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Flag-of-japansmall  2001 Japanese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 17 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season
Suzuka circuit map (1987-2002).svg
Date October 14, 2001
Official name XXVII Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
5.859 km (3.641 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 53 laps, 310.527 km (192.953 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Cloudy, Mild, Dry, Air Temp: 24°C (75.2°F)
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:32.484
Fastest lap
Driver Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Time 1:36.944 on lap 46
Podium
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 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on October 14, 2001 at the Suzuka Circuit. The race was won by Michael Schumacher who started from pole position.

Häkkinen was running in third place shortly before the end of the race. However, he let his team-mate Coulthard past and took fourth place instead. The reason for this is unknown. It could be speculated that it was his way of repaying Coulthard for what he did in the 1998 Australian Grand Prix and avoiding the press and the inevitable questions about his sabbatical.

Enrique Bernoldi and Alex Yoong started the race from the pit lane. The race would also mark Jean Alesi's last Formula One race before switching to DTM for 2002. Kimi Räikkönen collided with Alesi after spinning and collecting the Jordan car on lap five. It was Alesi's only retirement of the season. It was also last race to broadcast on RCTI before switch to TPI in Indonesia. It would also mark the official start of James Allen's commentary on ITV, which would last until the 2008 Brazilian GP.

Following the race, the Prost team went bankrupt and closed down.

Classification Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:27:33.298 1 10
2 6 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 53 +3.154 2 6
3 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 53 +23.262 7 4
4 3 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +35.539 5 3
5 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 53 +36.544 4 2
6 5 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 53 +37.122 3 1
7 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 53 +1:37.102 9  
8 11 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 52 +1 Lap 8  
9 16 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 10  
10 10 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 52 +1 Lap 14  
11 21 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 52 +1 Lap 18  
12 22 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Prost-Acer 52 +1 Lap 15  
13 9 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 51 +2 Laps 17  
14 15 25px-Brazilflag Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 51 +2 Laps 20  
15 14 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 51 +2 Laps 21  
16 20 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg Alex Yoong Minardi-European 50 +3 Laps 22  
17 7 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 47 Gearbox 6  
Ret 19 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 45 Oil Leak 16  
Ret 23 22px-Flag of the Czech Republic Tomáš Enge Prost-Acer 42 Brakes 19  
Ret 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 24 Fuel Rig 13  
Ret 17 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 5 Collision 12  
Ret 12 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi Jordan-Honda 5 Collision 11  

Standings after the race Edit

  • Bold text indicates the World Champions.
Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 123
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 65
3 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 56
4 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 49
5 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen 37
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 179
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 102
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 80
4 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 21
5 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan-Honda 19
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


Previous race:
2001 United States Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2001 season
Next race:
2002 Australian Grand Prix
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