12 May 2002
Austrian GP 2002 - Rubens robbed.
With one of the BMW-powered cars likely to finish on the podium, unless their rivalry got the better of them, some attention at least fell upon the four-way scrap for the final points. Villeneuve had, by this stage, been in for the 'splash-and-dash' that would complete his three-part race and dropped to eighth, now on an equal footing with those he was chasing.
Fisichella had got the better of both Button and Coulthard since his one and only stop, but had a three-car train in his wake, prompting him to defend furiously. This he did to the flag, giving Jordan some succour after the Sato incident by opening its 2002 account. DC fended off Button for the final point as the order remained unchanged.
The contest at the front appeared to be all but over well before the chequered flag was taken from its stand, for Barrichello had managed to re-establish his four-second lead over the reigning world champion and looked to be heading for only his second ever F1 win. The cynics could not accept the fact, however, and pointed to increased radio activity on the Ferrari section of pit-wall as proof that something was amiss.
Sure enough, the gap between the two red cars began to shrink at more than the rate that Schumacher's new lap records would have suggested and, with a lap to run, just a second remained between the championship leader and his Brazilian team-mate. With memories of twelve months previously, when Barrichello ceded the runners-up spot to his team-mate, flashing through the minds of the A1-Ring crowd, it became visibly obvious that the long-time leader had been asked to slow.
As the pair rounded the final corner, Barrichello pulled aside in an action replay of 2002 but, with the remains of Villeneuve's Honda rising into the air, it was victory that had gone up in smoke this time.
1. Michael Schumacher Germany Ferrari-Ferrari 71 laps 1hr 33min 51.562secs
2. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +00.182secs
3. Juan Montoya Colombia Williams-BMW +17.730secs
4. Ralf Schumacher Germany Williams-BMW +18.448secs
5. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Jordan-Honda +49.965secs
6. David Coulthard Britain McLaren-Mercedes +50.672secs
7. Jenson Button Britain Renault-Renault +52.229secs
8. Mika Salo Finland Toyota-Toyota +1min 09.425secs
9. Allan McNish Britain Toyota-Toyota +1min 09.71811.140secs
10. Jacques Villeneuve Canada BAR-Honda +1 lap (not running)
11. Heinz-Harald Frentzen Germany Arrows-Cosworth +2 laps
12. Mark Webber Australia Minardi-Asiatech +2 laps
Rtd Jarno Trulli Italy Renault-Renault 44 laps completed
Rtd Alex Yoong Malaysia Minardi-Asiatech 42 laps completed
Rtd Eddie Irvine Britain Jaguar-Cosworth 38 laps completed
Rtd Nick Heidfeld Germany Sauber-Petronas 27 laps completed
Rtd Takuma Sato Japan Jordan-Honda 26 laps completed
Rtd Olivier Panis France BAR-Honda 22 laps completed
Rtd Felipe Massa Brazil Sauber-Petronas 7 laps completed
Rtd Kimi Raikkonen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 5 laps completed
Rtd Enrique Bernoldi Brazil Arrows-Cosworth 2 laps completed
Rtd Pedro de la Rosa Spain Jaguar-Cosworth 0 laps completed
Michael Schumacher Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 09.298secs lap 68 New lap record
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