Podium ceremony - Spain 04 May 2003
Michael Schumacher displayed his delight with the Ferrari F2003-GA on the Barcelona podium after driving the new car to victory in its debut race. It was the world champion's fifth Grand Prix triumph at the Circuit de Catalunya and the 66th win of his Formula One career.
Equally pleased with Sunday's result was Spaniard Fernando Alonso, who chased Schumacher for 65 laps of the Barcelona track to take a well-earned second place in front of his jubilant home fans. The Renault driver moves into third place in the world championship, just three points behind his Ferrari rival.
Alonso's ablity to run at Schumacher's pace provided solace for those that had feared the new Ferraris would walk away from the pack this afternoon.
Indeed, the Spaniard's speed meant that Rubens Barrichello had to settle for the final podium spot in the second Ferrari, as he crossed the finishing line in third, just over 12 seconds behind the Renault.
Nevertheless, the result means that Ferrari move into a strong second place in the constructors' standings, just three points behind leaders McLaren, who failed to score today.