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Suzuka 2003 - chronology

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chronology of race weekend

lap
beforeBAR, Jacques Villeneuve, Takuma Satotransfer talks
Sat PMRalf Schumacher, Jarno Trulli, Michael Schumacher, Kimi Räikkonen, David Coulthardweather
1Juan Pablo Montoya, Rubens Barrichelloovertaking
Takuma Sato, Justin Wilsonovertaking
Ralf Schumacherdriving mistake
Ralf Schumacher, Justin Wilsonovertaking
3Kimi Räikkonen, David Coulthardovertaking
4Michael Schumacher, Justin Wilsonovertaking
4Ralf Schumacher, Nicolas Kiesaovertaking
5Takuma Sato, Mark Webberovertaking
5Jarno Trulli, Justin Wilsonovertaking
6Jarno Trulli, Mark Webberovertaking
6Ralf Schumacher, Ralph Firmanovertaking
7Ralf Schumacher, Giancarlo Fisichellaovertaking
7Takuma Sato, Michael Schumachercollision
8Michael Schumacher, Jos Verstappenovertaking
Ralf Schumachercollision
10Juan Pablo Montoyaretired - hydraulics
10Heinz-Harald Frentzenretired - unknown
12Cristiano da Matta, Ralph Firmanovertaking
16Jarno Trulli, Justin Wilsonovertaking
17Michael Schumacher, Nick Heidfeldovertaking
18Fernando Alonsoretired - engine
29Ralf Schumacher, Olivier Panisovertaking
30Michael Schumacher, Olivier Panisovertaking
33Michael Schumacher, Mark Webberovertaking
34Giancarlo Fisichellaretired - unknown
Ralf Schumacher, Michael Schumacherovertaking try
Michael Schumacher, Cristiano da Matta, Ralf Schumachercollision
46Ralf Schumacher, Justin Wilsonovertaking
The first 6-times world champion
No matter what happens in this race, the result will be a historical one: If Schumacher scores no points and Räikonnen wins, he becomes youngest world champion in the Formula 1's history. Otherwise Schumacher becomes the first driver to win 6 world championships.

Because of the changing weather, the 5 fastest drivers in the first qualifying start far behind on the grid. Räikonnen on 8th place, Schumacher on 14th place.

Montoya starts from second position and is able to overtake Barrichello in the first lap. He manages to drive an incredible 2 seconds faster than Barrichello. Nevertheless he has to retire very soon because of a hydraulics failure. Shortly after that also Alonso retires and only Barrichello and team-mate Coulthard stay in front of Räikonnen.

In the meantime both Schumacher brothers desperately try to make up their bad starting positions and at least score some points. Micheal Schumacher loses his front wing in a collision and Ralf Schumacher spins twice and has 2 collisions with a lost front-wing on each. The second one is even with his brother. However Michael is not harmed in that collision and is able to score the single championship point he needs.

In the end, Michael Schumacher becomes a sure champion: Only a retirement of both Ferraris would have made Räikonnen world champion.

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