Michael Schumacher won on his first appearance in new Ferrari F2002 in the Brazilian GP on this day in 2002 after another clash with Juan Pablo Montoya in the first lap.

Ferrari started the 2002 F1 season with the updated F2001 car, with Schumacher winning from pole in Australia and finishing third in Malaysia behind two Williams drivers while in the third race in Brazil only Schumacher had the new F2002.

The value of the new car was already evident in the qualifying when Schumacher finished second in the very hot conditions, which then suited Michelin, 0.127 seconds behind Montoya in the BMW Williams FW24 which was his 75th front row start in Formula 1.

Rubens Barrichello, always very fast on Interlagos, qualified in only eighth place with eight tenths behind Montoya.

Michael Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya had a controversial fight at the start – the German has overtaken the Colombian in the Senna S sequence of corners, but Montoya tried to strike back at the end of the next straight while Schumacher closed the door very late and clipped his opponent’s front wing.

In a previous race in Malaysia, Michael lost his front wing and Montoya was penalized while no drivers were punished after the incident in Brazil.

Michael Schumacher Ferrari F2002 leads Rubens Barrichello Ferrari F2001 Brazilian GP F1 2002 Foto Ferrari
Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello didn’t have the same car in 2002 Brazilian GP (Photo: Ferrari)

Schumacher easily won in front of his brother Ralf, who was only half a second behind him but without any chance of overtaking his older brother who had superior top speed while third-placed Coulthard in McLaren was almost a minute behind.

It was 100th podium for Schumacher in 163 Formula 1 race starts.

Rubens Barrichello got the new F2002 at the next race in Imola and the car was defeated only in Monaco by Coulthard in McLaren MP4-17.

Michael Schumacher finished all 17 races in the podium in 2002 becoming the only driver in Formula One history to finish all podium races on the podium.

STARTING GRID

1 6 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 1:13.114
2 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:13.241 0.127
3 5 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:13.328 0.214
4 3 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:13.565 0.451
5 4 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:13.595 0.481
6 14 Jarno Trulli Renault 1:13.611 0.497
7 15 Jenson Button Renault 1:13.665 0.551
8 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:13.935 0.821
9 7 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 1:14.233 1.119
10 24 Mika Salo Toyota 1:14.443 1.329
11 17 Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar/Cosworth 1:14.464 1.350
12 8 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 1:14.533 1.419
13 16 Eddie Irvine Jaguar/Cosworth 1:14.537 1.423
14 9 G.Fisichella Jordan/Honda 1:14.748 1.634
15 11 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 1:14.760 1.646
16 25 Allan McNish Toyota 1:14.990 1.876
17 12 Olivier Panis BAR/Honda 1:14.996 1.882
18 20 H-H.Frentzen Arrows/Cosworth 1:15.112 1.998
19 10 Takuma Sato Jordan/Honda 1:15.296 2.182
20 23 Mark Webber Minardi/Asiatech 1:15.340 2.226
21 21 Enrique Bernoldi Arrows/Cosworth 1:15.355 2.241
22 22 Alex Yoong Minardi/Asiatech 1:16.728 3.614

RACE RESULTS

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 71 1:31:43.663
2 5 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 71 1:31:44.251 0.588
3 3 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 71 1:32:42.773 59.110
4 15 Jenson Button Renault 71 1:32:50.546 1:06.883
5 6 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 71 1:32:51.226 1:07.563
6 24 Mika Salo Toyota 70 1:32:37.074 1 Lap
7 16 Eddie Irvine Jaguar/Cosworth 70 1:32:41.812 1 Lap
8 17 Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar/Cosworth 70 1:32:59.707 1 Lap
9 10 Takuma Sato Jordan/Honda 69 1:31:52.151 2 Laps
10 11 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 68 1:30:23.915 Engine
11 23 Mark Webber Minardi/Asiatech 68 1:32:37.634 3 Laps
12 4 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 67 1:27:39.929 Wheel
13 22 Alex Yoong Minardi/Asiatech 67 1:32:14.026 4 Laps
(12) 7 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 61 1:21:28.914 Brakes
(5) 14 Jarno Trulli Renault 60 1:18:44.669 Engine
(14) 8 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 41 55:18.570 Collision
(16) 25 Allan McNish Toyota 40 54:31.481 Spun off
(12) 12 Olivier Panis BAR/Honda 25 33:27.282 Gearbox
(17) 20 H-H.Frentzen Arrows/Cosworth 25 33:59.132 Suspension
(20) 21 Enrique Bernoldi Arrows/Cosworth 19 35:40.964 Suspension
(1) 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 16 20:42.686 Hydraulics
(21) 9 G.Fisichella Jordan/Honda 6 9:04.523 Engine

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 3/17 RACES

1 Michael Schumacher 24   10 4 10
2 Ralf Schumacher 16   10 6
3 Juan Pablo Montoya 14   6 6 2
4 Jenson Button 6   3 3
5 Kimi Räikkönen 4   4
6 David Coulthard 4   4
7 Eddie Irvine 3   3
8 Mark Webber 2   2
9 Nick Heidfeld 2   2
10 Mika Salo 2   1 1
11 Felipe Massa 1   1
12 Alex Yoong 0  
13 Allan McNish 0  
14 Pedro de la Rosa 0  
15 Jacques Villeneuve 0  
16 Takuma Sato 0  
17 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 0  
18 Giancarlo Fisichella 0  
Jarno Trulli 0  
Enrique Bernoldi 0  
Rubens Barrichello 0  
Anthony Davidson 0  
Olivier Panis 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Williams/BMW 30   6 16 8
2 Ferrari 24   10 4 10
3 McLaren/Mercedes 8   4 4
4 Renault 6   3 3
5 Jaguar/Cosworth 3   3
6 Sauber/Petronas 3   3
7 Minardi/Asiatech 2   2
8 Toyota 2   1 1
9 BAR/Honda 0  
10 Jordan/Honda 0  
11 Arrows/Cosworth 0  

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