Today's grid at Silverstone

1 Rubens Barrichello (Brazil, 31) Ferrari
Career: Races: 171. Wins: 5. Poles: 8. Fastest laps: 10
2003 points: 39
Qualifying time: 1min 21.209sec

Last year he had the measure of Schumacher at times. This year has been a disaster, and there is talk of a switch to Sauber for 2004.

2 Jarno Trulli (Italy, 28) Renault
Career: Races: 107. Wins: 0. Poles: 0. Fastest laps: 0
2003 points: 13
Qualifying time: 1:21.381

A great qualifier, not such a great racer, is what they say about him. He has his work cut out proving his critics wrong.

3 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland, 23) McLaren-Mercedes
Career: Races: 43. Wins: 1. Poles: 1. Fastest laps: 3
2003 points: 56
Qualifying time: 1:21.695

Mistakes in qualifying have been costly to the Iceman. On race form, however, the Finn is a future champion, no question.

4 Ralf Schumacher (Germany, 28) BMW-Williams
Career: Races: 110. Wins: 6. Poles: 4. Fastest laps: 6. 2003 points: 53
Qualifying time: 1:21.727

Still, for some, the most over-rated driver in Formula One, Schumacher is a stylist when running out front, but can he really hack it in a dogfight?

5 Michael Schumacher (Germany, 34) Ferrari
Career: Races: 187. Wins: 68. Poles: 54 Fastest laps: 54
World champion: Five times. 2003 points: 64
Qualifying time: 1:21.867

Is driving better than ever but where 2002 was a cakewalk, Bridgestone's problems are making him fight for a sixth crown.

6 Christiano da Matta (Brazil, 30) Toyota
Career: Races: 10. Wins: 0. Poles: 0
2003 points: 3
Qualifying time: 1:22.081

A runaway champion in the US ChampCars series in 2002, he has demonstrated strong pace at times but Toyota's inconsistency has prevented him realising his true potential.

7 Juan Pablo Montoya (Colombia, 27) BMW-Williams
Career: Races: 44. Wins: 2. Poles: 10. Fastest laps: 7
2003 points: 47
Qualifying time: 1:22.214

Has all the talent you need, but insiders say his refusal fully to embrace the technical side of the business is still holding him back.

8 Fernando Alonso (Spain, 22) Renault
Career: Races: 27. Wins: 0. Poles: 1. Fastest laps: 1. 2003 points: 39
Qualifying time: 1:22.404

Montoya, Raikkonen and Alonso are rated as the leading pretenders to Schumacher's throne. The highly impressive Spaniard might just be the best of the three.

9 Jacques Villeneuve (Canada, 32) BAR-Honda
Career: Races: 126. Wins: 11. Poles: 13. Fastest laps: 9
World champion 1997. 2003 points: 3
Qualifying time: 1:22.591

Some say he talks better than he races. This year he has had lousy reliability, but when the mood is on him he's as fast as ever.

10 Antonio Pizzonia (Brazil, 22) Jaguar-Cosworth
Career: Races: 10. Wins: 0. Poles: 0
2003 points: 0
Qualifying time: 1:22.634

Destabilised initially by stupid politics within Jaguar, rookie Pizzonia has yet to capture the flow and pace that made Williams rave about him as test driver.

11 Mark Webber (Australia, 26) Jaguar-Cosworth
Career: Races: 26. Wins: 0. Poles: 0
2003 points: 12
Qualifying time: 1:22.647

The surprise of 2003, Webber is a serious athlete, a great motivator, a very polished racer with few faults, and above all a true connoisseur of sport.

12 David Coulthard (GB, 31) McLaren-Mercedes
Career: Races: 151. Wins: 13. Poles: 4. Fastest laps: 6
2003 points: 29
Qualifying time: 1:22.811

His speed is still there, as he proved in Australia, but not when he needs it in qualifying. The new rules have really hurt the Scot.

13 Olivier Panis (France) Toyota 1:23.042
14 Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Germany) Sauber 1:23.187
15 Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Jordan 1:23.574
16 Nick Heidfeld (Germany) Sauber 1:23.844
17 Ralph Firman (Britain) Jordan 1:24.385
18 Justin Wilson (Britain) Minardi 1:25.468
19 Jos Verstappen (Holland) Minardi 1:25.759
20 Jenson Button (Britain) BAR no time

Drivers' Championship: 1 1 M Schumacher (Ger) 64pts; 2 K Raikkonen (Fin) 56; 3 R Schumacher (Ger) 53; 4 JP Montoya (Col) 47; 5 R Barrichello (Brazil) 39; 6 F Alonso (Spain) 39; 7 D Coulthard (GB) 29; 8 J Trulli (It) 13; 9 M Webber 12; 10 G Fisichella (It) 10; 11 J Button (GB) 10; 12 HH Frentzen (Ger) 7; J Villeneuve (Can) 3; 14 C Da Matta (Brazil) 3; 15 O Panis (Fr) 2; 17 R Firman (GB) 1; 18 A Pizzonia (Brazil) 0; 19 J Verstappen (Holl) 0; 20 J Wilson (GB) 0.

Constructors' Championship: 1 Ferrari 103pts; 2 BMW-Williams 100; 3 McLaren-Mercedes 85; 4 Renault 52; 5 BAR-Honda 13; 6 Jaguar 12; 7 Jordan-Ford 11; 8 Sauber-Petronas 9; 9 Toyota 5; 10 Minardi-Cosworth 0.

Remaining races: 3 August: German Grand Prix, Hockenheim. 24 August: Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest. 14 September: Italian Grand Prix, Monza. 28 September: United States Grand Prix, Indianapolis. 12 October: Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka.

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