On the eve of the sixteenth and final race of the championship in 2003 Michael Schumacher had nine points lead in front of Kimi Raikkonen in McLaren and he needed only one point (eighth place) if Raikkonen wins the race.

To make the race more interesting, rain fell during qualifying and favoured drivers who went on the track first. Schumacher started 14th, and his only championship rival Raikkonen was eighth.

Schumacher survived the scare after unsuccessfully trying to overtake Takuma Sato in the BAR Honda when he lost his front wing, but he was able to recover and win the point he needed for the sixth title.

Rubens Barrichello won ahead of McLaren duo Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard while Ferrari secured the constructors’ championship for the fifth year in a row.

Michael Schumacher became the first driver in history of Formula 1 with six titles, one year after he equalled Juan Manuel Fangio’s record. Argentinian won his first title in 1951 before winning four consecutive titles between 1954 and 1957.

STARTING GRID

1 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:31.713
2 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 1:32.412 0.699
3 21 C.da Matta Toyota 1:32.419 0.706
4 20 Olivier Panis Toyota 1:32.862 1.149
5 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:33.044 1.331
6 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 1:33.106 1.393
7 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:33.137 1.424
8 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:33.272 1.559
9 17 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 1:33.474 1.761
10 15 Justin Wilson Jaguar/Cosworth 1:33.558 1.845
11 9 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 1:33.632 1.919
12 10 H-H.Frentzen Sauber/Petronas 1:33.896 2.183
13 16 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 1:33.924 2.211
14 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:34.302 2.589
15 12 Ralph Firman Jordan/Ford 1:34.771 3.058
16 11 G.Fisichella Jordan/Ford 1:34.912 3.199
17 19 Jos Verstappen Minardi/Cosworth 1:34.975 3.262
18 18 Nicolas Kiesa Minardi/Cosworth 1:37.226 5.513
19 7 Jarno Trulli Renault
20 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW

RACE RESULTS

1 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 53 1:25:11.743
2 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 53 1:25:22.828 11.085
3 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 53 1:25:23.357 11.614
4 17 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 53 1:25:44.849 33.106
5 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 53 1:25:46.012 34.269
6 16 Takuma Sato BAR/Honda 53 1:26:03.435 51.692
7 21 C.da Matta Toyota 53 1:26:08.537 56.794
8 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:26:11.230 59.487
9 9 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 53 1:26:11.902 1:00.159
10 20 Olivier Panis Toyota 53 1:26:13.587 1:01.844
11 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 53 1:26:22.748 1:11.005
12 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 52 1:25:12.351 1 lap
13 15 Justin Wilson Jaguar/Cosworth 52 1:25:42.985 1 lap
14 12 Ralph Firman Jordan/Ford 51 1:25:20.772 2 laps
15 19 Jos Verstappen Minardi/Cosworth 51 1:26:00.145 2 laps
16 18 Nicolas Kiesa Minardi/Cosworth 50 1:25:21.313 3 laps
11 G.Fisichella Jordan/Ford 33 54:09.005 Out of fuel
8 Fernando Alonso Renault 17 27:26.077 Engine
10 H-H.Frentzen Sauber/Petronas 9 15:16.756 Engine
3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 9 15:23.691 Hydraulics

Fastest lap: Ralf Schumacher – 1:33.408 (lap 43)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 16/16 RACES

1 Michael Schumacher 93   5 3 10 10 10 6 10 4 6 5 2 1 10 10 1
2 Kimi Räikkönen 91   6 10 8 8 8 8 3 5 6 8 5 8 8
3 Juan Pablo Montoya 82   8 2 5 10 6 8 8 8 10 6 8 3
4 Rubens Barrichello 65   8 6 6 6 1 4 6 2 10 6 10
5 Ralf Schumacher 58   1 5 2 5 4 3 5 8 10 10 5
6 Fernando Alonso 55   2 6 6 3 8 4 5 5 5 10 1
7 David Coulthard 51   10 5 4 4 2 4 4 8 4 6
8 Jarno Trulli 33   4 4 1 1 3 3 6 2 5 4
9 Jenson Button 17   2 1 5 2 1 1 5
10 Mark Webber 17   2 2 2 3 3 3 2
11 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 13   3 4 6
12 Giancarlo Fisichella 12   10 2
13 Cristiano da Matta 10   3 2 3 2
14 Nick Heidfeld 6   1 1 4
15 Olivier Panis 6   1 1 4
16 Jacques Villeneuve 6   3 3
17 Marc Gené 4   4
18 Takuma Sato 3   3
19 Ralph Firman 1   1
20 Justin Wilson 1   1
21 Antônio Pizzonia 0  
22 Jos Verstappen 0  
23 Nicolas Kiesa 0  
24 Zsolt Baumgartner 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 158   5 11 16 16 16 7 14 10 8 15 2 1 16 10 11
2 Williams/BMW 144   9 5 2 7 9 3 15 14 18 18 8 10 11 12 3
3 McLaren/Mercedes 142   16 10 13 12 12 10 3 9 10 8 12 5 8 14
4 Renault 88   6 10 7 3 8 1 7 5 5 3 11 12 1 5 4
5 BAR/Honda 26   2 3 1 5 2 1 1 3 8
6 Sauber/Petronas 19   3 1 4 1 10
7 Jaguar/Cosworth 18   2 2 2 3 3 3 2 1
8 Toyota 16   3 1 1 2 7 2
9 Jordan/Ford 13   10 1 2
10 Minardi/Cosworth 0  
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