2001 Australian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 1 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season
Albert Lake Park Street Circuit in Melbourne, Australia.svg
Date 4 March 2001
Official name LXVI Qantas Australian Grand Prix
Location Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit
Melbourne, Australia
Course Permanent racing facility
5.303 km (3.30 mi)
Distance 58 laps, 307.574 km (191.12 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:26.892
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:28.214 on lap 30
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Third Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari

The 2001 Australian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 4 March 2001 at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit. It was the 66th running of the Australian Grand Prix and the first race of the 2001 Formula One season. The race was won by German driver Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari F2001, but the race was marred by the death of track marshal Graham Beveridge during the race. This was the last trackside death in Formula One until the 2013 Canadian Grand Prix.

Race report[edit]

Despite rolling his car during a practice session, Michael Schumacher led the race from pole. Rubens Barrichello, Schumacher's team mate, got off to a poor start, dropping from second to fifth by the first corner. Whilst attempting to regain position Barrichello tried to pass Heinz-Harald Frentzen's Jordan, knocking Frentzen into a spin. Mika Häkkinen had second at this point.

The newcomer Enrique Bernoldi, racing for Arrows, retired on lap three after colliding with the wall out of the first corner. A lap later, Jacques Villeneuve's BAR ran into the back of Ralf Schumacher's Williams at high speed whilst Schumacher was braking into turn three. The collision launched Villeneuve's car into the air toward the track-side concrete barriers, shedding wheels and bodywork as it cart-wheeled along the wall to a halt deep in the gravel trap. Ralf Schumacher spun into the same gravel trap after bottoming across the track and kerbs, with a missing rear wing and apparently compromised rear-left suspension, incapable of rejoining the race.

Track marshal Graham Beveridge was fatally injured when he was struck by a fast-moving wheel from Villeneuve's car that had passed through a gap in the safety fence. The race was not halted, but the safety car was rapidly deployed and was out for 10 laps whilst medics attended to Beveridge. He was moved to the hospital, where he was declared dead.[1]

After the restart Schumacher led away again from Häkkinen and Barrichello, though Häkkinen's race was to end on lap 25 when his front-right suspension broke under braking and he spun off into a tyre barrier. Michael Schumacher continued to pull away at the front, whilst David Coulthard rapidly passed Barrichello (who would later mention that he suffered from handling problems during the race). Schumacher led until the finish, crossing the line ahead of Coulthard and Barrichello. Schumacher was delighted at first, unaware of the death of the marshal. The top three drivers were informed of this before stepping out onto the podium, and all three stood in sombre mood. No champagne was sprayed as a sign of respect to Beveridge and his family.

Nick Heidfeld finished fourth for Sauber, scoring his first points in Formula One, and his new team mate Kimi Räikkönen finished sixth in his debut race, only his 24th race in a motor car. Olivier Panis and Jos Verstappen were penalised 25 seconds for overtaking under yellow flags. (Panis finished 4th "on the road" and Verstappen 9th)

The 2001 Australian Grand Prix was notable for the fact that two future World Champions, Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso both made their Formula 1 debuts.

This was the first race for the Michelin tyre company's return to the sport. Luciano Burti's Jaguar was the highest placed Michelin runner in eighth place, two places out of the points.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:26.892 -
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:27.263 +0.371
3 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.461 +0.569
4 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 1:27.658 +0.766
5 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:27.719 +0.827
6 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.010 +1.118
7 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 1:28.377 +1.485
8 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:28.435 +1.543
9 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:28.518 +1.626
10 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:28.615 +1.723
11 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:28.738 +1.846
12 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:28.965 +2.073
13 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 1:28.993 +2.101
14 22 France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 1:29.893 +3.001
15 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 1:29.934 +3.042
16 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 1:30.035 +3.143
17 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 1:30.209 +3.317
18 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 1:30.520 +3.628
19 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 1:30.657 +3.765
20 23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Prost-Acer 1:30.798 +3.906
21 19 Brazil Luciano Burti Jaguar-Cosworth 1:30.978 +4.086
107% time: 1:32.974
22 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-European 1:33.228 +6.3361
1.^ Tarso Marques set a time outside 107%, but was allowed to race.

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 58 1:38:26.533 1 10
2 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 58 +1.717 6 6
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 58 +33.491 2 4
4 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 58 +1:11.479 10 3
5 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 58 +1:12.807 4 2
6 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 58 +1:24.143 13 1
7 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 58 +1:27.050 9  
8 19 Brazil Luciano Burti Jaguar-Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 21  
9 22 France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 57 +1 Lap 14  
10 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 57 +1 Lap 15  
11 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 12  
12 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 56 +2 Laps 19  
13 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 55 +3 Laps 17  
14 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 52 Electrical 16  
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 40 Engine 11  
Ret 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 38 Clutch 7  
Ret 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 25 Suspension/Accident 3  
Ret 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 4 Collision damage 5  
Ret 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 4 Collision 8  
Ret 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-European 3 Battery 22  
Ret 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 2 Spun off 18  
Ret 23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Prost-Acer 0 Brakes 20  

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Knight, Ben (7 November 2003). "Doctors found guilty of misconduct". PM (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 8 October 2011. 


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