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2002 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: Scuderia Ferrari.
Champion Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT,12,24)
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT)
Champion Driver: Michael Schumacher (DE,5,5)
Putative Driver: Michael Schumacher (DE)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model F2002, 2.99-liter, ten-cylinder vee, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, Magnetti-Marelli fuel injection, seven-speed semi-automatic sequential, titanium gearbox, Brembo ventilated carbon fibre disc brakes, carbon fibre/carbon fibre composite honeycomb monocoque, double wishbone-pushrod independent suspension, power-assist steering, 875 horsepower (Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Paolo Martinelli).

Scuderia Ferrari and the incomparable F2002 chassis wins fifteen of seventeen events in 2002 and easily captures its fourth consecutive and twelfth overall Formula 1 constructors' title. Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher takes an unprecedented eleven race victories over the season and crushes the field for his third consecutive and fifth overall drivers' crown, matching the great Juan Manuel Fangio. The F1 community scratches its head in wonder after race stewards decline to penalize Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher for his aggressive driving against Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya at the season opener at Melbourne in March. Michael Schumacher wins four consecutive races from late March through mid-May. Scuderia Ferrari stirs up controversy among the F1 community after ordering Rubens Barrichello to allow teammate Michael Schumacher through for a victory at Austria in May. Ferrari resists the urge to again issue team orders to Rubens Barrichello after Michael Schumacher spins early at the Nürburgring in June. Michael Schumacher wins three consecutive races during the month of July. Ferrari kicks over the trash bin once again after Michael Schumacher mucks his explanation for the confusing 1-2 team 'formation' finish at Indianapolis in September. The FIA issues a ban against in-race team orders in September after the perceived Ferrari debacle at Indianapolis.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Scuderia Ferrari273     Schumacher M184
Williams BMW111     Barrichello99
McLaren Mercedes78     Montoya JP68
Renault23     Schumacher R50
Sauber Petronas11     Coulthard49
Jaguar Cosworth9     Raikkonen29
Jordan Honda9     

Noteworthy 2002 Races

2002 Grosser A1 Preis von Österreich Spielberg, Austria2002 2002 Grosser A1 Preis von Österreich At the A-1 Ring for the Austrian Grand Prix (307 kilometers) in May, the race comes to an Italian Scuderia Ferrari F2002 under Michael Schumacher (DE) in 1:33:51.6 (average 120.002 mph), under a second (.182) ahead of a companion Ferrari driven by Rubens Barrichello. Schumacher moves out front after the team in controversial fashion orders teammate and superior runner Barrichello to pull over and allow the German by for victory. No one, especially Ferrari, anticipates the negative uproar from the press and enthusiasts over the clinical decision. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
2002 LX Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo2002 2002 LX Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (263 kilometers) in May, a British McLaren MP4-17 Mercedes under David Coulthard (GB) takes race honors in 1:45:39.1 (average 92.76 mph), under two seconds ahead of a Ferrari driven by Michael Schumacher. Coulthard jumps pole sitter Juan Pablo Montoya in his Williams before the first corner on Lap 1 before racing away for a wire-to-wire victory, his second cross in the prestigious event. Photo Credit: Daimler AG.
2002 LXXXVIII Grand Prix de France Magny-Cours, France2002 2002 LXXXVIII Grand Prix de France At Magny-Cours for the French Grand Prix (306 kilometers) in July, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari F2002 under Michael Schumacher (DE) takes the flag in 1:32:09.8 (average 123.81 mph), under two seconds ahead of a McLaren driven by Kimi Räikkönen. Schumacher moves out front after race leader Räikkönen momentarily loses traction in slick oil while negotiating a hairpin turn with only five laps remaining. Schumacher claims his third consecutive and fifth overall F1 drivers’ title, matching the great Juan Manuel Fangio, with six races still remaining on the schedule, the earliest a driver reaches the title threshold in F1 history. Photo Credit: Steve Etherington.
2002 United States Grand Prix Indianapolis, Indiana2002 2002 United States Grand Prix At Indianapolis for the United States Grand Prix (306 kilometers) in September, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari F2002 under Rubens Barrichello (BR) notches a victory in 1:31:07.9 (average 125.19 mph), under a second (.011) ahead of a companion Ferrari driven by Michael Schumacher. Barrichello moves out front after teammate Schumacher on the final circuit swings wide at the last corner to allow Barrichello alongside for a picture finish, yet the transponders read out Barrichello as the race winner by the tiniest of margins. The sporting press immediately howls fixed result and the mounting kerfuffle again ruins a fabulous running afternoon for the Scuderia. Schumacher mucks up the aftermath by first attributing his wide turn to his desire for a formation finish, then subsequently contending that the move was his way to make up for team orders at Austria. Photo Credit: Sutton Images.