On 7th July 2002, the British Grand Prix was held at Silverstone. The 60-lap race was the tenth race of the 2002 Formula One season.
Yet again, the race highlighted Ferrari’s dominance that year, from its car to its organization, as well as when it came to the drivers and the mechanics. Michael Schumacher started third, but only 44 thousandths off Juan Pablo Montoya, the Colombian taking pole for Williams. However, the German won again at Silverstone, the scene of his 1999 accident.
It was the world champion’s seventh win of the season, the 60th of his career, which meant it was time to predict the taking of another title, mathematically possible as early as the French round, which indeed happened, setting a new record for the earliest title win. Second was Rubens Barrichello in the other Ferrari, who staged an impressive climb up the order, having had to start from last, after his F2002 suffered a problem on his sighting lap. Third was Montoya, who had led the race until the rain came when he had to give best to the Ferraris. On the intermediate tyres, the Maranello cars were lapping three seconds faster than the Williams. For the Scuderia, this was win number 152, the 56th one-two, the tenth down to the Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher pairing.