WHEN: JULY 20, 2003 WHERE: SILVERSTONE WINNER: RUBENS BARRICHELLO (FERRARI)
Rubens Barrichello arrived at Silverstone with his place at Ferrari in question and unfavourable comparisons being made with his world championship-leading teammate Michael Schumacher.
A spin into the Luffield gravel during Friday qualifying meant no time and going second in Saturday’s grid-deciding session. Rubens’ response was pole position, but it was the Renault R23 of Jarno Trulli which led the early laps before numerous pit stops under a couple of safety car periods – the second caused by an idiot running on to the track on Hangar Straight – disrupted the race order and dropped Rubens down to eighth. For a while the Toyota TF103 of Cristiano da Matta held the lead while Rubens passed car after car until his Ferrari F2003-GA hit the front for the first time on lap 39 of 60 when Kimi Raikkonen (Mclaren) made his final pit stop. After his final stop four laps later Rubens was behind Kimi once more, but the force was still with him. Hounding the Mclaren through Bridge, Rubens seized the lead when Kimi ran slightly wide in a bold move at a challenging corner. Rubens was a winner once more.