2002 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Brazil  2002 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 17 in the 2002 Formula One season
Autódromo José Carlos Pace (AKA Interlagos) track map.svg
Date March 31, 2002
Official name XXXI Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Location Autódromo José Carlos Pace
São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent Racing Facility
4.309 km (2.667 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 305.939 km (189.357 mi)
Weather Clear, Air Temp: 30°C
Pole position
Driver Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Time 1:13.114
Fastest lap
Driver Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Time 1:16.079
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Third United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes

The 2002 Brazilian Grand Prix (formally the XXXI Grande Prêmio do Brasil) was a Formula One motor race held on 31 March 2002 at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo. It was the third round of the 2002 Formula One season. The race, contested over 71 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher driving for the Ferrari team, from a second position start. Ralf Schumacher finished second for the Williams team with David Coulthard third in a McLaren.


Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The Grand Prix was contested by eleven teams, each of two drivers.[1] The teams, also known as constructors, were Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, Sauber, Jordan, BAR, Renault, Jaguar, Arrows, Minardi and Toyota.[1]

Before the race, Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher led the Drivers' Championship with 14 points, ahead of Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya with 12 points. Montoya's team-mate Ralf Schumacher was third on 10 points, ahead of McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen and Eddie Irvine for Jaguar. In the Constructors' Championship, Williams were leading with 22 points; eight points ahead of Ferrari with 14 points; McLaren were a further 10 points behind in third.

Following the Malaysian Grand Prix on 17 March, the teams conducted testing sessions at the Circuit de Catalunya from 19–22 March. McLaren test driver Alexander Wurz set the fastest time of the first day, while Rubens Barrichello was fastest on the second and final days of testing, and Michael Schumacher topped the third day's running.

Ferrari's main 2002 car, the F2002, was introduced that weekend; the team had been using a modified version of their 2001 car, the F2001, for the opening two rounds. One chassis of the F2002 was made available to Michael Schumacher with team-mate Barrichello using a modified F2001.[2]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:13.114
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:13.241 +0.127
3 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:13.328 +0.214
4 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.565 +0.451
5 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.595 +0.481
6 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 1:13.611 +0.497
7 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button Renault 1:13.665 +0.551
8 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:13.935 +0.821
9 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:14.233 +1.119
10 24 Finland Mika Salo Toyota 1:14.443 +1.329
11 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1:14.464 +1.350
12 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:14.533 +1.419
13 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:14.537 +1.423
14 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Honda 1:14.748 +1.634
15 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:14.760 +1.646
16 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Toyota 1:14.990 +1.876
17 12 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:14.996 +1.882
18 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Arrows-Cosworth 1:15.112 +1.998
19 10 Japan Takuma Sato Jordan-Honda 1:15.296 +2.182
20 23 Australia Mark Webber Minardi-Asiatech 1:15.340 +2.226
21 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Cosworth 1:15.355 +2.241
22 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Minardi-Asiatech 1:16.728 +3.614

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 71 1:31:43.662 2 10
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 71 +0.588 3 6
3 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 71 +59.109 4 4
4 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button Renault 71 +1:06.883 7 3
5 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 71 +1:07.563 1 2
6 24 Finland Mika Salo Toyota 70 +1 Lap 10 1
7 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 70 +1 Lap 13  
8 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 70 +1 Lap 11  
9 10 Japan Takuma Sato Jordan-Honda 69 +2 Laps 19  
10 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 68 Engine 15  
11 23 Australia Mark Webber Minardi-Asiatech 68 +3 Laps 20  
12 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 67 Wheel rim 5  
13 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Minardi-Asiatech 67 +4 Laps 22  
Ret 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 61 Brakes 9  
Ret 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 60 Engine 6  
Ret 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 41 Collision 12  
Ret 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Toyota 40 Spin 16  
Ret 12 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 25 Gearbox 17  
Ret 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Arrows-Cosworth 25 Suspension 18  
Ret 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Cosworth 19 Suspension 21  
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 16 Hydraulics 8  
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Honda 6 Engine 14  

Notes[edit]

  • Soccer legend Pelé was supposed to wave the chequered flag. However, when the Schumacher brothers arrived to the finish line, Pelé was talking to someone, and forgot to show them the flag. He eventually waved the flag when the next driver, Takuma Sato arrived to the finish line, two laps down. This does not mean that Sato had technically won the Grand Prix as he was the first driver to see the checkered flag, because the Sporting Regulations state that if the chequered flag is not shown for any reason, the race will be deemed to have finished when it should have finished.
  • During the morning warmup, Bernoldi's Arrows crashed in Turn 2, right by the Medical Car. It went out to help him, and just as the car's driver, Alex Ribeiro, opened the door, Heidfeld's Sauber came in, and crashed into the door. Thankfully, both Heidfeld and Ribeiro were all right, especially Ribeiro, who might have been killed if he had been stepping out.

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2002 Entry List". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Archived from the original on 2 February 2002. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  2. ^ "Schumacher to use F2002 in Brazil". GrandPrix.com. Inside F1. 24 March 2002. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 

External links[edit]


Previous race:
2002 Malaysian Grand Prix
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Next race:
2002 San Marino Grand Prix
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2001 Brazilian Grand Prix
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2003 Brazilian Grand Prix

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