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2002 French Grand Prix

The decisive moment of the race as Kimi Räikkönen runs wide, allowing Michael Schumacher to pass him for the lead.
This race allowed Michael Schumacher to clinch his fifth title, equaling Juan Manuel Fangio's 45-year-old record

The 2002 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Magny-Cours on 21 July 2002. It was the 11th race of the 2002 Formula One season and the race in which Michael Schumacher secured his 5th World Drivers' Championship title in record time, equalling Juan Manuel Fangio's record set over 40 years before. McLaren-Mercedes drivers Kimi Räikkönen and David Coulthard finished second and third respectively.


  • Classification 1
    • Qualifying 1.1
    • Race 1.2
  • Notes 2
  • Standings after the race 3
  • External links 4



Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 6 Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:11.985
2 1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:12.008 +0.023
3 2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:12.197 +0.212
4 4 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.244 +0.259
5 5 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:12.424 +0.439
6 3 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.498 +0.513
7 15 Jenson Button Renault 1:12.761 +0.776
8 14 Jarno Trulli Renault 1:13.030 +1.045
9 16 Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:13.188 +1.203
10 7 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:13.370 +1.385
11 12 Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:13.457 +1.472
12 8 Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 1:13.501 +1.516
13 11 Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:13.506 +1.521
14 10 Takuma Sato Jordan-Honda 1:13.542 +1.557
15 17 Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1:13.656 +1.671
16 24 Mika Salo Toyota 1:13.837 +1.852
17 25 Allan McNish Toyota 1:13.949 +1.964
18 23 Mark Webber Minardi-Asiatech 1:14.800 +2.815
19 22 Alex Yoong Minardi-Asiatech 1:16.798 +4.813
107% time: 1:17.023
DNQ 20 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Arrows-Cosworth 1:18.497 +6.512
DNQ 21 Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Cosworth 1:19.843 +7.858
DNQ 9 Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Honda


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 72 1:32:09.837 2 10
2 4 Kimi Räikkönen McLaren-Mercedes 72 +1.104 4 6
3 3 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 72 +31.975 6 4
4 6 Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 72 +40.675 1 3
5 5 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 72 +41.772 5 2
6 15 Jenson Button Renault 71 +1 Lap 7 1
7 7 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 71 +1 Lap 10  
8 23 Mark Webber Minardi-Asiatech 71 +1 Lap 18  
9 17 Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 70 +2 Laps 15  
10 22 Alex Yoong Minardi-Asiatech 68 +4 Laps 19  
11 25 Allan McNish Toyota 65 Engine 17  
Ret 16 Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 52 Rear wing 9  
Ret 14 Jarno Trulli Renault 49 Engine 8  
Ret 8 Felipe Massa Sauber-Petronas 48 Mechanical 12  
Ret 24 Mika Salo Toyota 48 Engine 16  
Ret 11 Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 35 Engine 13  
Ret 12 Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 29 Accident damage 11  
Ret 10 Takuma Sato Jordan-Honda 23 Spin 14  
DNS 2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari   Ignition 3  
DNQ 20 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Arrows-Cosworth    
DNQ 21 Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Cosworth    
DNQ 9 Giancarlo Fisichella Jordan-Honda Injury


  • Giancarlo Fisichella crashed in a Saturday practice session and was recommended by the doctors to sit out the race. A last minute attempt to have Heinz-Harald Frentzen drive in his place fell through due to legal technicalities.
  • This victory handed Michael Schumacher his 5th World Championship, equalling the record set by Argentinian Juan Manuel Fangio almost 50 years earlier. This is also the earliest that a World Championship has been clinched, with only 11 races of the season completed and 6 remaining.
  • Räikkönen could have won the race, but whilst going into Adelaide hairpin in the closing stages, he locked up and ran wide after passing through the oil left by McNish's Toyota engine that had just given up on the same place, while Schumacher passed him to win.
  • Schumacher's pass on Räikkönen was controversial for some time after the Grand Prix, as it was believed that Schumacher had made the pass under yellow flags from McNish's engine blow; this would have meant Schumacher would receive a penalty that would have certainly given Räikkönen the win. The FIA, however, ruled in favour of Schumacher and Ferrari.
  • Both Arrows-Cosworth cars deliberately failed to qualify for the race due to financial issues. It would prove to be the team's penultimate showing at a Grand Prix weekend.
  • Juan Pablo Montoya clinched a fifth consecutive pole position, a run stretching back to that year's Monaco Grand Prix; despite this, Montoya failed to win any of the five races. The Colombian driver had previously suffered consecutive retirements at the Monaco, Canadian and European events before finishing third at the British Grand Prix. In total Montoya would start seven races from pole position during the season, but was unable to secure a single victory.
  • Last fastest lap: David Coulthard
  • David Coulthard set the fastest lap of the French Grand Prix for the 5th consecutive year.
  • Rubens Barrichello's car was left on its jacks, while the other cars started their warm-up laps.

Standings after the race

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

External links

  • Official 2002 French Grand Prix results from FIA website and Formula1 website.
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2002 British Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
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2002 German Grand Prix
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2001 French Grand Prix
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2003 French Grand Prix
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