Kimi Raikkonen won his first pole position in 2003 European GP at Nurburgring while Ralf Schumacher won his first race of the season on this day in 2003.

After having missed the pole position in Brazil for 0.059 seconds (and started fourth), and in Austria for 0.039 seconds (second behind Michael Schumacher), Kimi Raikkonen secured his first pole position at the Nurburgring and first for McLaren in 2003.

This time, Raikkonen was the one who beat his rivals for few hundreds of a second – Michael Schumacher was 0.032 s slower and Ralf Schumacher was 0.096 seconds behind the Finn.

At the start of the race, Ralf passed Michael and slotted behind Raikkonen, who slightly built his lead ahead of the Schumacher brothers. At the end of the lap 15 Kimi was 8.7 seconds ahead of Ralf, and in the lap 16 the Finn enters the pits, just like Michael Schumacher.

Ralf enters the pits five laps later, at the end of the lap 21 and returns 4.4 seconds behind Raikkonen. The gap between the leading duo stabilized, but Raikkonen retired in lap 26 due to a Mercedes engine failure.

After that, Ralf easily kept his lead while Montoya overtook Michael on the outside of the turn eight. Michael was stuck in the sand with his rear wheels, but as the engine was still running, marshals pushed him back on the track.

Nurburgring F1 2003 European GP podium Ralf Schumacher Montoya Barrichello Photo Ferrari

Ralf celebrated in front of Montoya, the first 1-2 victory for Williams in 2003, and third was Barrichello in Ferrari ahead of Alonso in Renault, who also finished fourth in the last race in Canada.

Michael Schumacher finished fifth and increased his lead in front of Raikkonen to seven points while Ralf was third, 15 points behind his brother.

After two missed poles in a row in Monaco and Canada, Ralf finally came from third place at Nurburgring and will celebrate again in France, one week after Nurburgring.

It was the fifth victory for Ralf Schumacher in Formula 1 – first was in 2001 at Imola as he added two more wing in the same year in Canada and Germany and in 2002 in Malaysia.

STARTING GRID

1 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 1:31.523
2 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:31.555 0.032
3 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:31.619 0.096
4 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 1:31.765 0.242
5 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:31.780 0.257
6 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 1:31.976 0.453
7 20 Olivier Panis Toyota 1:32.350 0.827
8 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:32.424 0.901
9 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:32.742 1.219
10 21 C.da Matta Toyota 1:32.949 1.426
11 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 1:33.066 1.543
12 17 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 1:33.395 1.872
13 11 G.Fisichella Jordan/Ford 1:33.553 2.030
14 12 Ralph Firman Jordan/Ford 1:33.827 2.304
15 10 H-H.Frentzen Sauber/Petronas 1:34.000 2.477
16 15 Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar/Cosworth 1:34.159 2.636
17 16 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 1:34.596 3.073
18 19 Jos Verstappen Minardi/Cosworth 1:36.318 4.795
19 18 Justin Wilson Minardi/Cosworth 1:36.485 4.962
20 9 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas

RACE RESULTS

1 4 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 60 1:34:43.622
2 3 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 60 1:35:00.443 16.821
3 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 60 1:35:23.295 39.673
4 8 Fernando Alonso Renault 60 1:35:49.353 1:05.731
5 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 60 1:35:49.784 1:06.162
6 14 Mark Webber Jaguar/Cosworth 59 1:34:54.232 1 Lap
7 17 Jenson Button BAR/Honda 59 1:35:09.235 1 Lap
8 9 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 59 1:35:31.084 1 Lap
9 10 H-H.Frentzen Sauber/Petronas 59 1:35:50.134 1 Lap
10 15 Antônio Pizzonia Jaguar/Cosworth 59 1:35:50.844 1 Lap
11 12 Ralph Firman Jordan/Ford 58 1:35:03.384 2 Laps
12 11 G.Fisichella Jordan/Ford 58 1:35:27.655 2 Laps
13 18 Justin Wilson Minardi/Cosworth 58 1:35:52.926 2 Laps
14 19 Jos Verstappen Minardi/Cosworth 57 1:35:08.512 3 Laps
15 5 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 56 1:29:24.488 Spun off
(12) 21 C.da Matta Toyota 53 1:26:09.847 Engine
(15) 16 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 51 1:23:47.858 Gearbox
(5) 7 Jarno Trulli Renault 37 58:47.403 Fuel pump
(13) 20 Olivier Panis Toyota 37 59:54.199 Brakes
(1) 6 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren/Mercedes 25 39:28.590 Engine

Fastest lap: Kimi Raikkonen – 1:32.621 (lap 14)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 9/16 RACES

1 Michael Schumacher 58   5 3 10 10 10 6 10 4
2 Kimi Räikkönen 51   6 10 8 8 8 8 3
3 Ralf Schumacher 43   1 5 2 5 4 3 5 8 10
4 Juan Pablo Montoya 39   8 2 5 10 6 8
5 Fernando Alonso 39   2 6 6 3 8 4 5 5
6 Rubens Barrichello 37   8 6 6 6 1 4 6
7 David Coulthard 25   10 5 4 4 2
8 Jarno Trulli 13   4 4 1 1 3
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 10   10
10 Jenson Button 10   2 1 5 2
11 Mark Webber 9   2 2 2 3
12 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 7   3 4
13 Cristiano da Matta 3   3
14 Jacques Villeneuve 3   3
15 Nick Heidfeld 2   1 1
16 Olivier Panis 1   1
17 Ralph Firman 1   1
18 Antônio Pizzonia 0  
19 Jos Verstappen 0  
20 Justin Wilson 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 95   5 11 16 16 16 7 14 10
2 Williams/BMW 82   9 5 2 7 9 3 15 14 18
3 McLaren/Mercedes 76   16 10 13 12 12 10 3
4 Renault 52   6 10 7 3 8 1 7 5 5
5 BAR/Honda 13   2 3 1 5 2
6 Jordan/Ford 11   10 1
7 Sauber/Petronas 9   3 1 4 1
8 Jaguar/Cosworth 9   2 2 2 3
9 Toyota 4   3 1
10 Minardi/Cosworth 0  

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