2003 Japanese Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 16 of 16 in the 2003 Formula One season
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Date October 12, 2003
Official name XXIX Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
5.807 km (3.608 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 307.771 km (191.224 mi)
Weather Dry
Pole position
Driver Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Time 1:31.713
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Time 1:33.408
Podium
First Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Second Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Third United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes

The 2003 Japanese Grand Prix (formally the XXIX Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on October 12, 2003 at the Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan. It was the sixteenth and final round of the 2003 Formula One season. The race, contested over 53 laps, was won by Rubens Barrichello driving for Ferrari after starting from pole position. Kimi Räikkönen, who started the race from eighth position, finished second in a McLaren car, with David Coulthard third in the other McLaren.

Barrichello's win saw Ferrari clinch their 13th Constructors Championship title, the team's fifth title in a row, with Barrichello's team-mate Michael Schumacher finishing eighth to secure his record-breaking 6th World Driver's Championship surpassing the record set by Juan Manuel Fangio in 1957. This was also Schumacher's fourth consecutive World Driver's title.[1]

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Heading into the final race of the season, Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher was leading the World Driver's Championship standings with 92 points; McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen was second on 83 points, 9 points behind Schumacher. A maximum of 10 points were available, which meant that Räikkönen could still win the title. Schumacher only needed an eighth place finish to become Driver's Champion even if Räikkönen won the race. Räikkönen needed to win and Schumacher not to score a single point in order for him to become Driver's Champion.[2]

There was one driver change heading into the race. Having been a driver for the BAR-Honda team for most of the season, Jacques Villeneuve pulled out of the Grand Prix after asking to be released by the team and was replaced by the team's test driver Takuma Sato.[3] Sato had been confirmed as a driver for the team for the 2004 season in the days running up to the race and would drive alongside Jenson Button.[4]

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 53 1:25:11.743 1 10
2 6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +11.085 8 8
3 5 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 53 +11.614 7 6
4 17 United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 53 +33.106 9 5
5 7 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 53 +34.269 20 4
6 16 Japan Takuma Sato BAR-Honda 53 +51.692 13 3
7 21 Brazil Cristiano da Matta Toyota 53 +56.794 3 2
8 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 +59.487 14 1
9 9 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 53 +1:00.159 11  
10 20 France Olivier Panis Toyota 53 +1:01.844 4  
11 14 Australia Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 53 +1:11.005 6  
12 4 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 52 +1 Lap 19  
13 15 United Kingdom Justin Wilson Jaguar-Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 10  
14 12 Republic of Ireland Ralph Firman Jordan-Ford 51 +2 Laps 15  
15 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Minardi-Cosworth 51 +2 Laps 17  
16 18 Denmark Nicolas Kiesa Minardi-Cosworth 50 +3 Laps 18  
Ret 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford 33 Out of fuel 16  
Ret 8 Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 17 Engine 5  
Ret 10 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas 9 Engine 12  
Ret 3 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 9 Hydraulics 2  

Notes[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Bold text indicates the World Champions.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japanese GP - Sunday - Race Notes". grandprix.com. 12 October 2003. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Deciding the World Championship". grandprix.com. 7 October 2003. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Villeneuve pulls out of Japan's GP". CNN International. 9 October 2003. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Sato replaces Villeneuve". BBC Sport (BBC). 7 October 2003. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 


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Coordinates: 34°50′35″N 136°32′26″E / 34.84306°N 136.54056°E / 34.84306; 136.54056