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San Marino race commentary, start - lap 30 23 Apr 2003

Mark Webber (AUS) Jaguar Cosworth R4 
Formula One World Championship, Rd4, San Marino Grand Prix, Race Day, Imola, Italy, 20 April 2003

Pre race: Clear skies and warm air give make for excellent racing weather, and it looks like the rain tyres will be going home unused.

Minardi's Jos Verstappen failed to set a time in the second qualifying session and so will start from the pit lane.

Jordan's Ralph Firman is also in the pit, having qualified in last place.

Parade lap: All cars get away cleanly. The thoughts of race fans around the world are with the Schumacher brothers, sharing the front row of the grid together, mourning the loss of their mother who died the previous night.

Justin Wilson pits for fuel.

Start: Ralf Schumacher takes P1 from the start, Michael Schumacher is second and Rubens Barrichello third ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya. Mark Webber has dropped right back after a poor start, from fifth on the grid to 11th. And Antonio Pizzonia in the second Jaguar fails to start and is pushed to the pits.

Lap 2: Michael Schumacher keeps his brother in range,
with Barrichello right behind. Montoya is still fourth, a little way back. Antonio Pizzonia leaves the pits and rejoins the race in last place, one lap down.

Lap 3: Panis is obviously running light in the Toyota. He's moved up from tenth to seventh already.

Michael Schumacher puts in the fastest lap of the race so far.

Lap 4: The first six runners are all in striking distance of each other. Michael Schumacher presses his brother hard for the lead, racing wheel-to-wheel. Ralf holds onto P1.

Lap 6: Michael Schumacher attacks Ralf hard again.

Lap 7: In a reversal of fortunes, Ralf now draws our a small safety margin over his brother.

Juan Pablo Montoya takes fastest lap.

Lap 8: Ralf comes under serious pressure from Michael again.

JPM takes another fastest lap. The Williams is looking right on the pace with the upgraded aero and rear suspension pack.

Lap 9: Michael Schumacher takes fastest lap.

Lap 10: Now Alonso takes fastest lap in the Renault, running back in sixth.

Lap 11: Panis pits in from seventh, Toyota are on a three-stop strategy. He rejoins in 16th.

Lap 12: Montoya takes back the fastest lap title.

Lap 13: But not for long... now Ralf Schumacher puts in the fastest lap. Heidfeld in the Sauber and da Matta in the second Toyota pit, both on three-stop strategies.

Lap 14: Another fastest lap for Michael Schumacher as Alonso pits.

Lap 15: Mark Webber pits for the first of his scheduled three stops. But he is charged with breaking the pit lane speed limit, and given a drive through penalty! Trulli also pits.

Lap 16: Ralf Schumacher pits in for the first of his three stops. Michael Schumacher moves through into the lead. The Italian crowd goes wild as the Ferrari takes P1.

Lap 17: Michael Schumacher sets another fastest lap, pushing desperately hard to give himself margin for a stop. Barrichello and Montoya both pit, rejoining in fifth and sixth places.

Lap 18: Michael Schumacher pits and rejoins ahead of brother Ralf. Kimi Raikkonen and David Coulthard (both on two-stoppers) move up into first and second places respectively, Michael is third, Ralf fourth, Barrichello fifth and Montoya sixth. Jacques Villeneuve, Giancarlo Fisichella and Heinz-Harald Frentzen all make their first stops.

Lap 20: Jacques Villeneuve stops out on track with a mechanical failure in the BAR. Webber takes his drive-through penalty, emerging in 12th place. Jos Verstappen makes his first pit stop.

Lap 21: David Coulthard pits from second in the McLaren. He rejoins the race in sixth place.

Lap 22: Kimi Raikkonen pits in from the lead in the McLaren. With the front runners all having taken their first pit stops, Michael Schumacher has emerged with a six second lead over brother Ralf.

Lap 23: Justin Wilson retires from the pitlane with a mechanical problem in the Minardi.

Lap 24: Michael Schumacher's margin is up to 7.4 seconds over Ralf Schumacher. Rubens Barrichello and Kimi Raikkonen make up the top four.

Lap 26: Jordan's Ralph Firman appears to be scrapping with team-mate Fisichella (who has already pitted) until he makes his first stop at the end of the lap,
after a long first stint.

Lap 27: Olivier Panis pits in for the second time, falling from eighth place to 13th.

Lap 28: da Matta follows his team-mate into the pits, dropping from tenth to 14th.

Lap 30: Montoya comes in for his second stop but the team can't get the refuelling rig to work. The Columbian is sent back out again...