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22px-Flag of the United Kingdom  2001 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 11 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season
Circuit Silverstone
Silverstone Circuit
Date July 15, 2001
Official name Foster's British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone, Northamptonshire and Buckinghamshire, England
Course Permanent racing facility
5.140 km (3.194 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 60 laps, 308.400 km (191.640 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Partially cloudy, mild, dry, Air Temp: 15°C
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:20.447
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:23.405 on lap 34
Podium
First 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Second Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Third 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari

The 2001 British Grand Prix (formally the Foster's British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on July 15, 2001 at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, England. It was the eleventh race of the 2001 Formula One season. The race, which was contested over 60 laps, was won by Finnish driver Mika Häkkinen for the McLaren - Mercedes team, who managed to overtake the driver in pole position, Michael Schumacher.[1] Schumacher, driving for Ferrari, finished in second behind Häkkinen, while team-mate Rubens Barrichello gained the final spot on the podium.[2] It was Häkkinen's first victory of the season.

The race saw five drivers retire, as Jarno Trulli's Jordan collided with David Coulthard's McLaren in the first corner; Jacques Villeneuve's BAR pushed his teammate Olivier Panis off the track at the start, forcing Panis to retire; Ralf Schumacher and Luciano Burti also failed to finish the race. Tarso Marques also became the first DNQ of the season, as his Minardi couldn't make the 107% cut.[3] It was Heinz-Harald Frentzen's last race for the Jordan team as he was sacked by that team after this race following a disappointing season and forced to sit out for the next race, the 2001 German Grand Prix.[4][5]

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Defending constructors title holders Ferrari went into the race with a 52 point lead on McLaren-Mercedes, while Michael Schumacher was 31 points ahead of his nearest rival, McLaren's David Coulthard.[6]

Practice and qualifyingEdit

Tarso Marques was unable to post a qualifying time within the 107% rule and the stewards rejected the subsequent request from Minardi to let the Brazilian race. Marques had suffered a throttle problem during the session and there was not sufficient time to change the settings on the spare car, which had been set up for team-mate Fernando Alonso.

RaceEdit

Michael Schumacher maintained his advantage going into the first corner with Mika Häkkinen following him through in 2nd. Jarno Trulli in the Jordan collided with championship contender David Coulthard at the first corner and went off, ending his race. Coulthard persisted, carrying damage from the incident but a suspension failure which came as result of the contact ended his race not long after. On lap 5, Schumacher ran wide and Häkkinen slipped past going into the 2nd corner. Häkkinen began to pull away at close to 2 seconds per lap while Juan Pablo Montoya in the Williams began to close up on Schumacher. The commentators suspencted Schumacher was either driving conservatively or carrying a problem, it turned out to be the former. Montoya eventually got past Schumacher at around the 1/3 mark in the race.

Häkkinen was one of the first to stop and came out in 2nd behind Montoya and ahead of Schumacher. When Montoya pitted, he came out behind his team mate Ralf Schumacher who was scrapping with Rubens Barrichello in the Ferrari, neither of whom had done their first stops. This was the ruin Montoya's race. Ralf eventually pitted but the damage was done, a poor stop didn't help Montoya's situation and he came out behind Rubens Barrichello who stopped earlier. Schumacher (Michael), rather predictably came out in 2nd ahead of his teammate but was some 30+ seconds behind Häkkinen driving a superb race.

The order at the front continued like this until the end of the race when Häkkinen took his first win of the season, 33 seconds ahead of Schumacher who cruised one step further towards a fourth world title. Barrichello came third ahead of a disappointed Montoya and an astounding Kimi Räikkönen in 5th, in only 11th race which in turn was only his 34th single seater race. Heidfeld, Frentzen, Villeneuve, Irvine and Verstappen rounded off the top 10.

Classification Edit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No. Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:20.477 -
2 3 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.529 + 0.082
3 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.927 + 0.480
4 12 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 1:20.930 + 0.483
5 11 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 1:21.217 + 0.770
6 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:21.715 + 1.268
7 17 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 1:22.023 + 1.576
8 6 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:22.219 + 1.772
9 16 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:22.223 + 1.776
10 5 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:22.283 + 1.836
11 9 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:22.316 + 1.869
12 10 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:22.916 + 2.469
13 19 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1:23.273 + 2.826
14 22 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 1:23.392 + 2.945
15 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:23.439 + 2.992
16 23 25px-Brazilflag Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 1:23.735 + 3.288
17 14 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 1:24.067 + 3.620
18 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 1:24.123 + 3.676
19 7 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 1:24.275 + 3.828
20 15 25px-Brazilflag Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 1:24.606 + 4.159
21 21 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 1:24.792 + 4.345
107% time: 1:26.078
22 20 25px-Brazilflag Tarso Marques Minardi-European 1:26.506 + 6.059

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 60 1:25:33.770 2 10
2 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 60 +33.646 1 6
3 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 60 +59.281 6 4
4 6 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 60 +1:08.772 8 3
5 17 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 7 2
6 16 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 9 1
7 11 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 59 +1 Lap 5  
8 10 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 59 +1 Lap 12  
9 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 15  
10 14 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 58 +2 Laps 17  
11 22 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 58 +2 Laps 14  
12 19 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 58 +2 Laps 13  
13 7 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 58 +2 Laps 19  
14 15 25px-Brazilflag Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 58 +2 Laps 20  
15 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 58 +2 Laps 18  
16 21 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 57 +3 Laps 21  
Ret 5 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 36 Engine 10  
Ret 23 25px-Brazilflag Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 6 Engine 16  
Ret 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 2 Suspension 3  
Ret 12 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 0 Collision 4  
Ret 9 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 0 Collision 11  
DNQ 20 25px-Brazilflag Tarso Marques Minardi-European - 107% Rule

NotesEdit

Standings after the raceEdit

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 84
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 47
3 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 34
4 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 31
5 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen 19
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 118
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 66
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 46
4 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 19
5 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan-Honda 15
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


Previous race:
2001 French Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2001 season
Next race:
2001 German Grand Prix
Previous race:
2000 British Grand Prix
British Grand Prix Next race:
2002 British Grand Prix

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