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Austria  2002 Austria Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 17 in the 2002 Formula One season
Circuit A1 Ring.svg
Date May 12, 2002
Official name Grand A1 Prix of Austria
Location A1-Ring, Spielberg, Austria
Course Permanent racing facility
4.326 km (2.684 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 307.146 km (190.564 mi)
Weather Clear
Pole position
Driver Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Time 1:08.082
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:09.298 on lap 68
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Third Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Barrichello makes way for Schumacher
The lighter side of Ferrari at the Grand Prix

The 2002 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on May 12, 2002 at the A1-Ring. It was infamous for the "staged finish", where race leader Rubens Barrichello, who was running first, was ordered to allow Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher to overtake him under "team orders" and win the Grand Prix. Ferrari wanted their number one driver Schumacher to win the race and collect the maximum points for the Drivers' Championship.[1] Barrichello let him pass on the last lap at the finish line which greatly upset the spectators. Barrichello had also yielded second place to Schumacher at the line in the previous year's event.

On the podium, in response to the jeers of the crowd, Schumacher insisted that Barrichello take the top spot on the podium. Schumacher took the trophy for first place from the Austrian chancellor and gave it to Barrichello, who then took the second place trophy. Barrichello, Schumacher and Ferrari were fined one million U.S. dollars for the failure to observe Article 170 of the Formula One Sporting Regulations concerning the podium ceremony.[2] As a result of this, and another incident at the United States Grand Prix, the FIA declared new rules against "team orders" artificially affecting race results.

The race also featured a huge accident between Takuma Sato and Nick Heidfeld - Heidfeld lost control over his car on the way into a corner, causing it to spin across the infield and back across the circuit, side-swiping Sato's car. Sato suffered minor injuries but got stuck in the wreckage and it took several minutes for the race track stewards to cut him out from the vehicle.

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Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:08.082
2 3 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:08.364 +0.282
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:08.704 +0.622
4 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:09.118 +1.036
5 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:09.129 +1.047
6 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:09.154 +1.072
7 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:09.228 +1.146
8 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:09.335 +1.253
9 12 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:09.561 +1.479
10 24 Finland Mika Salo Toyota 1:09.661 +1.579
11 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Arrows-Cosworth 1:09.671 +1.589
12 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Cosworth 1:09.723 +1.641
13 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button Renault 1:09.780 +1.698
14 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Toyota 1:09.818 +1.736
15 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Honda 1:09.901 +1.819
16 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 1:09.980 +1.898
17 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:10.051 +1.969
18 10 Japan Takuma Sato Jordan-Honda 1:10.058 +1.976
19 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1:10.553 +2.471
20 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:10.741 +2.659
21 23 Australia Mark Webber Minardi-Asiatech 1:11.388 +3.306
22 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Minardi-Asiatech 1:12.336 +4.254

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 71 1:33:51.562 3 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 71 +0.182 1 6
3 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 71 +17.730 4 4
4 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 71 +18.448 2 3
5 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Honda 71 +49.965 15 2
6 3 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 71 +50.672 8 1
7 15 United Kingdom Jenson Button Renault 71 +51.229 13  
8 24 Finland Mika Salo Toyota 71 +1:09.425 10  
9 25 United Kingdom Allan McNish Toyota 71 +1:09.718 14  
10 11 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 70 Engine 17  
11 20 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Arrows-Cosworth 69 +2 Laps 11  
12 23 Australia Mark Webber Minardi-Asiatech 69 +2 Laps 21  
Ret 14 Italy Jarno Trulli Renault 44 Fuel pressure 16  
Ret 22 Malaysia Alex Yoong Minardi-Asiatech 42 Engine 22  
Ret 16 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 38 Hydraulics 20  
Ret 7 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 27 Collision 5  
Ret 10 Japan Takuma Sato Jordan-Honda 26 Collision 18  
Ret 12 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 22 Engine 9  
Ret 8 Brazil Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 7 Suspension 7  
Ret 4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 5 Engine 6  
Ret 21 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Cosworth 2 Collision 12  
Ret 17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 0 Throttle 19  

References

  1. ^ "Barrichello Admits Team Orders". www.gpupdate.net. 2008-11-25. http://f1.gpupdate.net/en/news/2008/11/25/barrichello-admits-ferrari-team-orders/. Retrieved 2008-11-25.  
  2. ^ "Official FIA Press Release - The 2002 Austrian Grand Prix". www.fia.com. 2002-06-26. http://www.fia.com/mediacentre/Press_Releases/The_FIA/2002/260602-01.html. Retrieved 2006-10-26.  

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