2003 Qualifying Differentials

By Marcel Borsboom, Netherlands
Atlas F1 Magazine Writer

With ten qualifying sessions completed for 2003, the differentials are once again on a roll! Let's see which drivers deserve bragging rights.

Spanish Notables

  • Setting the Record Straight: Barcelona was the first time this season to feature two rookies outqualifying their vastly experienced teammates, with Ralph Firman ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella in the Jordan, and Justin Wilson ahead of Jos Verstappen in the Minardi.

  • The BAR Duo This was always going to be one of the interesting battles of the year, and notably Jenson Button is now ahead of teammate Jacques Villeneuve in the Saturday average differentials. Is it merely down to a difference in fuel loads?...

  • Going Down! McLaren's Kimi Raikkonen had barely recovered from his mistake in the Australian Grand Prix to go up in the Elevator's standings (see below), when the Spanish Grand Prix dropped him abruptly 12 floors down... it's going to be quite a climb back up from there!

The Elevator

We've decided to also keep track of the position changes between Friday and Saturday. We're not yet sure if it means anything, but we'll keep an eye on the results for the time being...

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Volume 9, Issue 19
May 7th 2003

Atlas F1 Special

View from the Paddock: Special Edition
by Ann Bradshaw

Lost Weekend: Interview with Pizzonia
by David Cameron

Renault to the Fore
by Will Gray

Spanish Moss
by Thomas O'Keefe

Spanish GP Review

2003 Spanish GP Review
by Pablo Elizalde

Technical Review: Spanish GP
by Craig Scarborough

Racers or Timeservers?
by Karl Ludvigsen

The Reign in Spain
by Richard Barnes

Stats Center

Qualifying Differentials
by Marcel Borsboom

by David Wright

Charts Center
by Michele Lostia


Season Strokes
by Bruce Thomson

by Marcel Schot

Elsewhere in Racing
by David Wright & Mark Alan Jones

The Weekly Grapevine
by Tom Keeble

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