Michael Schumacher won his fifth world champion title and third in a row for Ferrari by winning the 2002 French GP, beating Kimi Raikkonen who was leading for the first time in his F1 career.

On the eve of French GP, which was the 11th of the 17 races in 2002, Schumacher won seven from the first ten races, only stopped by Ralf Schumacher in Malaysia, Coulthard in Monaco and Barrichello in Germany (European GP).

Montoya won his fifth consecutive pole position in BMW Williams FW24 and in the race we were watching the thrilling Ferrari, Williams and McLaren battle.

Raikkonen led for the first time in his F1 career and was on his way to his first win, but the Finn slipped on the oil left by Toyota driver Allan McNich and opened the path for Schumacher to win for the eight time in the first 11 races and to secure his fifth title, equalling legendary Juan Manuel Fangio.

Raikkonen finished second (+1.104 s) in front of his teammate Coulthard (+31.975 s), who for the fifth time in a row set the fastest lap in the French GP, 0.266 faster than Michael Schumacher. Montoya and Ralf finished fourth and fifth for Williams and the last point was won by Button in Renault.

No one has ever secured the championship title at such an early stage of the championship while Michael has additionally strengthened his place in record books since he finished all races in 2002 on the podium, feature than nobody else has ever done in the Formula 1 history.

STARTING GRID

1 6 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 1:11.985
2 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:12.008 0.023 0.032
3 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:12.197 0.212 0.295
4 4 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:12.244 0.259 0.360
5 5 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:12.424 0.439 0.610
6 3 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:12.498 0.513 0.713
7 15 Jenson Button Renault 1:12.761 0.776 1.078
8 14 Jarno Trulli Renault 1:13.030 1.045 1.452
9 16 Eddie Irvine Jaguar/Cosworth 1:13.188 1.203 1.671
10 7 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 1:13.370 1.385 1.924
11 12 Olivier Panis BAR/Honda 1:13.457 1.472 2.045
12 8 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 1:13.501 1.516 2.106
13 11 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 1:13.506 1.521 2.113
14 10 Takuma Sato Jordan/Honda 1:13.542 1.557 2.163
15 17 Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar/Cosworth 1:13.656 1.671 2.321
16 24 Mika Salo Toyota 1:13.837 1.852 2.573
17 25 Allan McNish Toyota 1:13.949 1.964 2.728
18 23 Mark Webber Minardi/Asiatech 1:14.800 2.815 3.911
19 22 Alex Yoong Minardi/Asiatech 1:16.798 4.813 6.686

Didn’t qualify

20 20 H-H.Frentzen Arrows/Cosworth 1:18.497 6.512 9.046
21 21 Enrique Bernoldi Arrows/Cosworth 1:19.843 7.858 10.916
22 9 G.Fisichella Jordan/Honda

RESULTS

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 72 1:32:09.837
2 4 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 72 1:32:10.941 1.104
3 3 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 72 1:32:41.812 31.975
4 6 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 72 1:32:50.512 40.675
5 5 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 72 1:32:51.609 41.772
6 15 Jenson Button Renault 71 1:32:21.991 1 lap
7 7 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 71 1:33:07.050 1 lap
8 23 Mark Webber Minardi/Asiatech 71 1:33:29.831 1 lap
9 17 Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar/Cosworth 70 1:32:27.870 2 laps
10 22 Alex Yoong Minardi/Asiatech 68 1:32:23.782 4 laps
11 25 Allan McNish Toyota 65 1:25:36.853 Engine
(7) 16 Eddie Irvine Jaguar/Cosworth 52 1:07:39.670 Wing
(7) 14 Jarno Trulli Renault 49 1:03:39.511 Engine
(10) 8 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 48 1:03:05.775 Transmission
(12) 24 Mika Salo Toyota 48 1:03:24.998 Engine
(10) 11 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 35 45:47.744 Engine
(17) 12 Olivier Panis BAR/Honda 29 40:12.644 Vibrations
(14) 10 Takuma Sato Jordan/Honda 23 30:08.428 Spun off
2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 0 0. Didn’t start

Fastest lap: David Coulthard – 1:15.045 (lap 62)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 11/17 RACES

1 Michael Schumacher 96 10 4 10 10 10 10 6 10 6 10 10
2 Juan Pablo Montoya 34 6 6 2 3 6 4 4 3
3 Rubens Barrichello 32 6 6 4 10 6
4 Ralf Schumacher 32 10 6 4 3 4 3 2
5 David Coulthard 30 4 1 4 1 10 6 4
6 Kimi Räikkönen 17 4 3 4 6
7 Jenson Button 11 3 3 2 2 1
8 Nick Heidfeld 6 2 3 1
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 6 2 2 2
10 Jarno Trulli 4 3 1
11 Felipe Massa 4 1 2 1
12 Jacques Villeneuve 3 3
13 Eddie Irvine 3 3
14 Olivier Panis 2 2
15 Mark Webber 2 2
16 Mika Salo 2 1 1
17 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2 1 1
18 Allan McNish 0
19 Alex Yoong 0
20 Pedro de la Rosa 0
21 Takuma Sato 0
22 Enrique Bernoldi 0
Anthony Davidson 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 128 10 4 10 16 10 16 6 14 16 16 10
2 Williams/BMW 66 6 16 8 7 6 7 4 3 4 5
3 McLaren/Mercedes 47 4 4 1 4 1 10 9 4 10
4 Renault 15 3 3 2 3 1 2 1
5 Sauber/Petronas 10 3 5 1 1
6 Jordan/Honda 6 2 2 2
7 BAR/Honda 5 5
8 Jaguar/Cosworth 3 3
9 Minardi/Asiatech 2 2
10 Toyota 2 1 1
11 Arrows/Cosworth 2 1 1

Michael Schumacher Kimi Raikkonen French GP F1 2002 Foto Sutton

SCHUMACHER’S QUALIFYING LAP

FERRARI, MCLAREN AND WILLIAMS BATTLE FOR THE LEAD

RACE – Part 1


RACE – Part 2

French GP F1 2002 podium Schumacher Raikkonen Coulthard Photo Ferrari

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