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25px-AustraliaFLAG  2003 Australian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 1 of 16 in the 2003 Formula One season
Albert Lake Park Street Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.svg
Date 9 March 2003
Official name LXVIII 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 Cloudy, mild, dry
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:27.173
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:27.724 on lap 32[1]
Podium
First 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Second 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Third 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes

The 2003 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on 9 March 2003 at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit.

There was a lot of speculation about how the new set of rules that debuted in this race would affect Ferrari, which were the ones to cause the changes after their dominant 2002 season. However, qualifying was an all Ferrari affair, with Schumacher edging out Barrichello. Montoya took third, with Frentzen, Panis and Villeneuve putting in good performances for 4th, 5th and 6th. The McLarens had poor qualifying, with Coulthard in 11th, and Räikkönen making a mistake, and ending up 15th.

Weather conditions were changeable at the start. Räikkönen stopped for dry tyres at the end of the formation lap. Barrichello jumped the start, and would soon receive a drive-through penalty. Schumacher led at the end of lap 1, with Barrichello in close company. Montoya was 6 seconds behind in third, followed by Frentzen and Villeneuve. Panis went backwards on dry tyres, with the Renaults, Ralf Schumacher and Coulthard climbing quickly. Barrichello received his penalty, and on his in lap, he crashed, putting him out. It was soon time for dry tyres, with the leaders pitting just before a safety car (caused as a result of Firman and da Matta crashing).

After having a wheel-to-wheel dispute with Kimi Räikkönen, Michael Schumacher was forced onto the grass, consequently losing his right deflector, which despite not having great overall impact on the car's aerodynamics, barred him from closing on Räikkönen again and made him miss the podium for the first time since the 2001 Italian Grand Prix and the first time Ferrari missed out on a podium since the 1999 European Grand Prix.

When Williams seemed to have the first victory of the year in their pocket, Montoya spun after entering the first corner too fast, with eight laps from the end and without any pressure from his rivals. Montoya returned to the track, but lost first place to Coulthard, who won what turned out to be his last race victory. Montoya was visibly frustrated in the podium with this incident that, he admitted later, was totally his fault.


Classification Edit

Qualifying Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:27.103 1:27.173
2 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:26.372 1:27.418 +0.245
3 3 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:27.450 1:28.101 +0.928
4 10 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas 1:27.563 1:28.274 +1.101
5 20 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis Toyota 1:27.352 1:28.288 +1.115
6 16 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:26.832 1:28.420 +1.247
7 9 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:27.510 1:28.464 +1.291
8 17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:27.159 1:28.682 +1.509
9 4 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:28.266 1:28.830 +1.657
10 8 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:27.255 1:28.928 +1.755
11 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.242 1:29.105 +1.932
12 7 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 1:27.411 1:29.136 +1.963
13 11 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford 1:27.633 1:29.344 +2.171
14 14 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:27.675 1:29.367 +2.194
15 6 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.551 1:29.470 +2.297
16 21 25px-Brazilflag Cristiano da Matta Toyota 1:27.478 1:29.538 +2.365
17 12 22px-Flag of Ireland Ralph Firman Jordan-Ford 1:29.977 1:31.242 +4.069
18 15 25px-Brazilflag Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar-Cosworth 1:30.092 1:31.723 +4.550
19 19 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Minardi-Cosworth 1:30.053 No Time
20 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson Minardi-Cosworth 1:30.479 No Time

Race Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 58 1:34:42.124 11 10
2 3 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 58 +8.675 3 8
3 6 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 58 +9.192 15 6
4 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 58 +9.482 1 5
5 7 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 58 +38.801 12 4
6 10 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas 58 +43.928 4 3
7 8 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 58 +45.074 10 2
8 4 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 58 +45.745 9 1
9 16 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 58 +1:05.536 6  
10 17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 58 +1:05.974 8  
11 19 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Minardi-Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 20  
12 11 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford 52 Gearbox 13  
13 15 25px-Brazilflag Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar-Cosworth 52 Suspension 18  
Ret 20 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis Toyota 31 Fuel pressure 5  
Ret 9 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 20 Suspension 7  
Ret 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson Minardi-Cosworth 16 Radiator 19  
Ret 14 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 15 Suspension 14  
Ret 21 25px-Brazilflag Cristiano da Matta Toyota 7 Spin 16  
Ret 12 22px-Flag of Ireland Ralph Firman Jordan-Ford 6 Accident 17  
Ret 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 5 Accident 2  

Standings after the race Edit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 10
2 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 8
3 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 6
4 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 5
5 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli 4
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 16
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 9
3 22px-Flag of France Renault 6
4 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 5
5 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 3
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


Previous race:
2002 Japanese Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2003 season
Next race:
2003 Malaysian Grand Prix
Previous race:
2002 Australian Grand Prix
Australian Grand Prix Next race:
2004 Australian Grand Prix

ReferencesEdit

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