The 2003 Austrian Grand Prix was held on 18 May 2003 at the Red Bull Ring, which back then was known as A1-Ring. The Grand Prix represented the sixth round of the 2003 Formula One season and the twenty-seventh edition of the Austrian Grand Prix. The 69-lap race was won by Scuderia Ferrari German driver Michael Schumacher, as the Formula 1 world champion started from pole position and finished ahead of Kimi Raikkonen from McLaren-Mercedes. Michael’s teammate, Brazilian driver Rubens Barrichello finished third, very close to McLaren’s Finnish driver. It was the last Austrian Grand Prix to be held at this circuit until it returned to the renamed Red Bull Ring in 2014.
Despite the fact that Michael Schumacher lost about 12 seconds during the first pit-stop due to an issue with his fuel filler, most likely caused by the fact that the Maranello team had used it to fill up Rubens Barrichello’s car, the German driver won the race as he recovered the ground to Kimi Raikkonen and eventually passed the Finn to take second place. On the straight line between turns two and three, leader Juan Pablo Montoya’s engine blew up, giving Michael the opportunity to retake the lead and in the end bring another victory for Scuderia Ferrari.
The win at the A1-Ring track meant Michael Schumacher closed the gap on championship leader Kimi Raikkonen to only two points, while the Italian team became the new leader of the Constructors’ Championship standings, just one point ahead of McLaren-Mercedes.
F1 Austria 2003 highlights Itv Commentary:
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