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2002 Formula One season

2002 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 2002 Formula One season was the 53rd FIA Formula One World Championship season. It commenced on March 3, 2002, and ended on October 13 after seventeen races. It appeared to be nothing more than a battle for second or third place in the driver's standings for those competing because Michael Schumacher finished first or second in every race except for the Malaysian Grand Prix, where he finished third. He won 11 Grands Prix, winning the title by a record-67 points, and beating the previous record set by Nigel Mansell in the 1992 Formula One season. This record would not be beaten until 2004, also by Schumacher. He would also set the record for shortest time in which the World Drivers Championship had been clinched, securing the title with a win at the French Grand Prix, with 6 races to go in the season.

Drivers and constructors

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2002 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver Test driver(s)
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2001
F2002
Ferrari 050 3.0 V10
Ferrari 051 3.0 V10
B 1 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Badoer
22px-Flag of Brazil.png Luciano Burti
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17 Mercedes-Benz FO110M 3.0 V10 M 3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Alesi
22px-Flag of Austria.png Alexander Wurz
4 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW24 BMW P82 3.0 V10 M 5 22px-Flag of Germany.png Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Antônio Pizzonia
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giorgio Pantano
22px-Flag of Spain.png Marc Gené
6 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Juan Pablo Montoya
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Sauber Petronas Sauber C21 Petronas 02A 3.0 V10 B 7 22px-Flag of Germany.png Nick Heidfeld 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Neel Jani
8 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa
22px-Flag of Germany.png Heinz-Harald Frentzen
22px-Flag of Ireland.png DHL Jordan Honda Jordan EJ12 Honda RA002E 3.0 V10 B 9 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella none
10 22px-Flag of Japan.png Takuma Sato
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 004 Honda RA002E 3.0 V10 B 11 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Darren Manning
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Anthony Davidson
22px-Flag of France.png Patrick Lemarié
22px-Flag of Japan.png Ryo Fukuda
12 22px-Flag of France.png Olivier Panis
22px-Flag of France.png Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R202 Renault RS22 3.0 V10 M 14 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Jarno Trulli 22px-Flag of Spain.png Fernando Alonso
15 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jenson Button
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing Jaguar R3
R3B
Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10
Cosworth CR-4 3.0 V10
M 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Eddie Irvine 22px-Flag of Germany.png André Lotterer
22px-Flag of Australia.png James Courtney
17 22px-Flag of Spain.png Pedro de la Rosa
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Orange Arrows Arrows A23 Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10
Cosworth CR-4 3.0 V10
B 20 22px-Flag of Germany.png Heinz-Harald Frentzen none
21 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Enrique Bernoldi
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif KL Minardi Asiatech Minardi PS02 Asiatech AT02 3.0 V10 M 22 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png Alex Yoong 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Tarso Marques
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Matteo Bobbi
22px-Flag of Russia.png Sergei Zlobin
22px-Flag of the Czech Republic.png Jirko Malchárek
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Anthony Davidson
23 22px-Flag of Australia.png Mark Webber
22px-Flag of Japan.png Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF102 Toyota RVX-02 3.0 V10 M 24 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Salo 22px-Flag of Australia.png Ryan Briscoe
22px-Flag of France.png Stéphane Sarrazin
25 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Allan McNish

Driver changes

The 2002 season featured several driver line-up changes before the season and more changes during the season proper.

Before the season opener in Australia, the following lineup changed had occurred:

  • The collapse of the Prost team left several drivers without a race seat in 2002 and cars 18 & 19 unoccupied.
  • Jean Alesi did not seriously pursue an F1 drive for 2002 and signed up a drive with Mercedes in the German DTM.
  • Luciano Burti, who had driven for both Jaguar and Prost in 2001, left the struggling Prost team before their collapse in order to join Luca Badoer in a test role at Ferrari.
  • Tomáš Enge had filled in for the injured Burti at Prost in 2001. He was dropped by Prost at the end of the 2001 season for financial reasons, and returned to Formula 3000 for 2002.
  • With three races left to go in the 2001 season, Mika Häkkinen announced that he was not intending to drive in F1 in 2002. Denying any claim of retirement, he stated that he needed a sabbatical and would return to McLaren at a later time. Häkkinen later officially left McLaren and retired from F1 in 2002, and as of 2007 was instead driving in the German DTM series with fellow F1 refugee Jean Alesi.
  • Kimi Räikkönen was released by Sauber in order to allow him to sign on with McLaren where he took Häkkinen's seat.
  • Felipe Massa was signed by Sauber to take over Räikkönen's seat.
  • Antônio Pizzonia was signed to become a Williams test driver along side Marc Gené. Pizzonia had been driving a Williams sponsored car in the International F3000 series in 2001, and he continued that drive in 2002 along with his test duties at Williams.
  • Midway through 2001, Giancarlo Fisichella announced his intention to leave Benetton after 2001 to drive for Jordan.
  • Benetton replaced Fisichella with Jordan driver Jarno Trulli, meaning that Fisichella and Trulli had swapped seats at the two teams.
  • Takuma Sato left his test driver slot at BAR to join Fisichella as the second main driver at Jordan.
  • Sato's position in the large test driver pool at BAR was taken by compatriot Ryo Fukuda.
  • Ricardo Zonta, realising that he had no future at Jordan, left his reserve seat there to drive in the Telefonica World Series. He would return to F1 in 2003 as a test driver for Toyota.
  • Fernando Alonso left Minardi after an impressive 2001 campaign, and signed on with Renault as a test driver.
  • Alonso's Minardi seat was taken over by Mark Webber.
  • Andre Lotterer was employed as a test driver at Jaguar.
  • Heinz-Harald Frentzen, without a drive after the collapse of Prost, joined the Arrows team for 2002. This was his third different team within two seasons.
  • Frentzen displaced Jos Verstappen at Arrows, and Verstappen was unable to secure a drive at another team. Verstappen resurfaced at Minardi in 2003.
  • Mika Salo (formally with Sauber in 2000) and newcomer Allan McNish arrived with the new Toyota team.

During the season even more changes occurred:

  • Heinz-Harald Frentzen decided to leave Arrows following the German GP due to the uncertain future of that team. Arrows collapsed several days later and did not take part in the rest of the season which also left Enrique Bernoldi without a drive. Frentzen had had an unhappy time in 2001 as well having been sensationally dumped by Jordan mid-season and then driving for Prost before that team's collapse. Frentzen would later drive for Sauber in 2003.

Team changes

  • The Prost team was placed into receivership in November 2001, and was liquidated by the receivers in January 2002. This ended the long history of the team which had competed as Ligier since 1976. A group under the name of Phoenix then purchased the Prost cars and attempted to enter the championship with old Hart engines, Tarso Marques and Gaston Mazzacane as drivers but were refused entry to the championship.
  • Toyota entered the championship after much development work in 2001.
  • The Benetton team had been purchased outright by Renault in 2001 and was renamed Renault F1 for 2002. The team did not substantially change apart from the name, as Benetton had been running a car with Renault components for several seasons.
  • Arrows suffered financial collapse after the German GP, and did not take part in any remaining races. An attempt to register for the 2003 season was rejected by the FIA.

Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rnd Race Date Location Pole Position Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 22px-Flag of Australia.png Australian Grand Prix March 3 Melbourne 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
2 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png Malaysian Grand Prix March 17 Sepang 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Germany.png Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-BMW Report
3 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Brazilian Grand Prix March 31 Interlagos 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
4 22px-Flag of San Marino.png San Marino Grand Prix April 14 Imola 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
5 22px-Flag of Spain.png Spanish Grand Prix April 28 Catalunya 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
6 22px-Flag of Austria.png Austrian Grand Prix May 12 A1-Ring 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
7 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Monaco Grand Prix May 26 Monaco 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
8 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Canadian Grand Prix June 9 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
9 22px-Flag of Europe.png European Grand Prix June 23 Nürburgring 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png British Grand Prix July 7 Silverstone 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
11 22px-Flag of France.png French Grand Prix July 21 Magny-Cours 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
12 22px-Flag of Germany.png German Grand Prix July 28 Hockenheimring 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
13 22px-Flag of Hungary.png Hungarian Grand Prix August 18 Hungaroring 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
14 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Belgian Grand Prix September 1 Spa-Francorchamps 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
15 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian Grand Prix September 15 Monza 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
16 22px-Flag of the United States.png United States Grand Prix September 29 Indianapolis 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
17 22px-Flag of Japan.png Japanese Grand Prix October 13 Suzuka 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report

Drivers

Pos Driver AUS 22px-Flag of Australia.png MAL 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png BRA 22px-Flag of Brazil.png SMR 22px-Flag of San Marino.png ESP 22px-Flag of Spain.png AUT 22px-Flag of Austria.png MON 22px-Flag of Monaco.png CAN 22px-Flag of the Canada.png EUR 22px-Flag of Europe.png GBR 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png FRA 22px-Flag of France.png GER 22px-Flag of Germany.png HUN 22px-Flag of Hungary.png BEL 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png ITA 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif USA 22px-Flag of the United States.png JPN 22px-Flag of Japan.png Points
1 22px-Flag of Germany.png M.Schumacher 1 3 1 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 2 1 2 2 1 144
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Barrichello Ret Ret Ret 2 DNS 2 7 3 1 2 DNS 4 1 2 1 1 2 77
3 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Montoya 2 2 5 4 2 3 Ret Ret Ret 3 4 2 11 3 Ret 4 4 50
4 22px-Flag of Germany.png R.Schumacher Ret 1 2 3 11 4 3 7 4 8 5 3 3 5 Ret 16 11 42
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Coulthard Ret Ret 3 6 3 6 1 2 Ret 10 3 5 5 4 7 3 Ret 41
6 22px-Flag of Finland.png Räikkönen 3 Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 3 Ret 2 Ret 4 Ret Ret Ret 3 24
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Button Ret 4 4 5 12 7 Ret 15 5 12 6 Ret Ret Ret 5 8 6 14
8 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Trulli Ret Ret Ret 9 10 Ret 4 6 8 Ret Ret Ret 8 Ret 4 5 Ret 9
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Irvine 4 Ret 7 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 3 10 9 8
10 22px-Flag of Germany.png Heidfeld Ret 5 Ret 10 4 Ret 8 12 7 6 7 6 9 10 10 9 7 7
11 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Fisichella Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 5 5 5 Ret 7 Ret 6 Ret 8 7 Ret 7
12 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Villeneuve Ret 8 10 7 7 10 Ret Ret 12 4 Ret Ret Ret 8 9 6 Ret 4
13 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Massa Ret 6 Ret 8 5 Ret Ret 9 6 9 Ret 7 7 Ret Ret Ret 4
14 22px-Flag of France.png Panis Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 9 5 Ret Ret 12 12 6 12 Ret 3
15 22px-Flag of Japan.png Sato Ret 9 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 16 Ret Ret 8 10 11 12 11 5 2
16 22px-Flag of Australia.png Webber 5 Ret 11 11 DNS 12 11 11 15 Ret 8 Ret 16 Ret Ret Ret 10 2
17 22px-Flag of Finland.png Salo 6 12 6 Ret 9 8 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 9 15 7 11 14 8 2
18 22px-Flag of Germany.png Frentzen DSQ 11 Ret Ret 6 11 6 13 13 Ret DNQ Ret 13 2
19 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McNish Ret 7 Ret Ret 8 9 Ret Ret 14 Ret 11 Ret 14 9 Ret 15 DNS 0
20 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png Yoong 7 Ret 13 DNQ DNS Ret Ret 14 Ret DNQ 10 DNQ 13 Ret Ret 0
21 22px-Flag of Spain.png de la Rosa 8 10 8 Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret 10 11 9 Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
22 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Bernoldi DSQ Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 Ret 11 Ret DNQ Ret 0
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Davidson Ret Ret 0
Pos Driver AUS 22px-Flag of Australia.png MAL 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png BRA 22px-Flag of Brazil.png SMR 22px-Flag of San Marino.png ESP 22px-Flag of Spain.png AUT 22px-Flag of Austria.png MON 22px-Flag of Monaco.png CAN 22px-Flag of the Canada.png EUR 22px-Flag of Europe.png GBR 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png FRA 22px-Flag of France.png GER 22px-Flag of Germany.png HUN 22px-Flag of Hungary.png BEL 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png ITA 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif USA 22px-Flag of the United States.png JPN 22px-Flag of Japan.png Points
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Did not participate
Blank Injured (INJ)
Blank Excluded (EX)

Constructors

Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Points Wins Podiums Poles
1 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari F2001
F2002
Ferrari 050 V10
Ferrari 051 V10
B 221 15 27 10
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-BMW FW24 BMW P82 V10 M 92 1 13 7
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes MP4-17 Mercedes-Benz F0110M V10 M 65 1 10
4 22px-Flag of France.png Renault R202 RS22 V10 M 23
5 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Sauber-Petronas C21 Petronas 02A V10 B 11
6 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Jordan-Honda EJ12 Honda RA002E V10 B 9
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar-Cosworth R3
R3B
Cosworth CR-3 V10 M 8 1
8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png BAR-Honda 004 Honda RA002E V10 B 7
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Arrows-Cosworth A23 Cosworth CR-3 V10 B 2
10 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Minardi-Asiatech PS02 Asiatech AT02 V10 M 2
11 22px-Flag of Japan.png Toyota TF102 RVX-02 V10 M 2

Qualifying results

Car
No
Driver AUS 22px-Flag of Australia.png MAL 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png BRA 22px-Flag of Brazil.png SAN 22px-Flag of San Marino.png ESP 22px-Flag of Spain.png AUT 22px-Flag of Austria.png MON 22px-Flag of Monaco.png CAN 22px-Flag of the Canada.png EUR 22px-Flag of Europe.png GBR 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png FRA 22px-Flag of France.png GER 22px-Flag of Germany.png HUN 22px-Flag of Hungary.png BEL 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png ITA 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif USA 22px-Flag of the United States.png JPN 22px-Flag of Japan.png
1 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 2 1 2 1 1 3 3 2 3 3 2 1 2 1 2 1 1
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello 1 3 8 2 2 1 5 3 4 2 3 3 1 3 4 2 2
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard 4 6 4 6 7 8 2 8 5 6 6 9 10 6 7 3 3
4 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Raikkonen 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 5 6 5 4 5 11 2 6 6 4
5 22px-Flag of Germany.png Ralf Schumacher 3 4 3 3 3 2 4 4 2 4 5 2 3 4 3 5 5
6 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Juan Pablo Montoya 6 2 1 4 4 4 1 1 1 1 1 4 4 5 1 4 6
7 22px-Flag of Germany.png Nick Heidfeld 10 7 9 7 8 5 17 7 9 10 10 10 8 18 15 10 12
8 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 9 14 12 11 11 7 13 12 11 11 12 14 7 17 14 15
22px-Flag of Germany.png Heinz-Harald Frentzen 11
9 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella 8 9 14 15 12 15 11 6 18 17 wd 6 5 14 12 9 8
10 22px-Flag of Japan.png Takuma Sato 22 15 19 14 18 18 16 15 14 14 14 12 14 16 18 15 7
11 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve 13 13 15 10 15 17 14 9 19 9 13 11 13 12 9 7 9
12 22px-Flag of France.png Olivier Panis 12 18 17 12 13 9 18 11 12 13 11 7 12 9 16 12 16
14 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Jarno Trulli 7 12 6 8 9 16 7 10 7 7 8 6 7 11 8 11
Car
No
Driver AUS 22px-Flag of Australia.png MAL 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png BRA 22px-Flag of Brazil.png SAN 22px-Flag of San Marino.png ESP 22px-Flag of Spain.png AUT 22px-Flag of Austria.png MON 22px-Flag of Monaco.png CAN 22px-Flag of the Canada.png EUR 22px-Flag of Europe.png GBR 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png FRA 22px-Flag of France.png GER 22px-Flag of Germany.png HUN 22px-Flag of Hungary.png BEL 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png ITA 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif USA 22px-Flag of the United States.png JPN 22px-Flag of Japan.png


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