2003 International Formula 3000 Championship

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2003 FIA International Formula 3000 Championship
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The 2003 International Formula 3000 season was the 19th season of FIA Formula 3000 motor racing. It featured the 2003 FIA Formula 3000 International Championship with titles awarded for both Drivers and Teams.[1] The championship was contested over ten events from 19 April to 13 September 2003.[2]

The Drivers Championship was won by Björn Wirdheim and the Teams Championship was awarded to Arden International Ltd.

Teams and drivers[edit]

Björn Wirdheim, pictured at the Hungaroring round, won the Drivers' Championship
Vitantonio Liuzzi pictured at the Hungaroring round, placed fourth in the Drivers' Championship

The following teams and drivers contested the 2003 FIA Formula 3000 International Championship.[2]

Team No. Driver Rounds
United Kingdom Arden International 1 Sweden Björn Wirdheim All
2 United States Townsend Bell All
Italy Coloni Motorsport 3 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner 1-9
San Marino Christian Montanari 10
4 Brazil Ricardo Sperafico All
United Kingdom Super Nova Racing 5 Italy Enrico Toccacelo All
6 United States Derek Hill 1-6
Denmark Nicolas Kiesa 7
United Kingdom Sam Hancock 8-10
Denmark Den Blå Avis 7 Denmark Nicolas Kiesa 1-6
8 United Kingdom Robbie Kerr 1
United States Philip Giebler 2-6
Italy Durango 9 Italy Giorgio Pantano All
10 Italy Raffaele Giammaria All
Belgium Team Astromega 11 Germany Tony Schmidt All
12 Belgium Jeffrey van Hooydonk 1-2, 4-6, 10
Republic of Ireland Michael Keohane 7-9
Czech Republic Superfund ISR - Charouz 14 Czech Republic Jaroslav Janiš All
15 France Yannick Schroeder 1-8
Austria Red Bull Junior Team F3000 16 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi All
17 Austria Patrick Friesacher 1-2, 5-10
Austria Bernhard Auinger 3-4
Spain BCN F3000 18 Italy Valerio Scassellati 1, 5-6, 8
Italy Alessandro Piccolo 2-4, 10
United Kingdom Marc Hynes 7
Italy Giovanni Berton 9
19 Australia Rob Nguyen 1-3
United States Will Langhorne 4-8
Italy Ferdinando Monfardini 9-10
United Kingdom Brand Motorsport 20 France Nicolas Minassian 1
21 United Kingdom Gary Paffett 1

Calendar[edit]

The 2003 FIA Formula 3000 International Championship was contested over a ten event series.[2][3]

Event Circuit Date Distance Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Team
1 Italy Imola 20 April 31 laps / 152.686 km Sweden Björn Wirdheim Sweden Björn Wirdheim Sweden Björn Wirdheim United Kingdom Arden International
2 Spain Catalunya 3 May 33 laps / 152.565 km Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Durango
3 Austria A1-Ring 17 May 35 laps / 151.410 km Brazil Ricardo Sperafico Sweden Björn Wirdheim Brazil Ricardo Sperafico Italy Coloni Motorsport
4 Monaco Monaco 31 May 45 laps / 150.3 km Sweden Björn Wirdheim Sweden Björn Wirdheim Denmark Nicolas Kiesa Denmark Den Blå Avis
5 Germany Nürburgring 28 June 30 laps / 154.423 km Sweden Björn Wirdheim Sweden Björn Wirdheim Italy Enrico Toccacelo United Kingdom Super Nova Racing
6 France Magny-Cours 5 July 35 laps / 154.201 km Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Giorgio Pantano Italy Durango
7 United Kingdom Silverstone 19 July 30 laps / 154.125 km Sweden Björn Wirdheim Sweden Björn Wirdheim Sweden Björn Wirdheim United Kingdom Arden International
8 Germany Hockenheim 2 August 33 laps / 150.942 km Brazil Ricardo Sperafico Sweden Björn Wirdheim Brazil Ricardo Sperafico Italy Coloni Motorsport
9 Hungary Budapest 23 August 35 laps / 153.440 km Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Austria Patrick Friesacher Austria Patrick Friesacher Austria Red Bull Junior Team
10 Italy Monza 13 September 26 laps / 150.353 km Sweden Björn Wirdheim Sweden Björn Wirdheim Sweden Björn Wirdheim United Kingdom Arden International

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Pos[3] Driver IMO
Italy
CAT
Spain
A1R
Austria
MON
Monaco
NÜR
Germany
MAG
France
SIL
United Kingdom
HOC
Germany
HUN
Hungary
MNZ
Italy
Points
1 Sweden Björn Wirdheim 1 2 2 2 13 2 1 2 2 1 78
2 Brazil Ricardo Sperafico 3 Ret 1 DSQ 14 3 4 1 Ret 3 43
3 Italy Giorgio Pantano Ret 1 3 Ret 16 1 2 7 4 Ret 41
4 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi 4 Ret 4 Ret 2 4 3 4 9 4 39
5 Austria Patrick Friesacher 2 Ret Ret 11 5 3 1 2 36
6 Italy Enrico Toccacelo 5 3 5 Ret 1 13 6 Ret 7 8 30
7 Denmark Nicolas Kiesa 12 10 6 1 3 Ret 8 20
8 Czech Republic Jaroslav Janiš DNS 4 9 4 6 Ret 10 8 5 7 20
9 United States Townsend Bell 9 12 7 6 Ret 12 7 5 3 Ret 17
10 Italy Raffaele Giammaria 7 Ret 14 3 7 8 Ret 10 6 Ret 14
11 Germany Tony Schmidt Ret 6 Ret Ret 10 5 Ret 6 8 6 14
12 France Yannick Schroeder 6 8 Ret 7 4 7 9 11 13
13 Belgium Jeffrey van Hooydonk Ret Ret 8 8 6 5 9
14 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner 10 7 10 5 11 9 11 9 DNS 6
15 Australia Rob Nguyen 8 5 13 5
16 United States Derek Hill 15 11 Ret DSQ 5 10 4
17 United States Phil Giebler Ret 8 Ret 9 DNS 1
18 Italy Alessandro Piccolo 9 12 DNS 11 0
19 Austria Bernhard Auinger 11 9 0
20 San Marino Christian Montanari 9 0
21 United States Will Langhorne 10 12 14 13 12 0
22 Italy Ferdinando Monfardini Ret 10 0
23 Italy Giovanni Berton 10 0
24 United Kingdom Sam Hancock 13 11 DNS 0
25 France Nicolas Minassian 11 0
26 Republic of Ireland Michael Keohane 12 Ret 0
27 Italy Valerio Scassellati 13 15 15 14 0
28 United Kingdom Marc Hynes 14 0
29 United Kingdom Gary Paffett 14 0
United Kingdom Robbie Kerr DNS 0
Pos Driver IMO
Italy
CAT
Spain
A1R
Austria
MON
Monaco
NÜR
Germany
MAG
France
SIL
United Kingdom
HOC
Germany
HUN
Hungary
MNZ
Italy
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate (DNP)
Excluded (EX)

Bold � Pole
Italics � Fastest lap

  • All drivers used Lola B02/50 chassis with Zytek-Judd KV engines and Avon tyres.
  • Championship points were awarded on a 10-8-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the first eight finishers at each event. If two or more drivers had the same number of points (including 0 points), their positions in the Championship was fixed according to the quality of their places. Under this system one first place was better than any number of second places, one second place was better than any number of third places and so on.[3]

Teams Championship[edit]

Points for the 2003 FIA Formula 300 International Championship for Teams were awarded on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis for the first eight places at each event.[3] Results from both team cars were taken into account.[1]

Position [3] Team [3] IMO
Italy
CAT
Spain
A1R
Austria
MON
Monaco
NUR
Germany
MAG
France
SIL
United Kingdom
HOC
Germany
HUN
Hungary
MNZ
Italy
Total [3]
1 United Kingdom Arden International Ltd 10 8 10 11 0 8 12 12 14 10 95
2 Austria Red Bull Junior Team F3000 13 0 5 0 8 5 10 11 10 13 75
3 Italy Durango Formula 2 10 6 6 2 11 8 2 8 0 55
4 Italy Coloni Motorsport 6 2 10 4 0 6 5 10 0 6 49
5 United Kingdom Super Nova Racing Ltd 4 6 4 0 14 0 4 0 2 1 35
6 Czech Republic ISR - Charouz 3 6 0 7 8 2 0 1 4 2 33
7 Belgium Team Astromega 0 3 0 1 1 7 0 3 1 7 23
8 Denmark Den Bla Avis 0 0 4 10 6 0 - - - - 20
9 Spain BCN F3000 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5
10 United Kingdom Brand Motorsports 0 - - - - - - - - - 0

Complete Overview[edit]

first column of every race 10 = grid position
second column of every race 10 = race result

R16=retired, but classified R=retired NS=did not start NT=no time set in qualifying 13E=grid position, but started from the end of the grid

Place Name Team IMO
Italy
CAT
Spain
OST
Austria
MON
Monaco
NÜR
Germany
MAG
France
SIL
United Kingdom
HOC
Germany
HUN
Hungary
MNZ
Italy
1 Sweden Björn Wirdheim Arden International 1 1 2 2 2 2 1 2 1 13 2 2 1 1 3 2 5 2 1 1
2 Brazil Ricardo Sperafico Coloni Motorsport 4 3 4 R 1 1 2 R 2 14 4 3 3 4 1 1 6 R 3 3
3 Italy Giorgio Pantano Durango Formula 7 R 1 1 5 3 3 R 14 R16 1 1 2 2 5 7 2 4 2 R
4 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi Red Bull Junior Team 3 4 10 R 3 4 4 R 5 2 5 4 4 3 2 4 1 9 12 4
5 Austria Patrick Friesacher Red Bull Junior Team 2 2 12 R - - - - 4 R 8 11 5 5 4 3 3 1 4 2
6 Italy Enrico Toccacelo Super Nova Racing 10 5 7 3 7 5 5 R 3 1 14 13 7 6 7 R 8 7 5 8
7 Denmark Nicolas Kiesa Den Blå Avis 13 12 9 10 13 6 6 1 10 3 12 R
Super Nova Racing 11 8 - - - - - -
Czech Republic Jaroslav Janis Superfund ISR - Charouz 15 NS 5 4 10 9 8 4 12 6 3 R 8 10 8 8 7 5 11 7
9 United States Townsend Bell Arden International 5 9 11 12 4 7 18 6 6 R 11 12 6 7 6 5 4 3 7 R
10 [Italy Raffaele Giammaria Durango Formula 8 7 18 R 17 14 9 3 16 7 15 8 14 R 12 10 11 6 8 R
Germany Tony Schmidt Team Astromega 12 R 13 6 6 R15 16 R 13E 10 6 5 9 R 10 6 10 8 10 6
12 France Yannick Schroeder Superfund ISR - Charouz 6 6 6 8 16 R 12 7 9 4 7 7 10 9 11 11 NT - NT -
13 Belgium Jeffrey van Hooydonk Team Astromega 11 R 3 R - - 7 8 8 8 10 6 - - - - - - 6 5
14 Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Coloni Motorsport 16 10 16 7 9 10 10 5 15 11 9 9 12 11 9 9 9 NS - -
15 Australia Rob Nguyen Team BCN F3000 17 8 15 5 15 13 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 United States Derek Hill Super Nova Racing 19 15 8 11 12 R 14 R 7 5 13 10 - - - - - - - -
17 United States Philip Giebler Den Blå Avis - - 14 R 8 8 15 R 11 9 16 NS - - - - - - - -
18 Italy Alessandro Piccolo Team BCN F3000 - - 17 9 11 12 11 NS - - - - - - - - - - 13 R11
19 Austria Bernhard Auinger Red Bull Junior Team - - - - 14 11 13 9 - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 San Marino Christian Montanari Coloni Motorsport - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9 9
21 United States Will Langhorne Team BCN F3000 - - - - - - 17 10 17 12 17 14 15 13 13 12 - - - -
22 Italy Ferdinando Monfardini Team BCN F3000 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 14 R 14 R10
23 Italy Giovanni Berton Team BCN F3000 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 12 10 - -
24 United Kingdom Sam Hancock Super Nova Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 14 13 13 11 15 NS
25 France Nicolas Minassian Brand Motorsport 9 11 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
26 Republic of Ireland Michael Keohane Team Astromega - - - - - - - - - - - - 13 12 16 R NT - - -
27 Italy Valerio Scassellati Team BCN F3000 20 13 - - - - - - 18 15 18 15 - - 15 14 - - - -
28 United Kingdom Gary Paffett Brand Motorsport 14 14 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
29 United Kingdom Marc Hynes Team BCN F3000 - - - - - - - - - - - - 16 14 - - - - - -
- United Kingdom Robbie Kerr Den Blå Avis 18 NS - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

See also[edit]

2003 Euro Formula 3000 season

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2003 FIA F3000 Sporting Regulations Retrieved from web.archive.org on 19 March 2010
  2. ^ a b c 2003 F3000 Results from www.teamdan.com Retrieved from www.teamdan.com on 19 March 2010
  3. ^ a b c d e f g 2003 FIA F3000 Championship Classifications Retrieved from web.archive.org on 23 April 2010

Further reading[edit]

  • Automobile Year, 2003/04

External links[edit]