2001 Spanish Grand PrixEdit

2001 Spanish Grand Prix
Race 5 of 18 in the 2001 Formula One World Championship
Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona
Race details
Date April 29, 2001
Official name XLIX Gran Premio de España Telefónica
Location Circuit de Catalunya
Barcelona, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.655 km (2.892 mi)
Distance 65 laps, 302.449 km (187.934 mi)
Weather Overcast
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:24.547
Fastest lap
Driver   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:25.151 on lap 65
First Williams-BMW
Second McLaren-Mercedes
Third Ferrari


Once again, Rubens Barrichello was the undoubted master of qualifying with his third consecutive pole position but Ralf Schumacher did an equally wonderful job to separate Barrichello and his Ferrari teammate Michael Schumacher. Juan Pablo Montoya was happy and contented with fourth place but the McLaren drivers Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard were not too happy to be back down in fifth and sixth. Jordan was where one expected them to be - seventh and eighth with Heinz-Harald Frentzen ahead of Jarno Trulli.


At the start, Ralf Schumacher got off better and took the lead from polesitter Rubens Barrichello with Juan Pablo Montoya and David Coulthard doing the same to Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen. Ralf was leading from Barrichello, Montoya, Schumacher, Coulthard, Häkkinen, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Jarno Trulli. The first two then made a gap from the others with Trulli dropping back from the second group of five. Barrichello was quicker than Ralf and took the led on lap 8 at the first corner. Before the stops, on lap 18, at the same tine, Schumacher found a way past Montoya at the same place. Häkkinen was the first to stop on lap 20. Frentzen and Montoya stopped on the next lap and Frentzen came out just ahead of Häkkinen. Häkkinen tried to go round the outside and his left sidepod touched the front wing of Frentzen's car, sending it into the gravel trap and retirement. On the next lap, when Coulthard stopped, he rejoined ahead of Montoya.

Barrichello increased his lead to seven seconds by lap 28 but then smoke satrted coming from the side of his car. It was coming from a radiator, and because of the dangers, Barrichello came in the next lap and drove straight into the garage. Three laps later, Schumacher went wide on turn 3, allowing Coulthard to get through. Ralf was seven seconds ahead but both Coulthard and Schumacher were closing in on him slowly. During the second round of stops, Häkkinen was able to find a way past Montoya. Soon after, on lap 46, Trulli's engine blew up and he retired. Coulthard and Schumacher were exchanging fastest laps and closing in on Ralf but Ralf held them off to win from Coulthard, Schumacher, Häkkinen, Montoya, Olivier Panis, Giancarlo Fisichella and Jenson Button.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5   Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 65 1:31:03.305 2 10
2 4   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 65 +2.883 6 8
3 1   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 65 +4.339 3 6
4 3   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 65 +10.842 5 5
5 6   Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 65 +27.509 4 4
6 9   Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 65 +1:09.172 11 3
7 7   Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 64 +1 Lap 12 2
8 8   Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 64 +1 Lap 9 1
9 16   Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 64 +1 Lap 14  
10 17   Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 64 +1 Lap 13  
11 22   Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 63 +2 Laps 15  
12 14   Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 63 +2 Laps 19  
13 23   Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 63 +2 Laps 17  
14 21   Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 62 +3 Laps 21  
15 18   Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 62 +3 Laps 22  
16 15   Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 61 +4 Laps 16  
Ret 12   Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 45 Engine 8  
Ret 20   Tarso Marques Minardi-European 38 Electrical 20  
Ret 10   Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 34 Suspension 10  
Ret 2   Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 29 Radiator 1  
Ret 19   Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 23 Clutch 18  
Ret 11   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 20 Collision 7  


Standings after Grand PrixEdit