2001 French Grand Prix
|Race 10 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One season|
|Date||July 1, 2001|
|Official name||Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France|
|Course||Permanent racing facility|
|Course length||4.411 km (2.641 mi)|
|Distance||72 laps, 305.886 km (190.069 mi)|
The 2001 French Grand Prix (formally the Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France) was a Formula One motor race held at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France on 1 July 2001. It was the tenth race of the 2001 Formula One season. The race, contested over 72 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari car, from a second position start. Ralf Schumacher finished second for the Williams team with Rubens Barrichello third in the other Ferrari.
The Grand Prix was contested by 22 drivers, in eleven teams of two. The teams, also known as constructors, were Ferrari, McLaren, Williams, Benetton, BAR, Jordan, Arrows, Sauber, Jaguar, Minardi and Prost.
Before the race, Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher led the Drivers' Championship with 68 points; McLaren driver David Coulthard was second on 44 points. Behind them in the Drivers' Championship, Rubens Barrichello was third on 26 points in the other Ferrari, with Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya on 25 and 12 points respectively. In the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari were leading on 94 points and McLaren were second with 53 points, with Williams third on 37 points.
Practice and qualifying
Four practice sessions were held before the Sunday race—two on Friday, and two on Saturday. The Friday morning and afternoon sessions each lasted an hour. The third and final practice sessions were held on Saturday morning and lasted 45 minutes.
Saturday's afternoon qualifying session lasted for an hour. During this session, the 107% rule was in effect, which necessitated each driver set a time within 107% of the quickest lap to qualify for the race. Each driver was limited to twelve laps.
Mika Häkkinen could not get off the grid at the start of the formation lap because a assembled component in his car's gear box had not fitted correctly. His car was pushed back into the pit lane where the mechanics were unable to rectify the problem and Häkkinen did not take the start. Pedro de la Rosa's throttle failed during the formation lap and drove back to the pit lane and started one lap behind the rest of the field. Ralf Schumacher maintained his pole position advantage going into the first corner, followed by Michael Schumacher who had a clutch problem. Coulthard maintained third position. Barrichello had an excellent gateway, rising from eighth to fifth by the end of the first lap. Kimi Räikkönen moved up four positions over the same distance. At the end of the first lap, Ralf Schumacher led by 0.3 seconds from Michael Schumacher, who was in turn was followed by Coulthard, Montoya, Barrichello, Trulli, Frentzen, Villeneuve, Räikkönen, Heidfeld, Irvine, Panis, Burti, Verstappen, Bernoldi, Fisichella, Button, Alesi, Marques and Alonso.
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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- "Lap-by-Lap: Grand Prix of France 2001". Gale Force F1. 1 July 2001. Archived from the original on 11 September 2001. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
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