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2003 European Grand Prix

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The 2003 European Grand Prix (formally the Allianz Grand Prix of Europe) was a Formula One motor race held on June 29, 2003 at the Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany. It was the ninth race of the 2003 Formula One season. The race, contested over 60 laps, was won Ralf Schumacher driving in a Williams car. Juan Pablo Montoya, also driving for Williams finished second, with Rubens Barrichello third in a Ferrari.


Race report

For 25 laps of the European Grand Prix, Kimi Räikkönen looked set to win from his first pole position and regain his championship lead. Then his McLaren’s Mercedes engine broke down and instead it was Ralf Schumacher who came through to score his first win of the year.

Having taken pole, Räikkönen soon built a lead over Ralf Schumacher. He was nine seconds clear when he made his first refuelling stop on the 16th lap, with Michael Schumacher another ten seconds further back. Ralf led briefly for Williams and ran until lap 21 before pitting, but this was still insufficient to keep Räikkönen out of the lead. Ralf Schumacher was still 4.8 seconds behind when the Räikkönen's Mercedes engine blew up, making him the first retirement of the race.

On the 43rd lap Juan Pablo Montoya and Michael Schumacher collided while fighting for second place. Montoya had gradually reeled in Schumacher until they were side-by-side on the rundown to the Dunlop Kurve. Schumacher ran up the kerb and tagged Montoya’s Williams as it passed the German's Ferrari for second place. As Schumacher spun and sat stranded, his Ferrari’s rear wheels spinning in the gravel, Montoya continued. By the time three marshals and fireman pushed the Ferrari from its dangerous spot on the corner’s apex, Schumacher was down to sixth.

“Michael was quick on the straights, but in the corners he was very slow,” said Montoya. “He was on the inside and I was on the outside. I thought I gave him plenty of room. I wasn’t going to give him all the track, but I thought it was all right.”[citation needed]

Schumacher agreed that Montoya had given him enough room and after a stewards’ enquiry, no action was taken. Ferrari’s Ross Brawn was not content with the situation, but Williams technical director Patrick Head remarked that, had Montoya been penalised, it would effectively have been a declaration that overtaking was no longer allowed in Formula One racing.[citation needed]

Then, on the 57th lap, McLaren's David Coulthard suddenly had to swerve around Fernando Alonso approaching the chicane, and spun into retirement. “Alonso braked ten metres earlier than he had the lap before,” said Coulthard. “He was dealing inconsistently with problems, as his rear tyres looked completely worn out. But I just got caught out.”[citation needed] The Spaniard continued, and was very nearly caught on the final lap by the recovering world champion.

Williams’ haul of points from a race in which McLaren went home with none moved them up into second place in the constructors’ championship. Sir Frank Williams was careful to play down talk of a championship challenge for his team. But with Ferrari only 13 points ahead, everyone within the team believed that they had a chance of challenging before the season was over.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Q1 Time Q2 Time Gap
1 6 23x15px Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:29.989 1:31.523
2 1 23x15px Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:30.353 1:31.555 +0.032
3 4 23x15px Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:30.522 1:31.619 +0.096
4 3 23x15px Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:30.378 1:31.765 +0.242
5 2 23x15px Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:30.842 1:31.780 +0.257
6 7 23x15px Jarno Trulli Renault 1:31.143 1:31.976 +0.453
7 20 23x15px Olivier Panis Toyota 1:57.327 1:32.350 +0.827
8 8 23x15px Fernando Alonso Renault 1:31.533 1:32.424 +0.901
9 5 23x15px David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.903 1:32.742 +1.219
10 21 23x15px Cristiano da Matta Toyota No Time 1:32.949 +1.426
11 14 23x15px Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 1:35.972 1:33.066 +1.543
12 17 23x15px Jenson Button BAR-Honda 1:32.479 1:33.395 +1.872
13 11 23x15px Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford 1:32.196 1:33.553 +2.030
14 12 23x15px Ralph Firman Jordan-Ford 1:53.893 1:33.827 +2.304
15 10 23x15px Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas 1:32.201 1:34.000 +2.477
16 15 23x15px Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar-Cosworth 1:57.435 1:34.159 +2.636
17 16 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda No Time 1:34.596 +3.073
18 19 23x15px Jos Verstappen Minardi-Cosworth 1:55.921 1:36.318 +4.795
19 18 23x15px Justin Wilson Minardi-Cosworth 1:54.546 1:36.485 +4.962
20 9 23x15px Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:52.300 No Time

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 23x15px Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 60 1:34:43.622 3 10
2 3 23x15px Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 60 +16.821 4 8
3 2 23x15px Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 60 +39.673 5 6
4 8 23x15px Fernando Alonso Renault 60 +1:05.731 8 5
5 1 23x15px Michael Schumacher Ferrari 60 +1:06.162 2 4
6 14 23x15px Mark Webber Jaguar-Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 11 3
7 17 23x15px Jenson Button BAR-Honda 59 +1 Lap 12 2
8 9 23x15px Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 20 1
9 10 23x15px Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 15  
10 15 23x15px Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar-Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 16  
11 12 23x15px Ralph Firman Jordan-Ford 58 +2 Laps 14  
12 11 23x15px Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Ford 58 +2 Laps 13  
13 18 23x15px Justin Wilson Minardi-Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 19  
14 19 23x15px Jos Verstappen Minardi-Cosworth 57 +3 Laps 18  
15 5 23x15px David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 56 Spun off 9  
Ret 21 23x15px Cristiano da Matta Toyota 53 Engine 10  
Ret 16 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 51 Gearbox 17  
Ret 7 23x15px Jarno Trulli Renault 37 Fuel pressure 6  
Ret 20 23x15px Olivier Panis Toyota 37 Brakes 7  
Ret 6 23x15px Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 25 Engine 1  

Standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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