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25px-AustraliaFLAG  2002 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 17 in the 2002 Formula One season
Albert Lake Park Street Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.svg
Date 3 March 2002
Official name LXVII Australian Grand Prix
Location Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne, Australia
Course Temporary street circuit
5.303 km (3.295 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 58 laps, 307.574 km (191.12 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Clear
Pole position
Driver 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Time 1:25.843
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:28.541
Podium
First Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Third 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes

The 2002 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 3 March 2002 at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. It was the first race of the 2002 Formula One season.

The race was won by defending World Champion Michael Schumacher for Ferrari, becoming just the eighth driver to win the event three times since it was first held in 1928. Schumacher was also the first to achieve all three wins during the Formula One World Championship era. Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya finished 18 seconds behind in second position while McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen came home in third place and was the only other driver apart from Montoya, not to be lapped by Schumacher. The race was heavy on attrition, with eight cars eliminated in a multi-car pile-up at the first corner. Williams driver Ralf Schumacher ran into the back of polesitter Rubens Barrichello in the Ferrari. In the ensuing chaos Giancarlo Fisichella, Sauber pair Felipe Massa and Nick Heidfeld, Jenson Button, Olivier Panis and Allan McNish retired. Both Arrows were disqualified for disparate reasons. Heinz-Harald Frentzen was disqualified for leaving pit lane under a red light and Enrique Bernoldi was disqualified for starting the race in the team's spare car. With six other cars retiring during the course of the race there were barely enough cars to fill the points positions.

Eddie Irvine's Jaguar took fourth position while the late race battle for fifth captured the spectating crowd's attention. Mark Webber, the first Australian to start his home race since David Brabham eight years previously, found his Minardi in fifth position, Minardi's first points in some years. The car was wounded, missing top gear and Mika Salo closing fast. With only a lap to go Salo spun trying to pass Webber. After the race, he celebrated with an enthusiasm more than equal to winner Schumacher. Webber and Australian team boss Paul Stoddart were given their own podium celebration and Michael Schumacher's champagne bottle after the top three had left.

For some just qualifying for the race was dramatic. Takuma Sato in the Jordan was unable to set a time in the early part of the session when it was dry. Eventually he did manage to get some track time, but by then it was raining heavily. Because of this "exceptional circumstance", the FIA stewards allowed him to race although an electrical failure stopped him after twelve laps.[1]

Alex Yoong in the Minardi and Pedro de la Rosa in the Jaguar were the only other finishers.

Qualifying Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:25.843
2 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:25.848 +0.005
3 5 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:26.279 +0.436
4 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.446 +0.603
5 4 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.161 +1.318
6 6 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:27.249 +1.406
7 14 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 1:27.710 +1.867
8 9 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Honda 1:27.869 +2.026
9 8 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:27.972 +2.129
10 7 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:28.232 +2.389
11 15 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Renault 1:28.361 +2.518
12 12 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:28.381 +2.538
13 11 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:28.657 +2.814
14 24 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Salo Toyota 1:29.205 +3.362
15 20 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Arrows-Cosworth 1:29.474 +3.631
16 25 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish Toyota 1:29.636 +3.793
17 21 25px-Brazilflag Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Cosworth 1:29.738 +3.895
18 23 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Minardi-Asiatech 1:30.086 +4.243
19 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:30.113 +4.270
20 17 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1:30.192 +4.349
21 22 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg Alex Yoong Minardi-Asiatech 1:31.504 +5.661
22 10 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato Jordan-Honda 1:53.351 +27.508*

[2]

107% Qualifying Time: 1:31.852

Classification Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 58 1:35:36.792 2 10
2 6 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 58 +18.628 6 6
3 4 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 58 +25.067 5 4
4 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 19 3
5 23 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Minardi-Asiatech 56 +2 Laps 18 2
6 24 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Salo Toyota 56 +2 Laps 14 1
7 22 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg Alex Yoong Minardi-Asiatech 55 +3 Laps 21  
8 17 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 53 +5 Laps 20  
Ret 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 33 Gearbox 4  
Ret 11 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 27 Rear Wing 13  
Ret 10 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato Jordan-Honda 12 Electrical 22  
Ret 14 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 8 Accident 7  
Ret 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 0 Collision 1  
Ret 5 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 0 Collision 3  
Ret 9 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Honda 0 Collision 8  
Ret 8 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 9  
Ret 7 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 10  
Ret 15 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Renault 0 Collision 11  
Ret 12 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 0 Collision 12  
Ret 25 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish Toyota 0 Collision 16  
DSQ 20 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Arrows-Cosworth 16 Disqualified 15  
DSQ 21 25px-Brazilflag Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Cosworth 15 Disqualified 17  

[3]

Standings after the race Edit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 10
2 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 6
3 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 4
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 3
5 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber 2
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 10
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 6
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar-Cosworth 3
5 22px-Flag of Italy Minardi-Asiatech 2
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit


Previous race:
2001 Japanese Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2002 season
Next race:
2002 Malaysian Grand Prix
Previous race:
2001 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix Next race:
2003 Australian Grand Prix
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