Michael Schumacher secured his first victory of the 2003 F1 season, day after his mother died, and was also the last race for the super-successful Ferrari F2002, which won 15 of the 19 races.

After the fantastic 2002 season in which Schumacher finished all races on the podium, and Ferrari celebrated in 15/17 races, the new rules and the new season brought an exciting fight at the top of the grid. The new F2003GA was not ready for the start of the season, but the modified F2002 was still the fastest car out there.

Schumacher won second pole position in four races in 2003 on Saturday, but brother Ralf was only 0.014 seconds slower in the BMW Williams FW25. That evening, Schumacher’s mother passed away, but they both decided to race on Sunday.

Ralf passed Michael at the start, but his older brother fought back very quickly after he stayed longer in the first stint and took the lead after the pitstop. Championship leading Raikkonen qualified sixth with more fuel and two stop strategy (the Schumacher brothers and Barrichello went for three stops).

San Marino GP F1 2003 Imola start Photo Ferrari

When Michael got ahead of Ralf, he did not have the trouble to keep the lead and finish ahead of Raikkonen who finished second and kept the lead in the driver’s championship. The third was Barrichello in the second Ferrari F2002.

Ferrari had a problem with Barrichello’s last pitstop and the Brazilian did not manage to pass Raikkonen din the last stint despite having a faster car with fresher tyres. Ralf retained fourth place after Barrichello overtook him in the last stint and Coulthard was fifth in the second McLaren.

Alonso finished sixth for Renault ahead of Montoya in the second Williams and Button in BAR Honda.

STARTING GRID

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:22.327
2 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:22.341 0.014
3 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:22.557 0.230
4 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 1:22.789 0.462
5 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 1:23.015 0.688
6 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:23.148 0.821
7 16 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 1:23.160 0.833
8 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:23.169 0.842
9 17 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 1:23.381 1.054
10 20 Olivier Panis Toyota 1:23.460 1.133
11 9 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 1:23.700 1.373
12 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:23.818 1.491
13 21 C.da Matta Toyota 1:23.838 1.511
14 10 H-H.Frentzen Sauber/Petronas 1:23.932 1.605
15 15 Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar/Cosworth 1:24.147 1.820
16 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 1:24.190 1.863
17 11 G.Fisichella Jordan/Ford 1:24.317 1.990
18 18 Justin Wilson Minardi/Cosworth 1:25.826 3.499
19 12 Ralph Firman Jordan/Ford 1:26.357 4.030
20 19 Jos Verstappen Minardi/Cosworth

RACE RESULTS

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 62 1:28:12.058
2 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 62 1:28:13.940 1.882
3 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 62 1:28:14.349 2.291
4 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 62 1:28:20.861 8.803
5 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 62 1:28:21.469 9.411
6 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 62 1:28:55.747 43.689
7 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 62 1:28:57.329 45.271
8 17 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 61 1:28:13.071 1 lap
9 20 Olivier Panis Toyota 61 1:28:31.807 1 lap
10 9 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 61 1:28:33.715 1 lap
11 10 H-H.Frentzen Sauber/Petronas 61 1:28:34.809 1 lap
12 21 C.da Matta Toyota 61 1:29:01.343 1 lap
13 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 61 1:29:13.272 1 lap
14 15 Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar/Cosworth 60 1:29:23.841 2 laps
15 11 G.Fisichella Jordan/Ford 57 1:23:03.822 Engine
(15) 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 54 1:19:26.442 Halfshaft
(16) 12 Ralph Firman Jordan/Ford 51 1:15:04.924 Engine
(17) 19 Jos Verstappen Minardi/Cosworth 38 56:26.591 Electrical
(18) 18 Justin Wilson Minardi/Cosworth 23 34:26.930 Retired
(13) 16 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 19 27:47.702 Hydraulics

Fastest lap: Michael Schumacher – 1:22.491 (lap 17)

San Marino GP F1 2003 Imola finish line Schumacher Photo Ferrari

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 4/16 RACES

1 Kimi Räikkönen 32   6 10 8 8
2 David Coulthard 19   10 5 4
3 Michael Schumacher 18   5 3 10
4 Fernando Alonso 17   2 6 6 3
5 Rubens Barrichello 14   8 6
6 Ralf Schumacher 13   1 5 2 5
7 Giancarlo Fisichella 10   10
8 Juan Pablo Montoya 10   8 2
9 Jarno Trulli 9   4 4 1
10 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 7   3 4
11 Jacques Villeneuve 3   3
12 Jenson Button 3   2 1
13 Nick Heidfeld 1   1
14 Mark Webber 0  
15 Olivier Panis 0  
16 Cristiano da Matta 0  
17 Ralph Firman 0  
18 Jos Verstappen 0  
19 Antônio Pizzonia 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 McLaren/Mercedes 51   16 10 13 12
2 Ferrari 32   5 11 16
3 Renault 26   6 10 7 3
4 Williams/BMW 23   9 5 2 7
5 Jordan/Ford 10   10
6 Sauber/Petronas 8   3 1 4
7 BAR/Honda 6   2 3 1
8 Toyota 0  
9 Jaguar/Cosworth 0  
10 Minardi/Cosworth 0  

San Marino GP F1 2003 Imola podium Schumacher Raikkonen Barrichello Photo Ferrari

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