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2003 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 2003 Formula One season was the 54th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship, which commenced on March 9, 2003 and ended on October 12 after sixteen races. World Championship titles were awarded for Drivers and Constructors.

The 2003 season saw the introduction of new regulations intended to increase F1's excitement and to help alleviate the financial difficulties of the smaller teams. One-lap qualifying was introduced as a way for smaller teams to get more television exposure. Optional Friday testing at Grand Prix events was introduced in exchange for fewer miles on stand-alone test days. This was intended to give smaller teams a cheaper alternative to these test days, which were to be banned in 2004. Only one type of wet weather tyre was allowed to be used in wet weather races. The point scoring systems for both the Constructors and Drivers titles were changed from 10, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 for the first six finishers at each round to 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 for the first eight finishers in an attempt to make the title contests closer.

While Ferrari's Michael Schumacher had won the 2002 championship by 67 points from his team-mate Rubens Barrichello, the 2003 season was much closer. For a great part of the 2003 season, several drivers from several teams had mathematical chances of winning the world championship. Eight different drivers won a Grand Prix, amongst them three first time winners. Kimi Räikkönen, driving for McLaren-Mercedes, and Juan Pablo Montoya, driving for BMW Williams, both had a chance of claiming the 2003 championship until late in the season, with Räikkönen still mathematically in contention at the final race, the Japanese Grand Prix. Räikkönen lost the championship to Schumacher by two points, although he won only one race to Schumacher's six. Ferrari's defence of the constructor's title was challenged throughout the year by Williams and McLaren, one of the few seasons where there were three front running teams.

Notable races include the chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix which was hampered by monsoon conditions, and the British Grand Prix where the track was invaded by the now-defrocked priest Neil Horan, who ran onto the Hangar straight, running towards the 250 km/h train of cars, wearing a green kilt and waving religious banners.

After failing to complete the 2002 season due to financial difficulties, the Arrows team had their application for admission to the 2003 championship rejected by the FIA prior to the season start date. No reason was publicly given by the FIA and Arrows subsequently folded after 25 years in Formula One.

Drivers and constructors Edit

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver Rounds Test driver(s)
22px-Flag of Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2002
F2003-GA
Ferrari 051
Ferrari 052
B 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher All 22px-Flag of Italy Luca Badoer
25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa
2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom BMW.WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW25 BMW P83 M 3 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya All 25px-Brazilflag Antônio Pizzonia 1
22px-Flag of Spain Marc Gené 2
25px-Brazilflag Ricardo Sperafico
25px-Monacoflag Olivier Beretta
4 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 1–13, 15–16
22px-Flag of Spain Marc Gené 14
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17D Mercedes FO110M
Mercedes FO110P
M 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard All 22px-Flag of Austria Alexander Wurz
6 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen All
22px-Flag of France Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23
R23B
Renault RS23 M 7 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli All 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
22px-Flag of France Franck Montagny [1]
8 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso All
20px-Flag of Switzerland Sauber Petronas Sauber C22 Petronas 03A B 9 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld All 20px-Flag of Switzerland Neel Jani
10 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen All
22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan Ford Jordan EJ13 Ford RS1 B 11 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella All 22px-Flag of Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner
22px-Flag of Sweden Björn Wirdheim
Flag-of-japansmall Satoshi Motoyama
12 22px-Flag of Ireland Ralph Firman 3
1–12, 15–16
22px-Flag of Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner 13–14
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R4 Cosworth CR-5 M 14 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber All Flag of Germany Andre Lotterer
15 25px-Brazilflag Antônio Pizzonia 1–11
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson 4
12–16
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 005 Honda RA003E B 16 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve 5
1–15 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato 16
17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button All
22px-Flag of Italy Minardi Cosworth
22px-Flag of Italy Trust Minardi Cosworth
Minardi PS03 Cosworth CR-3 B 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson 1–11 22px-Flag of Denmark Nicolas Kiesa
22px-Flag of Italy Matteo Bobbi
22px-Flag of Italy Gianmaria Bruni
22px-Flag of Denmark Nicolas Kiesa 6
12–16
19 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen All
Flag-of-japansmall Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF103 Toyota RVX-03 M 20 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis All 25px-Brazilflag Ricardo Zonta
21 25px-Brazilflag Cristiano da Matta All

All engines were 3.0 litre, V10 configuration.

Driver changes Edit

Felipe Massa left his Sauber drive to assume the duties of test driver for Ferrari. Jenson Button left Renault to take Panis' seat at BAR. Fernando Alonso moved up from the Renault test driving slot to a full-time drive, replacing Jenson Button. Heinz-Harald Frentzen joined Sauber to take over from Massa. Frentzen had driven for the Arrows team for part of the 2002 season, but left after the German Grand Prix. The Arrows team folded several days later without contesting another Grand Prix. Takuma Sato left the Jordan team to take the place of several others (Anthony Davidson, Darren Manning, Ryo Fukuda and Patrick Lemarié) as the sole test driver for BAR, being replaced by new driver Ralph Firman.

Team changesEdit

Toyota announced midway through the 2002 season that both drivers (Mika Salo and Allan McNish) would be replaced. Olivier Panis joined from BAR and Cristiano da Matta signed from the Newman Haas team in the CART series. After being replaced at Toyota, Allan McNish signed with Renault as a test driver. Jaguar replaced both Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa. Their new drivers were Mark Webber and Antônio Pizzonia. At Minardi, Webber's vacated seat was filled by Justin Wilson. Alex Yoong's Minardi contract from 2002 was not renewed and he was replaced in that team by Jos Verstappen.

Formula One 2003 race scheduleEdit

Round Race Date Location
1 Australian Grand Prix 9 March 25px-AustraliaFLAG Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
2 Malaysian Grand Prix 23 March 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
3 Brazilian Grand Prix 6 April 25px-Brazilflag Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
4 San Marino Grand Prix 20 April 22px-Flag of Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola
5 Spanish Grand Prix 4 May 22px-Flag of Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
6 Austrian Grand Prix 18 May 22px-Flag of Austria A1-Ring, Spielberg
7 Monaco Grand Prix 1 June 25px-Monacoflag Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
8 Canadian Grand Prix 15 June 25px-Canadaflag Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
9 European Grand Prix 29 June Flag of Germany Nürburgring
10 French Grand Prix 6 July 22px-Flag of France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours
11 British Grand Prix 20 July 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit
12 German Grand Prix 3 August Flag of Germany Hockenheimring
13 Hungarian Grand Prix 24 August 22px-Flag of Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest
14 Italian Grand Prix 14 September 22px-Flag of Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza
15 United States Grand Prix 28 September USAflagsmall Indianapolis Motor Speedway
16 Japanese Grand Prix 12 October Flag-of-japansmall Suzuka Circuit

Results and standingsEdit

Grands PrixEdit

Rd. Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 25px-AustraliaFLAG Australian Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
3 25px-Brazilflag Brazilian Grand Prix 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan-Ford Report
4 22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1- San Marino Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
5 22px-Flag of Spain Spanish Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
6 22px-Flag of Austria Austrian Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
7 25px-Monacoflag Monaco Grand Prix Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW Report
8 25px-Canadaflag Canadian Grand Prix Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
9 Flag of Germany European Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW Report
10 22px-Flag of France French Grand Prix Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW Report
11 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom British Grand Prix 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
12 Flag of Germany German Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW Report
13 22px-Flag of Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of France Renault Report
14 22px-Flag of Italy Italian Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
15 USAflagsmall United States Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
16 Flag-of-japansmall Japanese Grand Prix 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report

DriversEdit

Pos Driver AUS
25px-AustraliaFLAG
MAL
22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
SMR
22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1-
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
AUT
22px-Flag of Austria
MON
25px-Monacoflag
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
EUR
Flag of Germany
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
GER
Flag of Germany
HUN
22px-Flag of Hungary
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
USA
USAflagsmall
JPN
Flag-of-japansmall
Points
1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 4 6 Ret 1 1 1 3 1 5 3 4 7 8 1 1 8 93
2 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 3 1 2 2 Ret 2 2 6 Ret 4 3 Ret 2 4 2 2 91
3 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 2 12 Ret 7 4 Ret 1 3 2 2 2 1 3 2 6 Ret 82
4 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ret 2 Ret 3 3 3 8 5 3 7 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 65
5 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 8 4 7 4 5 6 4 2 1 1 9 Ret 4 Ret 12 58
6 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 7 3 3 6 2 Ret 5 4 4 Ret Ret 4 1 8 Ret Ret 55
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 1 Ret 4 5 Ret 5 7 Ret 15 5 5 2 5 Ret Ret 3 51
8 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli 5 5 8 13 Ret 8 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 3 7 Ret 4 5 33
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button 10 7 Ret 8 9 4 DNS Ret 7 Ret 8 8 10 Ret Ret 4 17
10 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 7 Ret 7 6 6 14 11 6 7 Ret 11 17
11 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6 9 5 11 Ret DNS Ret Ret 9 12 12 Ret Ret 13 3 Ret 13
12 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 12 Ret 1 15 Ret Ret 10 Ret 12 Ret Ret 13 Ret 10 7 Ret 12
13 25px-Brazilflag Cristiano da Matta Ret 11 10 12 6 10 9 11 Ret 11 7 6 11 Ret 9 7 10
14 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Ret 8 Ret 10 10 Ret 11 Ret 8 13 17 10 9 9 5 9 6
15 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 13 8 Ret 8 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 6
16 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve 9 Ret 6 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 9 10 9 Ret 6 Ret 6
17 22px-Flag of Spain Marc Gené 5 4
18 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato 6 3
19 22px-Flag of Ireland Ralph Firman Ret 10 Ret Ret 8 11 12 Ret 11 15 13 Ret Ret 14 1
20 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 13 Ret Ret 13 14 16 Ret Ret Ret 8 13 1
21 25px-Brazilflag Antônio Pizzonia 13 Ret Ret 14 Ret 9 Ret 10 10 10 Ret 0
22 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen 11 13 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 9 14 16 15 Ret 12 Ret 10 15 0
23 22px-Flag of Denmark Nicolas Kiesa 12 13 12 11 16 0
24 22px-Flag of Hungary Zsolt Baumgartner Ret 11 0
Pos Driver AUS
25px-AustraliaFLAG
MAL
22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
SMR
22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1-
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
AUT
22px-Flag of Austria
MON
25px-Monacoflag
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
EUR
Flag of Germany
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
GER
Flag of Germany
HUN
22px-Flag of Hungary
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
USA
USAflagsmall
JPN
Flag-of-japansmall
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish, inc. non-classified finish
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD) - 2003-2007 only
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Injured or ill (Inj)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)


Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest lap

Template:Sup Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

  • Drivers Championship points were awarded on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis to the first eight finishers in each race.

ConstructorsEdit

Pos Constructor Car
no.
AUS
25px-AustraliaFLAG
MAL
22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
SMR
22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1-
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
AUT
22px-Flag of Austria
MON
25px-Monacoflag
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
EUR
Flag of Germany
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
GER
Flag of Germany
HUN
22px-Flag of Hungary
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
USA
USAflagsmall
JPN
Flag-of-japansmall
Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 1 4 6 Ret 1 1 1 3 1 5 3 4 7 8 1 1 8 158
2 Ret 2 Ret 3 3 3 8 5 3 7 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 3 2 12 Ret 7 4 Ret 1 3 2 2 2 1 3 2 6 Ret 144
4 8 4 7 4 5 6 4 2 1 1 9 Ret 4 5 Ret 12
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 5 1 Ret 4 5 Ret 5 7 Ret 15 5 5 2 5 Ret Ret 3 142
6 3 1 2 2 Ret 2 2 6 Ret 4 3 Ret 2 4 2 2
4 22px-Flag of France Renault 7 5 5 8 13 Ret 8 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 3 7 Ret 4 5 88
8 7 3 3 6 2 Ret 5 4 4 Ret Ret 4 1 8 Ret Ret
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom BAR-Honda 16 9 Ret 6 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 9 10 9 Ret 6 Ret 6 26
17 10 7 Ret 8 9 4 DNS Ret 7 Ret 8 8 10 Ret Ret 4
6 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 9 Ret 8 Ret 10 10 Ret 11 Ret 8 13 17 10 9 9 5 9 19
10 6 9 5 11 Ret DNS Ret Ret 9 12 12 Ret Ret 13 3 Ret
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar-Cosworth 14 Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 7 Ret 7 6 6 14 11 6 7 Ret 11 18
15 13 Ret Ret 14 Ret 9 Ret 10 10 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 13
8 Flag-of-japansmall Toyota 20 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 13 8 Ret 8 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 16
21 Ret 11 10 12 6 10 9 11 Ret 11 7 6 11 Ret 9 7
9 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan-Ford 11 12 Ret 1 15 Ret Ret 10 Ret 12 Ret Ret 13 Ret 10 7 Ret 13
12 Ret 10 Ret Ret 8 11 12 Ret 11 15 13 Ret Ret 11 Ret 14
10 22px-Flag of Italy Minardi-Cosworth 18 Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 13 Ret Ret 13 14 16 12 13 12 11 16 0
19 11 13 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 9 14 16 15 Ret 12 Ret 10 15
Pos Constructor Car
no.
AUS
25px-AustraliaFLAG
MAL
22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
SMR
22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1-
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
AUT
22px-Flag of Austria
MON
25px-Monacoflag
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
EUR
Flag of Germany
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
GER
Flag of Germany
HUN
22px-Flag of Hungary
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
USA
USAflagsmall
JPN
Flag-of-japansmall
Points
  • Constructors Championship points were awarded on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis to the first eight finishers in each race.

NotesEdit

  1. Pizzonia was offered a test driving role at Jaguar but turned it down, and would later resurface as a test driver at BMW-Williams.
  2. Williams driver Marc Gené replaced Ralf Schumacher, in Italy.
  3. Ralph Firman suffered injuries as a result of a crash during practice in Hungary. He was replaced by Zsolt Baumgartner for two races before returning to finish the season in the EJ13.
  4. Having started the season driving for Minardi, Justin Wilson later joined the Jaguar team and filled in for the under-performing Antônio Pizzonia for the last 5 races of the season.
  5. Denmark's Nicolas Kiesa took over Wilson's vacated seat in the Minardi.
  6. After a string of disappointing results in 2003, Jacques Villeneuve was replaced at BAR by test driver Takuma Sato for the Japanese GP. Villeneuve would later drive for Renault in 2004 as a replacement driver, and sign a multi-year contract at Sauber for 2005 (though he was replaced in 2006).
  7. Renault took part in the Friday testing session. People thought it was odd because not only were they a manufacturer, they would also get less testing miles. However, Mike Gascoyne the technical director for Renault in 2003 said that not only did Renault save money, Renault also got MORE testing mileage out of their cars.

External linksEdit


ReferencesEdit

  1. Anointed test driver for one race in 2003
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