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2003 Formula One World Championship

2003 FIA Formula One
World Championship
Drivers' Champion: Michael Schumacher
Constructors' Champion: Ferrari
Previous: 2002 Next: 2004
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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.
Kimi Räikkönen was just two points behind Schumacher with 91 for McLaren.
Juan Pablo Montoya was third with the Williams team and 82 points.
Rubens Barrichello (pictured in 2002) placed fourth
Ralf Schumacher (pictured in 2004) placed fifth

The 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship was the 57th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It began on 9 March 2003 and ended on 12 October after sixteen races. World Championship titles were awarded for both drivers and constructors with Michael Schumacher winning the former and Ferrari awarded the latter.[1]

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 points system for both the Constructors' and Drivers' titles was 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[2] in an attempt to make the title contests closer.

While Ferrari's Michael Schumacher had won the 2002 championship by 67 points from his teammate 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. It was Schumacher's sixth World Drivers' title overall, breaking Juan Manuel Fangio's 46-year-old record of five World Drivers' titles for most Drivers' Championships won. Ferrari's defence of the Constructors' title was challenged throughout the year by Williams and McLaren, one of the few seasons where there were three front-running teams but in the end, Ferrari emerged victorious once again and the team clinched their fifth consecutive World Constructors' title since 1999.

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 since 1978.

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.[3][4]

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Teams and driversEdit

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

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Driver Rounds No. Free Practice driver(s)
  Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2002B
F2003-GA
Ferrari 051B
Ferrari 052
B 1   Michael Schumacher All N/A
2   Rubens Barrichello All
  BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams-BMW FW25 BMW P83 M 3   Juan Pablo Montoya All N/A
4   Ralf Schumacher 1–13,
15–16
  Marc Gené 14
  West McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes MP4-17D Mercedes FO110M
Mercedes FO110P
M 5   David Coulthard All N/A
6   Kimi Räikkönen All
  Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23
R23B
Renault RS23 M 7   Jarno Trulli All 34
44
  Allan McNish
  Franck Montagny[5]
8   Fernando Alonso All
  Sauber Petronas Sauber-Petronas C22 Petronas 03A B 9   Nick Heidfeld All N/A
10   Heinz-Harald Frentzen All
  Jordan Ford Jordan-Ford EJ13 Ford RS1 B 11   Giancarlo Fisichella All 36   Zsolt Baumgartner
  Björn Wirdheim
  Satoshi Motoyama
12   Ralph Firman 1–12,
15–16
  Zsolt Baumgartner 13–14
  Jaguar Racing Jaguar-Cosworth R4 Cosworth CR-5 M 14   Mark Webber All N/A
15   Antônio Pizzonia 1–11
  Justin Wilson 12–16
  Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR-Honda 005 Honda RA003E B 16   Jacques Villeneuve 1–15 N/A
  Takuma Sato 16
17   Jenson Button All
  European Minardi F1 Team Minardi-Cosworth PS03 Cosworth CR-3 B 18   Justin Wilson 1–11 39   Matteo Bobbi
  Gianmaria Bruni
  Nicolas Kiesa 12–16
19   Jos Verstappen All
  Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF103 Toyota RVX-03 M 20   Olivier Panis All N/A
21   Cristiano da Matta All

All engines were required to have ten cylinders and an engine capacity not exceeding 3000 cc,[6] and all were of V10 configuration.[7]

Team changesEdit

  • 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,[8] 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 changesEdit

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).

Season calendarEdit

The 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship was contested over the following sixteen races:

Round Race Date Location
1 Australian Grand Prix 9 March   Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
2 Malaysian Grand Prix 23 March   Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
3 Brazilian Grand Prix 6 April   Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
4 San Marino Grand Prix 20 April   Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola
5 Spanish Grand Prix 4 May   Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
6 Austrian Grand Prix 18 May   A1-Ring, Spielberg
7 Monaco Grand Prix 1 June   Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
8 Canadian Grand Prix 15 June   Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
9 European Grand Prix 29 June   Nürburgring, Nürburg
10 French Grand Prix 6 July   Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours
11 British Grand Prix 20 July   Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
12 German Grand Prix 3 August   Hockenheimring, Hockenheim
13 Hungarian Grand Prix 24 August   Hungaroring, Budapest
14 Italian Grand Prix 14 September   Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
15 United States Grand Prix 28 September   Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis
16 Japanese Grand Prix 12 October   Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka
  • The Belgian Grand Prix was dropped from the 2003 season because of the country's tobacco laws; 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 standingsEdit

Grands PrixEdit

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

World Drivers' Championship standingsEdit

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

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest lap

Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

Points were awarded to the top eight classified finishers.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th 
Points 10 8 6 5 4 3 2 1

World Constructors' Championship standingsEdit

 
Ferrari won the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship for Constructors
 
Williams placed second in the Constructors' Championship
 
McLaren finished third in the Constructors' Championship, only two points behind Williams
Pos Constructor Car
no.
AUS
 
MAL
 
BRA
 
SMR
 
ESP
 
AUT
 
MON
 
CAN
 
EUR
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
GER
 
HUN
 
ITA
 
USA
 
JPN
 
Points
1   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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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   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
 
MAL
 
BRA
 
SMR
 
ESP
 
AUT
 
MON
 
CAN
 
EUR
 
FRA
 
GBR
 
GER
 
HUN
 
ITA
 
USA
 
JPN
 
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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship – Drivers' and Constructors' Final Standings, www.fia.com via web.archive.org Retrieved 5 July 2015
  2. ^ 2003 Formula One Sporting Regulations, www.jomenvisst.de via web.archive.org Retrieved 5 July 2015
  3. ^ Collings, Timothy (2003-03-06). "Formula One: Villeneuve hits out". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  4. ^ McKay, Peter (2003-03-31). "Inside Line: It's close ... but Ferrari isn't panicking". drive.com.au. Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2013-06-09.
  5. ^ Anointed test driver for one race in 2003
  6. ^ 2003 Formula One Technical Regulations, www.fia.com via web.archive.org Retrieved 5 July 2015
  7. ^ 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship – F1 Guide, www.fia.com via web.archive.org Retrieved 5 July 2015
  8. ^ "Jordan set to lose Honda deal". BBC Sport. 3 May 2002. Retrieved 17 October 2013.

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