2002 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 11 of 17 in the 2002 Formula One season
Magny Cours 2000.jpg
Date July 21, 2002
Official name Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France
Location Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent racing facility
4.411 km (2.641 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 305.886 km (190.069 mi)
Weather Warm and sunny, Air Temp: 25°C
Pole position
Driver Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Time 1:11.985
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:15.045 on lap 62
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Third United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
The decisive moment of the race as Kimi Räikkönen runs wide, allowing Michael Schumacher to pass him for the lead.
This race allowed Michael Schumacher to clinch his fifth title, equaling Juan Manuel Fangio's 45-year-old record

The 2002 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Magny-Cours on July 21, 2002. It was the 11th race of the 2002 Formula One season and the race in which Michael Schumacher secured his 5th World Drivers' Championship title in record time, equalling Juan Manuel Fangio's record set over 40 years before. McLaren-Mercedes drivers Kimi Räikkönen and David Coulthard finished second and third respectively.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:11.985
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:12.008 +0.023
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:12.197 +0.212
4 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.244 +0.259
5 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:12.424 +0.439
6 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.498 +0.513
7 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button Renault 1:12.761 +0.776
8 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 1:13.030 +1.045
9 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:13.188 +1.203
10 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:13.370 +1.385
11 12 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:13.457 +1.472
12 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:13.501 +1.516
13 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:13.506 +1.521
14 10 Japan Takuma Sato Jordan-Honda 1:13.542 +1.557
15 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1:13.656 +1.671
16 24 Finland Mika Salo Toyota 1:13.837 +1.852
17 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Toyota 1:13.949 +1.964
18 23 Australia Mark Webber Minardi-Asiatech 1:14.800 +2.815
19 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Minardi-Asiatech 1:16.798 +4.813
107% time: 1:17.023
DNQ 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Arrows-Cosworth 1:18.497 +6.512
DNQ 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Cosworth 1:19.843 +7.858
DNQ 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Honda

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 72 1:32:09.837 2 10
2 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 72 +1.104 4 6
3 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 72 +31.975 6 4
4 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 72 +40.675 1 3
5 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 72 +41.772 5 2
6 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button Renault 71 +1 Lap 7 1
7 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 71 +1 Lap 10  
8 23 Australia Mark Webber Minardi-Asiatech 71 +1 Lap 18  
9 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 70 +2 Laps 15  
10 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Minardi-Asiatech 68 +4 Laps 19  
11 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Toyota 65 Engine 17  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 52 Rear wing 9  
Ret 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 49 Engine 8  
Ret 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 48 Mechanical 12  
Ret 24 Finland Mika Salo Toyota 48 Engine 16  
Ret 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 35 Engine 13  
Ret 12 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 29 Accident damage 11  
Ret 10 Japan Takuma Sato Jordan-Honda 23 Spin 14  
DNS 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari   Ignition 3  
DNQ 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Arrows-Cosworth    
DNQ 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Cosworth    
DNQ 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Honda Injury

Notes[edit]

  • Lap leaders: Juan Pablo Montoya 30 (1–23, 36–42), Michael Schumacher 14 (24–25, 29–35, 68–72), Kimi Räikkönen 21 (26, 43–49, 55–67), David Coulthard 7 (27–28, 50–54)
  • Giancarlo Fisichella crashed in a Saturday practice session and was recommended by the doctors to sit out the race. A last minute attempt to have Heinz-Harald Frentzen drive in his place fell through due to legal technicalities.
  • This victory handed Michael Schumacher his 5th World Championship, equalling the record set by Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio almost 50 years earlier. This is also the earliest that a World Championship has been clinched, with only 11 races of the season completed and 6 remaining.
  • Räikkönen could have won the race, but whilst going into Adelaide hairpin in the closing stages, he locked up and ran wide after passing through the oil left by McNish's Toyota engine that had just given up on the same place, while Schumacher passed him to win.
  • Schumacher's pass on Räikkönen was controversial for some time after the Grand Prix, as it was believed that Schumacher had made the pass under yellow flags from McNish's engine blow; this would have meant Schumacher would receive a penalty that would have certainly given Räikkönen the win. The FIA, however, ruled in favour of Schumacher and Ferrari.
  • Both Arrows-Cosworth cars deliberately failed to qualify for the race due to financial issues. It would prove to be the team's penultimate showing at a Grand Prix weekend.
  • Juan Pablo Montoya clinched a fifth consecutive pole position, a run stretching back to that year's Monaco Grand Prix; despite this, Montoya failed to win any of the five races. The Colombian driver had previously suffered consecutive retirements at the Monaco, Canadian and European events before finishing third at the British Grand Prix. In total Montoya would start seven races from pole position during the season, but was unable to secure a single victory.
  • Last fastest lap: David Coulthard
  • David Coulthard set the fastest lap of the French Grand Prix for the 5th consecutive year.
  • Rubens Barrichello's car was left on its jacks, while the other cars started their warm-up laps.

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

External links[edit]


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