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2003 FIA Formula 1 Season
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Champion Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT,13,25)
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT)
Champion Driver: Michael Schumacher (DE,6,6)
Putative Driver: Michael Schumacher (DE)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model F2003-GA, 2.99-liter, ten-cylinder vee, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, Magnetti-Marelli fuel injection, seven-speed semi-automatic sequential, titanium gearbox, Brembo ventilated carbon disc brakes, carbon fibre/carbon composite monocoque, double wishbone-pushrod independent suspension, power-assist steering, 875 horsepower (Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne, Paolo Martinelli).

The FIA in 2003 mandates the HANS device for all drivers. Fierce combat in 2003 between Scuderia Ferrari and Williams comes to naught after the latter draws blanks in the season finale at Suzuka in October, handing the Scuderia its fifth consecutive constructors' title. Michael Schumacher (six victories) unfurls a late season surge to put away McLaren driver Kimi Räikkönen and Williams pilot Juan Pablo Montoya for his fourth consecutive and sixth overall drivers' crown, and surpasses the great Juan Manuel Fangio as the all-time championship leader. Juan Pablo Montoya becomes only the second driver to win both at Monaco and the Indianapolis 500 (Graham Hill) in May. A deranged former priest runs onto the circuit and imperils all entries during midrace at Silverstone in July. 22-year old Renault driver Fernando Alonso becomes the first Spaniard and youngest winner in series history at Hungary in August. Renault as a constructor snares its first victory since the 1983 season at Hungary in August. Michael Schumacher establishes a series average speed record of 153.99 mph at Monza in September. Michael Schumacher collects his unprecedented 70th career series victory at Indianapolis in September.

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 Ferrari150     Schumacher M96
Williams BMW127     Rakkinen87
McLaren Mercedes123     Montoya JP79
Renault58     Barrichello63
Jordan Ford12     Schumacher R50
Sauber Petronas10     Alonso44

Noteworthy 2003 Races

2003 XXXII Grande Prêmio do Brasil São Paulo, Brazil2003 2003 XXXII Grande Prêmio do Brasil At Carlos Pace for the Brazilian Grand Prix (306 kilometers) in April, the race comes to a British Jordan EJ13 Ford under Giancarlo Fisichella (IT) in monsoon conditions in 1:31:17.7 (average 93.26 mph), under a second (.945) ahead of a McLaren driven by Kimi Rãikkönen. Fisichella surprisingly leads at Lap 54 of 71 before a shunt by Mark Webber in his Jaguar which also collects Fernando Alonso in his Jaguar brings the contest to a halt. Race officials initially award the win to Rãikkönen after reverting back to Lap 53 for the final result, yet the FIA amends the classification days later after ruling that Race Control improperly did not revert back to Lap 54 in its review, thus granting Fisichella his maiden F1 victory. Photo Credit: LAT Photographic Archive.
2003 LXI Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo2003 2003 LXI Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (263 kilometers) in June, a British Williams FW25 BMW under Juan Pablo Montoya (CO) takes race honors in 1:42:19.01 (average 95.78 mph), under a second (.602) ahead of a McLaren driven by Kimi Rãikkönen. Montoya moves out front after passing race leader Michael Schumacher in his Ferrari with twenty laps remaining for a popular victory. Montoya becomes only the second driver in racing history to win both at Monaco and the Indianapolis 500 (Graham Hill), while Williams triumphs in the principality for the first time in twenty seasons. Photo Credit: Sutton Images.