2001 Italian Grand Prix

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Italy  2001 Italian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 15 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Autodromo Nazionale Monza
Date 16 September 2001
Official name LXXII Gran Premio Campari d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.793 km (3.600 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 306.719 km (190.586 mi)
Weather Sunny
Attendance 110,000
Pole position
Driver Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Time 1:22.216
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Time 1:25.073 on lap 39
Podium
First Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Second Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Third Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW

The 2001 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Monza on 16 September 2001. It was the fifteenth round of the 2001 Formula One season. The race, contested over 53 laps, was the first Formula One victory for Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya after a long battle with Ferrari driver Rubens Barrichello, who finished second. The other Williams driver Ralf Schumacher finished third.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

This was the first F1 race held after the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States. As a mark of respect, several teams altered their cars' liveries. The Ferraris ran without any sponsorship livery and sported matte black nose-cones. The Jaguar team fitted black engine covers to their R2 cars while the Jordan-Hondas featured American flag decals. Mika Häkkinen announced that he was to take a sabbatical at the end of the season citing the reason to spend more time with his family.[1]

Practice and qualifying[edit]

Race[edit]

The pre-race build-up was notable for the fact that Michael Schumacher attempted to organise a pact that would see the drivers treat the first lap as if it were taking place behind the safety car. The plan failed, with Jacques Villeneuve and Benetton's Flavio Briatore refusing to accept the pact. Schumacher had been keen to avoid any accidents at the start, due to a combination of the effects of the 11 September 2001 attacks earlier that week; the death of a marshal in a pile-up at the beginning of the previous year's race; and the horrific accident in the previous day's ChampCar race in Germany, in which former F1 driver Alex Zanardi was critically injured, resulting in the amputation of both legs. In pre-race interviews, several drivers stated that it was important to ensure that the race pass by without a further major incident. However, a one minute silence was observed.[2]

At the start, few people in the grandstands waved their flags and quietly applauded partly due to the suggestion of Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo. One such spectator waved a United States flag.[2]

At the start, Montoya led Barrichello into the first corner with Michael Schumacher passing his brother Ralf for third. Jenson Button attempted to pass the Jordan of Jarno Trulli but both drivers ended up colliding. Barrichello was on a two-stop strategy in order to fight the faster Williams. After intense pressure, the Brazilian passed the Colombian on lap 8 and started opening up a gap in order to make his strategy work after the pit stops. But his first stop on lap 20 was disastrous because of a problem in the fuel hose. That ruined all the gap he had made on Montoya and also allowed Ralf Schumacher to take second. Barrichello soon passed Ralf and started going after Montoya again, but he didn't have enough laps to challenge him. After 53 laps, Montoya took his first Grand Prix win and the first for a Colombian driver in Formula One. Barrichello finished second, five seconds behind. Ralf finished third ahead of his brother Michael, who had a very quiet race.[3] On the podium ceremony, Montoya wore a black band on his overalls.[2]

Post-race[edit]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap Grid
1 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:22.216 1
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:22.528 +0.312 2
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:22.624 +0.408 3
4 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:22.841 +0.625 4
5 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 1:23.126 +0.910 5
6 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.148 +0.932 6
7 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.394 +1.178 7
8 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:23.417 +1.201 8
9 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 1:23.595 +1.379 9
10 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1:23.693 +1.477 10
11 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 1:23.892 +1.676 11
12 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Prost-Acer 1:23.943 +1.727 12
13 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:24.031 +1.815 13
14 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 1:24.090 +1.874 14
15 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:24.164 +1.948 15
16 12 France Jean Alesi Jordan-Honda 1:24.198 +1.982 16
17 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:24.677 +2.461 17
18 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 1:25.444 +3.228 18
19 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 1:25.511 +3.295 19
20 23 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge Prost-Acer 1:26.039 +3.823 20
21 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 1:26.218 +4.002 21
22 20 Malaysia Alex Yoong Minardi-European 1:27.463 +5.247 22

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 53 1:16:58.493 1 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 53 +5.175 2 6
3 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 53 +17.335 4 4
4 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 +24.991 3 3
5 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 53 +1:14.984 10 2
6 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 53 +1:22.469 15 1
7 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 53 +1:23.107 9  
8 12 France Jean Alesi Jordan-Honda 52 +1 Lap 16  
9 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 52 +1 Lap 17  
10 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 52 +1 Lap 14  
11 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 8  
12 23 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge Prost-Acer 52 +1 Lap 20  
13 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 51 +2 Laps 21  
Ret 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 46 Crankshaft 18  
Ret 20 Malaysia Alex Yoong Minardi-European 44 Spun off 22  
Ret 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Prost-Acer 28 Gearbox 12  
Ret 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 25 Fuel Pressure 19  
Ret 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 19 Gearbox 7  
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 14 Engine 13  
Ret 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 6 Engine 6  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 4 Engine 11  
Ret 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 0 Collision 5  

Notes[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hakkinen takes a break from F1". The Telegraph. 2001-09-14. 
  2. ^ a b c Valsecchi, Piero (September 17, 2001). "Montoya wins a somber Italian Grand Prix". The Day. p. D4. 
  3. ^ "Lapwatch:Italian Grand Prix". BBC Sport. 2001-09-16. 


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