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22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg  2003 Malaysian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 16 in the 2003 Formula One season
Sepang.svg
Date March 23, 2003
Official name V Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
Location Sepang International Circuit
Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia
Course Permanent racing facility
5.54 km (3.44 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 56 laps, 310.408 km (192.878 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Fine
Pole position
Driver 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault
Time 1:37.044
Fastest lap
Driver Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:36.412 on lap 45
Podium
First 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes
Second 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Third 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault

The 2003 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on March 23, 2003 at the Sepang International Circuit. It was the second race of the 2003 Formula One season, and it was won by Kimi Räikkönen driving the MP4-17 for McLaren-Mercedes. This was Räikkönen's first Formula One Grand Prix victory. This was Fernando Alonso's first pole position and podium finish.

Before the race, McLaren's David Coulthard was leading the championship however the Scot retired on lap three handing the championship lead to his teammate, Kimi Räikkönen who finished third in the previous race.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

David Coulthard was leading the championship after winning the first race of the season. Montoya was second. Kimi Räikkönen, Michael Schumacher and Jarno Trulli were in Third, Fourth and Fifth respectively.

Before the race rain was predicted with the likelihood of heavy showers at 60 per cent. High humidity was also predicted by some people however, causing the teams to be split in terms of tactics.[1]

PracticeEdit

The first Friday practice session saw Fernando Alonso fastest with a time of 1:37.693 and his teammate, Jarno Trulli, two tenths of a second slower putting him in third. Giancarlo Fisichella separated the Renault's with second fastest in the Jordan EJ13.[2]

The second session saw Ferrari take over with Michael Schumacher completely eclipsing the efforts of Alonso in the previous session. He went fastest with a 1:34.980. His teammate, Rubens Barrichello, managed second with a 1:35.681 lap at the end of the session.[3]

RaceEdit

Both the BAR of Jacques Villeneuve and the Toyota of Cristiano da Matta failed on the grid, causing them to start from the pit lane; however, this caused confusion after the warm-up lap, forcing Giancarlo Fisichella to reverse into his grid spot, the second-time the unfortunate Italian took up the wrong position at this circuit. Alonso led the all-Renault front row and led the cars into the first corner, but Michael Schumacher, who started from third position, tangled whilst attempting to pass Jarno Trulli, knocking Trulli into a spin and causing him to lose many places. Schumacher was forced to pit for a new nosecone and after serving a drive-through penalty for the incident, dropped to the rear of the field. He later accepted blame for the incident.[4]

A chain reaction further back in the field caused Jaguar driver Antônio Pizzonia to rear-end Juan Pablo Montoya, removing the latter's rear wing. Montoya was forced to pit, losing two laps during a rear-wing replacement. As a result, David Coulthard of McLaren-Mercedes was left in second position, but his prospects were ended on the second lap with an electronics failure. He later criticized the team.[5] His team-mate Räikkönen had moved into second place by passing the Sauber of Nick Heidfeld. On the tenth lap, Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello passed Heidfeld for third place.

The podium positions stayed that way with Räikkönen cutting into the lead when Alonso pitted first out of the front three on lap 14, a sign that he was carrying a lighter fuel load during qualifying. Alonso did break the record for youngest driver to lead a race (the previous record having remained since 1951). Räikkönen circulated until lap 19, using the lighter fuel load to post faster lap times, and after his pit stop emerged ahead of Alonso.

Barrichello also made up time before pitting on the 21st lap, but did not clear Alonso upon his return to the track, with a deficit of over three seconds. By this stage, Trulli had recovered to 6th place, challenging the BAR of Jenson Button for fifth position. Räikkönen gradually extended his lead, which reached 17.8 s by the 33rd lap. Button pitted on the 34th lap, allowing Trulli clean air to post faster lap times.

Alonso then pitted on the 35th lap, freeing Barrichello, who did not pit until the 38th lap and re-entered the race ahead of Alonso. Räikkönen was the last of the contenders to pit, doing so on lap 40 and further extending his lead. Meanwhile, a delay with a fuel nozzle had denied Trulli the opportunity to jump Button in the pits. Michael Schumacher, with a light car at the end of his stint, passed Trulli and Button in quick succession before conceding his gains with a final pit stop.

On the 51st lap, Trulli spun attempting to pass Button. He and Schumacher eventually passed Button on the final corner after the Briton made a mistake. Räikkönen eventually earned his maiden Grand Prix victory with a large margin of 39s.

Classification Edit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time
1 8 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:36.693 1:37.044
2 7 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 1:36.301 1:37.217
3 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:34.980 1:37.393
4 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.297 1:37.454
5 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:35.681 1:37.579
6 9 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:36.407 1:37.766
7 6 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.038 1:37.858
8 3 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:35.939 1:37.974
9 17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:36.632 1:38.073
10 20 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis Toyota 1:36.995 1:38.094
11 21 25px-Brazilflag Cristiano da Matta Toyota 1:36.706 1:38.097
12 16 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:37.585 1:38.289
13 10 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas 1:36.615 1:38.291
14 11 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford 1:36.759 1:38.416
15 15 25px-Brazilflag Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar-Cosworth no time 1:38.516
16 14 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:37.669 1:38.624
17 4 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:36.805 1:38.789
18 19 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Minardi-Cosworth 1:38.904 1:40.417
19 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson Minardi-Cosworth 1:39.354 1:40.599
20 12 22px-Flag of Ireland Ralph Firman Jordan-Ford 1:38.240 1:40.910

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 56 1:32:22.195 7 10
2 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 56 +39.286 5 8
3 8 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 56 +1:04.007 1 6
4 4 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 56 +1:28.026 17 5
5 7 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 55 +1 Lap 2 4
6 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 3 3
7 17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button BAR-Honda 55 +1 Lap 9 2
8 9 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 55 +1 Lap 6 1
9 10 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas 55 +1 Lap 13  
10 12 22px-Flag of Ireland Ralph Firman Jordan-Ford 55 +1 Lap 20  
11 21 25px-Brazilflag Cristiano da Matta Toyota 55 +1 Lap 11  
12 3 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 53 +3 Laps 8  
13 19 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Minardi-Cosworth 52 +4 Laps 18  
Ret 15 25px-Brazilflag Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar-Cosworth 42 Brakes 15  
Ret 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Justin Wilson Minardi-Cosworth 41 Fatigue 19  
Ret 14 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 35 Engine 16  
Ret 20 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis Toyota 12 Fuel pressure 10  
Ret 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 2 Electrical 4  
Ret 11 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford 0 Electrical 14  
Ret 16 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 0 Electrical 12  

Lap leaders Edit

  • Fernando Alonso (1-13) Kimi Räikkönen (14-19, 23-56) and Rubens Barrichello (20-22)

Standings after the race Edit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 16
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 10
3= Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 8
3= 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 8
3= 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli 8
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 26
2= 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 16
2= 22px-Flag of France Renault 16
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 14
5 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 4
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

External links Edit


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