A1-Ring, Austria 12.05.02 Car Ferrari F2002 Grid 3rd
Podium Rubens Barrichello, Juan Pablo Montoya There were so many supreme victories – but quite often there was controversy as well as Schumacher and Ferrari dominated Formula 1 in the early 2000s. This one was a grand prix victory gifted to Michael by a subservient team-mate. Frankly, there was no need for team orders so early in the season, but such was Ferrari’s and Jean Todt’s determination to succeed, they did so to the detriment of the sport – and the fans. You actually had to feel sorry for Michael as he pulled Rubens Barrichello onto the top step of the podium as the boos rang out around the A1-Ring. Rubens had pulled over having beaten Michael fair and square. It was an embarrassment for all concerned.