28 July 2002
German GP 2002 - Michael completes dream weekend.
Enrique Bernoldi joined the list of retirees two laps after his final stop, leaving just twelve cars running with 15 laps to go, but the action was not done there. Eddie Irvine finally called it quits following his third spin, all caused by his traction control malfunctioning, and then a misfire, which sapped the R3 of power. Giancarlo Fisichella, impressive in qualifying and the warm-up, had endured an anonymous race by the time his Honda engine expired, and Raikkonen's eventful day ended with the McLaren heading backwards into the tyres at the final turn.
Engine supplier Mercedes had already suffered the indignity of Coulthard being lapped in front of its brand new corporate grandstand, but the Scot at least went on to salvage fifth from a trying weekend to keep his hat in the ring in the battle for second in the points. Nick Heidfeld, who had qualified poorly in the Sauber, raced maturely, ahead of team-mate Massa, to take the final point. Just nine cars took the chequered flag, with Takuma Sato finishing ahead of Mika Salo's Toyota to round out the order. The Japanese rider was unlucky that, with the points beckoning, the only retirements happened in his wake, and had to settle for his best result since graduating to Formula One.
Just as the positions up front appeared to have been settled, however, an eventful race produced its final twist, with Ralf Schumacher heading for the pits a mere four laps from home. Many suspected that the German's tyre gamble had failed, but it was later revealed that his car was suffering a pneumatic problem which, after quick attention allowed him to return in a podium position.
The race was all about his elder brother, however, as Michael took one further step towards another record. Victory in Hungary would give the German a tenth success in 2002, and sole possession of the title but, in the meantime, with the summer break beckoning, Michael has three quiet weeks to reflect on his dream weekend.
1. Michael Schumacher Germany Ferrari-Ferrari 67 laps 1hr 27min 52.078secs
2. Juan Montoya Colombia Williams-BMW +10.503secs
3. Ralf Schumacher Germany Williams-BMW +14.466secs
4. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +23.195secs
5. David Coulthard Britain McLaren-Mercedes +1 lap
6. Nick Heidfeld Germany Sauber-Petronas +1 lap
7. Felipe Massa Brazil Sauber-Petronas +1 lap
8. Takuma Sato Japan Jordan-Honda +1 lap
9. Mika Salo Finland Toyota-Toyota +1 lap
Rtd Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Jordan-Honda 59 laps completed
Rtd Eddie Irvine Britain Jaguar-Cosworth 59 laps completed
Rtd Kimi Raikkonen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 57 laps completed
Rtd Enrique Bernoldi Brazil Arrows-Cosworth 48 laps completed
Rtd Olivier Panis France BAR-Honda 39 laps completed
Rtd Jarno Trulli Italy Renault-Renault 36 laps completed
Rtd Jacques Villeneuve Canada BAR-Honda 27 laps completed
Rtd Jenson Button Britain Renault-Renault 24 laps completed
Rtd Allan McNish Britain Toyota-Toyota 23 laps completed
Rtd Mark Webber Australia Minardi-Asiatech 23 laps completed
Rtd Heinz-Harald Frentzen Germany Arrows-Cosworth 18 laps completed
Rtd Pedro de la Rosa Spain Jaguar-Cosworth 0 laps completed
Dnq Alex Yoong Malaysia Minardi-Asiatech
Michael Schumacher Ferrari-Ferrari 1min 16.462secs lap 44
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