2002 F1 World Championship

  • 2002
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  • F1 World Championship
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Ferrari’s Formula 1 stranglehold tightened in a season of increasing dominance and yet more records. Michael Schumacher equalled Juan Manuel Fangio’s long-standing tally of five World Championship victories, and by a wide margin. He finished every lap of the season, every race on the podium, and won eleven times – each establishing a new benchmark. Ferrari scored as many points as the rest of the field combined.

Although the team started the year with its 2001 car, it still dominated the Australian Grand Prix. Ferrari introduced the F2002 after Schumacher could only finish third in Malaysia, his worst result of the year. The car proved so dominant that Schumacher and team-mate Rubens Barrichello would only lose once more. But Ferrari angered F1 fans and the establishment by imposing team orders as early as the Austrian GP in May, when it demanded that Barrichello relinquish the lead. This race had been Barrichello’s finest in F1: he outpaced Schumacher in qualifying and again in the race before pulling over after the last corner. The Brazilian did win four races later in the season, but the suspicion always lingered that his team-mate was paying him back for Austria.

Williams-BMW proved a major disappointment following the promise displayed in 2001. Ralf Schumacher did lead a 1-2 for the team in Malaysia but that was their only win. Juan Pablo Montoya qualified on pole position for seven races including averaging 161.423 mph at Monza to set a new record for a single GP qualifying lap, eclipsing the previous best set by Keke Rosberg at Silverstone in 1985. But despite having the most powerful engine in F1, the combination of the Williams chassis and Michelin tyres did not have the pace to challenge over a race distance. Ferrari enjoyed being the only leading team supplied tyres by Bridgestone, while Williams shared Michelin with McLaren-Mercedes.

David Coulthard held off Michael Schumacher at Monaco to score McLaren’s only win of the year but he could only finish fifth in the championship. Kimi Raikkonen replaced countryman Mika Hakkinen as Coulthard’s team-mate and emerged as a true star of the future. He would have won at Magny-Cours had he not run wide in a corner after slipping on oil late in the race. That allowed Schumacher by, and Raikkonen had to settle for second place. Spectacular wheel-to-wheel dices with Montoya at Hockenheim and Hungaroring further demonstrated that Raikkonen had championship potential.

Apart from these three teams only Eddie Irvine’s improving Jaguar recorded a podium finish when third at Monza. Jenson Button re-established himself with a series of points finishes and, together with Jarno Trulli, helped Renault to fourth place in the championship. Local drivers earned their place in the media spotlight in the first and last races of the season. Minardi’s Mark Webber and Jordan’s Takuma Sato were ecstatic to finish fifth in Australia and Japan respectively.

Toyota made their long-awaited F1 debut and competition with the Honda-powered BAR and Jordan teams to be top Japanese manufacturer became one of the year’s sub-plots. Mika Salo finished sixth in two early races for Toyota but both BAR and Jordan passed their rivals as the year progressed.

The effects of an uncertain world economy were felt in F1 with several teams struggling to find sufficient sponsorship. Prost went out of business before the season began and Arrows disappeared with five races remaining.

Races

Round Race name Date Circuit Laps Winner

1

Foster's Australian Grand Prix

03/03/2002

Albert Park

58

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

2

Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

17/03/2002

Sepang

56

Ralf Schumacher

BMW Williams F1

3

Grande Premio do Brasil

31/03/2002

Interlagos

71

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

4

Gran Premio di San Marino

14/04/2002

Imola

62

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

5

Gran Premio Marlboro de Espana

28/04/2002

Catalunya

65

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

6

Grosser A1 Preis von Osterreich

12/05/2002

Spielberg

71

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

7

Grand Prix de Monaco

26/05/2002

Monte Carlo

78

David Coulthard

West McLaren Mercedes

8

Grand Prix Air Canada

09/06/2002

Montreal

70

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

9

Grosser Allianz Preis von Europa

23/06/2002

Nurburgring

60

Rubens Barrichello

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

10

Foster's British Grand Prix

07/07/2002

Silverstone

60

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

11

Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France

21/07/2002

Magny-Cours

72

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

12

Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland

28/07/2002

Hockenheim

67

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

13

Marlboro Magyar Nagydij

18/08/2002

Hungaroring

77

Rubens Barrichello

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

14

Grand Prix Foster's de Belgique

01/09/2002

Spa-Francorchamps

44

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

15

Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia

15/09/2002

Monza

53

Rubens Barrichello

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

16

SAP United States Grand Prix

29/09/2002

Indianapolis

73

Rubens Barrichello

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

17

Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix

13/10/2002

Suzuka

53

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

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