2003 Brazilian Grand Prix

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The 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 6 April 2003 at Autódromo José Carlos Pace (Interlagos).wikipedia
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2003 Formula One World Championship

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It was the third round of the 2003 Formula One World Championship, the 32nd Brazilian Grand Prix and the 700th Formula One World Championship race.
Notable races include the chaotic Brazilian Grand Prix which was hampered by monsoon conditions, and the British Grand Prix where the track was invaded by the now-defrocked priest Neil Horan, who ran onto the Hangar straight, running towards the 250 km/h train of cars, wearing a green kilt and waving religious banners.

Giancarlo Fisichella

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Due to confusion about the timing of the red flag, the win was initially awarded to Kimi Räikkönen of McLaren, with Giancarlo Fisichella of Jordan in second and Fernando Alonso of Renault in third.
Fisichella won three races in his Formula One career, the first of which was at the chaotic 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix, a race abandoned for safety reasons with 15 laps remaining.

Kimi Räikkönen

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Due to confusion about the timing of the red flag, the win was initially awarded to Kimi Räikkönen of McLaren, with Giancarlo Fisichella of Jordan in second and Fernando Alonso of Renault in third. After winning the Malaysian Grand Prix two weeks earlier, McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen led the World Drivers' Championship with 16 points, ten ahead of his teammate David Coulthard in second.
During the next round in Brazil, Räikkönen was declared the winner after the race was stopped on lap 55.

1992 Japanese Grand Prix

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This was also first victory for an Italian driver since Riccardo Patrese won the 1992 Japanese Grand Prix.
This was the final win by an Italian driver until Giancarlo Fisichella won the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix.

David Coulthard

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After winning the Malaysian Grand Prix two weeks earlier, McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen led the World Drivers' Championship with 16 points, ten ahead of his teammate David Coulthard in second.
He managed to take back-to-back points in Brazil and San Marino as he was retired from a collision in Spain.

Fernando Alonso

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Due to confusion about the timing of the red flag, the win was initially awarded to Kimi Räikkönen of McLaren, with Giancarlo Fisichella of Jordan in second and Fernando Alonso of Renault in third. Juan Pablo Montoya of Williams, Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello and Fernando Alonso for Renault tied for third with eight points each.

Juan Pablo Montoya

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Juan Pablo Montoya of Williams, Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello and Fernando Alonso for Renault tied for third with eight points each.

Minardi

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Minardi driver Justin Wilson was passed fit by the FIA medical delegate Sid Watkins to take part in the event.
Another memorable episode happened during the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix.

1999 European Grand Prix

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This was the first victory for a Ford engine since the 1999 European Grand Prix.
This was the final time that both Ferrari cars failed to score until the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Justin Wilson (racing driver)

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Minardi driver Justin Wilson was passed fit by the FIA medical delegate Sid Watkins to take part in the event.
FIA medical delegate Sid Watkins cleared Wilson for the following race in Brazil.

Brazilian Grand Prix

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It was the third round of the 2003 Formula One World Championship, the 32nd Brazilian Grand Prix and the 700th Formula One World Championship race.

Marc Gené

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A lap of 1 minute and 17.288 seconds topped the time sheets for the Williams test driver Marc Gené on the first day.

Rubens Barrichello

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Juan Pablo Montoya of Williams, Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello and Fernando Alonso for Renault tied for third with eight points each.

Antônio Pizzonia

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Antônio Pizzonia was second in a Jaguar and his teammate Mark Webber third.

Jos Verstappen

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Alonso, Fisichella, Allan McNish, the Renault test driver, Minardi's Jos Verstappen, Ralph Firman for Jordan and Wilson made up positions four to nine.
At the Brazilian Grand Prix he had been running ahead of eventual winner Giancarlo Fisichella on the same strategy only to spin off on standing water, but generally the year was one to forget – and many noted that Verstappen was largely outperformed by rookie teammate Justin Wilson.

Jarno Trulli

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In variable weather conditions that saw rain fell 90 minutes in, Renault driver Jarno Trulli set the session's fastest lap, a 1 minute and 14.262 seconds.

Michael Schumacher

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The defending World Drivers' Champion Michael Schumacher of Ferrari was criticised by the German and Italian press for a sub-par beginning to the season.

Ralf Schumacher

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Williams' Ralf Schumacher set the quickest lap on the third day, lowering the overall best time to a 1 minute and 15.352 seconds.

Ralph Firman

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Alonso, Fisichella, Allan McNish, the Renault test driver, Minardi's Jos Verstappen, Ralph Firman for Jordan and Wilson made up positions four to nine.

Jacques Villeneuve

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Jacques Villeneuve of BAR said the petition was detrimental to Formula One, "What would it bring to Formula One for us not to go and qualify? People would think that we are just a bunch of sissies. We can't do that. We are paid a whole lot of money and it would be an insult to the fans."

Jenson Button

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In the first practice session, held in torrential weather conditions and saw four drivers record no lap times, Michael Schumacher was quickest with a lap of 1 minute and 28.060 seconds, followed by Coulthard, British American Racing (BAR) driver Jenson Button, Trulli, Montoya, Barrichello, the Toyota pair of Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta, Fisichella and Heinz-Harald Frentzen of Sauber.

Mark Webber

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Antônio Pizzonia was second in a Jaguar and his teammate Mark Webber third.

British American Racing

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In the first practice session, held in torrential weather conditions and saw four drivers record no lap times, Michael Schumacher was quickest with a lap of 1 minute and 28.060 seconds, followed by Coulthard, British American Racing (BAR) driver Jenson Button, Trulli, Montoya, Barrichello, the Toyota pair of Olivier Panis and Cristiano da Matta, Fisichella and Heinz-Harald Frentzen of Sauber.

Williams FW25

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Williams installed a revised gearbox unit and rear suspension bracket designed specially for the FW25.

Allan McNish

Alonso, Fisichella, Allan McNish, the Renault test driver, Minardi's Jos Verstappen, Ralph Firman for Jordan and Wilson made up positions four to nine.