2001 Belgian Grand Prix
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|2001 Belgian Grand Prix|
|Race 14 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||2 September 2001|
|Official name||LIX Foster's Belgian Grand Prix|
|Location||Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||6.968 km (4.330 mi)|
|Distance||36 laps, 251.848 km (155.870 mi)|
|Scheduled distance||44 laps, 306.592 km (190.507 mi)|
|Weather||Overcast, mild, dry, Air Temp: 16°C|
|Time||1:49.758 on lap 3|
The 2001 Belgian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on 2 September 2001 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps. The race was the 14th race of the 2001 Formula One season, and the penultimate European round of the season. The race is notable for the accident of Brazilian Luciano Burti who crashed into a tyre barrier at the Blanchimont corner following a collision with Eddie Irvine and for Michael Schumacher overtaking Alain Prost's previous record of 51 Grand Prix victories.
Juan Pablo Montoya took pole position for the race, the second of his Formula One career. However, an engine failure on lap two enabled Ferrari's Michael Schumacher, who also took the fastest lap, to win the race by 10 seconds from the McLaren of David Coulthard. Giancarlo Fisichella completed the podium in third, the final podium finish for the Benetton team prior to their renaming to Renault F1.
- 1.^ Both the Arrows and Minardi drivers set a time outside 107%, but were allowed to race due to heavy rain during qualifying.
- The first start was aborted when Heinz-Harald Frentzen stalled on the grid. At the start of the second formation lap, pole-sitter Juan Pablo Montoya also stalled. As a result, both were relegated to the back of the grid for the second start.
- On lap four, Luciano Burti, while speeding through Blanchimont, made contact with Eddie Irvine's rear wheel, causing his front wing to break off. He lost grip and speared straight into the tyre barrier at over 180 mph. The resulting injuries caused him to miss the rest of the season. The race restarted over 36 laps, with the results of this part of the race counting as the overall results.
- Irvine did not take part in the restart, and nor did Kimi Räikkönen or Fernando Alonso, both of whom had retired before the race was stopped.
- At the start of the third formation lap, Ralf Schumacher could not leave the grid, due to the pit jack being left on his car following a rear wing change. As a result, he was relegated to the back of the grid while his original grid slot was left vacant.
- Jean Alesi was able to hold off Ralf Schumacher to score the final World Championship point of his career.
- Fisichella completed the entire race without changing his front tyres throughout the race, thereby saving time during pit-stops.
Championship standings after the race
- Bold text indicates the World Champions.
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- "Results 2001 Formula 1 Grand Prix of Belgium | F1 Fansite". F1 Fansite. Retrieved 2015-10-01.
- F1, STATS. "Belgium 2001 - Qualifications • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
- "2001 Belgian Grand Prix". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. Archived from the original on 28 October 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2015.
- "2001 Belgian Grand Prix Lap Chart" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 2 September 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 March 2005.
- "2001 Belgian Grand Prix Race Classification" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 2 September 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 March 2005.
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