2001 European Grand Prix

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Germany  2001 European Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season
The Nürburgring (last modified in 1995)
The Nürburgring (last modified in 1995)
Date 24 June 2001
Official name XLV Warsteiner Grand Prix of Europe
Location Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
4.556 km (3.199 mi)
Distance 67 laps, 305.252 km (189.675 mi)
Weather Sunny, mild, dry, Air Temp: 21°C
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:14.960
Fastest lap
Driver Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Time 1:18.354 on lap 27
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Third United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes

The 2001 European Grand Prix (formally the XLV Warsteiner Grand Prix of Europe) was a Formula One motor race on June 24, 2001 held at Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany. It was the ninth race of the 2001 Formula One season. The race, contested over 67 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher driving for Ferrari after starting from pole position. Juan Pablo Montoya finished second driving for Williams, with David Coulthard third driving for McLaren.

After an exciting qualifying session, it was Michael Schumacher in the Ferrari who grabbed pole position from brother Ralf Schumacher and Juan-Pablo Montoya in the Williams-BMWs. This proved to be an important step in winning the grand prix. At the start of the race, Ralf appeared to gain a better start than his brother, but Michael quickly moved across and literally forced Ralf to lift off the throttle, or hit the wall. M Schumacher thus safely held the advantage going into the first corner.

In the early stages, Michael was slowly pulling away, but as the laps passed it became evident that the Michelin-shod Williams-BMWs of Ralf Schumacher and Montoya were starting to show greater speed than the Bridgestone-shod Ferrari. For the rest of the first stint Ralf continued to press his brother, but Michael refused to buckle under the immense pressure. Ralf was now clearly being held up and teammate Montoya was now closing on both of them. Critically for Michael, he and his brother both pitted in at the end of lap 28, thus allowing him to stay in front. Montoya pitted a lap later. After the pitstops, however, the Ferrari showed an improvement in laptimes and was able to comfortably maintain a slender lead. His race was to become even easier when Ralf received a stop-go penalty for illegally crossing the white line that separates the pit exit and racing line (there for safety reasons). Michael Schumacher now comfortably lead over Montoya.

From then on, it was a fairly easy race for the German, who romped to an important victory in the context of the championship.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:14.960 -
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:15.226 +0.266
3 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:15.490 +0.530
4 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:15.622 +0.662
5 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.717 +0.757
6 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.776 +0.816
7 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 1:16.138 +1.178
8 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 1:16.376 +1.416
9 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 1:16.402 +1.442
10 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:16.438 +1.478
11 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:16.439 +1.479
12 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:16.588 +1.628
13 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:16.872 +1.912
14 22 France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 1:17.251 +2.291
15 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 1:17.378 +2.418
16 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1:17.627 +2.667
17 23 Brazil Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 1:18.113 +3.153
18 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 1:18.151 +3.191
19 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 1:18.262 +3.302
20 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 1:18.626 +3.666
21 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 1:18.630 +3.670
22 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-European 1:18.689 +3.729

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 67 1:29:42.724 1 10
2 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 67 +4.127 3 6
3 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 67 +24.993 5 4
4 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 67 +33.345 2 3
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 67 +45.495 4 2
6 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 67 +1:04.868 6 1
7 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 67 +1:06.198 12  
8 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 66 +1 Lap 16  
9 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 66 +1 Lap 11  
10 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 66 +1 Lap 9  
11 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 66 +1 Lap 15  
12 23 Brazil Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 65 +2 Laps 17  
13 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 65 +2 Laps 20  
14 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 65 +2 Laps 21  
15 22 France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 64 Spun off 14  
Ret 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 58 Engine 19  
Ret 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 54 Driveshaft 10  
Ret 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 48 Spun off 8  
Ret 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 44 Transmission 7  
Ret 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 29 Gearbox 18  
Ret 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 23 Electrical 13  
Ret 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-European 7 Electrical 22  

Notes[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

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


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