Race Results 2003


Round 11 - Britain, Silverstone - Race Results

Conditions: dry, sunny; Temperatures: track 30-35C, air 24-26C

Position  Driver  Car (Tyres)  Time/Retirement Laps Pitstops
1  Rubens BARRICHELLO  Ferrari (B)  1h 28:34.554 60 2
2  Juan Pablo MONTOYA  BMW Williams (M)  + 0m 05.462s 60 2
3  Kimi RAIKKONEN  McLaren Mercedes (M)  + 0m 10.656s 60 2
4  Michael SCHUMACHER  Ferrari (B)  + 0m 25.648s 60 2
5  David COULTHARD  McLaren Mercedes (M)  + 0m 36.827s 60 3
6  Jarno TRULLI  Renault (M)  + 0m 43.067s 60 2
7  Cristiano da MATTA  Toyota (M)  + 0m 45.085s 60 3
8  Jenson BUTTON  BAR Honda (B)  + 0m 45.478s 60 2
9  Ralf SCHUMACHER  BMW Williams (M)  + 0m 58.032s 60 3
10  Jacques VILLENEUVE  BAR Honda (B)  + 1m 03.569s 60 2
11  Olivier PANIS  Toyota (M)  + 1m 05.207s 60 3
12  Heinz-Harald FRENTZEN  Sauber Petronas (B)  + 1m 05.564s 60 2
13  Ralph FIRMAN  Jordan Ford (B)  + 1 lap 59 2
14  Mark WEBBER  Jaguar Cosworth (M)  + 1 lap 59 3
15  Jos VERSTAPPEN  Minardi Cosworth (B)  + 2 laps 58 2
16  Justin WILSON  Minardi Cosworth (B)  + 2 laps 58 2
17  Nick HEIDFELD  Sauber Petronas (B)  + 2 laps 58 3
 Not classified
Ret  Fernando ALONSO  Renault (M)  Gearbox 52 2
Ret  Giancarlo FISICHELLA  Jordan Ford (B)  Suspension failure 44 3
Ret  Antonio PIZZONIA  Jaguar Cosworth (M)  Engine 32 1


Not sure where to start on this one - the race was packed with more incident, overtaking and glorious wheel-to-wheel racing than we've seen for years!

Trulli got away to a great start and took the lead off the grid, Barrichello falling back to 3rd behind Raikkonen.

Coulthard's headrest parted company with his car on lap 6, bringing out the safety car while the debris was recovered. He pitted for a new headrest, coming out last behind the two Toyotas who had also pitted during the safety car.

On lap 12, a lunatic was lucky to escape with his life (if not his liberty) when he scaled the security fencing and ran down the Hangar Straight (the fastest part of the circuit). The safety car was immediately deployed and the protester was knocked to the ground and dragged from the track by a marshall. Nearly all teams took advantage of the safety car period to pit, some queueing both team members on the same lap.

The result of this chaos was the unusual sight of the two Toyotas leading the race, da Matta heading his team mate Panis, closely followed by Coulthard - all three of whom had pitted during the first safety car period.

Button, starting from the back of the grid after failing to set a time in qualifying, made up 5 places on the first lap and a further 3 when DC and the two Toyotas pitted during the first safety car period. The second safety car period however saw him fall back again to 18th after queueing in the pits behind JV. He drove a hard race to secure a single point for 8th place.

I won't even attempt to describe the many on track battles that kept the viewers glued to the screen for the remainder of this superb race - if you haven't seen it yet, beg, borrow or steal a taped copy, this is one you don't want to miss!

A well-deserved victory for Barrichello who drove like a demon, but the real winners today were the fans who have waited so long to see the return of racing of this quality. No doubt the security lapse will take the headlines and Bernie will again take the opportunity to knock the track facilities and the abilities of the Silverstone organisers but any circuit that can provide a race like this one should be in no doubt about its place on the F1 Calendar - let us all hope that sense prevails.

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