing chaos Giancarlo Fisichella, Sauber pair Felipe Massa and Nick Heidfeld, Jenson Button, Olivier Panis and Allan McNish retired. Both Arrows were disqualified for disparate reasons. Heinz-Harald Frentzen was disqualified for leaving pit lane under a red light and Enrique Bernoldi was disqualified for starting the race in the team's spare car. With six other cars retiring during the course of the race there were barely enough cars to fill the points positions.
Eddie Irvine's Jaguar took fourth position while the late race battle for fifth captured the spectating crowd's attention. Mark Webber, the first Australian to start his home race since David Brabham eight years previously, found his Minardi in fifth position, Minardi's first points in some years. The car was wounded, missing top gear and Mika Salo closing fast. With only a lap to go Salo spun trying to pass Webber. After the race, he celebrated with an enthusiasm more than equal to winner Schumacher. Webber and Australian team boss Paul Stoddart were given their own podium celebration and Michael Schumacher's champagne bottle after the top three had left.
For some just qualifying for the race was dramatic. Takuma Sato in the Jordan was unable to set a time in the early part of the session when it was dry. Eventually he did manage to get some track time, but by then it was raining heavily. Because of this "exceptional circumstance", the FIA stewards allowed him to race although an electrical failure stopped him after twelve laps.
Alex Yoong in the Minardi and Pedro de la Rosa in the Jaguar were the only other finishers.
107% Qualifying Time: 1:31.852
|2||6||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW||58||+18.628||6||6|
|4||16||Eddie Irvine||Jaguar-Cosworth||57||+1 Lap||19||3|
|5||23||Mark Webber||Minardi-Asiatech||56||+2 Laps||18||2|
|6||24||Mika Salo||Toyota||56||+2 Laps||14||1|
|7||22||Alex Yoong||Minardi-Asiatech||55||+3 Laps||21|
|8||17||Pedro de la Rosa||Jaguar-Cosworth||53||+5 Laps||20|
|Ret||11||Jacques Villeneuve||BAR-Honda||27||Rear Wing||13|
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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