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22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg  2001 Malaysian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season
Sepang.svg
Date Sunday, 18 March 2001
Official name X Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
Location Sepang International Circuit
Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia
Course Permanent racing facility
5.543 km (3.376 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 55 laps, 304.865 km (185.680 mi)</td></tr>

<tr> <td>Scheduled Distance</td><td colspan="2">56 laps, 310.408 km (189.056 mi)</td></tr>

Weather Early Monsoon, Dry Later, Air Temp at start: 32°C
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:35.220
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:40.962 on lap 48
Podium
First Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Third 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes

The 2001 Malaysian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia on Sunday, 18 March 2001 at 14:30 MST (UTC+08:00). The race, contested over 55 laps, was won by Ferrari's Michael Schumacher. His teammate, Rubens Barrichello, finished second whilst McLaren driver, David Coulthard, completed the podium by finishing in third place.

Race reportEdit

The race began at 14:30 local time, Heinz-Harald Frentzen drastically slowed during the parade lap due to a computer-hardware error. It was thought he would fail to make the start; however, Giancarlo Fisichella bought the Jordan driver some time when he lined up on the incorrect side of the grid, and failed to take his correct grid point after attempting to cross the grid. This caused an aborted start, allowing both the Jordan and Benetton to take the restart.

That was not the end of the dramatic start however: Juan Pablo Montoya's Williams then broke down and refused to fire. The Colombian was forced to take to the T-Car and start from the pitlane.

Michael Schumacher had a great start from pole position to maintain a large gap after the first corner. Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello did not have such a start and had slipped from second to fourth by the approach to the first corner. Barrichello managed to overtake Jarno Trulli on the outside, but immediately after tapped the back end of Ralf Schumacher's Williams. This forced Ralf into a spin which put him from second to the back of the pack, after he had started fourth. The McLaren of David Coulthard had a great start, going from eighth to fourth within the first two corners. Kimi Räikkönen had a driveshaft failure which left him stuck on the grid.

Michael Schumacher-I&#039;m the man (cropped)

Michael Schumacher recorded his sixth consecutive win from pole position.

On the third lap, rain began to fall and both Ferraris ran wide across the gravel allowing Trulli to take the lead. This may have been caused by the oil leak from Olivier Panis' BAR which retired on lap 1. Schumacher ran further across the gravel than Barrichello which meant he fell behind his teammate. Thus, the order became on lap 3: Trulli, Coulthard, Barrichello, Frentzen, Verstappen, Villeneuve, Schumacher and Häkkinen. The safety car came out on lap 4 to cope with the downpour which had suddenly occurred. Leader Trulli went off the track and slipped down the order soon after this. Barrichello pitted and endured a one minute twelve second pit-stop, with Schumacher queueing behind. After the chaos of the safety car period and all the pit-stops which it included, the order had changed to: Coulthard, Frentzen, Verstappen, Häkkinen, Trulli, Alesi, Fisichella, and Ralf, when the race restarted on lap 10.

The two Ferraris had dropped to tenth and eleventh, and Barrichello was soon overtaken by Schumacher. Frentzen lost places to Verstappen, Häkkinen, and Ralf to fall to fifth within the next few laps. It was not long before the two Ferraris were on the back of Frentzen, and Schumacher pulled an overtaking move around the outside. Schumacher was going quickly and overtook Häkkinen, again around the outside, of the final corner. Barrichello soon overtook both Frentzen and Häkkinen too. Schumacher then overtook Verstappen and Coulthard to take the lead on lap 15 as the track began to dry. Barrichello elevated himself to second place as well - the performance of the Ferraris suggesting that they were on a different tyre compound. Many drivers then pitted, but Schumacher stayed out, stretching his lead to more than a minute over Barrichello and lapping at three seconds faster a lap on occasion.

Ferrari recorded a 1-2 finish with Schumacher winning and Barrichello finishing 23.6 seconds down the road. David Coulthard completed the podium by finishing in third place. Ralf overtook Häkkinen and Verstappen to take fifth place before the pair started a battle of their own which allowed Frentzen to overtake then both at once at the final corner; Verstappen just managed to edge back in front on the straight. Verstappen would however, slip down to seventh, when Häkkinen took the final point position of sixth place. Häkkinen was eventually sixth, only narrowly beaten by Ralf (fifth) and Frentzen (fourth).

Classification Edit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:35.220 -
2 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:35.319 +0.099
3 5 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:35.511 +0.291
4 3 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.040 +0.820
5 12 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 1:36.180 +0.960
6 6 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:36.218 +0.998
7 10 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:36.397 +1.177
8 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.417 +1.197
9 11 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 1:36.578 +1.358
10 9 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:36.681 +1.461
11 16 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:36.913 +1.693
12 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:37.140 +1.920
13 22 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 1:37.406 +2.186
14 17 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 1:37.728 +2.508
15 19 25px-Brazilflag Luciano Burti Jaguar-Cosworth 1:38.035 +2.815
16 7 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 1:38.086 +2.866
17 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 1:38.258 +3.038
18 14 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 1:38.509 +3.289
19 23 25px-ARGENntina Gaston Mazzacane Prost-Acer 1:39.006 +3.786
20 20 25px-Brazilflag Tarso Marques Minardi-European 1:39.714 +4.494
21 21 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 1:40.249 +5.029
22 15 25px-Brazilflag Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech No time

Race Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 55 1:47:34.801 1 10
2 2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 55 +23.660 2 6
3 4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 55 +28.555 8 4
4 11 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 55 +46.543 9 3
5 5 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 55 +48.233 3 2
6 3 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 55 +48.606 4 1
7 14 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 55 +1:21.560 18  
8 12 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 54 +1 Lap 5  
9 22 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 54 +1 Lap 13  
10 19 25px-Brazilflag Luciano Burti Jaguar-Cosworth 54 +1 Lap 15  
11 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 53 +2 Laps 17  
12 23 25px-ARGENntina Gastón Mazzacane Prost-Acer 53 +2 Laps 19  
13 21 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 52 +3 Laps 21  
14 20 25px-Brazilflag Tarso Marques Minardi-European 51 +4 Laps 20  
Ret 7 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 31 Fuel Pressure 16  
Ret 10 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 3 Spun off 7  
Ret 16 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 3 Spun off 11  
Ret 15 25px-Brazilflag Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 3 Spun off 22  
Ret 6 22px-Flag of Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 3 Spun off 6  
Ret 18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 3 Water Leak 12  
Ret 9 22px-Flag of France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1 Oil Leak 10  
Ret 17 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 0 Driveshaft 14  

Standings after the race Edit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 20
2 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 10
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 10
4 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5
5 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld 3
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 30
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 11
3 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan-Honda 5
4 20px-Flag of Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 4
5 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 2
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Notes Edit

  • Juan Pablo Montoya did not start the race from the grid.
  • This race was run under wet/dry conditions.
  • Before all the cars even started the race, Kimi Räikkönen's Sauber was already stuck. It was originally said that Kimi had transmission problems but later confirmed as a drive shaft problem.
  • Arrows driver Jos Verstappen ran a high of 2nd position in the race, despite starting the race from 18th position.

External linksEdit


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2001 Australian Grand Prix
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2001 Brazilian Grand Prix
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