The 2003 Spanish Grand Prix, held on 4 May 2003 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, was the fifth round of the 2003 Formula 1 championship and the forty-fifth Spanish Grand Prix in Formula One history.
Scuderia Ferrari was second in the Constructors’ Championship standings ahead of the 2013 Spanish Grand Prix, with 32 points, behind the leader McLaren-Mercedes and with only a six-point advantage in front of Renault. However, the Maranello team debuted their new car, the F2003-GA at this race (GA was added to the cars name as a tribute to Gianni Agnelli, head of Fiat, who died shortly before the car’s official unveiling) and the updated F1 car for the 2003 season proved to be very strong and competitive.
Ferrari locked out the first row at the end of the qualifying session, with Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello ahead of the two Renault drivers, Fernando Alonso and Jarno Trulli. Michael Schumacher drove another outstanding Grand Prix and won the 65-lap race for the Scuderia. Fernando Alonso finished second, while the other Ferrari driver, Rubens Barrichello, managed to complete the podium and a positive weekend for the Italian team, as McLaren had the first double retirement of the season, which gave Ferrari the perfect opportunity to recover most of the difference in the Formula 1 Constructor Standings.
Highlights of the 2003 Spanish Grand Prix: