22px-Flag of Austria  2001 Austrian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season
Circuit A1 Ring.svg
Date May 13, 2001
Official name XXV Großer A1 Preis von Österreich
Location A1-Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Course Permanent racing facility
4.326 km (2.688 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 71 laps, 307.146 km (190.852 mi)</td></tr>
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:09.562
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:10.843 on lap 48
First 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Second Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Third 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari

The 2001 Austrian Grand Prix (formally the XXV Großer A1 Preis von Österreich) was a Formula One motor race held at A1-Ring on May 13, 2001. It was the sixth round of the 2001 Formula One season. The race, contested over 71 laps, was won by David Coulthard driving for the McLaren team after starting from a seventh position start. Michael Schumacher driving for Ferrari finished second, with Rubens Barrichello third in the other Ferrari.

Race summaryEdit

Launch control was a concern as four cars were left on the grid as they stalled as the race started. There were no incidents or accidents as a result of the cars stalled on the grid. The two Williams drivers were in first and second position after the start: Juan Pablo Montoya was leading and Ralf Schumacher was second. Michael Schumacher in his Ferrari was in third position.

The safety car was deployed on the first lap as two of the cars which stalled could not be removed from the grid before the race completed the first lap. Jarno Trulli, one of the drivers that stalled their car but who had been recovered to the pit lane, was disqualified for leaving the pit lane while the red light was on as the safety car and the cars behind it passed the pit lane exit.

At the restart Montoya was in lead again while Ralf Schumacher retired soon after with brake problems. Soon afterwards, Montoya began to experience tyre graining, which allowed Michael Schumacher to close on him. Furthermore Rubens Barrichello got closer to his team mate and was followed by Jos Verstappen, David Coulthard and Kimi Räikkönen causing a line of cars behind Montoya.

Montoya tried to hold them all off but then Michael Schumacher made his move on the outside of the tight second corner. Montoya outbraked himself, this resulted in both of them running off the track, leaving Barrichello in the lead. Both Montoya and Schumacher went back on the track but were down the field now. Verstappen meanwhile pitted soon after with a much lighter fuel load.

Schumacher fought his way back up to third, while Montoya was able to get up to fourth before retiring with hydraulic fauliure.

At the sole round of pit stops, Coulthard jumped Rubens Barrichello to lead the race, but appeared to be struggling during the closing stages, allowing both Ferraris to close right up to the McLaren.

During the last lap, Barrichello was ordered by the Ferrari team to cede second position to Schumacher, so that he could gain points to defend the driver's title. Barrichello did not comply until the final corner of the last lap. A similar situation happened at the following year's event, and the ensuing podium procedure in which Schumacher ushered Barrichello to the top step resulted in a heavy fine for the Ferrari team, Schumacher and Barrichello, as well as the FIA later banning "team orders" altogether.

In the end David Coulthard finished first, just ahead of both Ferraris and a fourth place for Kimi Räikkönen in his Sauber.

Classification Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 71 1:27:45.927 7 10
2 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 71 +2.190 1 6
3 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 71 +2.527 4 4
4 17 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 71 +41.593 9 3
5 9 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 71 +53.775 10 2
6 14 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 70 +1 Lap 16 1
7 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 70 +1 Lap 13  
8 10 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 70 +1 Lap 12  
9 16 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 69 +2 Laps 6  
10 22 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 69 +2 Laps 20  
11 23 25px-Brazilflag Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 69 +2 Laps 17  
Ret 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 60 Engine 21  
Ret 19 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 48 Transmission 14  
Ret 6 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 41 Hydraulics 2  
Ret 21 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 38 Gearbox 18  
Ret 20 25px-Brazilflag Tarso Marques Minardi-European 25 Gearbox 22  
Ret 15 25px-Brazilflag Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 17 Hydraulics 15  
DSQ 12 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 14 Disqualified 5  
Ret 5 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 10 Brakes 3  
Ret 7 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 3 Engine 19  
Ret 3 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1 Transmission 8  
Ret 11 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 0 Gearbox 11  
  1. - Jarno Trulli was disqualified for passing a red light at the pit exit.

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 42
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 38
3 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 18
4 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 12
5 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld 8
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 60
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 42
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 18
4 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan-Honda 13
5 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 12
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Previous race:
2001 Spanish Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2001 season
Next race:
2001 Monaco Grand Prix
Previous race:
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