Hungarian Grand Prix 2002 - a look back 19 Aug 2003
With Michael Schumacher having already safely wrapped up the 2002 drivers' title two rounds previously, another dominant Ferrari performance in Hungary last year saw the Italian team clinch its fourth successive constructors' championship.
This time it was Rubens Barrichello who led home the scarlet one-two, taking his second win of the season to move into the runner-up spot in the driver standings, a position he would go on to retain thanks to subsequent victories at Monza and Indianapolis.
Barrichello started from pole, with his team mate alongside him, and though Schumacher was never far behind, the world champion was unable to find a way past the Brazilian, either on the track or during their two scheduled stops, which saw Barrichello narrowly retain his lead on both occasions.
The only threat to Schumacher came as he left the grid. On the 'dirty' side of the track, a poor start saw him almost lose second place to brother Ralf, who nearly succeeded in putting his Williams down the inside of the Ferrari going into Turn 1.
While Ralf Schumacher went on to finish a lonely third, team mate Juan Pablo Montoya had a more dramatic race. A bad start dropped him from fourth to seventh on lap one and he then lost out in a thrilling dice with McLarens's Kimi Raikkonen. The pair ran side-by-side around Turn 2 after a mistake from the Colombian allowed Raikkonen to get a run on him.
Montoya refused to give way, but was eventually forced wide, running over the gravel and damaging his car. He lost three places instantly and was then forced to pit early to have broken bodywork pulled from his chassis. He rejoined in 12th and eventually finished 11th.
Raikkonen's move on Montoya was just part of another fine drive from the young Finn. Both he and team mate David Coulthard proved McLaren's race pace to be far superior to their disappointing qualifying speed, which had put them 11th and 10th on the grid respectively. They went on to finish in fourth and fifth, with Jordan's Giancarlo Fisichella taking the final point.
The Hungaroring proved worthy of its reputation as being a difficult circuit for overtaking, with few real passing moves. Felipe Massa just missed out on a point in seventh, despite pressuring Fisichella for much of the race. Similarly, Sauber team mate Nick Heidfeld had to settle for ninth after failing to find a way past the Renault of Jarno Trulli, whose poor start had dropped him from sixth to ninth on the opening lap.
After driving consistently all weekend, Anthony Davidson's Grand Prix debut ended in the gravel after he spun off late in the race. The British youngster had been drafted in by Minardi as a temporary replacement for Alex Yoong, who had been struggling with his qualifying form.