2001 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Brazil  2001 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season
Autódromo José Carlos Pace (AKA Interlagos) track map.svg
Date April 1, 2001
Official name XXX Grande Prêmio Marlboro do Brasil
Location Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
4.309 km (2.677 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 305.939 km (190.067 mi)
Weather Dry first, rain later; Air temp: 30°C
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:13.780
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Time 1:15.693 on lap 38
Podium
First United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Second Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Third Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas

The 2001 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at the Interlagos Circuit on April 1, 2001.

This exciting Grand Prix had three notable incidents, two of them being overtaking moves, both on Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher, and both taking place at the "Senna S" corner of the track.

The first of these overtaking maneuvers took place very early in the race. An early safety car was brought onto the track because McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen had stalled on the starting grid. When the safety car came in, F1 rookie Juan Pablo Montoya overtook defending champion Michael Schumacher.

The home crowd though had little to cheer about for Rubens Barrichello. He had problems before he even got on the grid and had to switch to the spare car. He then slammed into the back of Ralf Schumacher on the restart, causing Rubens to be out on the spot. Ralf Schumacher limped back to the pits, but was in for a long time replacing the rear wing; he later spun off when the track was wet.

By lap 39 it was turning into a dream race for Montoya - in his first season in Formula 1, he was leading his "home" Grand Prix by more than 30 seconds over Michael Schumacher.[1] However, this dream would then be ruined while he was lapping Jos Verstappen. Verstappen let Montoya by, but as he pulled in behind Montoya while braking for turn 4 his Arrows slammed violently into the back of Montoya's Williams and both men were out of the race.

Soon after Montoya's retirement it began to rain heavily, forcing everyone to change tyres, some went onto full-wet tires while others chose the intermediates.

Michael Schumacher was fighting understeer all race, and despite planning to stop twice instead of once was only able to run at the pace of Montoya and Coulthard. However he was right back in the hunt after he had pitted early. He still needed to pit again for fuel anyway but was able to change tires as well. Coulthard, who had made his one and only stop, stayed out an extra lap which at that point looked costly.

But then Schumacher, with a dry-weather set up on his car, spun soon after exiting the pit lane allowing Coulthard right back on his tail.

This led to the second amazing overtaking move of the race, this one by David Coulthard. He passed Schumacher with the aid of a backmarker, rather similar to his teammate Mika Häkkinen's move on Schumacher at the Belgian Grand Prix the previous season.

Coulthard stormed on to win, while Schumacher suffered another off on his way to second place and a delighted Nick Heidfeld took his first-ever podium driving for Sauber. It was also Sauber's first podium since Jean Alesi at the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:13.780 -
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:14.090 +0.310
3 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.122 +0.342
4 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:14.165 +0.385
5 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.178 +0.398
6 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:14.191 +0.411
7 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 1:14.630 +0.850
8 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 1:14.633 +0.853
9 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:14.810 +1.030
10 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 1:14.924 +1.144
11 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:15.046 +1.266
12 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:15.180 +1.400
13 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:15.192 +1.412
14 19 Brazil Luciano Burti Jaguar-Cosworth 1:15.371 +1.591
15 22 France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 1:15.437 +1.657
16 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 1:15.657 +1.877
17 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 1:15.704 +1.924
18 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 1:16.175 +2.395
19 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 1:16.184 +2.404
20 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 1:16.229 +2.449
21 23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Prost-Acer 1:16.520 +2.740
22 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-European 1:16.784 +3.004

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 71 1:39:00.834 5 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 71 +16.164 1 6
3 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 70 +1 Lap 9 4
4 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 70 +1 Lap 11 3
5 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 70 +1 Lap 7 2
6 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 70 +1 Lap 18 1
7 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 70 +1 Lap 12  
8 22 France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 70 +1 Lap 15  
9 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-European 68 +3 Laps 22  
10 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 64 +7 Laps 20  
11 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 63 Electrical 8  
Ret 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 55 Spun off 10  
Ret 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 54 Spun off 2  
Ret 23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Prost-Acer 54 Clutch 21  
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 52 Spun off 13  
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 38 Collision 4  
Ret 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 37 Collision 17  
Ret 19 Brazil Luciano Burti Jaguar-Cosworth 30 Engine 14  
Ret 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 25 Electrical 19  
Ret 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 15 Hydraulics 16  
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 2 Collision 6  
Ret 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 0 Stalled 3  

Standings after the race[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ F1 News - Grandprix.com > GP Encyclopedia > Races > Brazilian GP, 2001
  • First podium: Nick Heidfeld
  • Mika Häkkinen retired right at the start of the race as he stalled on the grid.
  • Juan Pablo Montoya was on course for his first F1 victory, but he was hit by Jos Verstappen from behind. Verstappen argued that Montoya braked early approaching the next corner.
  • This race was run under heavy rain on the last 25 laps of the race.
  • First time since 1993 the winner wasn't the eventual world champion at the end of the season.


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