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Last Updated:  Sunday, 6 April, 2003, 14:01 GMT 15:01 UK
Brazilian GP as it happened
All the action as it happened from the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo (All times BST).

Latest news appears first.

Final positions:
1 K Raikkonen (McLaren)
2 G Fisichella (Jordan)
3 F Alonso (Renault)
4 D Coulthard (McLaren)
5 HH Frentzen (Sauber)
6 J Villeneuve (BAR)
7 M Webber (Jaguar)
8 J Trulli (Renault)


Kimi Raikkonen has been declared the winner because the result is counted back two laps before the red flag was shown.

That was just after Coulthard pitted from the lead. So Raikkonen wins, followed by Fisichella, Alonso and Coulthard.

Coulthard, Raikkonen or Fisichella could yet be the winner - it depends on the lap from which the result is taken, which is dictated by the rules.

Race stopped: Alonso, whose accident was caused by hitting a tyre from Webber's crashed Jaguar, is sitting down beside the track. He is helped on to a stretcher.

Fisichella will have won if the race is to be stopped - and his car is on fire in the pit lane.

Lap 54: Frentzen is now closing on Coulthard. Fisichella takes the lead as Raikkonen loses grip on the way into Mergulho. Webber crashes heading onto the pit straight, leaving debris strewn across the track. The safety car is out again.

Raikkonen pits. Alonso crashes in the same place as Webber and the race is stopped - the result will go back one lap if the race is declared over and Fisichella will have won.

Lap 53: Fisichella is right behind Raikkonen and looks set to take the lead. The Bridegstone tyres - used by Jordan and Sauber - have an advantage at the moment over the Michelins - on the Renaults and McLarens.Trulli pits.

Lap 52: McLaren are getting ready for a stop - it is Coulthard, who comes out behind Raikkonen, Fisichella and Alonso.

Lap 51: Raikkonen is beginning to close the deficit to Coulthard - it is now just over 19 seconds, having been 21secs on the lap before.

Lap 50: Frentzen, Trulli and Villeneuve are having a ding-dong battle for fifth place - with Webber closing in on them.

Lap 49: Fisichella - always excellent in the wet - is just 2.4secs behind Raikkonen and closing.

Lap 49: Schumacher pits in the Williams for fresh wet tyres and more fuel.

Lap 48: Coulthard has a 18-second lead over Raikkonen - it all now depends on which McLaren driver has lucked into the best strategy.

Lap 47: Barrichello slows and is out of the race - his terrible luck in Brazil hits again. This is the ninth year in a row he has retired in his home Grand Prix.

Lap 46: Barrichello's Bridgestone intermediates are working a lot better than Coulthard's Michelins at the moment - a fact underlined by the pace of Fisichella on Bridgestones in fifth place.

Lap 45: To huge cheers from the Sao Paulo crowd, local boy Barrichello takes the lead after Coulthard, clearly in trouble with his tyres, makes a mistake in Turn One and runs wide. Barrichello immediately sets a new fastest lap, 2.5secs quicker than Coulthard.

Lap 44: The track is now reasonably dry - apart from the infamous Turn Three. Coulthard and Barrichello are lapping nearly two seconds quicker than anyone else.

Webber spins at Turn Three - but saves the car from hitting the barriers and carries on, losing just one place to Frentzen.

Lap 43: Alonso comes in for his drive-through penalty. The leaders are now nearly 10 seconds ahead of Raikkonen.

Lap 42: Alonso is under investigation by the stewards - and gets a penalty for overtaking as he passed yellow caution flags - as Barrichello puts Coulthard under pressure.

Lap 41: Coulthard and Barrichello - tied together at the front - are pulling away from Raikkonen in third place.

Lap 40: Barrichello is right behind Coulthard in the battle for the lead with 32 laps to go. Alonso passes Schumacher for fourth place with a stunning move around the outside of the Mergulho corner. Coulthard sets fastest lap.

Lap 39: Alonso is looking keen to pass Schumacher as Coulthard does a new fastest lap of the race on lap 38. Barrichello sets a new fastest lap.

Lap 38: Raikkonen passes Alonso into the first corner - and then takes Ralf Schumacher with a brilliant move around the outside in Turn Four.

Lap 37: Restart - with only 11 cars left. Alonso is challenging Ralf Schumacher - and Raikkonen is right behind the Spaniard.

Lap 36: The safety car is coming in at the end of this lap.

Lap 35: Five cars are behind the barriers at Turn Three. The track is getting quite dry as Da Matta pits - and stalls his engine.

Lap 34: Webber pits from fourth place.

Lap 33: Button spins off at the infamous Turn Three, ruining his chances of a points finish. Villeneuve also spins, but manages to continue. The safety car is out again.

Lap 32: Coulthard has a comfortable, if slight, advantage over Barrichello, Schumacher and Webber.

Lap 31: Raikkonen is up to seventh after just one lap racing. Verstappen spins off in the Minardi at the puddle in turn three.

Lap 30: Ralf Schumacher passes Barrichello into the first corner, they race side-by-side through the first three corners, but Barrichello comes out ahead.

Lap 29: Raikkonen rejoins in ninth place - and the safety car is pitting this lap.

Lap 28: Raikkonen and Da Matta both pit for fuel - and may well not have to stop again. That possibly hands the advantage back to the Finn.

Lap 27: Michael Schumacher spins off in the same place as Montoya and Pizzonia, aquaplaning off on a river of water. He narrowly avoids hitting a Caterpillar which is attending to the other stranded cars. The safety car is sent out again.

Lap 26: Coulthard, Michael Schumacher and Barrichello are still nose to tail - but now they have closed in on Raikkonen as well.

Lap 25: Coulthard appears to be holding off Schumacher reasonably comfortably, despite the German's close presence behind him - and Barrichello behind his team leader.

Montoya and Pizzonia are out of the race after aquaplaning separately in Turn Three.

Lap 24: Barrichello has pulled up to the back of the Coulthard-Schumacher battle. Raikkonen, who is at a disadvantage becuase he did not stop, has a 1.7sec lead.

Lap 23: The safety car pulls off and the race restarts. Barrichello passes Da Matta at the end of the back straight. Schumacher is all over Coulthard's McLaren.

Lap 21: Trulli has lost out most in the pit stops - dropping down to 15th and second last after his mechanics had problems with a wheel.

Lap 20: Coulthard and Michael Schumacher stop for fuel and tyres at the start of the lap. Coulthard gets out first.

Leader Raikkonen carries on - losing out quite badly as Coulthard and Schumacher have pitted and are still right behind him. Montoya comes out in sixth place, behind Da Matta's Toyota and Barrichello.

A whole raft of cars pit - including both Renaults and both Williamses. Trulli has a problem with the right rear tyre.

Lap 19: Coulthard is right behind Raikkonen, with Schumacher four seconds adrift of the pair. Montoya is leading a traffic jam. The safety car is deployed to clear the debris from the Firman/Panis accident.

Lap 18: Schumacher sets a new fastest lap, closing on Coulthard. The Scot is now just 1.4secs behind Raikkonen.

Justin Wilson spins out of the race in the Minardi. Ralph Firman spins at the end of the pit straight after a front suspension failure and takes out Olivier Panis.

Lap 17: Coulthard is now just 2.3secs behind Raikkonen after setting fastest lap on lap 16. Montoya is under pressure from Webber.

Lap 16: Montoya, in trouble with his rear tyres, is under serious pressure from Michael Schumacher, who passes around the outside four corners from the end of the lap.

Lap 15: Michael Schumacher and Mark Webber are both flying along closing on Montoya in third place. Schumacher is the fastest man on the track and passes Webber on the drier inside line out of the last corner.

Lap 14: Michael Schumacher is now six seconds ahead of Barrichello and beginning to make progress. Coulthard passes Montoya out of the final corner.

Lap 13: Coulthard is back on Montoya's tail after biding his time in the hectic early stages. Raikkonen has a 3.6sec lead over Montoya, who has Coulthard right behind him.

Lap 12: Raikkonen and Montoya are storming away in the lead, although Coulthard is holding on.

Lap 11: Raikkonen passes Coulthard into the first corner and Montoya passes the Scot into the fourth bend at the end of the back straight. Raikkonen and Montoya are two seconds faster than anyone else.

Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli collide and spin, promoting Michael Schumacher and demoting them to ninth and 10th, with Trulli ahead.

Lap 10: Raikkonen passes Barrichello for second at the first corner. Montoya goes third a little further round the lap. Raikkonen and Montoya are right behind Coulthard at the end of the lap.

Lap nine: Coulthard passes Barrichello for the lead into the first corner. Firman pits for fuel. Barrichello is cautious and is under pressure from Webber and Raikkonen.

Lap eight: The safety car is due in at the end of this lap, when racing will start. Fisichella pits for fuel, rejoining at the back.

Lap six: The track appears dry enough now that the race could have been started if the cars had full wet tyres rather than the intermediates they are all on.

Lap five: The rain has stopped but conditions still appear to be poor, with a lot of spray being thrown up by the tyres.

Lap four: The slightest indication of a dry line is beginning to appear at some points around the track. However, wherever there is a dip in the road, there is still standing water.

Lap three: The drivers at the back who started from the pits or have stopped to refuel are in the order Verstappen, Frentzen, Pizzonia, Panis and Firman.

Lap two: The rain has eased but there still appear to be areas of standing water on the track.

Lap one: The race is underway and the cars are in their grid order apart from the cars that opted to start from the pits. Toyota driver Olivier Panis pits at the end of the lap to refuel, in an attempt to give him more flexibility on strategy.

1815: Antonio Pizzonia, Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Ralph Firman and Jos Verstappen are all starting from the pit lane as the safety car leads the field away for the start of the race.

1805: Race director Charlie Whiting declares that the race will start at 1815 BST.

1755: There will be a delay due to the wet conditions and it is not yet clear when the race will start.

Race officials will wait until conditions improve to the point that the cars can ran safely on their lightly-treaded intermediate tyres - the only type that has been brought by tyre companies Bridgestone and Michelin.

1740: The race is scheduled to start at 1800. However, it is raining in Sao Paulo and the cars are likely to be led away by the safety car if race officials decide against a delay.

The drivers are concerned about poor drainage at Interlagos, and they have only intermediate tyres available with relatively light treads because of the new rules.

Hometown hero Rubens Barrichello is on pole position, bidding to become the first Brazilian to win his home race since the late Ayrton Senna in 1993.

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It is Barrichello's first pole in Brazil, and the first time a Brazilian has been on the front of the grid at Interlagos since Senna in 1994.

But Australian Grand Prix winner David Coulthard is looking ominous in second place on the grid.

The Scot will start ahead of the surprise package of qualifying, Mark Webber of Jaguar, who is expected to fade as the race progresses - starting with an expected early stop for fuel.

Michael Schumacher starts seventh, his worst qualifying performance since the 1998 German Grand Prix.

World championship leader Kimi Raikkonen, who will start fourth in his McLaren, has been allowed to change his engine after a crack was discovered in the block.

Under new rules this season, teams are not allowed to work on their cars unless there is a bona fide need for a change.




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