Formula 1 2002 Austrian Grand Prix


Michael Schumacher MSC
Rubens Barrichello BAR
Michael Schumacher
lap 68 - 1:9.298

The 2002 Austrian Grand Prix was won by Michael Schumacher of Ferrari. Rubens Barrichello was a very close second.
Despite being on pole position in Austria, Rubens Barrichello could not convert this into a win.

The race in Austria was round 6 of 17 of the 2002 season.


driver positions through the laps

2002 Austrian Grand Prix

The 2002 Austrian Grand Prix (formally known as Grosser A1 Preis von Österreich) was a Formula One motor race held on 12 May 2002 at the A1-Ring. It was the sixth round of the 2002 Formula One season. This race saw a staged finish, in which race leader Rubens Barrichello was ordered to allow Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher to overtake him and win the Grand Prix. Ferrari wanted their number one driver Schumacher to win the race and collect the maximum points for the Drivers' Championship. Barrichello let him pass on the last lap at the finish line which greatly upset the spectators. Barrichello had also yielded second place to Schumacher at the line in the previous year's event.

On the podium, in response to the jeers of the crowd, Schumacher insisted that Barrichello take the top spot on the podium. Schumacher took the trophy for first place from the Austrian chancellor and gave it to Barrichello, who then took the second-place trophy. Barrichello, Schumacher and Ferrari were fined one million U.S. dollars for the failure to observe Article 170 of the Formula One Sporting Regulations concerning the podium ceremony. As a result of this, and another incident at the United States Grand Prix, the FIA declared new rules against team orders which would artificially affect race results.

The race also featured a huge accident between Takuma Sato and Nick Heidfeld. Heidfeld lost control over his car due to a rear suspension failure on the way into a corner, causing it to spin across the infield and back across the circuit, spinning backwards into the side of Sato's car. Sato suffered minor injuries but got stuck in the wreckage and it took several minutes for the track marshals to cut him out from the vehicle, Juan Pablo Montoya (who just barely avoided being hit himself) said that Heidfeld was travelling so fast that he could not tell if he was going backwards or forwards.

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