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Last Updated: Sunday, 12 October, 2003, 07:00 GMT 08:00 UK
Japanese GP as it happened
All the action from Suzuka.

Finishing positions:
1 R Barrichello (Ferrari)
2 K Raikkonen (McLaren)
3 D Coulthard (McLaren)
4 J Button (BAR)
5 J Trulli (Renault)
6 T Sato (BAR)
7 C da Matta (Toyota)
8 M Schumacher (Ferrari)


Lap 53: Barrichello wins the race and Michael Schumacher completes the incredible achievement of winning six Formula One titles. Kimi Raikkonen takes runner-up spot in the championship with second place.

BAR take fifth place in the constructors' championship from Sauber behind Ferrari, Williams, McLaren and Renault.

Lap 52: Barrichello starts his final lap.

Lap 50: Barrichello still heads the McLarens by more than 15 seconds.

Lap 49: The positions seems set and Michael Schumacher is on the verge of a superb and unprecedented sixth world title.

Lap 48: Michael Schumacher is stll right behind Da Matta but he appears to be making no attempt to pass the Toyota, knowing that he has done enough to win the title.

Lap 47: If the BAR drivers finish where they are, then the team will leapfrog Sauber into fifth place in the constructors' championship.

Lap 46: Barrichello, cruising towards his second win of the season, is 15.6secs ahead of Raikkonen.

Lap 45: Trulli's Renault, which started from the back of the grid, is 0.8secs behind Button's BAR in a battle for fourth place.

Lap 44: Coulthard is right behind team-mate Raikkonen - as is Trulli behind Button.

Lap 43: With Barrichello in the lead and Michael Schumacher in eighth, the German is on course for the title - but there is the possibility that Schumacher's car was damaged by the collision with his brother on lap 41.

Lap 42: Michael Schumacher is in eighth place, enough to win the title, but is pressuring Da Matta's Toyota for seventh place.

Lap 41: Barrichello rejoins ahead of Raikkonen to hold on to the de facto lead. Coulthard pits and rejoins behind Raikkonen. Ralf Schumacher spins at the chicane after Michael gets too close behind Da Matta. Ralf loses his front wing.

Lap 40: Ralf does not give up and pushes hard into the first corner, but Michael moves right to the inside to block him. Barrichello pits and Coulthard takes the lead

Lap 39: Ralf Schumacher is pushing hard to pass his brother but Michael blocks him into the chicane.

Lap 38: Barrichello's lead goes down to 21.8secs as Da Matta and Ralf Schumacher pit. Michael Schumacher has managed to pass his brother during the pit-stop period.

Lap 37: Barrichello is 23 seconds ahead of Coulthard and will win the title for Schumacher as long as his Ferrari last. Schumacher comes in for his final pit stop.

Lap 36: Trulli failed to jump Button at the pit stops, which means the Englishman is still on course for a possible podium.

Lap 35: Coulthard will be driving flat out trying to make up the time to jump Button and Trulli before his pit stop.

Lap 34: The most recent stops put Michael Schumacher in sixth place - more than enough to win the title - but he has another pit stop to make before the end of the race.

Lap 33: The McLaren team are out in the pits to receive Raikkonen for what must be his final stop. Button also pits.

Lap 32: The BAR team move out into the pit lane to prepare for one of their cars. Trulli pulls into the pit lane, followed by the BAR of Sato.

Lap 31: Jarno Trulli, from the back of the grid, is just 0.6secs behind the BAR of Jenson Button in a battle for third place.

Lap 30: Michael Schumacher passes the Toyota of Olivier Panis for 11th place and sets off after his brother Ralf's Williams.

Lap 29: Raikkonen is now 10.1secs behind Barrichello and losing nearly a second a lap.

Lap 28: Raikkonen is dropping back from Barrichello and appears ot be struggling to keep the pace with his heavier fuel load. The Finn is more than nine seconds behind Barrichello.

Lap 27: Barrichello now appears set to win the race, which would give Schumacher the title no matter where the German finishes. But the Brazilian's Ferrari must finish - because the two McLarens are in de facto second and third places.

Lap 26: Leader Barrichello pits as does second placed Coulthard. The Brazilian rejoins ahead of the McLaren of Raikkonen with both almost certainly needing to stop one more time.

Lap 25: Panis pits.

Lap 24: Barrichello is now 18secs ahead of Coulthard as Ralf and Michael Schumacher both pit.

Lap 23: Schumacher is now 10th following a problem for Mark Webber in the Jaguar. The Ferrari star is right behind the battle for the final point between BAR driver Takuma Sato and Ralf Schumacher.

Lap 22: Raikkonen is now 27secs away from Barrichello and McLaren's strategy gamble to switch him to a two-stop race is not paying off.

Lap 21: Barrichello is now 16.7secs ahead of Coulthard, who is pulling away from Raikkonen. Schumacher is up to 11th following a pit stop by Justin Wilson.

Lap 20: Barrichello has a 15.5sec lead over Coulthard with Raikkonen six seconds further back.

Lap 19: The sky is still cloudy but there is no rain. Alonso retired with an engine failure.

Lap 18: McLaren have switched Raikkonen to a two-stop strategy while Barrichello is on a three-stop. Alonso retires, moving Raikkonen up to third and Schumacher up to 12th - eight seconds behind eighth place.

Lap 17: Button rejoins after an 8.5secs stop which pits Barrichello back into the lead just over a second ahead of Alonso. Coulthard is 11secs behind the leaders with Raikkonen a further three seconds adrift. Schumacher passes Heidfeld for 13th place.

Lap 16: Raikkonen has a clear track to enable him to make up time while the leaders have been held up behind the BARs. Button pits at the end of the lap.

Lap 15: It transpires that Montoya retired with a lack of hydraulic pressure. Barrichello is pressuring Sato for second place. Sato pits at the end of the lap.

Lap 14: Raikkonen rejoins behind team-mate David Coulthard, who sets a new fastest lap.

Lap 13: Barrichello just stays in the de facto lead from Alonso as they rejoin. Raikkonen pits at the end of the lap.

Lap 12: Raikkonen is just 14.6secs behind leader Barrichello. Both Barichello and Alonso pit from first and second places.

Lap 11: Alonso is right behind Barrichello, who has backed off to the tune of two seconds a lap. Panis and Trulli pit.

Lap 10: Montoya pulls into the pits after a very slow lap and is out of the race. Da Matta pits in the Toyota.

Lap nine: Montoya is slowing with a stuttering engine and Barrichello now leads. Wilson makes the first scheduled stop for Jaguar as Toyota also prepare for one of their cars.

Lap eight: Raikkonen is still stuck behind the Toyota of Da Matta and is 15 seconds behind leader Montoya.

Lap seven: Schumacher rejoins last after an 18-second stop during which Ferrari put in some fuel.

Lap six: Webber, Sato and Schumacher were side by side going into the first corner and Schumacher is now 10th - but he pulls into the pits at the end of the lap without a front wing. He lost it trying an ambitious pass on Sato at the chicane.

Lap five: Kimi Raikkonen is pressuring Cristiano da Matta's Toyota for fifth place.

Lap four: Schumacher passes Wilson down the inside at Turn One and is now in 11th place behind Takuma Sato's BAR. Barrichello pegs Montoya's leadat 4.4secs.

Lap three: Michael Schumacher is still 12th, under pressure from Jarno Trulli who started from the back of the grid in the Renault and trying to find a way past Justin Wilson's Jaguar. Raikkonen passes Coulthard for fifth.

Lap two: Montoya is streaking away from Barrichello at the front of the field and is 3.4secs ahead at the end of the lap. Ralf Schumacher spins at the chicane and rejoins last.

Lap one: Barrichello takes the lead at the first corner from Montoya and Alonso. But Montoya takes the lead into the Spoon Curve. Raikkonen moves up one place at the start and passes Panis during the lap to run sixth, with Michael Schumacher 12th.




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