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2003 Formula One season

2003 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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Ralf Schumacher driving his Williams at 2003 United States Grand Prix. For Michael Schumacher's brother, 2003 was the best season in his career


The 2003 Formula One season was the 54th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It commenced on March 9, 2003, and ended on October 12 after sixteen races.

After a dominant two years from Scuderia Ferrari and Michael Schumacher the 2003 world championship proved to be the most closely contested in decades as for a great part of the season several drivers from several teams had mathematical chances of fighting for the title. Eight different drivers won a Grand Prix, amongst them there were three first time winners.

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. Kimi Räikkönen, driving for McLaren-Mercedes, and Juan Pablo Montoya, driving for BMW Williams, had a chance of claiming the 2003 championship right until the end of the season at the Japanese Grand Prix. Another notable race was the Hungarian Grand Prix, which saw a young Fernando Alonso winning his first Formula One race.

After failing to complete the 2002 season due to financial difficulties, the Arrows team had their application for admission to the 2003 season rejected by the FIA prior to the season start date. No reason was publicly given by the FIA, and Arrows subsequently folded after 25 years in Formula One.

Another feature of the season was the introduction of rules and regulations to improve F1's excitement and to help the financial difficulties of the smaller teams. One-lap qualifying was introduced as a way for smaller teams to get more TV time. Optional Friday testing was introduced to help reduce testing costs and to give smaller teams a cheaper alternative to testing in exchange for less testing miles on test days (which were banned in 2004). The scoring system was changed to 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 in an attempt to make the constructors' and drivers' title races closer, and only one type of wet weather tyre was allowed to be used in wet weather races.

Drivers and constructors

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2003 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver Test driver(s)
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2002
F2003-GA
Ferrari 051 3.0 V10
Ferrari 052 3.0 V10
B 1 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Badoer
22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW25 BMW P83 3.0 V10 M 3 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Antônio Pizzonia 1
22px-Flag of Spain.png Marc Gené 2
4 22px-Flag of Germany.png Ralf Schumacher
22px-Flag of Spain.png Marc Gené
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-17D Mercedes FO110M 3.0 V10
Mercedes FO110P 3.0 V10
M 5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard 22px-Flag of Austria.png Alexander Wurz
6 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen
22px-Flag of France.png Mild Seven Renault F1 Team Renault R23
R23B
Renault RS23 3.0 V10 M 7 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Jarno Trulli 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Allan McNish
8 22px-Flag of Spain.png Fernando Alonso
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Sauber Petronas Sauber C22 Petronas 03A 3.0 V10 B 9 22px-Flag of Germany.png Nick Heidfeld 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Neel Jani
10 22px-Flag of Germany.png Heinz Harald Frentzen
22px-Flag of Ireland.png Jordan Ford Jordan EJ13 Ford RS1 3.0 V10 B 11 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella 22px-Flag of Hungary.png Zsolt Baumgartner
22px-Flag of Japan.png Satoshi Motoyama
12 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Ralph Firman 3
22px-Flag of Hungary.png Zsolt Baumgartner
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Racing Jaguar R4 Cosworth CR-5 3.0 V10 M 14 22px-Flag of Australia.png Mark Webber 22px-Flag of Germany.png Andre Lotterer
15 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Antônio Pizzonia
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Justin Wilson 4
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 005 Honda RA003E 3.0 V10 B 16 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve 5
22px-Flag of Japan.png Takuma Sato
22px-Flag of Japan.png Takuma Sato
17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jenson Button
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif European Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS03 Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 B 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Justin Wilson 22px-Flag of Denmark.png Nicolas Kiesa
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Matteo Bobbi
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Gianmaria Bruni
22px-Flag of Denmark.png Nicolas Kiesa 6
19 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png Jos Verstappen
22px-Flag of Japan.png Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF103 Toyota RVX-03 3.0 V10 M 20 22px-Flag of France.png Olivier Panis 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ricardo Zonta
21 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Cristiano da Matta

Driver changes

Felipe Massa left his Sauber drive to assume the duties of test driver for Ferrari. Jenson Button left Renault to take Panis' seat at BAR. Fernando Alonso moved up from the Renault test driving slot to a full time drive, replacing Jenson Button. Heinz Harald Frentzen joined Sauber to take over from Massa. Frentzen had driven for the Arrows team for part of the 2002 season, but left after the German Grand Prix. The Arrows team folded several days later without contesting another Grand Prix. Takuma Sato left the Jordan team to take the place of several others (Anthony Davidson, Darren Manning, Ryo Fukuda and Patrick Lemarié) as the sole test driver for BAR, being replaced by new driver Ralph Firman.

Team changes

Toyota announced midway through the 2002 season that both drivers (Mika Salo and Allan McNish) would be replaced. Olivier Panis joined from BAR and Cristiano da Matta signed from the Newman Haas team in the CART series. After being replaced at Toyota, Allan McNish signed with Renault as a test driver. Jaguar replaced both Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa. Their new drivers were Mark Webber and Antônio Pizzonia. At Minardi, Webber's vacated seat was filled by Justin Wilson. Alex Yoong's Minardi contract from 2002 was not renewed and he was replaced in that team by Jos Verstappen.

Results and Standings

Grand Prix

Round Race Date Location Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 22px-Flag of Australia.png Australian Grand Prix March 9 Melbourne 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
2 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png Malaysian Grand Prix March 23 Sepang 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
3 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Brazilian Grand Prix April 6 Interlagos 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Jordan-Ford Report
4 22px-Flag of San Marino.png San Marino Grand Prix April 20 Imola 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
5 22px-Flag of Spain.png Spanish Grand Prix May 4 Catalunya 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
6 22px-Flag of Austria.png Austrian Grand Prix May 18 A1-Ring 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
7 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Monaco Grand Prix June 1 Monaco 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-BMW Report
8 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Canadian Grand Prix June 15 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
9 22px-Flag of Europe.png European Grand Prix June 29 Nürburgring 22px-Flag of Germany.png Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-BMW Report
10 22px-Flag of France.png French Grand Prix July 6 Magny-Cours 22px-Flag of Germany.png Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-BMW Report
11 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png British Grand Prix July 20 Silverstone 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
12 22px-Flag of Germany.png German Grand Prix August 3 Hockenheimring 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-BMW Report
13 22px-Flag of Hungary.png Hungarian Grand Prix August 24 Hungaroring 22px-Flag of Spain.png Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of France.png Renault Report
14 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian Grand Prix September 14 Monza 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
15 22px-Flag of the United States.png United States Grand Prix September 28 Indianapolis 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
16 22px-Flag of Japan.png Japanese Grand Prix October 12 Suzuka 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello 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 FRA 22px-Flag of France.png GBR 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png GER 22px-Flag of Germany.png HUN 22px-Flag of Hungary.png ITA 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif USA 22px-Flag of the United States.png JPN 22px-Flag of Japan.png Pts
1 22px-Flag of Germany.png M.Schumacher 4 6 Ret 1 1 1 3 1 5 3 4 7 8 1 1 8 93
2 22px-Flag of Finland.png Räikkönen 3 1 2 2 Ret 2 2 6 Ret 4 3 Ret 2 4 2 2 91
3 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Montoya 2 12 Ret 7 4 Ret 1 3 2 2 2 1 3 2 6 Ret 82
4 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Barrichello Ret 2 Ret 3 3 3 8 5 3 7 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1 65
5 22px-Flag of Germany.png R.Schumacher 8 4 7 4 5 6 4 2 1 1 9 Ret 4 Ret 12 58
6 22px-Flag of Spain.png Alonso 7 3 3 6 2 Ret 5 4 4 Ret Ret 4 1 8 Ret Ret 55
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Coulthard 1 Ret 4 5 Ret 5 7 Ret 15 5 5 2 5 Ret Ret 3 51
8 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Trulli 5 5 8 13 Ret 8 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 3 7 Ret 4 5 33
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Button 10 7 Ret 8 9 4 Ret Ret 7 Ret 8 8 10 Ret Ret 4 17
10 22px-Flag of Australia.png Webber Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 7 Ret 7 6 6 14 11 6 7 Ret 11 17
11 22px-Flag of Germany.png Frentzen 6 9 5 11 Ret DNS Ret Ret 9 12 12 Ret Ret 13 3 Ret 13
12 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Fisichella Ret Ret 1 15 Ret Ret 10 Ret 12 Ret Ret 13 Ret 10 7 Ret 12
13 22px-Flag of Brazil.png da Matta Ret 11 10 12 6 10 9 11 Ret 11 7 6 11 Ret 9 7 10
14 22px-Flag of Germany.png Heidfeld Ret 8 Ret 10 10 Ret 11 Ret 8 13 17 10 9 9 5 9 6
15 22px-Flag of France.png Panis Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 13 8 Ret 8 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 10 6
16 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Villeneuve 9 Ret 6 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 9 10 9 Ret 6 Ret 6
17 22px-Flag of Spain.png Gené 5 4
18 22px-Flag of Japan.png Sato 6 3
19 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Firman Ret 10 Ret Ret 8 11 12 Ret 11 15 13 Ret Ret 14 1
20 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Wilson Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 13 Ret Ret 13 14 16 Ret Ret Ret 8 13 1
21 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Pizzonia Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret 9 Ret 10 10 10 Ret 0
22 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png Verstappen 11 13 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 9 14 16 15 Ret 12 Ret 10 15 0
23 22px-Flag of Denmark.png Kiesa 12 13 12 11 16 0
24 22px-Flag of Hungary.png Baumgartner Ret 11 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 FRA 22px-Flag of France.png GBR 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png GER 22px-Flag of Germany.png HUN 22px-Flag of Hungary.png ITA 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif USA 22px-Flag of the United States.png JPN 22px-Flag of Japan.png Pts
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)


Pos Driver Constructor(s) Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari 16 6 8 5 5 93
2 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren Mercedes 16 1 10 2 3 91
3 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams BMW 16 2 9 1 3 82
4 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari 16 2 8 3 3 65
5 22px-Flag of Germany.png Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams BMW 15 2 3 3 1 58
6 22px-Flag of Spain.png Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of France.png Renault 16 1 4 2 1 55
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren Mercedes 16 1 3 0 0 51
8 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Jarno Trulli 22px-Flag of France.png Renault 16 0 1 0 0 33
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jenson Button 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png BAR Honda 16 0 0 0 0 17
10 22px-Flag of Australia.png Mark Webber 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Cosworth 16 0 0 0 0 17
11 22px-Flag of Germany.png Heinz-Harald Frentzen 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Sauber Petronas 16 0 1 0 0 13
12 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Jordan Ford 16 1 1 0 0 12
13 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Cristiano da Matta 22px-Flag of Japan.png Toyota 16 0 0 0 0 10
14 22px-Flag of Germany.png Nick Heidfeld 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Sauber Petronas 16 0 0 0 0 6
15 22px-Flag of France.png Olivier Panis 22px-Flag of Japan.png Toyota 16 0 0 0 0 6
16 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png BAR Honda 15 0 0 0 0 6
17 22px-Flag of Spain.png Marc Gené 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams BMW 1 0 0 0 0 4
18 22px-Flag of Japan.png Takuma Sato 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png BAR Honda 1 0 0 0 0 3
19 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Ralph Firman 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Jordan Ford 14 0 0 0 0 1
20 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Justin Wilson 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Minardi Cosworth
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Cosworth
16 0 0 0 0 1
21 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Antônio Pizzonia 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Cosworth 11 0 0 0 0 0
22 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png Jos Verstappen 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Minardi Cosworth 16 0 0 0 0 0
23 22px-Flag of Denmark.png Nicolas Kiesa 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Minardi Cosworth 5 0 0 0 0 0
24 22px-Flag of Hungary.png Zsolt Baumgartner 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Jordan Ford 2 0 0 0 0 0

Constructors

Pos Constructor 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 FRA 22px-Flag of France.png GBR 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png GER 22px-Flag of Germany.png HUN 22px-Flag of Hungary.png ITA 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif USA 22px-Flag of the United States.png JPN 22px-Flag of Japan.png Pts
1 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari 4 6 Ret 1 1 1 3 1 5 3 4 7 8 1 1 8 158
Ret 2 Ret 3 3 3 8 5 3 7 1 Ret Ret 3 Ret 1
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams 2 12 Ret 7 4 Ret 1 3 2 2 2 1 3 2 6 Ret 144
8 4 7 4 5 6 4 2 1 1 9 Ret 4 5 Ret 12
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren 3 1 2 2 Ret 2 2 6 Ret 4 3 Ret 2 4 2 2 142
1 Ret 4 5 Ret 5 7 Ret 15 5 5 2 5 Ret Ret 3
4 22px-Flag of France.png Renault 7 3 3 6 2 Ret 5 4 4 Ret Ret 4 1 8 Ret Ret 88
5 5 8 13 Ret 8 6 Ret Ret Ret 6 3 7 Ret 4 5
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png BAR 10 7 Ret 8 9 4 Ret Ret 7 Ret 8 8 10 Ret Ret 4 26
9 DNS 6 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret Ret 9 10 9 Ret 6 Ret 6
6 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Sauber 6 9 5 11 Ret DNS Ret Ret 9 12 12 Ret Ret 13 3 Ret 19
Ret 8 Ret 10 10 Ret 11 Ret 8 13 17 10 9 9 5 9
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 7 Ret 7 6 6 14 11 6 7 Ret 11 18
Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret 9 Ret 10 10 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 13
8 22px-Flag of Japan.png Toyota Ret 11 white10 12 6 10 9 11 Ret 11 7 6 11 Ret 9 7 16
Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret 13 8 Ret 8 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 10
9 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Jordan Ret Ret 1 15 Ret Ret 10 Ret 12 Ret Ret 13 Ret 10 7 Ret 13
Ret 10 Ret Ret 8 11 12 Ret 11 15 13 Ret Ret 11 Ret 14
10 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Minardi Ret Ret Ret Ret 11 13 Ret Ret 13 14 16 12 13 12 11 16 0
11 13 Ret Ret 12 Ret Ret 9 14 16 15 Ret 12 Ret 10 15
Pos Constructor 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 FRA 22px-Flag of France.png GBR 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png GER 22px-Flag of Germany.png HUN 22px-Flag of Hungary.png ITA 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif USA 22px-Flag of the United States.png JPN 22px-Flag of Japan.png Pts


Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps Points
1 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari F2002
F2003-GA
Ferrari 051 V10
Ferrari 052 V10
B 16 8 16 8 8 158
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-BMW FW25 BMW P83 V10 M 16 4 12 4 4 144
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes MP4-17D Mercedes Benz F0110M V 10 M 16 2 13 2 3 142
4 22px-Flag of France.png Renault R23
R23B
Renault RS23 V10 M 16 1 5 2 1 88
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png BAR-Honda 005 Honda RA003E V10 B 16 0 0 0 0 26
6 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Sauber-Petronas C22 Petronas 03A V10 B 16 0 1 0 0 19
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jaguar-Cosworth R4 Cosworth CR-5 V10 M 16 0 0 0 0 18
8 22px-Flag of Japan.png Toyota TF103 Toyota RVX-03 V10 M 16 0 0 0 0 16
9 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Jordan-Ford EJ13 Ford CR-5 V10 B 16 1 1 0 0 13
10 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Minardi-Cosworth PS03 Cosworth CR-3 V10 B 16 0 0 0 0 0

Notes

  1. Pizzonia was offered a test driving role at Jaguar but turned it down, and would later resurface as a test driver at BMW-Williams.
  2. Williams driver Marc Gené replaced Ralf Schumacher, in Italy.
  3. Ralph Firman suffered injuries as a result of a crash during practice in Hungary. He was replaced by Zsolt Baumgartner for several races before returning to finish the season in the EJ15.
  4. Having started the season driving for Minardi, Justin Wilson later joined the Jaguar team and filled in for the under-performing Antônio Pizzonia for the last 5 races of the season.
  5. Denmark's Nicolas Kiesa took over Wilson's vacated seat in the Minardi.
  6. After a string of disappointing results in 2003, Jacques Villeneuve was replaced at BAR by test driver Takuma Sato for the Japanese GP. Villeneuve would later drive for Renault in 2004 as a replacement driver, and sign a multi-year contract at Sauber for 2005 (though he was replaced in 2006).
  7. Renault took part in the Friday testing session. People thought it was not only odd, because not only were they a manufacturer, but also they would get less testing miles. However, Mike Gascoyne the technical director for Renault in 2003 said that not only did Renault save money, Renault also got MORE testing mileage out of their cars.


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