2003 French Grand Prix
|2003 French Grand Prix|
|Race 10 of 16 in the 2003 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||6 July 2003|
|Official name||LXXXIX Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.411 km (2.741 mi)|
|Distance||70 laps, 308.770 km (191.861 mi)|
|Weather||Cloudy, Air: 26 °C (79 °F), Track 35 °C (95 °F)|
|Driver||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW|
The 2003 French Grand Prix (formally the Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France) was a Formula One motor race held on 6 July 2003 at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours. It was the tenth race of the 2003 Formula One season. The 70-lap race 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.
|Pos||No||Driver||Constructor||Q1 Time||Q2 Time||Gap|
|2||3||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW||1:28.988||1:15.136||+0.117|
|13||21||Cristiano da Matta||Toyota||1:26.975||1:17.068||+2.049|
|20||18||Justin Wilson||Minardi-Cosworth||Time deleted||1:19.619||+4.600|
- This race was Ralf Schumacher's 6th and final victory of his Formula One career and the only time he won from pole position.
- As of 2018, this is the last race in which Williams achieved a 1–2 finish.
- 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.
- 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.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- "2003 French Grand Prix". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
- "Provisional pole for Verstappen in French GP qualifying". Motorsport.com. 15 May 2013.
- "France 2003 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 17 March 2019.
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