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The 2003 Australian Grand Prix was one of the most exciting races at Albert Park. There were the new regulations, the wet start and the 2 safety car periods. All of which have contributed to the final result.
David Coulthard won the race after driving a conservative race and staying out of trouble. He benefited from Montoya's mistake as well as Raikkonen's penalty.

A few of the highlights:

  • The performance of Kimi Raikkonen and Juan Pablo Montoya compared with their respective team-mates (David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher)

  • The decision by Ferrari to start both their drivers on intermediates

  • Kimi Raikkonen managing to keep Michael Schumacher behind despite the heavier fuel load

  • The low rate of mechanical failures (6) considering the event being the first of the season

  • All 4 rookies retired from the race

What did you think of the race ? Which team and driver impressed you most and which disappointed you most ? Do you think the new rules added to the excitement ? Have McLaren and Williams closed the gap to Ferrari considerably ?
Your thoughts ? Of course you can comment on other aspects of the race - Have Your Say

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That was one of the better races in a while. I was delighted to see TWO McLarens on the podium, just wish it was 1-2 instead of 1-3. 
I realize rules are rules and must be obeyed, but Kimi getting a drive-thru for 1 KPH seems a little extreme. I was disappointed not to see any red on the podium. M.S. and Rubens were walking away the first few laps when the track was damp, but as soon as things started to dry out their advantage went away. 
I was very surprised to see anything break on a Ferrari. It didn't appear to affect the M.S. was driving and if he had not been black flagged he probably would have won. 
Kimi once again proved that he IS the driver JPM wants to be. Kimi drove brilliantly, was totally unconcerned to have M.S. hanging off his rear wing and made no mistakes. 
JPM once again proved that, while he has flashes of brilliance, he is not the driver he thinks he is. D.C may have been lucky that JPM spun and "gifted" him the win, but luck is when preparation meets opportunity. The rest of the field did not contain any huge surprises - Jeff S - USA


Webber looked good in green. 
Webber looked good in green closing in on that red car. 
Webber will look good in green on the podium.........
and even better on top of the podium...........sooooooooooon - Byron F - Australia


JPM is definitely frustrating at times. When you see him on the podium its obvious he is not as fit as almost any other driver. But talent often blinds those so endowed from seeing their short comings. But I must say that when it was clear that JPM "gifted" DC's win. I find it hard to stomach David's attempt to suggest that he won in a straight fight. 
JPM may never be world champion but neither will David. 
IMHO Kimi will likely win any McLaren driver championships in the next several years - Dave - USA


So Rubens and JPM both suffered from lapses in concentration. But unlike Michaelís lapse in Indianapolis last year (which was occasioned by boredom), theirs were caused by racing pressure. And both Michael and Kimi raced well under the greatest possible pressure (from one another), Kimi holding his own in a lesser car and Michael struggling home with a damaged one. David had a race worthy of Michael, managing coolly to be in exactly the right place at the right time all day. If you read the remarks made by Kimi, Michael and David after the race, youíll see in print the kind of balance required for the highest F1 performance. Like their driving, their language is precise, controlled and focused on the task, neither over nor under steering as it were. 
JPM, however, continues to uphold the Irvine tradition of imagining that things happen TO him (he used rather less elegant phrasing yesterday!). In fact, as his language reveals, most of his problems (and the loss of at least two first place finishes so far!) can be laid squarely on his (mistaken) belief that he can WILL his machine past its limits. I remember reading somewhere that Senna described a similar state of mind --in qualifying or testing one day he began to believe there was no limit to his talent-- but in his case it led to his parking his car, not losing it. 
Jos the Boss also drove a more than solid race, just missing the top 10 in a Minardi and so saving Ford from the total wash suffered by Toyota. 
Honda, on the other [Japanese] hand, appears to have solved whatever it was that was breaking last year by turning the RPMís down; I say this because both Jenson and Jacques lost position relative to the starting grid. (Compare Alonso --and especially J. Trulli-- who moved their Renaultís UP nicely.) 
The fact that Heinz Harold lost a couple of grid positions (and Nick wasnít exactly burning up the track before his unfortunate damage) suggests that there have been real improvements by all the major contenders over the break: last yearís Ferrariís (whether wearing red or another color) just werenít good enough for this yearís racing Ėand that should put an end to the Max and Bernie blues. Maybe it will even put an end to their [UN]inspired rule fiddling. 
Anyway, I canít wait for the rest of the season. Weíre back to racing and the racing is good. Remember: I predicted here last week that when we get to San Marino, M.S. will have 27 points to D.C.ís 26 & that Kimiíll have 19 to Rubenís 16. I still stand by this outrageous call. 
I expect JPM to start breaking cars in K.L. I wonder, Did Ralf just have another Ďbad luckí day? I donít know. But donít you just wish you could see O.P. or Fisi in the blue & white? 
Cheers from Jim - USA


My first comment is that I was a little bit disappointed with the new format of news on f1. Sending us to motorsport is not as fun as showing us your brilliant thoughts. 
About the GP, IMHO I think it's pretty stupid programming 2 or 3 pit stops in street-like circuits like this one or Canada. The odds of having a safety car in vaporizing the advantage of a lighter fuel load is huge. McLaren's strategy was perfect and Kimi's penalty was very unfair regarding what he's done on the track - Andre B - Brazil


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