2001 San Marino Grand Prix

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Italy  2001 San Marino Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season
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Date 15 April 2001
Official name XXI Gran Premio Warsteiner di San Marino
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
4.933 km (3.065 mi)
Distance 62 laps, 305.846 km (190.044 mi)
Weather Air Temp: 14 °C
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:23.054
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Time 1:25.524 on lap 27
Podium
First Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Second United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Third Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari

The 2001 San Marino Grand Prix (formally the XXI Gran Premio Warsteiner di San Marino) was a Formula One motor race held at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagana, Italy on 15 April 2001. It was the fourth race of the 2001 Formula One season. The race, contested over 62 laps, was won by Ralf Schumacher driving a Williams car after starting from third position. David Coulthard, who started the Grand Prix from pole position, finished second in a McLaren car, with Rubens Barrichello finished third driving for Ferrari. Schumacher's win was the first of his Formula One career and was the first for Williams since Jacques Villeneuve won the 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix.

As a consequence of the race, Coulthard was level on points with Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher in the driver's championship with both drivers on 26 points after Schumacher retired from the race. In the constructors' championship, McLaren reduced the lead to Ferrari to 10 points.

Report[edit]

Background[edit]

Heading into the 4th race of the season, Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher was the leading the Drivers' Championship with 26 points; McLaren driver David Coulthard was second on 20 points, six points behind Schumacher. Behind Schumacher and Coulthard in the Drivers' Championship, Schumacher's teammate Rubens Barrichello was third on 10 points, in a Ferrari and Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld was fourth with 7 points. In the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari were leading with 36 points, 15 points ahead of McLaren. Sauber were third with 8 points.

Practice and qualifying[edit]

David Coulthard took pole position, two tenths of a second ahead of Mika Häkkinen, and half a second ahead of Ralf Schumacher. The two Ferraris of Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello qualified 4th and 6th, being split by Jarno Trulli's Jordan. The other Williams of Juan Pablo Montoya was seventh, and Kimi Räikkönen rounded out the top ten. Jenson Button had a bad session qualifying 21st in his Benetton, and Tarso Marques was the slowest driver in qualifying, 5 seconds behind Coulthard in his Minardi.

Race[edit]

Ralf Schumacher took an impressive lead at the start, beating the two McLarens. David Coulthard remained in second position. There was an investigation for jump starts, with the BAR of Olivier Panis, David Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher being suspected of crawling at the start. In the end, no evidence was found of a jump start from any driver.

On lap 5, Fernando Alonso suffered brake failure, bouncing over the Variante Alta chicane, and spinning into the right side wall on the exit, tearing off his right front wheel. One lap later at the Villeneuve chicane, Jos Verstappen crawled to a halt with a broken exhaust on his Arrows. Panis was ahead of both Ferrari's for a few laps until Barrichello passed the French driver at the double left hander going into the final corners. Shortly after, Michael Schumacher passed him and moved into 7th place. On lap 17, Kimi Räikkönen retired with a broken steering arm, which forced his car onto the left side of the track and slammed hard into the concrete wall at the ascending hill straight after Tosa corner, in which Martin Brundle claimed as a very unusual incident.

Michael Schumacher picked up a puncture on his left front tyre on lap 20, and eventually pitted. He continued, but came straight back into the pits due to a damaged suspension, possibly caused by an incident in the first few laps when he rammed a kerb too aggressively and was passed by a number of cars. Ralf Schumacher Coulthard, Montoya and Mazzacane pitted on laps 27 - 28, with James Allen claiming that Montoya had completed his first ever pitstop, successfully without incident. He eventually passed Jarno Trulli on the Tamburello chicane. Mika Häkkinen made his first stop, along with Rubens Barrichello.

Gastón Mazzacane and Jacques Villeneuve retired with smoky and fiery engine failures on laps 29 - 30. Giancarlo Fisichella then retired in the pits, also with a blown engine. On lap 42, Eddie Irvine's name was added to the list of blown engines and retired just after the start and finish straight. He had made a dramatic slide-exit from his pitbox a few laps earlier. Meanwhile, Hakkinen was failing to catch Barrichello, doing slower laps. Juan Pablo Montoya went into the pits on lap 47, and stalled his engine. It took over a minute for the team to restart it, and he finally shot out of the pits. But his clutch had burnt in the process, and he went straight back to the pits and retired into his garage. At the same time, Ralf and Hakkinen made their final pit stops.

Tarso Marques rounded out both Minardis' retirement from the race after his engine blew up with just 12 laps to go, unluckily just after the pit entrance on the start and finish straight. The very quick Italian marshals put out the fire, and within a few minutes, had already helped pushed the car away.

With 8 laps to go, Ralf Schumacher was shown "Oil Pump" on his pitboard, which could have meant his oil pressure was very slowly falling, and Coulthard began to chew his lead with a few tenths per lap. He managed to hold the McLaren off and take the victory, 4 seconds ahead. Rubens Barrichello finished third, over 30 seconds behind the duo at the front. Mika Häkkinen was only able to finish fourth, just missing out on a podium position after catching the Brazilian. Jarno Trulli had a lonely race to finish 5th, the last driver on the lead lap, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen managed to snatch the final point. Ralf had also set a new lap record, 0.999 seconds faster than the previous year's fastest lap, which was set by Hakkinen, a 1:26.523.

Nick Heidfeld's Sauber was 7th, Olivier Panis was 8th in his BAR, and Jean Alesi did a good performance to finish 9th in the underpowered Prost with the Acer engine. The last classified driver was Jenson Button in 12th position, having a miserable race for Benetton, two laps behind Ralf, and a long way behind Luciano Burti in the Jaguar, who in term was on the same lap as Enrique Bernoldi in 10th.

Post-Race[edit]

With Ralf Schumacher's win, this was the first time two brothers had won a grand prix in Formula One. It was also the first victory for BMW since joining the Williams team as an engine supplier. It was also the first double points finish for Jordan in 2001. It was also Enrique Bernoldi's first ever Formula One race finish. It was also Michael Schumacher's first DNF of 2001. This also turned out to be Gastón Mazzacane's last Formula One race, as he was sacked by Alain Prost, and would be replaced by Luciano Burti, who would be sacked by Jaguar. Burti was to be replaced by Pedro de la Rosa from the Spanish Grand Prix onwards.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.054 -
2 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.282 +0.228
3 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:23.357 +0.303
4 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:23.593 +0.539
5 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 1:23.658 +0.604
6 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:23.786 +0.732
7 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:24.141 +1.087
8 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:24.213 +1.159
9 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 1:24.436 +1.382
10 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 1:24.671 +1.617
11 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:24.769 +1.715
12 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:25.007 +1.953
13 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:25.392 +2.338
14 22 France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 1:25.411 +2.357
15 19 Brazil Luciano Burti Jaguar-Cosworth 1:25.572 +2.518
16 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 1:25.872 +2.818
17 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 1:26.062 +3.008
18 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 1:26.855 +3.801
19 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 1:26.902 +3.848
20 23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Prost-Acer 1:27.750 +4.696
21 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 1:27.758 +4.704
22 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-European 1:28.281 +5.227

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 62 1:30:44.817 3 10
2 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 62 +4.352 1 6
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 62 +34.766 6 4
4 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 62 +36.315 2 3
5 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 62 +1:25.558 5 2
6 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 61 +1 Lap 9 1
7 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 61 +1 Lap 12  
8 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 61 +1 Lap 8  
9 22 France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 61 +1 Lap 14  
10 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 60 +2 Laps 16  
11 19 Brazil Luciano Burti Jaguar-Cosworth 60 +2 Laps 15  
12 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 60 +2 Laps 21  
Ret 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-European 50 Engine 22  
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 48 Clutch 7  
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 42 Engine 13  
Ret 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 31 Engine 19  
Ret 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 30 Engine 11  
Ret 23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Prost-Acer 28 Engine 20  
Ret 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 24 Suspension 4  
Ret 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 17 Steering 10  
Ret 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 6 Exhaust 17  
Ret 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 5 Brakes 18  

Standings after the race[edit]

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


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