2001 Japanese Grand Prix
|Race 17 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season|
|Date||October 14, 2001|
|Official name||XXVII Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix|
|Location||Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
5.859 km (3.641 mi)
|Distance||53 laps, 310.527 km (192.953 mi)|
|Weather||Cloudy, Mild, Dry, Air Temp: 24°C|
|Time||1:36.944 on lap 46|
|Second||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW|
Häkkinen was running in third place shortly before the end of the race. However, he let his team-mate Coulthard past and took fourth place instead. The reason for this is unknown. It could be speculated that it was his way of repaying Coulthard for what he did in the 1998 Australian Grand Prix and avoiding the press and the inevitable questions about his sabbatical.
Enrique Bernoldi and Alex Yoong started the race from the pit lane. The race would also mark Jean Alesi's last Formula One race before switching to DTM for 2002. Kimi Räikkönen hit a bump on lap five and spun off, with Alesi following him off the track. It was Alesi's only retirement of the season. It was also last race to broadcast on RCTI before switch to TPI in Indonesia. It would also mark the official start of James Allen's commentary on ITV, which would last until the 2008 Brazilian GP.
Following the race, the Prost team went bankrupt and closed down.
Standings after the race
- Bold text indicates the World Champions.
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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