The F2003-GA was used by Scuderia Ferrari in the 2003 Formula One season. The car debuted in the mid of the season, at the Spanish Grand Prix, as the F2002, the car from the previous season, was proved to be competitive in the first part of the 2003 whilst the F2003-GA was developed further. The new car was designated F2003-GA in recognition of memory of Giovanni Agnelli, the recently deceased head of Fiat. The F2003 was based on F2002 concept of optimization of air flow, weight reduction and lowering of the center of gravity. The F2003-GA featured new sidepods and a lengthened wheelbase while engine and gearbox were developed versions of the previous model. The car won 7 out of 12 races where it was entered. Michael Schumacher won 5 Grand Prix (plus one in the F2002) and took his 6th Driver’s title beating Fangio’s record. The championship was decided at the last race of the season in Japan. McLaren driver Kimi Raikkonen needed to win and Schumacher not to score a single point in order for him to become Driver’s Champion. Schumacher finally finished in 8th position and score a single point he only needed to secure he title. Raikkonen, who started the race from eighth position, was able to move to the second, but the victory went to Barichello. Rubinho’s win saw Ferrari clinch their 13th Constructors Championship title, the team’s fifth title in a row.
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