2003 Austrian Grand Prix

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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.


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 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]

  • 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[edit]

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


Previous race:
2003 Spanish Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2003 season
Next race:
2003 Monaco Grand Prix
Previous race:
2002 Austrian Grand Prix
Austrian Grand Prix Next race:
2014 Austrian Grand Prix

Coordinates: 47°13′11″N 14°45′53″E / 47.21972°N 14.76472°E / 47.21972; 14.76472