2002 Brazilian Grand Prix
|2002 Superleague season|
|Date||March 27th - April 1st, 2002|
|Official name||XXXI Grande Prêmio do Brasil|
|Location|| Autódromo José Carlos Pace|
São Paulo, Brazil
|Course|| Permanent Racing Facility |
2.667 mi / 4.309 km
|Distance||72 laps, 192.024 mi / 310.248 km|
|Weather||Clear, Air Temp: 30°C|
|Driver||Daan Van Renswoude||Hernj-Roaldo-BMW|
|Driver||Pedro Daniel Miguel||Hernj-Roaldo-BMW|
|First||Pedro Daniel Miguel||Hernj-Roaldo-BMW|
Many events between the first race of the season and the Brazilian grands prix occured, resulting in a few driver and team changes. Dan Lawrence quit his driving seat for the Dan Prescott International (DPI) team. Prescott had just signed rookie Ulsterman Mal McKee, who was about to make his début race. With threats from Prescott of pulling out of the league however, the future of both McKee and Lawrence looked uncertain.
Before the Malaysian grand prix however, a serious dispute arose between the GPVWC Administration and DPI, resulting in DPI being asked to leave the league. Having already left DPI as a driver, Lawrence agreed a deal to drive with Neil Robinson's BA Racing team, and took McKee with him, with one of the drivers replacing Jarno Zuiderdhuin. Swedish outfit TGM took over the assets of DPI and declared their entry for the Brazilian race.
† Drivers were allowed to start the race from P22.
‡ Mal McKee was allowed to start the race from P22 after submitting a legal qualifying lap late due to ISP trouble.
In 2002, all drivers who finished at least one lap were classified in the position they were when the race ended. This meant that Dan Lawrence, Mal McKee and Chris Day all finished in the points.
|1||??||Pedro Daniel Miguel||Hernj-Roaldo-BMW||72||1:36:07.788||22||3||1:16.261||21|
|3||??||Kieran Ryan||Mapes-VO-Honda||71||+1 lap||22||2||1:19.153||13|
|4||??||Darren White||CVRT-Cosworth||71||+1 lap||6||3||1:18.567||10|
|5||??||Dan Regan||SCUM-Renault||70||+2 laps||12||2||1:19.870||8|
|6||??||Robert Filipe||KRB-Ferrari||70||+2 laps||9||2||1:19.904||6|
|7||??||Peter Harding||SCUM-Renault||70||+2 laps||13||2||1:20.147||5|
|8||??||Andrew Creek||CVRT-Cosworth||69||+3 laps||14||4||1:20.583||4|
|9||??||Dan Lawrence||BA Racing-Cosworth||32||+40 laps||8||1||1:18.299||3|
|10||??||Mal McKee||BA Racing-Cosworth||13||+59 laps||22||1||1:20.284||2|
|11||??||Chris Day||Dizzo-Asiatech||5||+67 laps||22||1||1:22.705||1|
|Ret||??||Pablo Arteaga||Jonk GP-Ferrari||0||Engine||3||—|
|Ret||??||Daan Van Renswoude||Hernj-Roaldo-BMW||—||DNS||1||—|
|Ret||??||Erdem Coban||MaMa Racing-Honda||—||DNS||10||—|
|Ret||??||Leon Verheggen||MaMa Racing-Honda||—||DNQ||22||—|
|Ret||??||James Fowler||Jonk GP-Ferrari||—||DNQ||22||—|
- Fastest Lap: Juan Pablo Montoya 1m 16.079s
- Soccer legend Pelé was supposed to wave the checkered flag. However, when the Schumacher brothers arrived to the finish line, Pelé was talking to someone, and forgot to show them the flag. He eventually waved the flag when the next driver, Takuma Sato arrived to the finish line, two laps down, meaning by technicality that Sato had won the Grand Prix as he was the first driver to see the checkered flag
- During the morning warmup, Bernoldi's Arrows crashed in Turn 2, right by the Medical Car. It went out to help him, and just as the car's driver, Alex Ribeiro, opened the door, Heidfeld's Sauber came in, and crashed into the door. Thankfully, both Heidfeld and Ribeiro were all right, especially Ribeiro, who might've been killed if he had been stepping out.
- Michael Schumacher gave the Ferrari F2002 its debut in this race. Only one F2002 had been brought to Brazil, leaving Rubens Barrichello to race in the F2001.
Standings after the race
2002 Malaysian Grand Prix
|2002 Brazilian Grand Prix
2002 San Marino Grand Prix