2001 Japanese Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 17 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season
Suzuka circuit map (1987-2002).svg
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
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:32.484
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Time 1:36.944 on lap 46
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW
Third United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes

The 2001 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on October 14, 2001 at the Suzuka Circuit. It was the seventeenth and final race of the 2001 Formula One season. It was the 28th Japanese Grand Prix and the 17th to be held at Suzuka. It was held over 53 laps of the six kilometre circuit for a race distance of 311 kilometres.

The race was won by the world champion, German driver Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari F2001 after starting from pole position. It was Schumacher's fourth victory in the Japanese Grand Prix (expanding his own record), his third for Ferrari and his ninth for the 2001 season. Schumacher won by three seconds over Colombian driver Juan Pablo Montoya in a Williams FW23. Third was taken by British driver David Coulthard in a McLaren MP4-16, having overtaken his teammate Mika Häkkinen late in the race. Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari F2001) and Ralf Schumacher (Williams FW23) completed the points finishers.

Enrique Bernoldi (Arrows A22) and Alex Yoong (Minardi PS01B) started the race from the pit lane. The race marked Jean Alesi's 201st and last Formula One race after a fourteen year career. Kimi Räikkönen (Sauber C20) spun off on lap five, forcing Alesi (Jordan EJ11) off in avoidance. It was Alesi's only retirement of the season. It was, additionally, the last race for the French Prost Grand Prix team as they went bankrupt and closed down during the following off-season. It brought an end to the team which began as Equipe Ligier 32 years earlier and 26 years of Formula One racing.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:32.484 -
2 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:33.184 +0.700
3 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:33.297 +0.813
4 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:33.323 +0.839
5 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.662 +1.178
6 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 1:33.830 +1.346
7 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.916 +1.432
8 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 1:34.002 +1.518
9 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 1:34.375 +1.891
10 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:34.386 +1.902
11 12 France Jean Alesi Jordan-Honda 1:34.420 +1.936
12 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 1:34.581 +2.097
13 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:34.851 +2.367
14 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:35.109 +2.625
15 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Prost-Acer 1:35.132 +2.648
16 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1:35.639 +3.155
17 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:35.766 +3.282
18 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 1:36.410 +3.926
19 23 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge Prost-Acer 1:36.446 +3.962
20 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 1:36.885 +4.401
21 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 1:36.973 +4.489
22 20 Malaysia Alex Yoong Minardi-European 1:38.246 +5.762

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:27:33.298 1 10
2 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 53 +3.154 2 6
3 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 53 +23.262 7 4
4 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +35.539 5 3
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 53 +36.544 4 2
6 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 53 +37.122 3 1
7 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 53 +1:37.102 9  
8 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 52 +1 Lap 8  
9 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 10  
10 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 52 +1 Lap 14  
11 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 52 +1 Lap 18  
12 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Prost-Acer 52 +1 Lap 15  
13 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 51 +2 Laps 17  
14 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 51 +2 Laps 20  
15 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 51 +2 Laps 21  
16 20 Malaysia Alex Yoong Minardi-European 50 +3 Laps 22  
17 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 47 Gearbox 6  
Ret 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 45 Oil Leak 16  
Ret 23 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge Prost-Acer 42 Brakes 19  
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 24 Fuel Rig 13  
Ret 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 5 Collision 12  
Ret 12 France Jean Alesi Jordan-Honda 5 Collision 11  

Standings after the race[edit]

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


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2001 United States Grand Prix
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2002 Australian Grand Prix
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Coordinates: 34°50′35″N 136°32′26″E / 34.84306°N 136.54056°E / 34.84306; 136.54056