2003 Austrian Grand Prix
|Race 6 of 16 in the 2003 Formula One season|
|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)|
|Time||1:08.337 on lap 41|
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.
|Pos||No||Driver||Constructor||Q1 Time||Q2 Time||Gap|
|3||3||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW||1:08.839||1:09.391||+0.241|
|10||4||Ralf Schumacher||Williams-BMW||No Time||1:10.279||+1.129|
|13||21||Cristiano da Matta||Toyota||1:10.370||1:10.834||+1.684|
|20||19||Jos Verstappen||Minardi-Cosworth||1:10.894||No Time|
||This section is in a list format that may be better presented using prose. (June 2012)|
- Michael Schumacher took pole position in this race despite a huge slide on his qualifying lap.
- Cristiano da Matta's faulty launch control caused two aborted starts.
- Heinz-Harald Frentzen did not take part in the race start, as the field set off on the final parade lap, the Sauber driver was left behind. He rushed off to get the T-car but there was not enough time to get everything switched over from Nick Heidfeld's settings and so Frentzen's day was over.
- During Michael Schumacher's pit stop, his Ferrari car briefly caught fire due to a leak from the refuelling nozzle, costing him about 15–20 seconds.
- The safety car was deployed at the end of lap 1 due to Jos Verstappen being forced to retire in a dangerous position on the pit straight immediately after the start.
- Despite starting from the pit lane and being awarded a 10 second stop and go penalty due to breach of parc fermé regulations, Mark Webber finished in seventh position. Fernando Alonso also started from the pit lane.
- The last few laps were memorable for a battle between Kimi Räikkönen and Rubens Barrichello for second place, Räikkönen successfully keeping his McLaren ahead of the clearly faster Ferrari of Barrichello.
- This was the last Austrian Grand Prix until 2014.
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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