Race Results 2003


Round 13 - Hungary, Hungaroring - Race Results

Conditions: dry, sunny; Temperatures: track 41C, air 28C

Position  Driver  Car (Tyres)  Time/Retirement Laps Pitstops
1  Fernando ALONSO  Renault (M)  1h 39:01.460 70 3
2  Kimi RAIKKONEN  McLaren Mercedes (M)  + 0m 16.768s 70 3
3  Juan Pablo MONTOYA  BMW Williams (M)  + 0m 34.500s 70 3
4  Ralf SCHUMACHER  BMW Williams (M)  + 0m 35.600s 70 3
5  David COULTHARD  McLaren Mercedes (M)  + 0m 56.500s 70 2
6  Mark WEBBER  Jaguar Cosworth (M)  + 1m 12.600s 70 3
7  Jarno TRULLI  Renault (M)  + 1 lap 69 3
8  Michael SCHUMACHER  Ferrari (B)  + 1 lap 69 3
9  Nick HEIDFELD  Sauber Petronas (B)  + 1 lap 69 3
10  Jenson BUTTON  BAR Honda (B)  + 1 lap 69 2
11  Cristiano da MATTA  Toyota (M)  + 2 laps 68 3
12  Jos VERSTAPPEN  Minardi Cosworth (B)  + 3 laps 67 3
13  Nicolas KIESA  Minardi Cosworth (B)  + 4 laps 66 3
 Not classified
Ret  Heinz-Harald FRENTZEN  Sauber Petronas (B)  Ran out of fuel 47 1
Ret  Justin WILSON  Jaguar Cosworth (M)  Engine 42 2
Ret  Zsolt BAUMGARTNER  Jordan Ford (B)  Engine 34 1
Ret  Olivier PANIS  Toyota (M)  Gearbox 33 2
Ret  Giancarlo FISICHELLA  Jordan Ford (B)  Engine 28 1
Ret  Rubens BARRICHELLO  Ferrari (B)  Rear suspension failure 19 1
Ret  Jacques VILLENEUVE  BAR Honda (B)  Hydraulics 12 1


Ralph Firman suffered a massive accident in Saturday free practice after a rear wing failure on his Jordan. He was briefly unconscious but soon recovered enough to try and get out of the car. He was taken to the circuit medical centre and then to hospital for checks. He was kept in overnight for observation and will take no further part in the race weekend. The permanent bureau of the Formula One Commission unanimously agreed to issue Zsolt Baumgartner with a superlicense based on his Formula One testing experience with Jordan Ford this season and the FIA have permitted the team to enter Baumgartner as the driver of car number 12 for the remainder of the weekend.

The dirty side of the track caused problems for the Williams duo at the start, compounded for Ralf Schumacher by a spin at Turn 2 which dropped him to last bar da Matta who had stalled on the grid. The latter subsequently restarted from the pits.

Fernando Alonso started as he meant to go on by holding the lead and pulling away at the rate of about 2 seconds a lap. He pitted early, confirming suspicions that he was running a light fuel-load, but regained the lead when Raikkonen pitted soon after and never lost it again.

Ralf Schumacher was a man on a mission working his way back through the field, gaining P8 after only 15 laps.

Rubens Barrichello suffered a catastrophic left rear suspension failure which saw the wheel fly off and him fly headlong into the tyre wall at Turn 1. Fortunately he escaped unhurt from the massive impact, and managed not to collect anyone else on the way.

Michael Schumacher failed to dazzle, and suffered from an overly long second pit stop which seemed to seal his fate.

Juan Pablo Montoya survived a late scare when he spun on L61, was very lucky to avoid the gravel trap and just managed to hold 3rd place ahead of his teammate, the hard-charging Ralf Schumacher.

But "man of the match" has to go to the young lion Fernando Alonso, who drove a faultless race, supported by equally faultless performance from his pit crew, to take the chequered flag over 16 seconds clear of his nearest rival and a lap ahead of the great Michael Schumacher. In doing so, he took the record for the youngest ever winner of a GP at just 22 years 26 days (not to mention the first Spaniard to win), adding this to the youngest ever pole sitter record which he secured back in Malaysia.

And the Championship is on a knife-edge, with just one point separating 1st (Michael Schumacher) from 2nd (Juan Pablo Montoya) and 2nd from 3rd (Kimi Raikkonen).

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