GP - Race
David Coulthard wins the Austrian GP ahead of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello. Kimi Raikkonen, Olivier Panis, Jos Verstappen, Eddie Irvine, Jacques Villeneuve, Nick Heidfeld, Jean Alesi and Luciano Burti make the rest of the field!
Lap 71: David Coulthard wins the Austrian GP and Barrichello lets Michael Schumacher pass him!
Lap 71: Barrichello is still pushing Coulthard and Michael is in 3rd!
Lap 71: Final lap!
Lap 70: Coulthard leads Barrichello by under a second seconds while Michael Schumacher is 1 second behind Barrichello. Kimi Raikkonen is in 5th place 39 seconds behind the leader.
Lap 69: Coulthard responds, the gap is 0.8 seconds. 2 more laps to go!
Lap 68: Barrichello is pushing Coulthard on the final few laps!
Lap 67: Coulthard slows a little and the gap is down to 1.1 seconds!
Lap 66: Coulthard leads Barrichello by 1.6 seconds while Michael Schumacher is 1.2 seconds behind Barrichello.
Lap 65: Nick Heidfeld takes 10th place after Burti spins!
Lap 64: Coulthard leads Barrichello by 1.4 seconds while Michael Schumacher is 1.4 seconds behind Barrichello. Kimi Raikkonen is in 5th place 35 seconds behind the leader.
Lap 63: Jenson Button retires, 11 cars left!
Lap 62: Michael Schumacher closing in on Barrichello.
Lap 62: All the cars have been lapped up to 5th. 12 cars remaining in the race!
Lap 61: Order - Coulthard leads Barrichello by 0.7 seconds. M Schumacher, Raikkonen, Panis, Verstappen, Irvine, Villeneuve, Alesi and Burti make the top 10.
Lap 60: The lead is now 0.7 seconds. It keeps changing as they are going through traffic. Just lapped Verstappen.
Lap 59: Michael Schumacher is catching the two now, the gap is down to under 3.9 seconds.
Lap 58: Order - Coulthard leads Barrichello by 0.9 seconds. M Schumacher, Raikkonen, Panis, Verstappen, Irvine, Villeneuve, Alesi and Burti make the top 10.
Lap 57: Barrichello is just 0.4 seconds behind Coulthard!
Lap 56: Only 12 cars remaining, 7 are on the same lap.
Lap 55: The gap between the top 3 remains fairly static.
Lap 54: Barrichello is pushing Coulthard, Michael Schumacher is 4.6 seconds behind. Raikkonen in 4th place is 29.5 seconds behind.
Lap 53: Michael Schumacher is not catching Barrichello, he is over 3 seconds behind him.
Lap 52: It will be interesting to see if Barrichello will be told to let Michael through ?
Lap 52: 10 second stop-go penalty fro Villeneuve - Pit lane speeding, he was in 8th!
Lap 51: Order - Coulthard leads Barrichello by 1.6 seconds. M Schumacher, Raikkonen, Panis, Verstappen, Irvine, Villeneuve, Alesi and Burti make the top 10.
Lap 50: He rejoins in the lead!
Lap 50: David Coulthard in the pits.
Lap 49: Ferrari's tactic didn't seem to work as Michael Schumacher went into the gravel on his out-lap and lost a bit of time. Coulthard sets the fastest lap of the race. A 1:10.843.
Lap 48: David Coulthard is in the lead but Barrichello is ahead of Michael. Coulthard still has to stop.
Lap 47: Barrichello pits but Coulthard is still out!
Lap 46: Barrichello now holds Coulthard, the usual team tactic.
Lap 46: Michael Schumacher pits while Barrichello is still out ahead of David Coulthard.
Lap 45: Ferrari mechanics ready for one of their drivers.
Lap 44: Olivier Panis pits from 5th place.
Lap 43: The top 3 are very close with Barrichello leading Coulthard by 1 second who leads Michael by 0.7 seconds.
Lap 42: Fernando Alonso also retires.
Lap 42: Juan Pablo Montoya is slow, he is out of the race.
Lap 41: Alonso pits from 14th while Button pits from 12th. Coulthard is closing in on Barrichello or is Barrichello slowing?
Lap 40: Order - Barrichello leads Coulthard by 2 seconds. M Schumacher, Raikkonen, Montoya, Panis, Verstappen, Irvine, Villeneuve and Alesi make the top 10.
Lap 40: Michael Schumacher is now under a second behind Coulthard. Montoya is 2.5 seconds behind Raikkonen.
Lap 39: Montoya is trying to catch Raikkonen. He is now under 3 seconds behind.
Lap 38: Pedro de la Rosa pits, he was in 11th place.
Lap 37: Montoya takes Panis for 5th.
Lap 36: The gap between Coulthard and Michael is now down to just 1 second. Pit stops about to start.
Lap 35: Order - Barrichello leads Coulthard by 3.6 seconds. M Schumacher, Raikkonen, Panis, Montoya, Verstappen, Irvine, Villeneuve and Alesi make the top 10. Michael goes even faster with a time of 1:11.179.
Lap 34: Michael Schumacher is pushing hard, he just set the fastest lap of the race. A 1:11.314 - Lap Record.
Lap 33: Montoya is starting to come back as he closes in on Panis. Half a second behind.
Lap 32: Michael Schumacher is now under 2 seconds behind David Coulthard. Barrichello has lapped everyone up until 9th!
Lap 31: Only 15 cars remaining in the race! Retirements so far: Hakkinen, Heidfeld, Frentzen, Fisichella, R Schumacher, Trulli, Bernoldi and Marques.
Lap 30: The gap between Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard is 3 seconds.
Lap 29: Order - Barrichello leads Coulthard by 2.1 seconds. M Schumacher, Raikkonen, Panis, Montoya, Verstappen, Irvine, Villeneuve and de la Rosa make the top 10.
Lap 28: Michael Schumacher takes Raikkonen and now chases David Coulthard.
Lap 27: Tarso Marques retires. Michael attempts to pass Kimi but fails on this attempt.
Lap 26: Rubens Barrichello responds and sets the fastest lap of the race. Michael Schumacher catches Kimi Raikkonen.
Lap 25: Michael Schumacher takes Panis and Coulthard is closing the gap to Barrichello.
Lap 24: Michael Schumacher is still stuck behind Panis while Montoya is 5 seconds behind Michael.
Lap 23: Verstappen pits and Coulthard is now seconds behind Barrichello with Raikkonen in 3rd!
Lap 22: The Arrows team are getting ready for Verstappen. He must be on a two stop strategy.
Lap 21: Barrichello is increasing the gap to Verstappen. It is now 1.6 seconds.
Lap 20: Order - Barrichello leads Verstappen by 1.4 seconds. Coulthard, Raikkonen, Panis, M Schumacher, Montoya, Irvine, Villeneuve and de la Rosa make the top 10.
Lap 19: Retirements so far: Hakkinen, Heidfeld, Frentzen, R Schumacher, Trulli and Bernoldi.
Lap 18: Michael Schumacher is all over Panis.
Lap 17: What a race, so much overtaking and change in the order. Verstappen is still chasing Barrichello while Coulthard is easing a little.
Lap 16: Order - Barrichello leads Verstappen by 0.4 seconds. Coulthard, Raikkonen, Panis, M Schumacher, Montoya, Irvine, Villeneuve and de la Rosa make the top 10. Bernoldi retires.
Lap 15: Montoya and Michael touch and both lose out. Barrichello takes the lead from Verstappen and Coulthard.
Lap 14: Jarno Trulli is given the black flag and cannot continue to race. He was running at the back.
Lap 14: The Williams is struggling and Michael is trying to pass him without success.
Lap 13: Michael Schumacher is all over Montoya who is struggling to keep up. The top 6 are now very close.
Lap 12: Order - Montoya leading M Schumacher by 0.6 seconds followed by Barrichello, Verstappen, Coulthard, Raikkonen, Panis, Bernoldi, Irvine and de la Rosa.
Lap 12: Michael Schumacher closing the gap on Montoya.
Lap 11: Ralf Schumacher retires with brake problems.
Lap 10: Ralf Schumacher has a problem, he goes slow and then pits.
Lap 9: Villeneuve spins as he tries to overtake Irvine.
Lap 8: Montoya is is increasing his lead over Ralf, it is now 1.8 seconds.
Lap 7: Order - Montoya leading R Schumacher by 1.5 seconds followed by M Schumacher, Barrichello, Verstappen, Coulthard, Raikkonen, Panis, Irvine and Villeneuve.
Lap 6: Jos Verstappen possibly on a lighter fuel load is up in 5th!
Lap 5: Jarno Trulli goes off but recovers, he is running at the back.
Lap 4: Race is back on, Montoya leads from Ralf Schumacher.
Lap 3: Safety car in next lap after the cars have been cleared.
Lap 2: Safety car is still out as Hakkinen's car is stuck on the grid and so is Heidfeld's. Both Jordan's get away but are at the back of the pack.
Order on lap 1: Montoya, R Schumacher, M Schumacher, Barrichello, Coulthard, Irvine, Raikkonen, Villeneuve, Verstappen and Panis. Safety car out!
Race Start: Montoya takes the lead ahead of Ralf Schumacher. the 2 Jordan's have stalled and so did Hakkinen and Heidfeld!
The cars are now back on the grid waiting for the start signal.
Everyone gets away on the formation lap although Marques was slow.
Formation lap underway!
The air temperature is now 19 degrees while the track temperature is 26. Formation lap in 2 minutes.
We have seen so many cars spinning off in practice so we'd expect a few during the race especially during the first few laps when the track is lacking grip. Formation lap in 5 minutes.
Even though McLaren have only managed to qualify in 7th and 8th, they were fastest in the warm-up. It will be interesting to see if they managed to get their set-up right and what kind of strategy will they adapt. Formation lap in 8 minutes.
Last year Michael Schumacher and Giancarlo Fisichella retired on the first corner after they were both hit by other cars. Mika Hakkinen went on to win the race from David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello. All the cars are now on the grid. Formation lap in 10 minutes.
Interesting scenario for the start. Both Williams have done amazing starts this season and Michael Schumacher has not had a bad one this season either. Formation lap in 12 minutes.
The weather today is perfect with an air temperature of 18 degrees. This should help Michelin to be on par with Bridgestone as they have complained of lack of grip in colder weather compared with Bridgestone. Formation lap in 15 minutes.
The cars are lining up on the grid in preparation for the formation lap. The drivers go out and do one or more installation laps before taking their grid positions on the track. Formation lap in 20 minutes.
Some Race starting at 2:00 PM local time. That is
12:00 PM GMT, click
here for the local time in Austria now.