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2003 Formula One season

2003 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Michael Schumacher
Constructors' Champion: Ferrari
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Michael Schumacher was F1 world champion for the fourth time in a row (and sixth time overall) for Ferrari with 93 points.
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Kimi Räikkönen was just two points behind Schumacher with 91 for McLaren.
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Juan Pablo Montoya was third with the Williams team and 82 points.

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 9 March 2003 and ended on 12 October 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.

2003 also saw a major leap forward in Formula One safety, with the HANS device being made a mandatory requirement for drivers to wear at all races beginning from the Australian Grand Prix onwards. However, this was not without controversy, as many drivers voiced their complaints about the device, including Barrichello, Jacques Villeneuve, Justin Wilson and Nick Heidfeld.[1][2]

Drivers and constructors

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

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver Rounds Free Practice driver(s)
23x15px Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2002
F2003-GA
Ferrari 051
Ferrari 052
B 1 23x15px Michael Schumacher All N/A
2 23x15px Rubens Barrichello All
23x15px BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams-BMW FW25 BMW P83 M 3 23x15px Juan Pablo Montoya All N/A
4 23x15px Ralf Schumacher 1–13, 15–16
23x15px Marc Gené 14
23x15px West McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes MP4-17D Mercedes FO110M
Mercedes FO110P
M 5 23x15px David Coulthard All N/A
6 23x15px Kimi Räikkönen All
23x15px Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23
R23B
Renault RS23 M 7 23x15px Jarno Trulli All 23x15px Allan McNish
23x15px Franck Montagny [3]
8 23x15px Fernando Alonso All
23x16px Sauber Petronas Sauber-Petronas C22 Petronas 03A B 9 23x15px Nick Heidfeld All N/A
10 23x15px Heinz-Harald Frentzen All
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Jordan-Ford EJ13 Ford RS1 B 11 23x15px Giancarlo Fisichella All 23x15px Zsolt Baumgartner
23x15px Björn Wirdheim
Template:Country data JPN Satoshi Motoyama
12
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1–12, 15–16
23x15px Zsolt Baumgartner 13–14
23x15px Jaguar Racing Jaguar-Cosworth R4 Cosworth CR-5 M 14 23x15px Mark Webber All N/A
15 23x15px Antônio Pizzonia 1–11
23x15px Justin Wilson 12–16
23x15px Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR-Honda 005 Honda RA003E B 16 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 1–15 N/A
Template:Country data JPN Takuma Sato 16
17 23x15px Jenson Button All
23x15px European Minardi Cosworth Minardi-Cosworth PS03 Cosworth CR-3 B 18 23x15px Justin Wilson 1–11 23x15px Matteo Bobbi
23x15px Gianmaria Bruni
23x15px Nicolas Kiesa 12–16
19 23x15px Jos Verstappen All
Template:Country data JPN Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF103 Toyota RVX-03 M 20 23x15px Olivier Panis All N/A
21 23x15px Cristiano da Matta All

All engines were 3.0 litre, V10 configuration.

Team changes

The Arrows team folded several days after the 2002 German Grand Prix due to financial issues without contesting another Grand Prix.

Jordan switched to using Ford engines for 2003, after their previous suppliers, Honda, opted to focus on their partnership with BAR. Jordan's contract with the Japanese engine manufacturer was due to expire at the end of the 2003 season, but Honda were no longer willing to provide Jordan with free engines. A link-up with, and possible buy-out by, Asiatech was rumoured,[4] although this did not prove to be the case, and, when funding was withdrawn from the company, Asiatech was wound down. Minardi, who had been using Asiatech engines in 2002, switched to Cosworth units for 2003.

Renault took part in Friday testing sessions. People thought it was odd because not only were they a manufacturer, they would also get fewer testing miles. However, Mike Gascoyne, the technical director for Renault in 2003, said that not only did Renault save money, they also got more testing mileage out of their cars.

Driver changes

Fernando Alonso, the team's test driver in 2002, was promoted to a full-time drive at Renault, replacing Jenson Button. Button moved to BAR, where he took the seat vacated by the Toyota-bound Olivier Panis. Panis joined Formula One debutant, and reigning CART champion, Cristiano da Matta at the Japanese team, in an all-new lineup for 2003. Allan McNish, one of the drivers replaced at Toyota, signed with Renault as a test driver, while his teammate from 2002, Mika Salo, left Formula One altogether.

Felipe Massa left his Sauber drive to assume the duties of test driver for Ferrari. His place at Sauber was taken by Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who had replaced Massa on a one-off basis for the United States Grand Prix, after having driven for Arrows before the team's collapse.

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 2002 Formula Nippon champion Ralph Firman.

Jaguar replaced both Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa for 2003. Their new drivers were Mark Webber, who signed from Minardi, and debutant Antônio Pizzonia, who drove in the International Formula 3000 series in 2002 whilst also performing test driver duties for Williams. Webber's vacated seat at Minardi was filled by Justin Wilson, who had won the International Formula 3000 title in 2001. Alex Yoong's Minardi contract from 2002 was not renewed and he moved to the CART series, albeit only for a brief stint, in 2003. He was replaced at Minardi by Jos Verstappen, who had spent a season on the sidelines after losing his Arrows drive to Heinz-Harald Frentzen in 2002.

Mid-season changes

Minardi's Justin Wilson joined Jaguar from the German Grand Prix onwards, filling in for the under-performing Antônio Pizzonia, who was offered a test driving role at the team but turned it down. He would later resurface as a test driver at Williams. Wilson's seat at Minardi was taken by the Danish driver Nicolas Kiesa, who joined Formula One from the International Formula 3000 series.

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 for Jordan. Baumgartner, another driver who had been competing in the International Formula 3000 series, was the first Hungarian driver to race in Formula One.

Ralf Schumacher was unable to race in Italy, due to concussion. He was replaced at Williams by Marc Gené, the team's test driver, for that particular race, before returning for the following Grand Prix.

After a string of disappointing results in 2003, Jacques Villeneuve was replaced at BAR by test driver Takuma Sato for the Japanese Grand Prix. 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).

Safety Car

For this season, Mercedes-Benz provided a new Safety Car in the shape of the CLK 55 AMG for one year only, replacing the previous SL55 AMG.[5]

Formula One 2003 race schedule

Round Race Date Location
1 Australian Grand Prix 9 March 23x15px Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
2 Malaysian Grand Prix 23 March 23x15px Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
3 Brazilian Grand Prix 6 April 23x15px Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
4 San Marino Grand Prix 20 April 23x15px Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola
5 Spanish Grand Prix 4 May 23x15px Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
6 Austrian Grand Prix 18 May 23x15px A1-Ring, Spielberg
7 Monaco Grand Prix 1 June 23x15px Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
8 Canadian Grand Prix 15 June 23x15px Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
9 European Grand Prix 29 June 23x15px Nürburgring, Nürburg
10 French Grand Prix 6 July 23x15px Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours
11 British Grand Prix 20 July 23x15px Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
12 German Grand Prix 3 August 23x15px Hockenheimring, Hockenheim
13 Hungarian Grand Prix 24 August 23x15px Hungaroring, Budapest
14 Italian Grand Prix 14 September 23x15px Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
15 United States Grand Prix 28 September 23x15px Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis
16 Japanese Grand Prix 12 October Template:Country data JPN Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka
  • There was no Belgian Grand Prix during the 2003 season, because of the country's tobacco laws, and that several teams (Ferrari, McLaren, Renault, BAR and Jordan) were in violation of these laws due to their then sponsorship and certain clauses in their contracts. This was later rectified and F1 was allowed to return to Spa-Francorchamps in 2004.

Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rd. Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 23x15px Australian Grand Prix 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Kimi Räikkönen 23x15px David Coulthard 23x15px McLaren-Mercedes Report
2 23x15px Malaysian Grand Prix 23x15px Fernando Alonso 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Kimi Räikkönen 23x15px McLaren-Mercedes Report
3 23x15px Brazilian Grand Prix 23x15px Rubens Barrichello 23x15px Rubens Barrichello 23x15px Giancarlo Fisichella
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Report
4 23x15px San Marino Grand Prix 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
5 23x15px Spanish Grand Prix 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Rubens Barrichello 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
6 23x15px Austrian Grand Prix 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
7 23x15px Monaco Grand Prix 23x15px Ralf Schumacher 23x15px Kimi Räikkönen 23x15px Juan Pablo Montoya 23x15px Williams-BMW Report
8 23x15px Canadian Grand Prix 23x15px Ralf Schumacher 23x15px Fernando Alonso 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
9 23x15px European Grand Prix 23x15px Kimi Räikkönen 23x15px Kimi Räikkönen 23x15px Ralf Schumacher 23x15px Williams-BMW Report
10 23x15px French Grand Prix 23x15px Ralf Schumacher 23x15px Juan Pablo Montoya 23x15px Ralf Schumacher 23x15px Williams-BMW Report
11 23x15px British Grand Prix 23x15px Rubens Barrichello 23x15px Rubens Barrichello 23x15px Rubens Barrichello 23x15px Ferrari Report
12 23x15px German Grand Prix 23x15px Juan Pablo Montoya 23x15px Juan Pablo Montoya 23x15px Juan Pablo Montoya 23x15px Williams-BMW Report
13 23x15px Hungarian Grand Prix 23x15px Fernando Alonso 23x15px Juan Pablo Montoya 23x15px Fernando Alonso 23x15px Renault Report
14 23x15px Italian Grand Prix 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
15 23x15px United States Grand Prix 23x15px Kimi Räikkönen 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
16 Template:Country data JPN Japanese Grand Prix 23x15px Rubens Barrichello 23x15px Ralf Schumacher 23x15px Rubens Barrichello 23x15px Ferrari Report

Drivers

Pos Driver AUS
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MAL
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BRA
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SMR
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ESP
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AUT
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MON
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CAN
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EUR
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
23x15px
ITA
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USA
23x15px
JPN
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Points
1 23x15px Michael Schumacher 4 6 Ret 1 1 1 3 1 5 3 4 7 8 1 1 8 93
2 23x15px Kimi Räikkönen 3 1 2 2 Ret 2 2 6 Ret 4 3 Ret 2 4 2 2 91
3 23x15px Juan Pablo Montoya 2 12 Ret 7 4 Ret 1 3 2 2 2 1 3 2 6 Ret 82
4 23x15px Rubens Barrichello Ret 2 Ret 3 3 3 8 5 3 7 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 65
5 23x15px Ralf Schumacher 8 4 7 4 5 6 4 2 1 1 9 Ret 4 Ret 12 58
6 23x15px Fernando Alonso 7 3 3 6 2 Ret 5 4 4 Ret Ret 4 1 8 Ret Ret 55
7 23x15px David Coulthard 1 Ret 4 5 Ret 5 7 Ret 15 5 5 2 5 Ret Ret 3 51
8 23x15px Jarno Trulli 5 5 8 13 Ret 8 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 3 7 Ret 4 5 33
9 23x15px Jenson Button 10 7 Ret 8 9 4 DNS Ret 7 Ret 8 8 10 Ret Ret 4 17
10 23x15px Mark Webber Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 7 Ret 7 6 6 14 11 6 7 Ret 11 17
11 23x15px Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6 9 5 11 Ret DNS Ret Ret 9 12 12 Ret Ret 13 3 Ret 13
12 23x15px Giancarlo Fisichella 12 Ret 1 15 Ret Ret 10 Ret 12 Ret Ret 13 Ret 10 7 Ret 12
13 23x15px Cristiano da Matta Ret 11 10 12 6 10 9 11 Ret 11 7 6 11 Ret 9 7 10
14 23x15px Nick Heidfeld Ret 8 Ret 10 10 Ret 11 Ret 8 13 17 10 9 9 5 9 6
15 23x15px Olivier Panis Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 13 8 Ret 8 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 6
16 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 9 DNS 6 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 9 10 9 Ret 6 Ret 6
17 23x15px Marc Gené 5 4
18 Template:Country data JPN Takuma Sato 6 3
19
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Ret 10 Ret Ret 8 11 12 Ret 11 15 13 Ret DNS Ret 14 1
20 23x15px Justin Wilson Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 13 Ret Ret 13 14 16 Ret Ret Ret 8 13 1
21 23x15px Antônio Pizzonia 13 Ret Ret 14 Ret 9 Ret 10 10 10 Ret 0
22 23x15px Jos Verstappen 11 13 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 9 14 16 15 Ret 12 Ret 10 15 0
23 23x15px Nicolas Kiesa 12 13 12 11 16 0
24 23x15px Zsolt Baumgartner Ret 11 0
Pos Driver AUS
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MAL
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BRA
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SMR
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ESP
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AUT
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MON
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CAN
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EUR
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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ITA
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USA
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JPN
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Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest lap

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.

Constructors

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Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro won the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship for Constructors
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Williams placed second in the Constructors' Championship
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McLaren finished third in the Constructors' Championship, only two points behind Williams
Pos Constructor Car
no.
AUS
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MAL
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BRA
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SMR
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ESP
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AUT
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MON
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CAN
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EUR
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
23x15px
HUN
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ITA
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USA
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JPN
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Points
1 23x15px 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 23x15px 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 23x15px 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 23x15px 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 23x15px BAR-Honda 16 9 DNS 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 23x16px 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 23x15px 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 Template:Country data JPN 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
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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 23x15px 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
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MAL
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BRA
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SMR
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ESP
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AUT
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MON
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CAN
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EUR
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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ITA
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USA
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JPN
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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.

External links

References

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  3. Anointed test driver for one race in 2003
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