Ferrari F2001

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Ferrari F2001
Ferrari Fórmula 1.jpg
CategoryFormula One
Designer(s)Rory Byrne
Technical specifications
ChassisMoulded carbon fibre & Honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front)Independent suspension, pushrod activated torsion springs
Suspension (rear)Independent suspension, pushrod activated torsion springs
Length4,460 mm (176 in)
Width1,800 mm (71 in)
Height1,100 mm (43 in)
EngineFerrari Tipo 050 , 3.0 L (3,000 cc; 183 cu in) , V10 (90°) at 18,500 rpm , Naturally Aspirated , in a mid-mounted, rear-wheel drive layout
TransmissionSemi-automatic Sequential Limited-slip Differential Gearbox Seven Speed Forward + One reverse
Power800–900 horsepower (600–670 kW) at 18,500 rpm
Weight600 kg (1,323 lb)
FuelShell Fuel
LubricantsShell Lubricant
BrakesCarbon brake discs, pads and calipers
BBS Racing Wheels : 13"
Competition history
Notable entrantsScuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Notable drivers1. Germany Michael Schumacher
2. Brazil Rubens Barrichello
Debut2001 Australian Grand Prix
Constructors' Championships2001, 2002
Drivers' Championships2001, 2002

The Ferrari F2001 was a highly successful Formula One car, designed by Ross Brawn and Rory Byrne for the 2001 Formula One season. A revised version known as the F2001B was used in the first two races of 2002 before being replaced by the F2002.

The F2001 was designed around new regulation changes which mandated a higher-mounted front wing assembly to reduce downforce. This resulted in a distinctive 'droopsnoot' nose section and spoon-shaped front wing. The season also saw the re-introduction of traction and launch control systems, therefore the car and its suspension were designed with this in mind.

Being somewhat of a departure over previous Brawn/Byrne Ferrari designs, the car was based more on McLaren's design thinking. However, the car did feature Ferrari trademarks, such as the periscope exhausts pioneered by the team in 1998 and the small bargeboards which were a feature of its predecessors. The F2001 used the same basic gearbox and internal layout as its predecessors, however the aerodynamic efficiency and tyre wear were improved considerably over the F300 (1998), F399 (1999) and F1-2000 (2000).

Setting up the car proved easier, and it was faster than the rival McLaren MP4-16, but the Williams FW23—although aerodynamically inferior—was fitted with the massively powerful BMW engine, which was more than a match for the Ferrari power unit.

The season would turn out to be easy for Michael Schumacher, who took nine victories and his fourth world championship—scoring a then-record 123 points. He failed to finish only twice, but his teammate Rubens Barrichello had the lion's share of bad luck and looked poised to take wins himself, being hindered only by unreliability. All the while, Ferrari won its third straight Constructors' Championship.

The car was still competitive at the beginning of the 2002 season and Schumacher took the car's final win at the Australian Grand Prix before it was replaced by the all-conquering F2002 from the third race (only for Schumacher) and fourth race onwards (for Barrichello). Overall, the F2001 took ten wins, thirteen pole positions, three fastest laps and 197 points throughout its lifespan.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points WCC
2001 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 050 V10 B AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN 179 1st
Michael Schumacher 1 1 2 Ret 1 2 1 2 1 1 2 Ret 1 1 4 2 1
Rubens Barrichello 3 2 Ret 3 Ret 3 2 Ret 5 3 3 2 2 5 2 15 5
2002 Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 050 V10 B AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR GBR FRA GER HUN BEL ITA USA JPN 221* 1st
Michael Schumacher 1 3
Rubens Barrichello Ret Ret Ret

* 14 points scored with the F2001

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ferrari F1-2000
Racing Car Of The Year

Succeeded by
Ferrari F2002