2001 French Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 10 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season
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Date July 1, 2001
Official name Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France
Location Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent racing facility
4.411 km (2.641 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 305.886 km (190.069 mi)
Pole position
Driver Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Time 1:12.989
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:16.088
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Third Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari

The 2001 French Grand Prix (formally the Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France) was a Formula One motor race held at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France on 1 July 2001. It was the tenth race of the 2001 Formula One season. The race, contested over 72 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari car, from a second position start. Ralf Schumacher finished second for the Williams team with Rubens Barrichello third in the other Ferrari.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

The Grand Prix was contested by 22 drivers, in eleven teams of two.[1] The teams, also known as constructors, were Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, Benetton, BAR, Jordan, Arrows, Sauber, Jaguar, Minardi and Prost.[1]

Before the race, Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher led the Drivers' Championship with 68 points; McLaren driver David Coulthard was second on 44 points. Behind them in the Drivers' Championship, Rubens Barrichello was third on 26 points in the other Ferrari, with Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya on 25 and 12 points respectively. In the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari were leading on 94 points and McLaren were second with 53 points, with Williams third on 37 points.

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Four practice sessions were held before the Sunday race—two on Friday, and two on Saturday. The Friday morning and afternoon sessions each lasted an hour. The third and final practice sessions were held on Saturday morning and lasted 45 minutes.[2]

Saturday's afternoon qualifying session lasted for an hour. During this session, the 107% rule was in effect, which necessitated each driver set a time within 107% of the quickest lap to qualify for the race. Each driver was limited to twelve laps.[2]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:12.989 -
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:12.999 +0.010
3 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.186 +0.197
4 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.268 +0.279
5 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 1:13.310 +0.321
6 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:13.625 +0.636
7 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 1:13.815 +0.826
8 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:13.867 +0.878
9 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:14.095 +1.106
10 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:14.096 +1.107
11 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:14.181 +1.192
12 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:14.441 +1.452
13 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 1:14.536 +1.547
14 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1:15.020 +2.031
15 23 Brazil Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 1:15.072 +2.083
16 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 1:15.220 +2.231
17 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 1:15.420 +2.431
18 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 1:15.707 +2.718
19 22 France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 1:15.774 +2.785
20 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 1:15.828 +2.839
21 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 1:16.039 +3.050
22 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-European 1:16.500 +3.511

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 72 1:33:35.636 2 10
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 72 +10.399 1 6
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 72 +16.381 8 4
4 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 72 +17.106 3 3
5 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 72 +1:08.285 5 2
6 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 71 +1 Lap 9 1
7 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 71 +1 Lap 13  
8 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 71 +1 Lap 7  
9 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 71 +1 Lap 11  
10 23 Brazil Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 71 +1 Lap 15  
11 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 71 +1 Lap 16  
12 22 France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 70 +2 Laps 19  
13 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 70 +2 Laps 18  
14 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 70 +2 Laps 14  
15 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-European 69 +3 Laps 22  
16 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 68 Fuel Pressure 17  
17 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 65 Engine 21  
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 54 Engine 12  
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 52 Engine 6  
Ret 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 17 Engine 20  
Ret 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 5 Engine 10  
DNS 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes - Gearbox 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2001 Entry List". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Archived from the original on 4 June 2001. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "2001 Formula One Sporting Regulations". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. Archived from the original on 4 June 2001. Retrieved 13 July 2014. 

Standings after the race[edit]

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


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