Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya brought the first 1-2 win for the partnership between BMW and Williams, defeating Michael Schumacher in last year’s Ferrari, and the race was marked by contact between Michael Schumacher and Montoya.

In 2002, Ferrari began the season with last year’s F2001, which already proved to be quick enough for pole position and victory in Australia while in hot conditions in Malaysia, it was fast enough for Schumacher to win pole position with 0.231 s advantage over Montoya.

Montoya starts better and before the first turn is slightly ahead of Schumacher on the outside, but the German brakes late and his front wing gets stuck in Montoya’s front right wheel, after which the front wing on the Ferrari F2001 fell off.

The Colombian was punished with the drive through penalty and after the race, Schumacher admitted that the penalty was too harsh.

Malaysian GP main steward Nazir Hoosein has been known for odd decisions before, and in 1998 he was also main steward at Silverstone when Schumacher won by going through the pitlane in the final round, ‘serving’ his penalty, and after that, Hoosein temporarily lost his license for a year.

2002 Malaysian GP start Schumacher Montoya Photo Ferrari

Ralf raced to a dominant victory, fourth in his career after San Marino, Canada and Germany in 2001, and despite the penalty, Montoya managed to finish second and complete the double win for BMW Williams. Williams will wait for the next double win until France in 2003, the last one before this race being in Portugal in 1996 with Hill and Villeneuve.

Button was on his way to the first podium of the F1 career driving the Renault R202, but due to suspension problems he had to slow down and was overtaken by four time champion Schumacher, who finished third. This result will prove important as Schumacher 2002 will finish all races on the podium and thus become the only driver in F1 history to achieve that.

Heidfeld and Massa finished fifth and sixth for Sauber Ferrari, thus earning the last points in the Malaysian GP, with Montoya taking the fastest lap.

STARTING GRID

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:35.266
2 6 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 1:35.497 0.231
3 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:35.891 0.625
4 5 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:36.028 0.762
5 4 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:36.468 1.202
6 3 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:36.477 1.211
7 7 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 1:37.199 1.933
8 15 Jenson Button Renault 1:37.245 1.979
9 9 G.Fisichella Jordan/Honda 1:37.536 2.270
10 24 Mika Salo Toyota 1:37.694 2.428
11 20 H-H.Frentzen Arrows/Cosworth 1:37.919 2.653
12 14 Jarno Trulli Renault 1:37.920 2.654
13 11 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 1:38.039 2.773
14 8 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 1:38.057 2.791
15 10 Takuma Sato Jordan/Honda 1:38.141 2.875
16 21 Enrique Bernoldi Arrows/Cosworth 1:38.284 3.018
17 17 Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar/Cosworth 1:38.374 3.108
18 12 Olivier Panis BAR/Honda 1:38.390 3.124
19 25 Allan McNish Toyota 1:38.959 3.693
20 16 Eddie Irvine Jaguar/Cosworth 1:39.121 3.855
21 23 Mark Webber Minardi/Asiatech 1:39.454 4.188
22 22 Alex Yoong Minardi/Asiatech 1:40.158 4.892

2002 Malaysian GP start Schumacher Barrichello Turn 2 Photo Ferrari

RACE RESULTS

1 5 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 56 1:34:12.912
2 6 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 56 1:34:52.611 39.699
3 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 56 1:35:14.706 1:01.794
4 15 Jenson Button Renault 56 1:35:22.678 1:09.766
5 7 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 55 1:34:13.608 1 lap
6 8 Felipe Massa Sauber/Petronas 55 1:35:21.343 1 lap
7 25 Allan McNish Toyota 55 1:35:38.086 1 lap
8 11 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 55 1:35:52.238 1 lap
9 10 Takuma Sato Jordan/Honda 54 1:34:38.730 2 laps
10 17 Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar/Cosworth 54 1:34:40.393 2 laps
11 20 H-H.Frentzen Arrows/Cosworth 54 1:35:43.490 2 laps
12 24 Mika Salo Toyota 53 1:35:39.091 3 laps
13 9 G.Fisichella Jordan/Honda 53 1:35:52.699 3 laps
(2) 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 39 1:06:12.158 Engine
(11) 23 Mark Webber Minardi/Asiatech 34 1:00:28.720 Electrical
(12) 16 Eddie Irvine Jaguar/Cosworth 30 53:38.552 Hydraulics
(14) 22 Alex Yoong Minardi/Asiatech 29 52:33.790 Gearbox
(4) 4 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 24 40:55.900 Engine
(8) 21 Enrique Bernoldi Arrows/Cosworth 20 34:37.673 Oil pressure
(9) 3 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 15 26:05.350 Engine
(13) 12 Olivier Panis BAR/Honda 9 15:53.842 Clutch
(18) 14 Jarno Trulli Renault 9 16:27.198 Overheating

Fastest lap: Juan Pablo Montoya – 1:38.049 (krug 38)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 2/17 RACES

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

2002 Malaysian GP podium Ralf Schumacher Juan Pablo Montoya Michael Schumacher Photo Ferrari

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Williams/BMW 22 6 16
2 Ferrari 14 10 4
3 McLaren/Mercedes 4 4
4 Jaguar/Cosworth 3 3
5 Renault 3 3
6 Sauber/Petronas 3 3
7 Minardi/Asiatech 2 2
8 Toyota 1 1
9 BAR/Honda 0
10 Jordan/Honda 0
11 Arrows/Cosworth 0

2002 MALAYSIAN GP START – SCHUMACHER vs MONTOYA

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