Flag of Germany  2001 European Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season
Nurburgring 1995
The Nürburgring (last modified in 1995)
Date 24 June 2001
Official name XLV Warsteiner Grand Prix of Europe
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
4.556 km (3.199 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 67 laps, 305.252 km (189.675 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Sunny, mild, dry, Air Temp: 21°C
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:14.960
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Time 1:18.354 on lap 27
First Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Third 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes

The 2001 European Grand Prix (formally the XLV Warsteiner Grand Prix of Europe) was a Formula One motor race on June 24, 2001 held at Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany. It was the ninth race of the 2001 Formula One season. The race, contested over 67 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher driving for Ferrari after starting from pole position. Juan Pablo Montoya finished second driving for Williams, with David Coulthard third driving for McLaren.

After an exciting qualifying session, it was Michael Schumacher in the Ferrari who grabbed pole position from brother Ralf Schumacher and Juan-Pablo Montoya in the Williams-BMWs. This proved to be an important step in winning the grand prix. At the start of the race, Ralf appeared to gain a better start than his brother, but Michael quickly moved across and literally forced Ralf to lift off the throttle, or hit the wall. M Schumacher thus safely held the advantage going into the first corner.

In the early stages, Michael was slowly pulling away, but as the laps passed it became evident that the Michelin-shod Williams-BMWs of Ralf Schumacher and Montoya were starting to show greater speed than the Bridgestone-shod Ferrari. For the rest of the first stint Ralf continued to press his brother, but Michael refused to buckle under the immense pressure. Ralf was now clearly being held up and teammate Montoya was now closing on both of them. Critically for Michael, he and his brother both pitted in at the end of lap 28, thus allowing him to stay in front. Montoya pitted a lap later. After the pitstops, however, the Ferrari showed an improvement in laptimes and was able to comfortably maintain a slender lead. His race was to become even easier when Ralf received a stop-go penalty for illegally crossing the white line that separates the pit exit and racing line (there for safety reasons). Michael Schumacher now comfortably lead over Montoya.

From then on, it was a fairly easy race for the German, who romped to an important victory in the context of the championship.

Classification Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 67 1:29:42.724 1 10
2 6 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 67 +4.127 3 6
3 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 67 +24.993 5 4
4 5 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 67 +33.345 2 3
5 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 67 +45.495 4 2
6 3 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 67 +1:04.868 6 1
7 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 67 +1:06.198 12  
8 19 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 66 +1 Lap 16  
9 10 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 66 +1 Lap 11  
10 17 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 66 +1 Lap 9  
11 7 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 66 +1 Lap 15  
12 23 25px-Brazilflag Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 65 +2 Laps 17  
13 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 65 +2 Laps 20  
14 21 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 65 +2 Laps 21  
15 22 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 64 Spun off 14  
Ret 14 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 58 Engine 19  
Ret 16 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 54 Driveshaft 10  
Ret 11 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 48 Spun off 8  
Ret 12 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 44 Transmission 7  
Ret 15 25px-Brazilflag Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 29 Gearbox 18  
Ret 9 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 23 Electrical 13  
Ret 20 25px-Brazilflag Tarso Marques Minardi-European 7 Electrical 22  

Notes Edit

Standings after the raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 68
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 44
3 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 26
4 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 25
5 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 12
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 94
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 37
4 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 15
5 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan-Honda 13
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

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