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2001 Formula One World Championship

2001 FIA Formula One
World Championship
Drivers' Champion: Michael Schumacher
Constructors' Champion: Ferrari
Previous: 2000 Next: 2002
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The 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship was the 55th season of FIA Formula One racing. It featured the FIA Formula One World Championship which commenced on 4 March 2001 and ended on 14 October 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. Schumacher also broke the all-time Formula One Grand Prix wins record during the season, his victory at the Belgian Grand Prix marking his 52nd career win.

Future world champions Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen made their Grand Prix debuts in Melbourne, for Minardi and Sauber respectively. Colombian former CART champion Juan Pablo Montoya also made his F1 debut at Williams.

There were new beginnings for French companies Renault and Michelin. After four years out of the sport since 1997, Renault returned to supply engines to the Benetton team, while Michelin's comeback as a tyre supplier provided Bridgestone with competition for the first time since Goodyear left the sport at the end of the 1998 season. At the other end of the spectrum fellow French company Peugeot withdrew from the sport after seven years since 1994 following a disastrous season in 2000 as engine supplier to Prost. The assets of Peugeot's Formula One programme were purchased by Asia Motor Technologies France and the 2000-spec powerplants were rebadged as Asiatechs and supplied to Arrows free of charge.

At the end of the season, double world champion Mika Häkkinen announced his intention to take a one-year sabbatical in 2002; eventually this became full-time retirement. Also racing for the last time in 2001 was Jean Alesi, who passed the 200 race mark shortly before his final Grand Prix in Japan. Veteran British commentator Murray Walker 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 disappeared from the sport at the end of 2001; Prost folded due to a lack of finances while Benetton was re-branded as Renault after the French manufacturer bought the team outright.

The championship was won with ease by Michael Schumacher, who finished 58 points clear of David Coulthard in second place. It was Schumacher's fourth world championship, equalling Alain Prost's total. With Michael Schumacher's teammate, Rubens Barrichello, tallying 10 podiums throughout the season, Ferrari also won the Constructors' Championship by a substantial margin. Unlike the previous title-winning season, Schumacher was very consistent throughout the campaign and scored his nine wins more spread evenly out through the season. His title was sealed with four races remaining after a commanding win in Hungary. Coulthard's title challenge looked strong early on, winning two of the first six races and being neck and neck with Schumacher for the title lead. He also qualified on pole position in Monaco, only to stall on the grid. With Schumacher winning the race and Coulthard recovering only to fifth, it was a turning point of the season. Coulthard would not win again for the rest of the year and had dropped off massively by mid-season as Schumacher kept either winning or finishing second with few exceptions all season.

Williams drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya both scored their maiden wins in the sport, at San Marino and Italy respectively. The younger Schumacher added victories in Canada and Germany, giving the team four wins in total, marking a return to success for the Oxfordshire team after three years without a victory since 1997. The Schumacher brothers also scored historic family 1–2 finishes in Canada and France.

McLaren secured four wins during the season. These were shared equally among their drivers: Häkkinen winning in Britain and the United States, Coulthard winning in Brazil and Austria.

Teams and driversEdit

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

Michael Schumacher won his second title in a row with Ferrari, his fourth overall.
David Coulthard (pictured in 2007), finished runner-up for McLaren.
Schumacher's teammate, Rubens Barrichello, finished the season ranked third.
Ferrari won the 2001 Formula One World Championship for Constructors
Fernando Alonso started his first season in Formula One with the Minardi team.
Jenson Button moved to the Benetton team because his Williams seat had been taken over by Juan Pablo Montoya.
Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Driver Rounds
  Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2001 Ferrari 050 B 1   Michael Schumacher All
2   Rubens Barrichello All
  West McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes MP4-16 Mercedes FO110K B 3   Mika Häkkinen All
4   David Coulthard All
  BMW WilliamsF1 Team Williams-BMW FW23 BMW P80 M 5   Ralf Schumacher All
6   Juan Pablo Montoya All
  Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton-Renault B201 Renault RS21 M 7   Giancarlo Fisichella All
8   Jenson Button All
  Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR-Honda 003 Honda RA001E B 9   Olivier Panis All
10   Jacques Villeneuve All
  Benson & Hedges Jordan Honda Jordan-Honda EJ11 Honda RA001E B 11   Heinz-Harald Frentzen 1–7, 9–11
  Ricardo Zonta 8, 12
  Jarno Trulli 13–17
12 1–12
  Jean Alesi 13–17
  Orange Arrows Asiatech Arrows-Asiatech A22 Asiatech 001 B 14   Jos Verstappen All
15   Enrique Bernoldi All
  Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber-Petronas C20 Petronas 01A B 16   Nick Heidfeld All
17   Kimi Räikkönen All
  Jaguar Racing F1 Team Jaguar-Cosworth R2 Cosworth CR-3 M 18   Eddie Irvine All
19   Luciano Burti 1–4
  Pedro de la Rosa 5–17
  European Minardi F1 Minardi-European PS01
European M 20   Tarso Marques 1–14
  Alex Yoong 15–17
21   Fernando Alonso All
  Prost Grand Prix Prost-Acer AP04 Acer 01A M 22   Jean Alesi 1–12
  Heinz-Harald Frentzen 13–17
23   Gastón Mazzacane 1–4
  Luciano Burti 5–14
  Tomáš Enge 15–17

All engines were 3.0 litre, V10 configuration.

Driver changesEdit

The 2001 season featured several driver line-up 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
  Olivier Panis   McLaren Test/reserve driver   BAR Full-time driver
  Ricardo Zonta   BAR Full-time driver   Jordan Test/reserve driver   Jordan Full-time driver
  Jenson Button   Williams Full-time driver   Benetton Full-time driver
  Juan Pablo Montoya   Chip Ganassi CART driver   Williams Full-time driver
  Gastón Mazzacane   Minardi Full-time driver   Prost Full-time driver Released
  Nick Heidfeld   Prost Full-time driver   Sauber Full-time driver
  Fernando Alonso   Astromega Formula 3000 driver   Minardi Full-time driver
  Tarso Marques   Dale Coyne CART driver   Minardi Full-time driver   Minardi Test/reserve driver
  Kimi Räikkönen   Manor Formula Renault driver   Sauber Full-time driver
  Luciano Burti   Jaguar Test/reserve driver   Jaguar Full-time driver   Prost Full-time driver
  Pedro de la Rosa   Arrows Full-time driver   Prost Test/reserve driver   Jaguar Full-time driver
  Enrique Bernoldi   RSM Marko Formula 3000 driver   Arrows Full-time driver
  Jean Alesi   Prost Full-time driver   Prost Full-time driver   Jordan Full-time driver
  Heinz-Harald Frentzen   Jordan Full-time driver   Jordan Full-time driver   Prost Full-time driver
  Alex Yoong   Team Malaysia Formula Nippon driver   LeMans Formula Nippon driver   Minardi Full-time driver
  Tomáš Enge   West Formula 3000 driver   Nordic Formula 3000 driver   Prost Full-time 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. (Telefonica 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, he beat CART driver Oriol Servià for the Prost seat, replacing 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.) This was to be his first of two stints with Sauber, as he would rejoin for the 2019 and 2020 F1 seasons.
  • 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.[1]
  • Pedro de la Rosa lost his drive at Arrows to Enrique Bernoldi and signed on as a reserve driver with Prost.

During the season even more changes occurred:

During the season, Jean Alesi quit his Prost drive and later joined the Jordan team.
  • Management at Prost quickly reached the conclusion that Gastón Mazzacane was not fast enough in comparison to Jean Alesi and he was fired after the San Marino Grand Prix.
  • 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 in Melbourne.
  • 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 that 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 position of having five starting drivers during 2001.

Regulation changesEdit

  • The eleven teams and members of Formula One's governing body, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) held a meeting on 30 August at Heathrow Airport to discuss rule changes for the 2001 season. It was agreed that drivers would be allowed to use an extra three sets of tyres during Friday's two practice sessions.[2] Ten days later at Monza, team bosses accepted to ban in-season testing during the month of August and a three-week break would be implemented during that time period.[3]

Season calendarEdit


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. Kimi Räikkönen finished his first F1 race in the points with sixth place. 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.

Heinz-Harald Frentzen drove for the Jordan team at the start of the season, but later moved to Prost.

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 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. Michael Schumacher had a miserable afternoon suffering a gearbox glitch early on and then having to retire after a puncture which damaged the wheel rim and a brake duct.

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' Championship, Ferrari led with 40, with McLaren second with 30. Williams were third with 12.

Jacques Villeneuve gave the BAR team their first ever podium finish at the Spanish Grand Prix.

The next round in Spain was the first after the reintroduction of traction control systems for the first time since 1993. The driving aids were brought back to ensure no teams were cheating but questions were raised over the reliability. Its first victim was David Coulthard who stalled on the grid and had to start from the back. The race 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 his start line problems.

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 after again suffering problems with the launch control system. 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 despite spending the majority of the race stuck behind Enrique Bernoldi.

Ralf Schumacher won the Canadian Grand Prix, after a closely fought battle with his brother Michael.

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' Championship, 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.

Mika Häkkinen completed his final season in Formula One by taking two victories, in Britain and in the United States.

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' Championship, 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.

Michael Schumacher clinched his fourth World Championship with a victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

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: Michael Schumacher, his brother Ralf and Barrichello. Ralf's car was on its jacks when the warmup started, and he too had to start at the back. Michael 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 without sponsors' logos in deference to sponsor Philip Morris and 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 United States Grand Prix was the first international sporting event held in the USA after 9/11.

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 were the championship standings: Schumacher the champion with 113 point, Coulthard second with 61, Barrichello third with 54, Ralf fourth with 48, Häkkinen fifth with 34, and Montoya sixth with 25. In the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari was a winner with 167 points, McLaren with 95 was confirmed in second, and Williams with 73 was 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. This meant that Schumacher had collected more than second and third placed drivers' (Coulthard's and Barichello's) totals put together. In the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari was a winner with 179 points, a massive 77 ahead of second-placed McLaren with 102, and Williams was third with 80 points.

New Safety carEdit

For this season, Mercedes-Benz provided a new safety car in the shape of the SL55 AMG, which also performed this duty during 2002 and replaced the previous CL55 AMG. It was first deployed during the German Grand Prix.[4]

Results and standingsEdit

Grands PrixEdit

Round Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Constructor Report
1   Australian Grand Prix   Michael Schumacher   Michael Schumacher   Michael Schumacher   Ferrari Report
2   Malaysian Grand Prix   Michael Schumacher   Mika Häkkinen   Michael Schumacher   Ferrari Report
3   Brazilian Grand Prix   Michael Schumacher   Ralf Schumacher   David Coulthard   McLaren-Mercedes Report
4   San Marino Grand Prix   David Coulthard   Ralf Schumacher   Ralf Schumacher   Williams-BMW Report
5   Spanish Grand Prix   Michael Schumacher   Michael Schumacher   Michael Schumacher   Ferrari Report
6   Austrian Grand Prix   Michael Schumacher   David Coulthard   David Coulthard   McLaren-Mercedes Report
7   Monaco Grand Prix   David Coulthard   David Coulthard   Michael Schumacher   Ferrari Report
8   Canadian Grand Prix   Michael Schumacher   Ralf Schumacher   Ralf Schumacher   Williams-BMW Report
9   European Grand Prix   Michael Schumacher   Juan Pablo Montoya   Michael Schumacher   Ferrari Report
10   French Grand Prix   Ralf Schumacher   David Coulthard   Michael Schumacher   Ferrari Report
11   British Grand Prix   Michael Schumacher   Mika Häkkinen   Mika Häkkinen   McLaren-Mercedes Report
12   German Grand Prix   Juan Pablo Montoya   Juan Pablo Montoya   Ralf Schumacher   Williams-BMW Report
13   Hungarian Grand Prix   Michael Schumacher   Mika Häkkinen   Michael Schumacher   Ferrari Report
14   Belgian Grand Prix   Juan Pablo Montoya   Michael Schumacher   Michael Schumacher   Ferrari Report
15   Italian Grand Prix   Juan Pablo Montoya   Ralf Schumacher   Juan Pablo Montoya   Williams-BMW Report
16   United States Grand Prix   Michael Schumacher   Juan Pablo Montoya   Mika Häkkinen   McLaren-Mercedes Report
17   Japanese Grand Prix   Michael Schumacher   Ralf Schumacher   Michael Schumacher   Ferrari Report

Scoring systemEdit

Points were awarded to the top six finishers in each race as follows:

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th 
Points 10 6 4 3 2 1

World Drivers' Championship standingsEdit

Pos Driver AUS
1   Michael Schumacher 1 1 2 Ret 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 Ret 1 1 4 2 1 123
2   David Coulthard 2 3 1 2 5 1 5 Ret 3 4 Ret Ret 3 2 Ret 3 3 65
3   Rubens Barrichello 3 2 Ret 3 Ret 3 2 Ret 5 3 3 2 2 5 2 15 5 56
4   Ralf Schumacher Ret 5 Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret 1 4 2 Ret 1 4 7 3 Ret 6 49
5   Mika Häkkinen Ret 6 Ret 4 9 Ret Ret 3 6 DNS 1 Ret 5 4 Ret 1 4 37
6   Juan Pablo Montoya Ret Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret Ret Ret 2 Ret 4 Ret 8 Ret 1 Ret 2 31
7   Jacques Villeneuve Ret Ret 7 Ret 3 8 4 Ret 9 Ret 8 3 9 8 6 Ret 10 12
8   Nick Heidfeld 4 Ret 3 7 6 9 Ret Ret Ret 6 6 Ret 6 Ret 11 6 9 12
9   Jarno Trulli Ret 8 5 5 4 DSQ Ret 11 Ret 5 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 4 8 12
10   Kimi Räikkönen 6 Ret Ret Ret 8 4 10 4 10 7 5 Ret 7 DNS 7 Ret Ret 9
11   Giancarlo Fisichella 13 Ret 6 Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret 11 11 13 4 Ret 3 10 8 17 8
12   Eddie Irvine 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 3 Ret 7 Ret 9 Ret Ret DNS Ret 5 Ret 6
13   Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5 4 11 6 Ret Ret Ret WD Ret 8 7 Ret 9 Ret 10 12 6
14   Olivier Panis 7 Ret 4 8 7 5 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 7 Ret 11 9 11 13 5
15   Jean Alesi 9 9 8 9 10 10 6 5 15 12 11 6 10 6 8 7 Ret 5
16   Pedro de la Rosa Ret Ret Ret 6 8 14 12 Ret 11 Ret 5 12 Ret 3
17   Jenson Button 14 11 10 12 15 Ret 7 Ret 13 16 15 5 Ret Ret Ret 9 7 2
18   Jos Verstappen 10 7 Ret Ret 12 6 8 10 Ret 13 10 9 12 10 Ret Ret 15 1
19   Ricardo Zonta 7 Ret 0
20   Luciano Burti 8 10 Ret 11 11 11 Ret 8 12 10 Ret Ret Ret DNS 0
21   Enrique Bernoldi Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret 14 8 Ret 12 Ret 13 14 0
22   Tarso Marques Ret 14 9 Ret 16 Ret Ret 9 Ret 15 DNQ Ret Ret 13 0
23   Fernando Alonso 12 13 Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret Ret 14 17 16 10 Ret DNS 13 Ret 11 0
24   Tomáš Enge 12 14 Ret 0
25   Gastón Mazzacane Ret 12 Ret Ret 0
26   Alex Yoong Ret Ret 16 0
Pos Driver AUS
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Other points position
Blue Other classified position
Not classified, finished (NC)
Purple Not classified, retired (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrawn (WD)
Text formating Meaning
Bold Pole position
Italics Fastest lap

Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as he completed over 90% of the race distance.

World Constructors' Championship standingsEdit

Ferrari won their third consecutive Constructors' Championship with the F2001.
McLaren finished second with the MP4-16.
Williams finished third with the FW23.
Pos Constructor Car
1   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   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   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   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 DNS 7 Ret Ret
5   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   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   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   Jaguar-Cosworth 18 11 Ret Ret Ret Ret 7 3 Ret 7 Ret 9 Ret Ret DNS Ret 5 Ret 9
19 8 10 Ret 11 Ret Ret Ret 6 8 14 12 Ret 11 Ret 5 12 Ret
9   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 DNS 12 14 Ret
10   Arrows-Asiatech 14 10 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   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 DNS 13 Ret 11
Pos Constructor Car


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