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Indianapolis 2003 - chronology

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chronology of race weekend

2David Coulthard, Rubens Barrichelloovertaking
3Juan Pablo Montoya, Rubens Barrichelloretired - collision
3Ralf Schumacher, Olivier Panisovertaking
3Fernando Alonso, Juan Pablo Montoyaovertaking
3Jarno Trulli, Juan Pablo Montoyaovertaking
4Juan Pablo Montoya, Jarno Trulliovertaking
5Michael Schumacher, Olivier Panisovertaking
5Fernando Alonso, David Coulthardovertaking
6David Coulthard, Fernando Alonsoovertaking
6Juan Pablo Montoya, Fernando Alonsoovertaking
6Mark Webber, Heinz-Harald Frentzenovertaking
6Justin Wilson, Heinz-Harald Frentzenovertaking
7Juan Pablo Montoya, Michael Schumacherovertaking
7Nick Heidfeld, Jenson Buttonovertaking
7Mark Webber, Jenson Buttonovertaking
7David Coulthard, Michael Schumacherovertaking
7Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacherovertaking
12Olivier Panis, Jacques Villeneuveovertaking
15Fernando Alonso, David Coulthardovertaking
15Juan Pablo Montoya, David Coulthardovertaking
Juan Pablo Montoyadrive through penalty
18Ralf Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Frentzenovertaking
Jenson Buttondriving mistake
22Ralf Schumacherretired - driving mistake
22Mark Webberretired - driving mistake
23Jenson Button, Heinz-Harald Frentzenovertaking
23Jenson Button, David Coulthardovertaking
23Heinz-Harald Frentzen, David Coulthardovertaking
23Justin Wilson, David Coulthardovertaking
23Kimi Räikkonen, David Coulthardovertaking
24Fernando Alonso, David Coulthardovertaking
Juan Pablo Montoyadriving mistake
24Michael Schumacher, David Coulthardcollision
25Kimi Räikkonen, Justin Wilsonovertaking
25Nick Heidfeld, David Coulthardovertaking
26Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonsoovertaking
26Michael Schumacher, Justin Wilsonovertaking
26Jarno Trulli, David Coulthardovertaking
26Giancarlo Fisichella, David Coulthardovertaking
27Fernando Alonso, Justin Wilsonovertaking
28Olivier Panisretired - driving mistake
28Michael Schumacher, Kimi Räikkonenovertaking
28Juan Pablo Montoya, David Coulthardovertaking
David Coultharddriving mistake
29Cristiano da Matta, David Coulthardovertaking
29Jacques Villeneuve, Jos Verstappenovertaking
30Nick Heidfeld, Justin Wilsonovertaking
Cristiano da Mattadriving mistake
32Jos Verstappen, David Coulthardovertaking
33Michael Schumacher, Heinz-Harald Frentzenovertaking
Juan Pablo Montoyadriving mistake
35Nick Heidfeld, Fernando Alonsoovertaking
37Cristiano da Matta, Justin Wilsonovertaking
38Michael Schumacher, Jenson Buttonovertaking
38Jacques Villeneuve, Justin Wilsonovertaking
42Jenson Buttonretired - engine
45Fernando Alonsoretired - engine
46David Coulthardretired - gearbox
Cristiano da Mattadrive through penalty
49Ralph Firmanretired - driving mistake
55Kimi Räikkonen, Heinz-Harald Frentzenovertaking
63Jarno Trulli, Nick Heidfeldovertaking
64Jacques Villeneuveretired - engine
67Juan Pablo Montoya, Giancarlo Fisichellaovertaking
Montoya loses the championship
The championship-contenders start in reversed order: Räikonnen on Pole, Montoya on 4th place and Schumacher on a dissapointing 7th place. If the drivers would have had the same positions in the finish, they would have been seperated from each other with just one point for a great championship finale in Suzuka, but the weather changed everything.

A short time after the start Montoya touches Barrichello who gets stuck in the gravel. Later Montoya gets punished with a drive-through penalty. All drivers are on dry tyres, but it starts to drizzle, then stops again. Many drivers lose lots of time changing tyres twice.

Yet, in the 21st lap it starts to rain heavily. Even though Schumacher just got dry tyres in the 20th lap and has to change again after just one lap, he is able to drive through the field and leads when the rain stops.

Montoya has big troubles in the rain and loses some places, Räikonnen is able to keep up, but the Bridgestone-tyres really shine today: Button retires in leading position because of a motor problem and both Sauber are able to drive to places 2 and 3.

In the second half of the race, the track is getting dry again and Räikonnen is still able to get second position and a theoretical chance for world champion 2003.

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