Podium ceremony - Austria 18 May 2003
Ferrari's Michael Schumacher took to the top step of the podium at the A1-Ring after he recorded another victory in an action-packed Austrian Grand Prix, moving him to within two points of Drivers' Championship leader Kimi Raikkonen - who finished in second place for McLaren.
Rubens Barrichello came third in the other F2003-GA, putting Ferrari on top of the Constructors' Championship. Schumacher's victory came after a remarkable drive, and a small pit-lane fire that cost him time during his first pit stop.
"I don't think there is much to say, everything has been shown on TV," he told the post-race press conference when asked about the fire, "I think that we did a great job under the circumstances... the car worked well and we were able to secure the margin we needed for our strategy."
Schumacher's long first stop meant that he rejoined the race behind Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya's Williams. Then, on the very same lap he overtook the young Finn, Montoya's Williams suffered mechanical failure and Schumacher inherited the lead. "That was a tricky moment... I didn't know what Montoya was going to do. In the end he stayed off line and did a proper job."
Raikkonen put in a determined drive for second place, holding off Barrichello's charging Ferrari for the closing laps of the race. He told the press conference that he benefited from a brief period of wet running towards the start of the race. "When it started to rain I sensed that the Michelin tyres started to work slightly better than the Bridgestones."
Barrichello also suffered from problems with the refuelling rig during his first pit stop. "It was a bit frustrating," he said, "but things like that happen. I'm still on the podium."
"I was almost ahead of Kimi," Barrichello added, asked about their determined battle at the end, "but there was no way through so I had to give up."