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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 May, 2003, 11:17 GMT 12:17 UK
Spanish GP as it happened

All the action as it happened at the Spanish Grand Prix. (All times BST)

Latest news appears first.

Race result:
1 M Schumacher (Ferrari)
2 F Alonso (Renault)
3 R Barrichello (Ferrari)
4 JP Montoya (Williams)
5 R Schumacher (Williams)
6 C da Matta (Toyota)
7 M Webber (Jaguar)
8 R Firman (Jordan)


Lap 65: Schumacher wins on the debut of the definitive 2003 Ferrari - but Alonso and Renault have made him work for it.

Ralf holds off another try by Da Matta going into the first corner and hangs on to fifth place.

Lap 64: The penultimate lap and Alonso noses in on the battle between Ralf Schumacher and Da Matta. Alonso waves at Ralf in frustration as the Williams holds him up before letting him by going into the penultimate corner.

Lap 63: Da Matta hassles Ralf into turn five but Ralf takes the inside line and fends him off.

Lap 62: Da Matta has a look down the inside of Ralf into the 125mph Campsa corner but thinks better of it. Michael Schumacher's lead is down to 5.8secs.

Lap 61: Alonso closes to 6.5secs behind Schumacher as the Ferrari laps the Ralf-Da Matta battle.

Lap 60: Leader Schumacher is coming up to lap the Ralf-Da Matta battle. Schumacher is easing off with the race apparently won - Alonso has closed the gap to within eight seconds of the Ferrari.

Lap 59: Da Matta is trying to line Ralf Schumacher up for a challenge for fifth place.

Lap 58: The lead is out to 9.9secs with just seven laps to go and the new Ferrari looks set to win on its debut.

Lap 57: The gap is out to 9.5secs as Da Matta challenges Ralf hard.

Lap 56: Schumacher has a nine-second lead with less than 10 laps to go. Da Matta's Toyota is challenging Ralf Schumacher's Williams for fifth place.

Lap 55: Schumacher adds a further 0.2secs to his lead.

Lap 54: Schumacher extends his lead to 7.9secs. The same pattern has happened at every pit stop. The Ferrari pulls out a lead in the first few laps after the stop and the Renault claws it back in the closing stages of the stint, but it appears that Schumacher has enough of an advantage to hold on for the win.

Lap 53: Schumacher extends his lead to 6.6secs.

Lap 52: Schumacher extends his lead to 6.4secs.

Lap 51: Schumacher retakes the lead and Alonso slots back into second place. He has 15 laps to close in on the Ferrari and possibly win his home Grand Prix. Alonso is 6.1secs adrift of the Ferrari, which sets the fastest lap of the afternoon.

Lap 50: The Renault mechanics are in the pit lane and Alonso appears to be coming in at the end of the lap. Alonso is in the pits as is Barrichello in third place.

Lap 49: Da Matta pits in the Toyota at the end of his 48th lap - Schumacher also stops in his Ferrari under pressure from Alonso.

Lap 48: Alonso cuts Schumacher's lead to 4.9secs.

Lap 47: The lead comes down by another 0.2secs to 5.1secs.

Lap 46: The two Williams battle wheel to wheel for fifth place and Montoya takes the place with a brilliant pass into turn six. Michael Schumacher's lead comes down by more than a second to 5.3secs.

Lap 45: The lead comes down to 6.4secs as Alonso drives the race of his life in the Renault.

Lap 44: Alonso reduces the lead to 6.7seconds.

Lap 43: The gap comes down to 7.6secs after Alonso sets his fastest lap of the race. Panis retires in the Toyota.

Lap 42: Ralf pits after his off-course excursion.

Lap 41: Ralf made a mistake in turn three and Alonso is now second - but he is 8.4secs behind Michael Schumacher.

Lap 40: Alonso tries to pass into the second last corner but cannot pull it off.

Lap 39: Alonso is back under the rear wing of Schumacher's Williams - he is losing two seconds a lap to Michael Schumacher.

Lap 38: Alonso is trying hard to pass Ralf, knowing that he needs to lose no time to Michael - but he is held up by an inattentive Ralph Firman. Michael sets the fastest lap of the race.

Lap 37: Alonso rejoins in third place, with Ralf Schumacher between him and Michael.

Lap 36: Barrichello pits and Michael tries and fails to pass Ralf at the first corner. A mistake by Ralf lets Michael by out of turn five. Alonso pits.

Lap 35: Schumacher stops from the lead and Alonso leads his home race. Schumacher rejoins behind his brother Ralf in the Williams.

Lap 34: Alonso pulls back 0.4secs to make the lead 6.4secs. Barrichello has slipped back to 6secs behind the Renault.

Lap 33: Schumacher pulls out another 0.2secs to extend his lead to 6.8secs.

Lap 32: The gap between the leaders remains about the same and Barrichello is now more than five seconds behind Alonso.

Lap 31: Alonso takes 0.7secs out of Schumacher's lead, which is now 6.4secs.

Lap 30: Da Matta makes a pit stop in the Toyota from sixth place. Alonso cuts Schumacher's lead by 0.2secs in his first lap in clean air.

Lap 29: Alonso is now more than seven seconds behind Schumacher having lost a further second passing the Minardis.

Lap 28: Alonso loses two seconds in the course of negotiating the traffic.

Lap 27: The gap between Schumacher and Alonso comes down to 4.8secs, but he is now stuck behind a battle between the two Jordan and the two Minardis all line astern.

Lap 26: Schumacher adds another 0.5secs to his lead, which is now 5.3secs, but Alonso is 2.3secs ahead of Barrichello.

Lap 25: Schumacher's lead goes out to 4.8secs.

Lap 24: Schumacher is now 4.2secs ahead of Alonso, who is 1.9secs ahead of Barrichello.

Lap 23: Fisichella pits in the Jordan, but it is a 25-second stop. Schumacher pulls out nearly a second to extend his lead over Alonso to more than three seconds.

Lap 22: Schumacher has a two-second lead over Alonso, who appears able to challenge the Ferraris for victory.

Lap 21: Schumacher retakes the lead with Alonso second and Barrichello third.

Lap 20: Michael Schumacher pits at the start of the lap - Button is also in to replace a damaged front wing. Barrichello pits at the end of the lap.

Lap 19: Ralf Schumacher pits in the Williams. Ferrari are readying their crew for a stop.

Lap 18: Coulthard spins off for the second time this afternoon having touched wheels with Button when trying to pass the BAR on the outside at the first corner.

Lap 17: Panis and Wilson pit from seventh and eighth places at the start of the lap. Alonso pits at the end of the lap.

Lap 16: Alonso is right behind Barrichello around the twistier bits of the lap.

Lap 15: Schumacher's lead has come down to 3.3secs. Wilson is doing a great job in the Minardi in ninth place.

Lap 14: Button pits from fifth place - very early. Villeneuve is out of the race with an engine failure.

Lap 13: Alonso is right behind Barrichello, but the Ferrari's power advantage pays off on the main straight. Michael Schumacher is now 3.5secs ahead of Barrichello.

Lap 12: Schumacher is 3.2secs ahead of Barrichello now as the Brazilian continues to struggle. Villeneuve is dropping down the order and pits with a problem.

Lap 11: Schumacher is now over 2.5secs ahead of Barrichello, who is being tracked closely by Alonso. Fisichella, Panis, Webber and Coulthard are nose-to-tail fighting for 10th place.

Lap 10: Alonso continues to track Barrichello, while Ralf Schumacher is hanging on 1.8secs behind the Renault.

Lap nine: Alonso is right behind Barrichello, who appears to have made an error in the final sector of the lap.

Lap eight: Schumacher is 1.5secs ahead of Barrichello, with Alonso only 0.7secs behind the second Ferrari.

Button, befitting what is thought to be a lighter fuel load, is moving clear of Villeneuve.

Lap seven: Barrichello is sticking with Schumacher, but the Brazilian is less than a second ahead of Alonso.

Lap six: Schumacher makes a great start and is clear of Barrichello and Alonso into the first corner. Montoya passes Button into the first corner with a brilliant move.

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

Lap four: The order is Michael Schumacher, Rubens Barrichello, Fernando Alonso, Ralf Schumacher. Coulthard is at the back of the field. Trulli, Pizzonia and Raikkonen are out of the race. Heidfeld pits in the Sauber.

Lap three: A breakdown truck is on the track to remove the cars of Raikkonen and Pizzonia from the pit straight.

Lap two: Schumacher leads Barrichello and Alonso behind the safety car. Coulthard has got going again and has changed tyres, but Trulli is out of the race.

Lap one: Alonso makes a good start but the Ferraris block him out down to the first corner. Coulthard and Trulli collide and go off at the second corner.

Raikkonen crashes into the back of Pizzonia on the grid and is out of the race. The Brazilian's Jaguar did not move and Raikkonen went straight into him. The safety car is out.

1300: The cars head off on the formation lap, with Michael Schumacher leading the field in bright sunshine. Both Minardis get away without problem.

1258: Justin Wilson has an electrical problem in the Minardi and may not make the grid.

Michael Schumacher starts the Spanish Grand Prix from pole position after his Ferrari team dominated qualifying with their new car.

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2-4 May
Race commentary

It is the first time Ferrari have used the new F2003-GA and so far it appears to have raised the bar yet again.

However, Renault are looking competitive, having qualified both their cars on the second row of the grid, with local hero Fernando Alonso ahead of Jarno Trulli.

World championship leader Kimi Raikkonen faces a tough afternoon in his McLaren after making a mistake on his qualifying run.

The Finn will start the race from the back of the grid and will be hard pushed to stop Schumacher slashing his 14-point lead.




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