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Last Updated:  Sunday, 23 March, 2003, 07:08 GMT
Malaysian GP: As it happened
All the action as it happens from the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang (All times GMT).

Latest news appears first.

Final positions:
1 Kimi Raikkonen (McLaren)
2 Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari)
3 Fernando Alonso (Renault)
4 Ralf Schumacher (Williams)
5 Jarno Trulli (Renault)
6 Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)
7 Jenson Button (BAR)
8 Nick Heidfeld (Sauber)

Lap 56: Raikkonen crosses the line to take his first Grand Prix win - the second in a row for McLaren. Button drops behind Trulli and Michael Schumacher.

Lap 55: Raikkonen's lead continues to extend as he heads into his final lap. Trulli has closed back up to Button, with Schumacher on his tail. McLaren boss Ron Dennis appears to be in tears of joy as Raikkonen closes in on his first win.

Lap 54: Michael Schumacher has dropped back from Trulli, who is showing the Renault's true pace now he is not being held up by the BAR of Button in front of him.

Lap 53: Barrichello has settled for second place - 35 seconds behind Raikkonen.

Lap 52: Trulli holds off Schumacher going down into to the first corner, but now has six laps to try to end him off. It will not be easy - the Ferrari's engine is much more powerful.

Lap 51: Raikkonen, who is extending his lead despite being told to back off, laps Button at turn two. Trulli spins at the last corner trying to pass Button and has to fend off Michael Schumacher.

Lap 50: Raikkonen laps Trulli.

Lap 49: Raikkonen is nevertheless closing on Trulli and Button.

Lap 48: McLaren order Raikkonen to back off to conserve his car with eight laps to go - and not to risk anything while lapping the fifht-placed battle between Button and Trulli in front of him.

Lap 47: Wilson retires in the Minardi with exhaustion - this is by far the furthest he has ever driven in an F1 car.

Lap 46: Just 10 laps to go for Raikkonen now, as Michael Schumacher sets the fastest lap of the race.

Lap 45: Raikkonen's lead is edging close to 30 seconds and his first win appears to be in the bag barring problems with his McLaren.

Lap 44: Michael Schumacher makes his final pit stop for fuel.

Lap 43: Raikkonen has a comfortable lead of 24 seconds.

Lap 42: Michael Schumacher takes fifth place from Button.

Lap 41: Ralf Schumacher pits and comes out just ahead of Button and Trulli. Michael Schumacher takes sixth place from Trulli and pressures Button.

Lap 40: Alonso has a misfire and is up to four seconds off the pace. Raikkonen pits with a 53-second lead and gets out comfortably in front.

Lap 39: Raikkonen appears to have enough of a lead to get back out in the lead when he stops.

Lap 38: Barrichello pits from second place - and retains it from Alonso.

Lap 37: Raikkonen's lead is just over 20 seconds, but Barrichello is closing in.

Lap 36: Trulli is now right behind Ralf Schumacher but is about to come into the pits. Raikkonen is 20.6secs ahead. Trulli's fuel cap will not open and he is delayed - costing him any chance of getting out ahead of Button.

Lap 35: Barrichello is right behind Alonso with Montoya - two laps behind after the first-lap accident with Schumacher - tracking them all the way. Alonso pits at the end of the lap. Webber retires the Jaguar with engine failure.

Lap 34: Da Matta pits from eigth place. Button pits.

Lap 33: Raikkonen's lead is edging close to 20 seconds - he is now 17.8 secs ahead with 23 laps to go and a round of pit stops.

Lap 32: Raikkonen is leading by 16.7secs from Alonso.

Lap 31: Alonso does a slow lap and now has Barrichello right behind him. Trulli is struggling to get close enough to pass Button because of the lack of power of his engine compared with the Honda in the BAR.

Lap 30: Raikkonen leads by 13.8secs from Alonso. Montoya, also delayed in the Schumacher-caused first-lap stint, makes his second pit stop of the afternoon. The Colombian would have been in the battle for the lead had he not been in the first-lap accident.

Lap 29: Raikkonen extends his lead by a second. Button has taken 1.5secs off Ralf Schumacher and is dragging the delayed Trulli with him.

Lap 28: Raikkonen leads Alonso by 12.4secs with Barrichello 2.2secs behind the Renault.

Lap 27: Michael Schumacher pits from eighth place, but he has been lapping very slowly and must have a problem after the collision he caused at the start of the race.

Lap 26: Trulli is now challenging Button for fifth place.

Lap 25: Barrichello is now just 1.4secs behind Alonso as they cross the line. Raikkonen leads by 10.5secs.

Lap 24: Barrichello is closing on Alonso by two seconds a lap with the fastest lap of the race. Trulli is 1.5secs a lap quicker than Button, who is now just that same distance ahead of him.

Lap 23: Raikkonen has a nine-second lead over Alonso, with Barrichello third - 12 seconds behind Raikkonen.

Lap 22: Barrichello pits as does Ralf Schumacher. Firman also pits in the Jordan, freeing up Trulli's Renault. The Briton has a problem getting the car going after the stop, has to be pushed out of the pits and loses a lot of time.

Lap 21: Barrichello, 16.5secs ahead of Raikkonen, is about to make a pit stop - the Ferrari mechanics are in the pit lane. The Brazilian will drop down to third place behind Raikkonen and Alonso.

Lap 20: Barrichello is leading Raikkonen by 17.6secs after the McLaren's pit stop while the Finn is just 4.3secs ahead of Alonso's Renault.

Trulli is struggling in the turbulence of Firman's Jordan and cannot get close enough to get by.

Lap 19: Trulli is climbing all over the back of Firman's Jordan. Raikkonen comes in for his pit stop.

Lap 18: Raikkonen is 14.4secs clear of Barrichello.

Lap 17: Raikkonen and Barrichello are doing about the same lap times in first and second place as Button comes in for his first pit stop.

Lap 16: Trulli comes into the pits for his first pit stop and rejoins in ninth place.

Lap 15: Raikkonen has a 14.1sec lead over Barrichello.

Lap 14: Alonso comes in at the end of the lap for his first pit stop and rejoins in fourth place.

Heidfeld also makes a pit stop but he stalls and wastes a lot of time.

Lap 13: Alonso is now only 3.3secs ahead of Raikkonen. Panis pulls up and retires on the lap after his pit stop.

Lap 12: Barrichello is falling back from Alonso and Raikkonen, despite the Ferrari having a clear track in front of him.

Panis comes into the pits at the end of the lap for his first fuel stop.

Lap 11: Trulli, making up ground after being hit from behind by Michael Schumacher on the first lap, is now right behind Ralf Schumacher. Alonso leads Raikkonen by 4.1secs.

Lap 10: Raikkonen takes another 0.3secs off Alonso's lead. Barrichello passes Heidfeld for third place into the first corner. Trulli takes eighth place from Webber.

Lap nine: The gap between Alonso and Raikkonen is now 4.5secs. Schumacher comes in at the end of the lap for his drive-through penalty.

Lap eight: Raikkonen sets fastest lap - the gap to leader Alonso is now 4.9secs. Barrichello is climbing all over the back of Heidfeld's Sauber.

Lap seven: Trulli is up to ninth place, with Michael Schumacher in 14th after his pit stop. Meanwhile, Schumacher has been given a drive-through penalty for causing the first-lap accident.

Lap six: Raikkonen is edging closer to Raikkonen at 0.4secs per lap - the gap is now 4.6secs.

Lap five: Barrichello passes Button for fourth place into turn one.

Lap four: Montoya rejoins having lost two laps. Alonso is 5.9secs ahead of Raikkonen. Justin Wilson is seventh in the Minardi.

Lap three: Raikkonen passes Heidfeld for third place at the first corner. Trulli has managed to continue but is down in 10th place.

Coulthard pulls off and retires from the race with an engine problem. Schumacher, who caused the first corner shunt, comes into the pits for a new nosecone.

Lap two: Alonso finished lap one with a 2.4secs lead. Schumacher - in 12th place - has not pitted, but Montoya has, to replace a rear wing. McLaren are looking in a strong position.

Lap one: Alonso makes a good start and Trulli follows him into the first corner - the Italian is then hit from behind by Michael Schumacher, who is battling with David Coulthard, at turn two.

Trulli is knocked into a spin and loses a lot of places. Schumacher's Ferrari has also dropped back and is damaged. Other cars, including a Jaguar and a Williams - probably Montoya's - are damaged.

Jacques Villeneuve's BAR has failed on the grid and he has to run back to the pits to start in the spare car.

0700: Fernando Alonso leads the grid off on their formation lap in temperatures of 35 degrees and with the threat of rain at some time during the afternoon.

Cristiano da Matta will have to start his Toyota from the pit lane after a car problem - a blow to the Brazilian rookie, who had impressed by qualifying in 11th place.

The race will start at 0700, with Spaniard Fernando Alonso, in his first pole position, heading an all-Renault front row.

Malaysian GP
22 March, 0700 GMT
Full race commentary

Rival teams, led by Michael Schumacher's Ferrari in third place on the grid, believe Renault qualified on a lighter fuel load than the other top teams to achieve their times.

But Renault insist they have chosen the correct strategy and the stage is set for a fascinating race.






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