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Race report - Raikkonen makes it two in a row 06 Apr 2003

Very wet people in the pit lane!
Formula One World Championship, Rd3, Brazilian Grand Prix, Interlagos, Brazil, 6 April 2003

Amidst scenes of confusion in the pit lane the Brazilian grand prix ended after being red flagged in the 55th lap, following an enormous accident. As the race had covered more than 75 percent of total distance, the results were declared (in accordance with the regulations) from the 53rd lap. Meaning that McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen was awarded the win, his second from two races, with Jordan's Giancarlo Fisichella second and Renault's Fernando Alonso in third.

Unfortunately it was an accident involving Alonso that had brought out the red flag. The Spaniard had suffered a massive crash after hitting debris left by an earlier heavy shunt involving Jaguar's Mark Webber. Although he got out of his Renault himself, Alonso was clearly shaken by the accident and left the track in an ambulance, missing the podium ceremony.

The race was marked by a high rate of attrition with several spectacular accidents as drivers left the wet track and no fewer than four periods of running under the safety car. Ferrari's Rubens Barrichello suffered from cruel misfortune yet again, retiring from the lead after his Ferrari shut down. McLaren's David Coulthard was almost equally unlucky - he pitted from the lead just before the race was red flagged and was pushed down to fourth in the final classification.

Although the heavy rain from earlier in the day had stopped by the time the race began, the track remained very wet throughout - especially through turn 3 where standing water caused no fewer than six drivers to crash out, including Michael Schumacher. The world champion will be keen to forget what has been his worst race weekend for some time.


Final results (as yet unofficial):

1. Kimi Raikkonen - McLaren - Lap 53
2. Giancarlo Fisichella - Jordan - + 0.8 secs
3. Fernando Alonso - Renault - + 6.6 secs
4. David Coulthard - McLaren - + 7.3 secs
5. Heinz-Harald Frentzen - Sauber - + 9.3 secs
6. Jacques Villeneuve - BAR - + 17.9 secs
7. Mark Webber - Jaguar - + 20.0 secs
8. Jarno Trulli - Renault - + 23.5 secs
9. Ralf Schumacher - Williams - + 33.5 secs
10. Cristano da Matta - Toyota - + 1 lap.

Did not finish:

Rubens Barrichello - Ferrari - + 7 laps
Jenson Button - BAR - + 21 laps
Jos Verstappen - Minardi - + 23 laps
Michael Schumacher - Ferrari - + 27 laps
Juan Pablo Montoya - Williams - + 29 laps
Antonio Pizzonia - Jaguar - + 29 laps
Olivier Panis - Toyota - + 36 laps
Ralph Firman - Jordan - + 36 laps
Justin Wilson - Minardi - + 38 laps
Nick Heidfeld - Sauber - + 45 laps.