2001 Spanish Grand Prix
|Race 5 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season|
|Date||April 29, 2001|
|Location||Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
4.730 km (2.939 mi)
|Distance||65 laps, 307.450 km (191.041 mi)|
|Weather||Overcast, Mild, Dry, Air Temp: 18°C|
|Time||1:21.151 on lap 25|
|Second||Juan Pablo Montoya||Williams-BMW|
The 2001 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 29 April 2001 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. It was the fifth round of the 2001 Formula One season. The race, contested over 65 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari car after starting from pole position. Juan Pablo Montoya finished second driving a Williams car with Jacques Villeneuve third driving for the BAR team.
Michael Schumacher won the race even though he was 40 seconds behind Mika Häkkinen on the penultimate lap. The Finn, who had lapped the third placed Juan-Pablo Montoya, suffered from a hydraulic failure on the final lap of the race. This handed Michael Schumacher probably one of his luckier wins as he was suffering with a bad vibration. Jacques Villeneuve gave BAR their first ever podium finish. David Coulthard's race was ruined when his car failed to fire up at the start, and later knocked off his front wing. He would eventually fight back to 5th.
- Lap leaders: Michael Schumacher 39 (1–22, 28–43, 65) Mika Häkkinen 26 (23–27, 44–64)
- First podium: Juan Pablo Montoya, B.A.R.
- This was the first race to be raced with the reintroduction of traction control systems, which had been banned since 1994.
- David Coulthard started this race at the back of the grid.
- Mika Häkkinen was on course for his first win of the season and his fourth consecutive win at the circuit, but his clutch failed on the last lap and forced him to retire to hand the victory to Michael Schumacher. Häkkinen was still classified 9th.
- Luciano Burti moved to the Prost team from the Jaguar team. Pedro de la Rosa replaced Luciano Burti in the Jaguar team.
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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