2002

1 World Drivers’ Championship – All drivers

2002 - World Drivers' Championship - All drivers

Michael Schumacher set a new record for scoring the most points in a single season.

2 World Drivers’ Championship – Battle for the title

2002 - World Drivers' Championship - Battle for the title

Juan Pablo Montoya could only offer brief resistance to Schumacher early in the season – but Ferrari were still worried enough about the Williams threat to controversially impose team orders in Austria.

3 World Drivers’ Championship – Points systems 1981-present

2002 - World Drivers' Championship - Points systems 1981-present

Even the points system introduced in 2003 to artifically bring the teams closer to one another in the championship would have done little to stop Schumacher running away with the title.

4 World Constructors’ Championships – All constructors

2002 - World Constructors' Championships - All constructors

Williams moved ahead of McLaren in 2002, and Renault, in their first year after taking over Benetton, were a solid fourth.

5 World Constructors’ Championships – Battle for the title

2002 - World Constructors' Championships - Battle for the title

The Constructors’ championship title was a foregone conclusion.

6 Drivers’ Average Start Positions

2002 - Drivers' Average Start Positions

Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello were unsurprisingly dominant, even despite Montoya’s seven pole positions.

7 Drivers’ Top 3 Qualifying Positions

2002 - Drivers' Top 3 Qualifying Positions

Montoya took as many pole positions as Schumacher, but struggled to translate his qualifying speed into strong race performances.

8 Drivers’ Average Position Changes and Participations

2002 - Drivers' Average Position Changes and Participations

Despite Montoya outqualifying team mate Ralf Schumacher on average, it was Ralf who lost more positions on race day. Even with his excellent qualifying record Schumacher still improved his finishing position, on average, on race day.

Felipe Massa missed the United States Grand Prix after crashing into Pedro de la Rosa in Italy – Arrows refugee Heinz-Harald Frentzen deputised for him.

9 Drivers’ Points per Round and per Finish

2002 - Drivers' Points per Round and per Finish

Schumacher’s perfect finishing record, with a podium in every race, was a stark contrast to all of his championship rivals – his team mate included.

10 Drivers’ DNFs (totals)

2002 - Drivers' DNFs (totals)

The first-lap crash at Melbourne accounted for a large number of DNFs due to racing incidents.

11 Drivers’ DNFs (by driver)

2002 - Drivers' DNFs (by driver)

Alex Yoong failed to qualify on three occasions and was briefly replaced by Anthony Davidson. Both Arrows drivers failed to qualify deliberately in France, and the team folded after the following race. All four of Ferrari’s mechanical failures fell to Barrichello.

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