San Marino statistics 21 Apr 2003
In the end the weather fooled all of the local forecasters. It was cloudy at times during the race weekend, but the long anticipated rain failed to make a showing. The weather throughout the Grand Prix was pleasant and warm, and the rain tyres never left storage in the garages.
Imola had an unusually small crowd by Italian motor racing standards. The official attendance figure for the three days was 82,000, which compares to 105,000 in 2002, 120,000 in 2001 and 180,000 in 2000. The organisers put this down to the clash with the Easter Festival, which is strongly observed throughout Italy. For all that, the spectators along the pit straight screamed themselves hoarse with delight when Rubens Barrichello slipped his Ferrari up the inside of Ralf Schumacher's BMW Williams in the final corner on lap 52, and grabbed third place!
Last year Michael Schumacher took pole position in 1m 21.091s and won the 62-lap race in 1h 29m 10.789s. This time around he took pole at 1m 22.327s and won in 1h 28m 12.058s. That proves that the 2003 breed of cars is quicker, but the slower pole position time is explained by the need to carry sufficient fuel to do the first stint of the race.