2001 Belgian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 14 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season
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Date September 2, 2001
Official name LIX Foster's Belgian Grand Prix
Location Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Course Permanent racing facility
6.968 km (4.330 mi)
Distance 36 laps, 251.848 km (155.870 mi)
Scheduled Distance 44 laps, 306.592 km (190.507 mi)
Weather Overcast, mild, dry, Air Temp: 16°C
Pole position
Driver Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Time 1:52.072
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:49.758 on lap 3
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Third Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault

The 2001 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on September 2, 2001 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The race was the 14th race of the 2001 Formula One season, and the penultimate European round of the season. The race is notable for the accident of Brazilian Luciano Burti who crashed into a tyre barrier at the Blanchimont corner following a collision with Eddie Irvine and for Michael Schumacher overtaking Alain Prost's previous record of 51 Grand Prix victories. He also eclipsed Prost's record for the most total career points, scoring 10 more points to bring his career total to 769, beating Prost's 768 1/2.

Juan Pablo Montoya took pole position for the race, the second of his Formula One career. But an engine failure on lap two left Ferrari's Michael Schumacher, who also took the fastest lap, to win the race by 10 seconds from the McLaren of David Coulthard. Giancarlo Fisichella completed the podium in third, the final podium finish of the Benetton Team prior to their renaming to Renault F1.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:52.072 -
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:52.959 +0.887
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:54.685 +2.613
4 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Prost-Acer 1:55.233 +3.161
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:56.116 +4.044
6 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:57.038 +4.966
7 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:57.043 +4.971
8 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 1:57.668 +5.596
9 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:58.008 +5.936
10 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1:58.519 +6.447
11 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:58.838 +6.766
12 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 1:59.050 +6.978
13 12 France Jean Alesi Jordan-Honda 1:59.128 +7.056
14 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:59.302 +7.230
15 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 1:59.587 +7.515
16 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 1:59.647 +7.575
17 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:59.689 +7.617
18 23 Brazil Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 1:59.900 +7.828
107% time: 1:59.917
19 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 2:02.039 +9.9671
20 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 2:02.594 +10.5221
21 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 2:03.048 +10.9761
22 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-European 2:04.204 +12.1321
1.^ Both the Arrows and Minardi drivers set a time outside 107%, but were allowed to race due to heavy rain during qualifying.

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 36 1:08:05.002 3 10
2 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 36 +10.098 9 6
3 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 36 +27.742 8 4
4 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 36 +36.087 7 3
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 36 +54.521 5 2
6 12 France Jean Alesi Jordan-Honda 36 +59.684 13 1
7 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 36 +59.986 2  
8 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 36 +1:04.970 6  
9 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Prost-Acer 35 +1 Lap 4  
10 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 35 +1 Lap 19  
11 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 35 +1 Lap 11  
12 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 35 +1 Lap 21  
13 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-European 31 +5 Laps 22  
Ret 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 31 Engine 16  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 17 Accident 15  
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1 Engine 1  
Ret 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1 Collision 10  
Ret 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 14  
Ret 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 0 Transmission 12  
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 0 Collision 17  
Ret 23 Brazil Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 0 Collision 18  
Ret 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 0 Gearbox 20  

Notes[edit]

  • The first start was aborted when both pole-sitter Juan Pablo Montoya and Heinz-Harald Frentzen stalled on the grid. As a result, they were relegated to the back of the grid for the second start.
  • On lap four, Luciano Burti, while speeding through Blanchimont, made contact with Eddie Irvine's rear wheel, causing his front wing to break off. He lost grip and speared straight into the tyre barrier at over 180 mph. The resulting injuries caused him to miss the rest of the season. The race restarted over 36 laps, with the results of this part of the race counting as the overall results.
  • Irvine did not take part in the restart, and nor did Kimi Räikkönen or Fernando Alonso, both of whom had retired before the race was stopped.
  • What was the third start was also aborted when Ralf Schumacher couldn't leave the grid, due to the pit jack being left on his car following a rear wing change. He followed Williams team-mate Montoya and Frentzen to the back of the grid, and Michael Schumacher thus found himself at the front for the fourth start.
  • Jean Alesi was able to hold off Ralf Schumacher to score his first point for Jordan, which was also the final World Championship point of his career.

Standings after the race[edit]

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


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