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Schumacher wins first race of season (04/03/02)

Defending world champion Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) won the first race of the 2002 FIA Formula 1 season on Sunday in Melborne, Australia.
Teammate Rubens Barichello had qualified in pole position, Schumacher in second, his brother Ralf (BMW) in third, the two McLarens of David Coulthard and Kimi Raikonnen in 4th and 5th, with Juan Pablo Montoya (BMW) in sixth place. On the warm up lap both Arrows failed to get away, and although the rules state that you cannot continue, both cars eventually joined the race from the pits. Both were disqualified later for various disgretions.
Rubens Barichello and Ralf Schumacher both got good starts and Ralf tried numerous times to pass Barichello, who blocked him at least twice. When Rubens braked for the first corner, Ralf slammed into the back of the Ferrari, launching his BMW Williams into the air and off the track. The remaining field tried to steer clear of the danger, but Giancarlo Fisichella's Renault was also hit from the back, resulting in a mass pileup. Strangely enough the race wasn't stopped, but continued under pace-car conditions until the debris was cleared.
The drivers who retired as a result of this incident were Rubens Barichello (Ferrari), Ralf Schumacher (BMW Williams), Giancarlo Fisichella (Jordan), Felipe Massa and Nick Heidfeld (Sauber), Jenson Button (Renault), Olivier Panis (BAR) and Alan McNish (Toyota).
The restart saw David Coulthard in the lead, followed by Jarno Trulli (Renault), Juan Pablo Montoya and Michael Schumacher. While Coulthard disappeared into the distance, Schumacher was trying to pass Montoya. They fought for a couple of rounds until he passed Montoya on the outside of a corner. Schumacher then caught up to Trulli and again was held back, this time by a fiercely defending Renault. Trulli's luck ran out with a bizarre mid-corner tail-slide which ended him first in the wall, and then in the middle of the track.
The pace car came out again, and the action was set for Montoya behind Schumacher behind leader Coulthard. However, on the final corner before the restart, Coulthard outbreaked himself and went off the track. He rejoined in 4th behind his teammate but went off again a few laps later. His McLaren started underperforming, and although it did regain most of its power, it was only momentary and he retired later. 3 laps later the rear wing of Jacques Villeneuve's BAR flew off, sending him into the trackside gravel and early retirement from the race.
The rest of the race saw Michael Schmumacher retain the lead until the end, Kimi Raikonnen grabbed second place from Montoya with the help of a pit stop, but had a little excursion over the grass which gave Montoya second position again. Raikonnen thus came home in thrid, Eddie Irvine made it home in 4th place with his Jaguar, despite the two cars having qualified for the bottom of the field. Newcommer and local boy Mark Webber brought his Minardi home in 5th place, earning 2 world championship points in his first-ever race in front of his home crowd. The last point was secured by Mika Salo in the debutant Toyota car, his newcomer teammate Alan McNish falling prey to the first-corner incident.

Australian GP, 3 March 2002
Driver  Team  Pts
 Michael Schumacher  Ferrari 10
 Juan Pablo Montoya  Williams 6
 Kimi Raikkonen  McLaren 4
 Eddie Irvine  Jaguar 3
 Mark Webber  Minardi 2
 Mika Salo  Toyota 1
 
Drivers championship
 Michael Schumacher 10
 Juan Pablo Montoya 6
 Kimi Raikkonen 4
 Eddie Irvine 3
 Mark Webber 2
 Mika Salo 1
 
Constructors championship
 Ferrari 10
 Williams 6
 McLaren 4
 Jaguar 3
 Minardi 2
 Toyota 1

 

Driver / Team Lineup for 2002

Team

Driver

Number

Marlboro Scuderia Ferrari Michael Schumacher 1
Rubens Barrichello 2
West McLaren Mercedes David Coulthard 3
Kimi Räikkönen 4
BMW Williams F1 Ralf Schumacher 5
Juan Pablo Montoya 6
Sauber Petronas Nick Heidfeld 7
Felipe Massa 8
Jordan Honda Giancarlo Fisichella 9
Takuma Sato 10
Lucky Strike BAR Honda Jacques Villeneuve 11
Olivier Panis 12
Mild Seven Renault F1 Jarno Trulli 14
Jenson Button 15
Jaguar Racing Cosworth Eddie Irvine 16
Pedro De La Rosa 17
Orange Arrows Cosworth Enrique Bernoldi 20
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 21
Minardi Asiatech Alex Yoong 22
Mark Webber 23
Panasonic Toyota Racing Mika Salo 24
Allan McNish 25

 


Topsport time table

 

Qual.

Type

Race

Winner

Australia

Mar 2

04:00

Live

Mar 3

04:00

M.Schumacher

Malaysia

Mar 16

07:00

Live

Mar 17

08:00

 

Brazil

Mar 31

08:00

Rec

Mar 31

20:30

 

San Marino

Apr 13

13:00

Rec

Apr 14

13:30

 

Spain

Apr 27

13:00

Live

Apr 28

13:30

 

Austria

May 11

13:00

Live

May 12

13:30

 

Monaco

May 25

13:00

Live

May 24

13:30

 

Canada

Jun 9

08:30

Rec

Jun 9

20:30

 

Europe

Jun 22

13:00

Live

Jun 23

13:30

 

France

Jul 6

13:00

Live

Jul 7

13:30

 

Britain

Jul 13

14:00

Live

Jul 14

13:30

 

Germany

Jul 27

13:00

Live

Jul 28

13:30

 

Hungary

Aug 17

13:00

Live

Aug 18

13:30

 

Belgium

Aug 31

13:00

Live

Sep 1

13:00

 

Italy

Sep 14

13:00

Live

Sep 15

13:30

 

USA

Sep 29

08:30

Rec

Sep 29

20:30

 

Japan

Oct 12

06:00

Live

Oct 13

06:30

 

 

Date Track Event Time Ch.

Mar 2

Australia

3rd Free Practice

00:00 - 00:45

SS2

   

4th Free Practice

01:15 - 02:00

SS2

   

Qualifying

04:00 - 05:00

SS2

Mar 3

 

Warm-up

00:30 - 01:00

SS2

   

Grand Prix

05:00 - 08:00

SS2

Mar 16

Malaysia

3rd Free Practice

03:00 - 03:45

SS2

   

4th Free Practice

04:15 - 05:00

SS2

   

Qualifying

07:00 - 08:00

SS2

Mar 17

 

Warm-up

04:30 - 05:00

SS2

   

Grand Prix

09:00 - 12:00

SS1

Mar 30

Brazil

3rd Free Practice

14:00 - 14:45

SS5

   

4th Free Practice

15:15 - 16:00

SS5

   

Qualifying

18:00 - 19:00

SS2

Mar 31

 

Warm-up

14:30 - 15:00

SS2

   

Grand Prix

19:00 - 22:00

SS2

 

 

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