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2001 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 2001 Formula One season was the 52nd season of FIA Formula One racing. It featured the FIA Formula One World Championship which commenced on March 4, 2001 and ended on October 14 after seventeen races. Michael Schumacher won the Drivers title with a record margin of 58 points, after achieving nine victories and five second places and Ferrari won the Constructors award. The season marked the reintroduction of traction control, with the FIA permitting its use starting at the Spanish Grand Prix. Traction control had been banned since 1994.

In the form of Minardi’s Fernando Alonso and Sauber’s Kimi Räikkönen, two future world champions were taking to the grid for the very first time at the season opener in Melbourne. Exciting Colombian talent and former CART champion Juan Pablo Montoya was also making his F1 bow at Williams.

There were new beginnings for French companies Renault and Michelin. After four years out of the sport, Renault returned to supply engines to the Benetton team, while Michelin’s comeback as a tyre supplier would provide Bridgestone with competition for the first time since Goodyear left the sport at the end of the 1998 season.

On the other hand though, the sport was to lose some memorable characters at the end of the year. Double world champion Mika Häkkinen would initially announce his intention to take a one year sabbatical; but eventually, as expected, this became full-time retirement.

Also racing for the last time was Jean Alesi, who passed the 200 race mark shortly before his final Grand Prix in Japan. It was the end for commentator Murray Walker too; for so long the beloved ‘voice of F1’ in the UK. He gave his final commentary at the United States Grand Prix (which would also turn out to be Mika Häkkinen’s last victory in the sport).

The Prost and Benetton names would disappear from the sport at the end of 2001; Prost folded due to a lack of finances while Benetton was rebranded as Renault after the French manufacturer bought the team outright.

The championship was won with ease by Michael Schumacher, who finished a mammoth 58 points clear of David Coulthard in second place. However, while Schumacher may have taken the lion’s share of victories over the course of the season, his Ferrari team were not the only constructor capable of scoring wins in 2001.

Williams drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya would both score their maiden wins in the sport, at San Marino and Italy respectively. The younger Schumacher would also add victories in Canada and Germany, giving the team four wins in total. After three years in the doldrums, this was a much better return for the Oxfordshire based team.

On the other hand McLaren would not enjoy as much success as they had in recent times, but they would still do enough to also secure four wins. These were shared equally amongst their drivers; Häkkinen winning in Britain and America, Coulthard triumphing in Brazil and Austria.

But it was not enough to stop the rampant Schumacher, whose haul of 123 points was more than enough for his fourth world championship (equalling the achievements of Alain Prost). With Michael Schumacher's team mate, Rubens Barrichello, tallying 11 podiums throughout the season, Ferrari also won the Constructor’s Championship at a canter.

Drivers and constructorsEdit

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Team Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver Rounds Test/Reserve driver(s)
22px-Flag of Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2001 Ferrari 050 B 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher All 22px-Flag of Italy Luca Badoer
2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-16 Mercedes FO110K B 3 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen All 22px-Flag of Austria Alexander Wurz
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW23 BMW P80 M 5 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher All 22px-Flag of Spain Marc Gené
Flag of Germany Jörg Müller
6 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya All
22px-Flag of Italy Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B201 Renault RS21 M 7 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella All 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Oliver Gavin
8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lucky Strike Reynard British American Racing Honda BAR 003 Honda RA001E B 9 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis All 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Darren Manning
22px-Flag of France Patrick Lemarié
Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato
10 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve All
22px-Flag of Ireland B&H Jordan Honda Jordan EJ11 Honda RA001E B 11 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 1-7, 9-11 25px-Brazilflag Ricardo Zonta
25px-Brazilflag Ricardo Zonta 8, 12
22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli 13-17
12 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli 1-12
22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi 13-17
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Orange Arrows Asiatech Arrows A22 Asiatech 001 B 14 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen All 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
15 25px-Brazilflag Enrique Bernoldi All
20px-Flag of Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C20 Petronas 01A B 16 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld All 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa
17 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen All
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R2 Cosworth CR-3 M 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine All Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter
19 25px-Brazilflag Luciano Burti 1-4
22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa 5-17
22px-Flag of Italy European Minardi F1 Minardi PS01
PS01B
European M 20 25px-Brazilflag Tarso Marques 1-14 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg Alex Yoong
22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg Alex Yoong 15-17
21 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso All
22px-Flag of France Prost Acer Prost AP04 Acer 01A M 22 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi 1-12 22px-Flag of France Stéphane Sarrazin
22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa
22px-Flag of France Jonathan Cochet
Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 13-17
23 25px-ARGENntina Gastón Mazzacane 1-4
25px-Brazilflag Luciano Burti 5-14
22px-Flag of the Czech Republic Tomáš Enge 15-17

All engines were 3.0 litre, V10 configuration.

Driver changesEdit

The 2001 season featured several driver lineup changes prior to the season, and more changes during the season proper, as follows in the table:

Start of the Season During the Season
Driver Before After
Team Position Team Position Team Position
22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren Test/Reserve Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom BAR Full Time Driver
25px-Brazilflag Ricardo Zonta 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom BAR Full Time Driver 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan Test/Reserve Driver 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan Full Time Driver
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams Full Time Driver 22px-Flag of Italy Benetton Full Time Driver
22px-Flag of Austria Alexander Wurz 22px-Flag of Italy Benetton Full Time Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren Test/Reserve Driver
22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya USAflagsmall Chip Ganassi CART Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams Full Time Driver
22px-Flag of Spain Marc Gené 22px-Flag of Italy Minardi Full Time Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams Test/Reserve Driver
25px-ARGENntina Gastón Mazzacane 22px-Flag of Italy Minardi Full Time Driver 22px-Flag of France Prost Full Time Driver Released
Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld 22px-Flag of France Prost Full Time Driver 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sauber Full Time Driver
22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Astromega Formula 3000 Driver 22px-Flag of Italy Minardi Full Time Driver
25px-Brazilflag Tarso Marques USAflagsmall Dale Coyne CART Driver 22px-Flag of Italy Minardi Full Time Driver 22px-Flag of Italy Minardi Test/Reserve Driver
22px-Flag of Finland Mika Salo 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sauber Full Time Driver Flag-of-japansmall Toyota Development Work
25px-Brazilflag Pedro Diniz 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sauber Full Time Driver 22px-Flag of France Prost Management
22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Manor Formula Renault Driver 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sauber Full Time Driver
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Full Time Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Arrows Test/Reserve Driver
25px-Brazilflag Luciano Burti 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Test/Reserve Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Full Time Driver 22px-Flag of France Prost Full Time Driver
22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Arrows Full Time Driver 22px-Flag of France Prost Test/Reserve Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Full Time Driver
25px-Brazilflag Enrique Bernoldi 22px-Flag of Austria RSM Marko Formula 3000 Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Arrows Full Time Driver
22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi 22px-Flag of France Prost Full Time Driver 22px-Flag of France Prost Full Time Driver 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan Full Time Driver
Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan Full Time Driver 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan Full Time Driver 22px-Flag of France Prost Full Time Driver
22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg Alex Yoong 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg Team Malaysia Formula Nippon Driver Formula Nippon Driver 22px-Flag of Italy Minardi Full Time Driver
22px-Flag of the Czech Republic Tomáš Enge 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom West Formula 3000 Driver Formula 3000 Driver 22px-Flag of France Prost Full Time Driver
Flag of South Africasmall Tomas Scheckter 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Test/Reserve Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar Test/Reserve Driver Formula Indy Driver

Before the season opener in Australia, the following lineup changes had occurred:

  • Olivier Panis left his test position with McLaren to take up a full-time drive with BAR.
  • Ricardo Zonta lost his BAR drive to Panis, and took up the position of test driver with Jordan.
  • Although still on contract to Williams, Jenson Button was "loaned" to Benetton for the 2001 season.
  • Button replaced Alexander Wurz at Benetton. Wurz had fallen out of favour with team boss Flavio Briatore and moved on to become test driver at McLaren.
  • Button's place in the Williams was taken over by Juan Pablo Montoya. (Montoya had been in a relationship with Williams since 1998, and had been "farmed out" to the CART series in 1999, where he took the title in his first attempt, and also a victory in the 2000 Indianapolis 500.)
  • Marc Gené lost his seat at Minardi due to sponsorship problems. (Telefónica had been backing Gené financially and therefore helped fund the struggling Minardi team.) Gené signed a contract to become test driver at Williams where he remained until the end of 2004.
  • Gastón Mazzacane also moved away from Minardi for 2001, and started the season with the Prost team where he took over for the Sauber-bound Nick Heidfeld.
  • Minardi's first signing of the new season was Fernando Alonso, who took over from Marc Gené.
  • Tarso Marques returned to Minardi to fill the second seat there after several seasons racing in America. (Marques had driven for Minardi in 1996 and 1997.)
  • Nick Heidfeld left Prost to join the Sauber team for 2001. He replaced Mika Salo who signed up with the Toyota team to perform development work.
  • Pedro Diniz did not return as a driver for Sauber, but instead purchased 40% of the Prost team and served in a management role there in 2001. (Diniz and Alain Prost had a major falling out during the season. Diniz then sold his share of Prost and returned to South America where he became a motorsport promoter.)
  • Kimi Räikkönen was signed to Sauber for a full drive from near obscurity. He had performed some testing for Sauber in late 2000 after dominating the British Formula Renault series, and so impressed Peter Sauber that he was given the full-time drive next to Nick Heidfeld. (There were concerns that Räikkönen was too inexperienced for F1, and his superlicence granting was somewhat controversial during the off season.)
  • Johnny Herbert decided to leave the Jaguar team in an attempt to secure a drive in American Champ Cars. The deal did not work out, and he was forced to sign on with Arrows as a test driver for 2001.
  • Luciano Burti stepped up from test driver to fill Herbert's slot at Jaguar.
  • Pedro de la Rosa lost his drive at Arrows to Enrique Bernoldi and signed on as a reserve drive with Prost.

During the season even more changes occurred:

  • Management at Prost quickly reached the conclusion that Gastón Mazzacane was not fast enough in comparison to Jean Alesi and he was fired.
  • Luciano Burti left Jaguar to take over Mazzacane's seat at Prost.
  • Pedro de la Rosa then left his reserve seat at Prost for a full drive at Jaguar.
  • Jean Alesi quit his Prost drive. This left Prost with none of their starting drivers from the season opener.
  • Heinz-Harald Frentzen suffered injuries after a crash and was replaced for the Canadian GP by reserve driver Ricardo Zonta.
  • After returning from his injuries, Frentzen's contract was terminated by Jordan after the British GP. The split was not a happy one, and the matter ended in court before the season's end. Zonta took over Frentzen's drive for the German GP.
  • Frentzen was then signed to Prost to take over from Alesi.
  • Alesi was also signed by Jordan to take over from Frentzen. This meant the Prost and Jordan had simply swapped drivers mid-season.
  • Alex Yoong was granted his FIA super-licence during the 2001 season, and replaced Tarso Marques in the Minardi starting lineup. Marques moved into a reserve/test role for the rest of the season.
  • Luciano Burti suffered serious injuries during a crash in the Belgian GP. He was forced to sit out the rest of the 2001 season and was replaced by Czech driver Tomáš Enge for the remaining races. This left Prost in the incredible position of having five starting drivers during 2001.
  • Tomas Scheckter was sensationally fired from his testing position at Jaguar after being convicted on charges of "kerb crawling".[1] This left Jaguar with no test drivers for 2001 after Burti's earlier departure.

Team changesEdit

There were no team changes from 2000.

Formula One 2001 race scheduleEdit

Rnd Race Date Location
1 Australian Grand Prix 4 March 25px-AustraliaFLAG Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
2 Malaysian Grand Prix 18 March 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
3 Brazilian Grand Prix 1 April 25px-Brazilflag Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
4 San Marino Grand Prix 15 April 22px-Flag of Italy Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola
5 Spanish Grand Prix 29 April 22px-Flag of Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
6 Austrian Grand Prix 13 May 22px-Flag of Austria A1-Ring, Spielberg
7 Monaco Grand Prix 27 May 25px-Monacoflag Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
8 Canadian Grand Prix 10 June 25px-Canadaflag Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
9 European Grand Prix 24 June Flag of Germany Nürburgring
10 French Grand Prix 1 July 22px-Flag of France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours
11 British Grand Prix 15 July 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit
12 German Grand Prix 29 July Flag of Germany Hockenheimring
13 Hungarian Grand Prix 19 August 22px-Flag of Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest
14 Belgian Grand Prix 2 September 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa
15 Italian Grand Prix 16 September 22px-Flag of Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza
16 United States Grand Prix 30 September USAflagsmall Indianapolis Motor Speedway
17 Japanese Grand Prix 14 October Flag-of-japansmall Suzuka Circuit

ReportsEdit

Michael Schumacher started the new season where he left off last year, with a dominant win from pole position in the first race in Australia. Arch-rival Mika Häkkinen lost second after a suspension failure, giving second to his teammate David Coulthard, with Schumacher's teammate Rubens Barrichello completing the podium. The race was marred by the death of Graham Beveridge, a track marshal who was hit by debris after a collision between Ralf Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve.

Schumacher and Ferrari teammate Barrichello started 1-2 in Malaysia and maintained their positions at the first corner, but there was a massive rainshower on the second lap, during which both Ferraris went off the track. After everyone pitted to change tyres, the Ferraris were down in 10th and 11th, but they can changed to intermediates while all others had changed to wets. This masterstroke meant that the Ferraris were able to charge back up the order, and get back first and second. Schumacher won, with Barrichello completing a Ferrari 1-2, and Coulthard was third.

Schumacher was on pole in Brazil, but a collision on the first lap brought out the safety car. As the race restarted, Williams rookie Juan Pablo Montoya shocked Schumacher by coming up the inside of him and taking the lead. Montoya was well set for a stunning maiden win until he got hit from behind by Jos Verstappen while lapping him. It began to rain, and after everyone changed the tyres, Schumacher was leading but then Coulthard passed him on the first turn when they were lapping Tarso Marques in a move reminiscent to the one made by Mika Häkkinen on Schumacher in Belgium last year. Coulthard went on to win, with Schumacher and Nick Heidfeld second and third.

In Ferrari's first 'home' race in San Marino, their chief rivals McLaren stunned them by qualifying 1-2, with Coulthard on pole. Schumacher was fourth behind his brother Ralf Schumacher. Ralf shot to the lead at the start, passing both McLarens before the first corner, and was never headed. Coulthard ran him close, and finished second, with Barrichello jumping Häkkinen in the stops to take third. Schumacher had to retire after a puncture.

After 4 races, Schumacher and Coulthard were level on the standings with 26 points, Barrichello and Ralf were third with 14 and 12 points respectively. Häkkinen had only 4, and was only seventh in the standings. In the Constructors, Ferrari led with 40, with McLaren second with 30. Williams were third with 12.

The next round in Spain was a battle between Schumacher and Häkkinen, with the former winning pole and leading the first two parts of the race. During the second pit stop, Schumacher had a problem and lost a lot of time, giving the lead to Häkkinen, who then stretched it to half a minute, as Schumacher was struggling with a suspension problem. Ironically, it was Häkkinen's car which gave out first, on the last lap with a clutch failure, giving the win to Schumacher. Montoya finished second, and Jacques Villeneuve completed the podium. Coulthard recovered to fifth after stalling on the grid. The sixth round was in Austria, and the two Williams cars outdragged polesitter Schumacher into the first corner. Ralf retired with a brake problem, and this left Montoya under attack from Schumacher. Schumacher tried to pass, but instead both went into the gravel, and rejoined sixth and seventh. Coulthard took the lead by jumping Rubens Barrichello in the second round of stops, and won, while Barrichello had to yield second to a recovering Schumacher on the final lap.

Round 7 was in Monaco, and Coulthard took pole but stalled on the grid. This left the two Ferraris and Häkkinen to battle for the win, and when Häkkinen's engine failed early on, the Ferraris cruised to a 1-2 finish, with Schumacher winning ahead of Barrichello. The demise of the McLarens allowed Eddie Irvine to get a podium, while Coulthard recovered to fifth.

The round in Canada was a battle between the Schumacher brothers, with Michael taking pole and maintaining his lead at the first corner. Ralf, however, kept up with him, and when his brother pitted, upped the pace with a string of quick laps, and came out five seconds ahead. Ralf cruised to victory, with his brother making it the first time ever that brothers have finished 1-2 in a race, and Häkkinen finished third, his first podium of the season. Coulthard was set for third, but retired when his engine failed 15 laps from the finish.

With nearly half the season complete, Schumacher had 58 points, and leads Coulthard by 18 points, mostly courtesy of the seventh and eighth rounds. Coulthard, had a further 16 points over Barrichello who had 24 points, and 18 over Ralf, who had 22. Häkkinen was fifth with 8. In the Constructors, Ferrari with 82 points had a huge lead over McLaren, who had 48. Williams were third with 28.

The next race, the European Grand Prix was again all about the Schumacher brothers, and Michael took his seventh pole of the season, ahead of his brother. The brothers maintained their positions at the start, and Ralf was able to keep up in second during the first stint. However, he passed the white line after his first stop, and received a stop-go penalty which dropped him out of contention. This left Michael Schumacher to cruise to another victory, with Montoya in second, and Coulthard third. Ralf, even with his penalty was able to get fourth ahead of Barrichello and Häkkinen.

In the French Grand Prix, the Schumacher brothers started 1-2 again, but it was Ralf who took pole, his first ever career pole. Ralf maintained his lead at the start but his brother jumped him at the first round of stops and then pulled away. Coulthard, who had started third was in contention until he went over the white line while coming out of the pit lane and received a stop-go penalty. Montoya was running quickly, and could have challenged his teammate for second had his engine not blown up. Schumacher won comfortably from brother Ralf, with Barrichello holding off Coulthard for third.

Schumacher took pole for the British GP and maintained his position at the first corner, but Häkkinen, who was on a two-stopper passed him on the fifth lap. Häkkinen never looked back and dominated to take his first win of the year. Schumacher, whose one-stop strategy didn't work out well, was over half a minute back in second, and Barrichello completed the podium.

The weekend of the German GP was dominated by the Williams team, and their drivers locked out the front row, and Montoya took his first career pole. Montoya converted his pole to a lead at the start, and was looking well set to win until his engine blew up. This left Ralf to cruise to victory, and Barrichello took second and Jacques Villeneuve got his second podium of the season in third, both capitalising on Schumacher's retirement with a fuel pressure problem, and both McLarens retiring with engine failures.

Schumacher now had no less than 84 points, and it seemed inevitable that he would win the championship. A win in the next round in Hungary would be enough. Coulthard was a distant second with 47, and was looking anxiously over his shoulders, as Ralf with 41 and Barrichello with 37 were hot on his heels. Häkkinen and Montoya were fifth and sixth with 19 and 15 points respectively. In the Constructors, Ferrari led with 121 compared to McLaren's 66, and a 1-2 in Hungary will wrap up the title. Williams were third with 56, with touching distance of McLaren.

Schumacher took another step to winning the title by taking pole in the Hungarian GP, ahead of Coulthard and Barrichello. Schumacher kept first at the start, but Coulthard was passed by Barrichello. Schumacher pulled away, while Barrichello kept Coulthard at bay. Coulthard jumped Barrichello at the first round of stops, only for the Brazilian to return the favour at the second. Schumacher won the race and the championship, and Barrichello made it a Ferrari 1-2 which gave Ferrari the Constructors championship. A disappointed Coulthard finished third.

The two Williams cars of Montoya and Ralf qualified 1-2 for the Belgian GP, but that soon came to nothing for the former when he stalled on the grid, and started at the back. Ralf was quickly passed by world champion Michael Schumacher into the first corner. After a few laps, there was a collision between Eddie Irvine and Luciano Burti, and the latter ran head on into the tyres. The race was stopped, while Burti was treated for his injuries. While the injuries were not serious, Burti was never to race in F1 again. A new race, shortened to 36 laps was started, and the top 3 in the new grid were: Schumacher, Ralf, Barrichello. Ralf's car was on its jacks when the warmup started, and he too had to start at the back. Schumacher kept first at the start, and pulled away, while Barrichello lost out to Giancarlo Fisichella. Barrichello lost further time when he ran over a bollard at the Bus Stop chicane and damaging his front wing, and he had to around for an entire lap before pitting to change the wing. This left the two McLarens behind Fisichella. Coulthard was able to pass him with 10 laps left. Schumacher took his 52nd career win, breaking Alain Prost's record of most wins ever, with Coulthard and a superb Fisichella completing the podium.

The next round was in Italy, the first race after the September 11 attacks and before the race Michael Schumacher wanted all the drivers to go slowly at the first corner, due to 9/11 and a horrific accident in ChampCar the day before in which former F1 driver Alex Zanardi suffered serious injuries, but this plan did not work out because Jacques Villeneuve and Benetton boss Flavio Briatore did not accept it. The Ferrari team ran with a black tip on their nose, as respect for 9/11. Montoya took pole, ahead of the two Ferraris of Barrichello and Schumacher. The top 3 maintained their positions at the start, but Montoya was soon passed by a two-stopping Barrichello. Montoya and Barrichello battled it out with different plans, and Montoya came out on top after Barrichello suffered problems during his first stop which cost him 7 seconds. A jubilant Montoya took his first career win, with Barrichello and Ralf second and third.

The US GP was the host of the penultimate round, and Schumacher took pole ahead of his brother and Montoya. Schumacher led into the first corner, while Ralf lost out to both Montoya and Barrichello. A two-stopping Barrichello soon took the lead, and pitted. Montoya passes Schumacher before the round of stops, but retired two laps after his stop when his engine failed. With everyone stopping once, Barrichello was leading from Häkkinen, Schumacher and Coulthard. Barrichello rejoined second behind Häkkinen after his stop and started to close in until his engine failed on the penultimate lap. Häkkinen took a superb win (which turned out to be his last), and Barrichello's demise left Schumacher and Coulthard to take second and third.

Going into the final race, this was the championship standings: Schumacher the champion with 113, Coulthard second with 61, Barrichello third with 54, Ralf fourth with 48, Häkkinen fifth with 34 and Montoya sixth with 25. In the Constructors, Ferrari were champions with 167, McLaren with 95 were confirmed in second, and Williams with 73 were confirmed in third.

The last round was in Japan, and Schumacher took pole again, ahead of Montoya and Ralf. The top 3 kept their places into the first corner, even though Ralf was soon passed by a three-stopping Barrichello. Barrichello was unable to pass Montoya, and this ruined his strategy. Ralf was given a stop-go penalty for cutting the chicane at the last corner too frequently. This left Häkkinen running third in his last race in F1, but he gave the position to teammate Coulthard as a token of gratitude to all the support Coulthard gave him during the previous seasons. Schumacher capped off the season with a victory ahead of Montoya and Coulthard. Häkkinen was fourth in his last ever race, ahead of Barrichello and Ralf.

At the end of the season, Schumacher was a dominant champion with 123 points. Coulthard with 65 was a distant second, 58 points behind. Barrichello was third with 56, Ralf fourth with 49, Häkkinen fifth with 37 and Montoya sixth with 31. In the Constructors, Ferrari were champions with 179 points, a massive 77 ahead of second-placed McLaren with 102. Williams were third with 80 points.

Results and standingsEdit

Grands PrixEdit

Rd. Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 25px-AustraliaFLAG Australian Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
2 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg Malaysian Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
3 25px-Brazilflag Brazilian Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
4 22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1- San Marino Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW Report
5 22px-Flag of Spain Spanish Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
6 22px-Flag of Austria Austrian Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
7 25px-Monacoflag Monaco Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
8 25px-Canadaflag Canadian Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW Report
9 Flag of Germany European Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
10 22px-Flag of France French Grand Prix Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
11 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom British Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
12 Flag of Germany German Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW Report
13 22px-Flag of Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
14 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil) Belgian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report
15 22px-Flag of Italy Italian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW Report
16 USAflagsmall United States Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
17 Flag-of-japansmall Japanese Grand Prix Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari Report

DriversEdit

Pos Driver AUS
25px-AustraliaFLAG
MAL
22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
SMR
22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1-
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
AUT
22px-Flag of Austria
MON
25px-Monacoflag
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
EUR
Flag of Germany
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
GER
Flag of Germany
HUN
22px-Flag of Hungary
BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil)
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
USA
USAflagsmall
JPN
Flag-of-japansmall
Points
1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 1 1 2 Ret 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 Ret 1 1 4 2 1 123
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 2 3 1 2 5 1 5 Ret 3 4 Ret Ret 3 2 Ret 3 3 65
3 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 3 2 Ret 3 Ret 3 2 Ret 5 3 3 2 2 5 2 15 5 56
4 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Ret 5 Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret 1 4 2 Ret 1 4 7 3 Ret 6 49
5 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen Ret 6 Ret 4 9 Ret Ret 3 6 DNS 1 Ret 5 4 Ret 1 4 37
6 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 4 Ret 8 Ret 1 Ret 2 31
7 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve Ret Ret 7 Ret 3 8 4 Ret 9 Ret 8 3 9 8 6 Ret 10 12
8 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld 4 Ret 3 7 6 9 Ret Ret Ret 6 6 Ret 6 Ret 11 6 9 12
9 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Ret 8 5 5 4 DSQ Ret 11 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 8 12
10 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 6 Ret Ret Ret 8 4 10 4 10 7 5 Ret 7 Ret 7 Ret Ret 9
11 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 13 Ret 6 Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret 11 11 13 4 Ret 3 10 8 17 8
12 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 3 Ret 7 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret 6
13 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5 4 11 6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 8 7 Ret 9 Ret 10 12 6
14 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis 7 Ret 4 8 7 5 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 Ret 11 9 11 13 5
15 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi 9 9 8 9 10 10 6 5 15 12 11 6 10 6 8 7 Ret 5
16 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa Ret Ret Ret 6 8 14 12 Ret 11 Ret 5 12 Ret 3
17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button 14 11 10 12 15 Ret 7 Ret 13 16 15 5 Ret Ret Ret 9 7 2
18 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen 11 7 Ret Ret 12 6 8 10 Ret 13 10 9 12 10 Ret Ret 14 1
19 25px-Brazilflag Ricardo Zonta 7 Ret 0
20 25px-Brazilflag Luciano Burti 8 10 Ret 11 11 11 Ret 8 12 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
21 25px-Brazilflag Enrique Bernoldi Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 14 8 Ret 12 Ret 13 15 0
22 25px-Brazilflag Tarso Marques Ret 14 9 Ret 16 Ret Ret 9 Ret 15 DNQ Ret Ret 13 0
23 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso 12 13 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 14 17 16 10 Ret Ret 13 Ret 11 0
24 22px-Flag of the Czech Republic Tomáš Enge 12 14 Ret 0
25 25px-ARGENntina Gastón Mazzacane Ret 12 Ret Ret 0
26 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg Alex Yoong Ret Ret 16 0
Pos Driver AUS
25px-AustraliaFLAG
MAL
22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
SMR
22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1-
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
AUT
22px-Flag of Austria
MON
25px-Monacoflag
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
EUR
Flag of Germany
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
GER
Flag of Germany
HUN
22px-Flag of Hungary
BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil)
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
USA
USAflagsmall
JPN
Flag-of-japansmall
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish, inc. non-classified finish
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD) - 2003-2007 only
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Injured or ill (Inj)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)


Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest lap

Template:Sup Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

ConstructorsEdit

Pos Constructor Car
no.
AUS
25px-AustraliaFLAG
MAL
22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
SMR
22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1-
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
AUT
22px-Flag of Austria
MON
25px-Monacoflag
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
EUR
Flag of Germany
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
GER
Flag of Germany
HUN
22px-Flag of Hungary
BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil)
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
USA
USAflagsmall
JPN
Flag-of-japansmall
Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 1 1 1 2 Ret 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 Ret 1 1 4 2 1 179
2 3 2 Ret 3 Ret 3 2 Ret 5 3 3 2 2 5 2 15 5
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 Ret 6 Ret 4 9 Ret Ret 3 6 DNS 1 Ret 5 4 Ret 1 4 102
4 2 3 1 2 5 1 5 Ret 3 4 Ret Ret 3 2 Ret 3 3
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 5 Ret 5 Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret 1 4 2 Ret 1 4 7 3 Ret 6 80
6 Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 4 Ret 8 Ret 1 Ret 2
4 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 16 4 Ret 3 7 6 9 Ret Ret Ret 6 6 Ret 6 Ret 11 6 9 21
17 6 Ret Ret Ret 8 4 10 4 10 7 5 Ret 7 Ret 7 Ret Ret
5 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan-Honda 11 5 4 11 6 Ret Ret Ret 7 Ret 8 7 Ret 10 6 8 7 Ret 19
12 Ret 8 5 5 4 DSQ Ret 11 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 8
6 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom BAR-Honda 9 7 Ret 4 8 7 5 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 Ret 11 9 11 13 17
10 Ret Ret 7 Ret 3 8 4 Ret 9 Ret 8 3 9 8 6 Ret 10
7 22px-Flag of Italy Benetton-Renault 7 13 Ret 6 Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret 11 11 13 4 Ret 3 10 8 17 10
8 14 11 10 12 15 Ret 7 Ret 13 16 15 5 Ret Ret Ret 9 7
8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jaguar-Cosworth 18 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 3 Ret 7 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 5 Ret 9
19 8 10 Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret 6 8 14 12 Ret 11 Ret 5 12 Ret
9 22px-Flag of France Prost-Acer 22 9 9 8 9 10 10 6 5 15 12 11 6 Ret 9 Ret 10 12 4
23 Ret 12 Ret Ret 11 11 Ret 8 12 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret 12 14 Ret
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 14 11 7 Ret Ret 12 6 8 10 Ret 13 10 9 12 10 Ret Ret 14 1
15 Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 14 8 Ret 12 Ret 13 15
11 22px-Flag of Italy Minardi-European 20 Ret 14 9 Ret 16 Ret Ret 9 Ret 15 DNQ Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 16 0
21 12 13 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 14 17 16 10 Ret Ret 13 Ret 11
Pos Constructor Car
no.
AUS
25px-AustraliaFLAG
MAL
22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg
BRA
25px-Brazilflag
SMR
22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1-
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain
AUT
22px-Flag of Austria
MON
25px-Monacoflag
CAN
25px-Canadaflag
EUR
Flag of Germany
FRA
22px-Flag of France
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom
GER
Flag of Germany
HUN
22px-Flag of Hungary
BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil)
ITA
22px-Flag of Italy
USA
USAflagsmall
JPN
Flag-of-japansmall
Points

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

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