2003 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 10 of 16 in the 2003 Formula One season
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours.svg
Date July 6, 2003
Official name Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France
Location Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent racing facility
4.411 km (2.74 mi)
Distance 70 laps, 308.77 km (191.8 mi)
Weather Fine
Pole position
Driver Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Time 1:15.019
Fastest lap
Driver Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Time 1:15.512
Podium
First Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Second Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Third Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Juan Pablo Montoya finished 2nd and set the fastest lap of the race.
Ralph Firman finished 15th in his Jordan EJ13.

The 2003 French Grand Prix (formally the Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France) was a Formula One motor race held on July 6, 2003 at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. It was the tenth race of the 2003 Formula One season. The race, contested over 70 laps, was won by Ralf Schumacher driving for the Williams team after starting from pole position. Juan Pablo Montoya finished second in the other Williams car, with Michael Schumacher third driving for Ferrari. Ralf Schumacher's victory was his second consecutive win of the season having won the preceding European Grand Prix at the Nürburgring.

As a consequence of the race, Michael Schumacher extended his lead in the World Drivers' Championship to eight points over Kimi Räikkönen, with Ralf Schumacher a further three points behind. In the World Constructors' Championship, Williams reduced the gap to Ferrari from thirteen points to three points.

This was the first French Grand Prix held at the upgraded version of Magny-Cours, having made Château d'Eau a sharper right hand corner, and a complete modification of the Lycée section, becoming a very sharp right hand turn after the back straight which then leads to a difficult final chicane next to the pit entrance. The pit lane was also significantly shortened as a result of the upgrades.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:29.327 1:15.019
2 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:28.988 1:15.136 +0.117
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:27.929 1:15.480 +0.461
4 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:29.120 1:15.533 +0.514
5 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.937 1:15.628 +0.609
6 7 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 1:29.024 1:15.967 +0.948
7 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:29.455 1:16.087 +1.068
8 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:27.095 1:16.166 +1.147
9 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:25.178 1:16.308 +1.289
10 20 France Olivier Panis Toyota 1:24.175 1:16.345 +1.326
11 15 Brazil Antonio Pizzonia Jaguar-Cosworth 1:24.642 1:16.965 +1.946
12 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:24.651 1:16.990 +1.971
13 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Toyota 1:26.975 1:17.068 +2.049
14 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:30.371 1:17.077 +2.058
15 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:24.042 1:17.445 +2.426
16 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas 1:26.151 1:17.562 +2.543
17 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford 1:28.502 1:18.431 +3.412
18 12 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman Jordan-Ford 1;23.496 1:18.514 +3.495
19 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Minardi-Cosworth 1:20.817 1:18.709 +3.690
20 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Minardi-Cosworth Time deleted 1:19.619 +4.600

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 70 1:30:49.213 1 10
2 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 70 +13.813 2 8
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 70 +19.568 3 6
4 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 70 +38.047 4 5
5 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 70 +40.289 5 4
6 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 70 +1:06.380 9 3
7 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 8 2
8 20 France Olivier Panis Toyota 69 +1 Lap 10 1
9 16 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 69 +1 Lap 12  
10 15 Brazil Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar-Cosworth 69 +1 Lap 11  
11 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Toyota 69 +1 Lap 13  
12 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas 68 +2 Laps 16  
13 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 68 +2 Laps 15  
14 18 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Minardi-Cosworth 67 +3 Laps 20  
15 12 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman Jordan-Ford 67 +3 Laps 18  
16 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Minardi-Cosworth 66 +4 Laps 19  
Ret 7 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 45 Engine 6  
Ret 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 43 Engine 7  
Ret 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford 42 Engine 17  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 23 Out of fuel 14  

Notes[edit]

  • This race was Ralf Schumacher's 6th and final victory of his Formula One career.
  • This race ended David Coulthard's 5 consecutive fastest laps in France, which began in the 1998 race.
  • Jos Verstappen ended up quickest after the first qualifying session due to a drying track. This was the only time a Minardi topped the timesheets at a race weekend.[1]
  • Justin Wilson's time after Q1 was deleted after scrutineering found his car was 2 kg underweight. It was 1:20.968 which at the time was good enough for 2nd place giving Minardi a 1-2.


Standings after the race[edit]

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

External links[edit]


Previous race:
2003 European Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2003 season
Next race:
2003 British Grand Prix
Previous race:
2002 French Grand Prix
French Grand Prix Next race:
2004 French Grand Prix

References[edit]

Coordinates: 46°51′51″N 3°09′49″E / 46.86417°N 3.16361°E / 46.86417; 3.16361