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The 2001 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 14 October 2001 at the Suzuka Circuit. It was the seventeenth and final race of the 2001 Formula One season. It was the 27th running of the Japanese Grand Prix and the 17th held at Suzuka.

2001 Japanese Grand Prix
Race 17 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One World Championship
Suzuka circuit map (1987-2002).svg
Race details
Date October 14, 2001
Official name XXVII Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.859 km (3.641 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 310.527 km (192.953 mi)
Weather Cloudy, Mild, Dry, Air Temp: 24°C
Attendance 130,000[1]
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:32.484
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Time 1:36.944 on lap 46
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Williams-BMW
Third McLaren-Mercedes

The race was won by the World Champion, German driver Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari F2001 after starting from pole position. It was Schumacher's fourth victory in the Japanese Grand Prix (expanding his own record), his third for Ferrari and his ninth for the 2001 season. Schumacher won by three seconds over Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya in a Williams FW23. Third was taken by British driver David Coulthard in a McLaren MP4-16, having overtaken his teammate Mika Häkkinen late in the race. Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari F2001) and Ralf Schumacher (Williams FW23) completed the points finishers.

Schumacher set a new record for points in a season with 123 and biggest point margin to second-placed Coulthard with 58.

Enrique Bernoldi (Arrows A22) and Alex Yoong (Minardi PS01B) started the race from the pit lane. The race marked Jean Alesi's 201st and last Formula One race after a fourteen-year career. Kimi Räikkönen (Sauber C20) spun off on lap five, forcing Alesi (Jordan EJ11) off in avoidance at the Dunlop Curve (Turn 7). It was Alesi's only retirement of the season. It was, additionally, the last race for the French Prost Grand Prix team as they went bankrupt and closed down during the following off-season. It brought an end to the team which began as Equipe Ligier 32 years earlier and 26 years of Formula One racing. Mika Häkkinen scored his last ever World Championship points at this race.

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ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:32.484
2 6   Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:33.184 +0.700
3 5   Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:33.297 +0.813
4 2   Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:33.323 +0.839
5 3   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.662 +1.178
6 7   Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 1:33.830 +1.346
7 4   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.916 +1.432
8 11   Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 1:34.002 +1.518
9 8   Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 1:34.375 +1.891
10 16   Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:34.386 +1.902
11 12   Jean Alesi Jordan-Honda 1:34.420 +1.936
12 17   Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 1:34.581 +2.097
13 18   Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:34.851 +2.367
14 10   Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:35.109 +2.625
15 22   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Prost-Acer 1:35.132 +2.648
16 19   Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1:35.639 +3.155
17 9   Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:35.766 +3.282
18 21   Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 1:36.410 +3.926
19 23   Tomáš Enge Prost-Acer 1:36.446 +3.962
20 15   Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 1:36.885 +4.401
21 14   Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 1:36.973 +4.489
22 20   Alex Yoong Minardi-European 1:38.246 +5.762
107% time: 1:38.958
Source: [2]

RaceEdit

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

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Bold text indicates the World Champions.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ F1 Racing. November 2001.
  2. ^ F1, STATS. "Japan 2001 - Qualifications • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  3. ^ "2001 Japanese Grand Prix". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Japan 2001 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.


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Coordinates: 34°50′35″N 136°32′26″E / 34.84306°N 136.54056°E / 34.84306; 136.54056