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Spanish Grand Prix - firsts for 2003 07 May 2003

Justin Wilson (GBR) Minardi Cosworth PS03.
Formula One World Championship, Rd5, Spanish Grand Prix, Race Day, Barcelona, Spain, 4 May 2003

Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix not only gave the new Ferrari F2003-GA its maiden victory, it also provided a number of other 'firsts' for various drivers and teams.

A Spanish driver, Fernando Alonso, led his home Grand Prix for the first time, while Cristiano da Matta and Ralph Firman each scored their first Formula One World Championship points. Mark Webber, Jaguar-Cosworth and Toyota each scored their first points of the 2003 season.

It was also the first time a front-running driver, McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen, has started at the back of the field following a driving error in the new one-lap qualifying session. It also was the first time that Raikkonen has not finished on the podium this season.

The Spanish Grand Prix also marked the first time this year that Renault's Jarno Trulli and Sauber's Heinz-Harald Frentzen have not been classed as finishers. This was also the first classified finish for Minardi rookie Justin Wilson, who was 11th.

On a related note, Alonso's second-place finish equalled the best ever Formula One result recorded by a Spanish driver. Spain's Alfonso de Portago shared the second-placed Ferrari with England's Peter Collins in the 1956 British Grand Prix.