2003 Austrian Grand Prix

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Austria  2003 Austrian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 16 in the 2003 Formula One season
Circuit A1 Ring.svg
Date May 18, 2003
Official name XXVII A1 Grand Prix of Austria
Location A1-Ring, Spielberg, Austria
Course Permanent racing facility
4.326 km (2.684 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 298.494 km (185.196 mi)
Weather Clear
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:09.150
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:08.337 on lap 41
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Third Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari

The 2003 Austrian Grand Prix (formally the XXVII A1 Grand Prix of Austria) was a Formula One race held on 18 May 2003 at the A1-Ring. It was the sixth round of the 2003 Formula One season. The race, contested over 69 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari car after starting from pole position. Kimi Raikkonen finished second driving for McLaren with Rubens Barrichello third in the other Ferrari. It was the last Austrian Grand Prix to be held until it returned to the renamed Red Bull Ring in 2014.

Report[edit]

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Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying was interesting, as there was no knowledge of what the weather would be for the race, making tyre and fuel strategy critical. Michael Schumacher qualified on pole despite a huge slide on his best qualifying lap. Championship leader Kimi Räikkönen qualified second, and was given special dispensation from the FIA to change his cracked valve, without incurring the usual penalty for changing an engine.

Race[edit]

Fernando Alonso chose to start from the pitlane in the team car, and Mark Webber chose to start from the pitlane in his regular car. This meant Webber could not change tyres or add fuel until the race started, whereas Alonso could. His Jaguar broke this rule, and so Webber received a 10-second stop/go penalty. Regardless, he managed to finish in 7th, earning 2 points.
Cristiano da Matta had a faulty launch control, which caused 2 aborted starts, reducing the race to 69 laps. On the third (and final) formation lap, Heinz-Harold Frentzen's Sauber did not start, and he did not have time to set up the team car.
At the start, Jos Verstappen's launch control broke, and he retired. This caused the safety car to be deployed. After the safety car, Schumacher sped away from the rest of the field.
After 11 laps, it started to rain, initially lightly, although eventually people needed to pit for wet tyres. On lap 23, Schumacher pitted, and there was a problem with his refueller, possibly caused by the fact that the team had used it to fill up Rubens Barrichello's car. The fuel nozzle had problems coming out, and when it did, this caused a large fire. The fire was extinguished quickly, and Schumacher continued in the race, losing about 15–20 seconds of time, and putting him in third place.
On lap 32, everything changed. Räikkönen was having engine-related performance problems, and this allow Schumacher to catch and eventually pass him. A few hundred yards ahead, leader Juan Pablo Montoya's engine blew up, and he retired, giving Schumacher the race lead, a lead which he held for the rest of the race.
After the second round of pitstops, Barichello closed up on second-place Räikkönen, but was unable to pass him, despite his car being clearly faster.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:07.908 1:09.150
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:08.978 1:09.189 +0.039
3 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:08.839 1:09.391 +0.241
4 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:09.479 1:09.725 +0.575
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:08.187 1:09.784 +0.634
6 7 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 1:09.450 1:09.890 +0.740
7 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:08.831 1:09.935 +0.785
8 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar-Cosworth 1:09.024 1:10.045 +0.895
9 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford 1:09.281 1:10.105 +0.955
10 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW No Time 1:10.279 +1.129
11 20 France Olivier Panis Toyota 1:09.764 1:10.402 +1.252
12 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:08.680 1:10.618 +1.468
13 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Toyota 1:10.370 1:10.834 +1.684
14 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:08.947 1:10.893 +1.743
15 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas 1:10.055 1:11.307 +2.157
16 12 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman Jordan-Ford 1:11.171 1:11.505 +2.355
17 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:08.512 1:11.662 +2.512
18 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Minardi-Cosworth 1:11.056 1:14.508 +5.358
19 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:09.680 1:20.113 +10.963
20 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Minardi-Cosworth 1:10.894 No Time

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 69 1:24:04.888 1 10
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 69 +3.362 2 8
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 69 +3.951 5 6
4 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 69 +42.243 7 5
5 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 69 +59.740 14 4
6 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 68 +1 Lap 10 3
7 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 68 +1 Lap 17 2
8 7 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 68 +1 Lap 6 1
9 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar-Cosworth 68 +1 Lap 8  
10 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Toyota 68 +1 Lap 13  
11 12 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman Jordan-Ford 68 +1 Lap 16  
12 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 68 +1 Lap 12  
13 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Minardi-Cosworth 67 +2 Laps 18  
Ret 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford 60 Fuel system 9  
Ret 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 46 Engine 4  
Ret 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 44 Engine/Spin 19  
Ret 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 32 Engine 3  
Ret 20 France Olivier Panis Toyota 6 Suspension 11  
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Minardi-Cosworth 0 Clutch 20  
DNS 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas 0 Clutch 15  

Notes[edit]

  • This was the last Austrian Grand Prix until 2014 at the same track (although renamed the Red Bull Ring).

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "AUSTRIAN GP - SUNDAY - RACE REPORT". 19 May 2003. Retrieved 9 January 2015. 
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Coordinates: 47°13′11″N 14°45′53″E / 47.21972°N 14.76472°E / 47.21972; 14.76472