|Chassis||Carbon fibre and aluminium honeycomb composite monocoque|
|Suspension (front)||pullrod-activated torsion springs, carbon-wrapped titanium wishbones|
|Suspension (rear)||pushrod-activated torsion springs and rockers, carbon-wrapped titanium wishbones|
|Length||4,509 mm (178 in)|
|Width||1,800 mm (71 in)|
|Axle track||front: 1,480 mm (58 in)
back: 1,410 mm (56 in)
|Engine||Ford Zetec-R (badged as European) 3,000 cc (183 cu in) V10 (72°) naturally aspirated|
|Transmission||Minardi six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential|
|Weight||600 kg (1,322.8 lb) (including driver and camera)|
OZ forged magnesium front: (13.0 x 12.0) rear: (13.0 x 13.7)
|Notable drivers||20. Tarso Marques
20. Alex Yoong
21. Fernando Alonso
|Debut||2001 Australian Grand Prix|
|Last event||2001 Japanese Grand Prix|
The Minardi PS01 was the car with which the Minardi team competed in the 2001 Formula One season. It was initially driven by Tarso Marques, who returned to the team after last driving an F1 car in 1997, and Fernando Alonso, a rookie who had graduated from Formula 3000 and was in a long-term contract to Flavio Briatore's driver management scheme.
The PS01 marked a new beginning for Minardi. The chassis designation referred to the fact that it was the first car to be races under the ownership of Paul Stoddart, who had bought the team from the terminally-ill Gabriele Rumi only two months before the first race of the season. In between, the PS01 was hurriedly built, with Marques' car still being assembled at the Australian GP. The car was a tidy, efficient design by Gustav Brunner, but it was hamstrung by a lack of testing and horsepower from an elderly engine (which was badged "European", after Stoddart's aviation company).
Despite this lack of preparation, the cars were surprisingly competitive, with Marques only failing to qualify once and future champion Alonso able to compete in the lower reaches of the midfield. However, the team scored no points and were hit hard when Brunner defected to the fledgling Toyota F1 team mid-season. As the season drew to a close, the frustrated Marques agreed to leave the team, allowing the well-funded Alex Yoong to become Malaysia's first F1 driver.
The team also raced an updated car, featuring a revised rear end and gearbox, from the Belgian GP onwards. This chassis was designated as the Minardi PS01B.
The team were unclassified in the Constructors' Championship, with no points.
At the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, Alonso and Marques set the nineteenth and twenty-second quickest times in qualifying: Marques failed to make the 107% mark after spinning into the gravel in his race car but was allowed to race at the digression of the stewards, but this was despite the fact that he had not managed to set a time within the 107% mark in any session all weekend. Marques' car only lasted four laps of the race before retiring with an engine problem caused by a misfiring battery, but Alonso finished twelfth for the car's first classified finish, albeit two laps adrift of the winner but one lap ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella's thirteenth-placed Benetton. Minardi had a spare car completed in time for the Malaysian round. Marques and Alonso started twentieth and twenty-first on the grid as Arrows driver Enrique Bernoldi was sent to the rear of the field for running his front wing too low to the ground. In the race, which was held in mixed weather conditions, both drivers achieved the Minardi PS01's first double finish, with Alonso and Marques finishing in thirteenth and fourteenth positions respectively; Marques had a punctured right-rear tyre which damaged his rear wing and the Minardi team lost communication with both drivers and personnel when a torrential downpour hit the circuit and damaged their equipment early in the race.
At the Brazilian Grand Prix, Alonso qualified in nineteenth position, ahead of Jenson Button and Gastón Mazzacane, with Marques starting at the rear of the field in twenty-second. During the race, Marques achieved the best result for the PS01 with ninth place, whilst Alonso retired after completing twenty-six laps with an issue with his throttle potentiometer which affected his engine's behaviour. At the San Marino round, Alonso started in eighteenth, ahead of both Benetton cars and Mazzacane, whilst Marques qualified twenty-second for the second consecutive Grand Prix. In the race, Alonso crashed out heavily on the sixth lap which was caused by a leaking brake calliper and Marques retired on the race's fifty-fourth lap with an fuel line problem. At the Spanish Grand Prix Alonso outqualified Marques by one and a half seconds after alternations were made to Alonso's car; the drivers started from eighteenth and twenty-second on the grid and were sandwiched by the Benetton drivers and Jaguar's Pedro de la Rosa. Alonso ran strongly in the race and finished in thirteenth position and Marques took sixteenth despite struggling with handling problems throughout. Two weeks later in the Austrian Grand Prix Alonso clinched his third consecutive eighteenth position in qualifying whilst Marques set the twenty-second fastest time and was separated by both Benetton cars and Jean Alesi in a Prost. Alonso and Marques ran in the midfield early in the race but both drivers retired after forty laps because of gearbox issues.
Alonso continued his good form in qualifying at the Monaco Grand Prix where he took eighteenth place whilst Marques in twenty-second was behind the Arrows pairing of Jos Verstappen and Bernoldi as well as Luciano Burti's Prost. Both Alonso and Marques again ran strongly in the race running in the mid-field before both drivers retired after three-quarter distance with mechanical issues. At the Canadian Grand Prix Alonso had originally qualified in twenty-first but had his fastest qualifying lap time disallowed because of a front wing technical infringement and was required to start behind team-mate Marques in twenty-second. Marques equalled his best result of the season with a ninth-place finish despite struggling from blistering tyres and broken bargeboard mountings in the race's final ten laps, whilst Alonso retired after seven laps because of a broken driveshaft CV joint. The cars again occupied the back row of the grid at the European Grand Prix with Alonso ahead of Marques. The PS01s were both nearly four seconds off the polesitter's time, but only four-thousands of a second behind Button. Marques retired after completing seven laps from a voltage fluctuation in his electronics system which broke his gearbox and shut down his engine, whilst Alonso moved from twenty-first to finish fourteenth. Alonso outqualified Marques by four tenths of a second in the French Grand Prix and both drivers again shared the back row of the grid. In the race, which was held in hot weather conditions meaning there was an increased likelihood of mechanical attrition, Marques finished in fifteenth place whilst Alonso was called into his garage five laps before the race concluded with a suspected engine problems located on the Minardi telemetry equipment, although he was classified in seventeenth place.
At the British Grand Prix Alonso set the twenty-first fastest lap time in qualifying, but Marques fell foul of the 107% rule for the second time in the season and was not allowed to start by the stewards on this occasion. During the race, Alonso had moved from twenty-first to fourteenth by the 38th lap and raced competitively with the Benetton cars and Bernoldi's Arrows before his left-front hand wheel became detached from his car which necessitated an unscheduled pit stop and finished in sixteenth. Both drivers lined up at the rear of the field for the German Grand Prix with Alonso out-qualifying Marques by eight tenths of a second. For the race both drivers started from the pit lane because of technical difficulties; the Grand Prix was halted on the first lap because of a major accident involving Burti and Ferrari's Michael Schumacher. Both Minardi cars underwent further repairs for the restart with Alonso and Marques making their way up the field as some of their rivals retired from the race; Marques retired after twenty-seven laps with a gearbox issue whilst Alonso claimed his best result of the season with a tenth-place finish. Alonso took eighteenth on the grid at the Hungarian Grand Prix with Marques starting twenty-second and were separated by Burti's Prost and the two Arrows. Alonso moved up several places at the start of the race and matched the pace of his main rivals before his rear wheels locked up resulting from braking difficulties and retired after going into a gravel trap on the Hungaroring circuit on lap 37 whilst Marques was ordered by Minardi via radio to switch off his engine because of concerns over his engine oil pressure on the race's 64th lap.
During preparation for the Belgian Grand Prix, the team announced that Malaysian driver Alex Yoong would replace Marques from at the Italian Grand Prix onwards. Marques remained at the team as their test and reserve driver, and assisted in developing Minardi's 2002 car, the PS02. The qualifying session in Belgium was held in wet weather conditions and where which the track steadily dried and saw Alonso and Marques fail to record a lap time within 107% of the pole sitters time; both drivers were allowed to start the race and were sandwiched by Bernoldi. Before the event Alonso used the spare Minardi monocoque after a heavy accident in the event's warm-up session and Marques stalled his engine at the first start; since he started last, the penalty was nullified. Alonso retired from the race after two and a half laps because of gear selection problems whilst Marques finished in fourteenth place despite encountering suspension issues and a punctured tyre. In his first Formula One qualifying session, Yoong qualified in twenty-second position behind Alonso. Yoong drove strongly in the race and ran as high as fifteenth behind Alonso before spinning off eight laps before the finish; Alonso also drove strongly to claim thirteenth position. At the United States Grand Prix Alonso clinched his best qualifying result of the season with seventeenth place and Yoong qualified at the rear of the field in twenty-second. Both drivers retired from the race; Alonso after 36 laps with a broken driveshaft during a pit stop and Yoong pulled over to the side of the circuit two laps later with an gear selection issue. At the final race of the season in Japan Alonso started from eighteenth on the grid with Yoong again taking the twenty-second position. Yoong started from the pit lane after his mechanics worked to rectify an electrical problem on his race car and finished his first Formula One race in sixteenth place and Alonso ran strongly to finish in eleventh.
Complete Formula One results
(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)
- "European Minardi F1: Team - Car". minardi.it. Archived from the original on 27 June 2001. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
- "Marques will take his marks". GPUpdate. JHED Media BV. 4 March 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Marques Pleased to be on the Grid". Atlas F1. Haymarket Publications. 3 March 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- Henry (ed.) (2001), p. 115.
- "Minardi: A dream come true". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. 4 March 2001. Archived from the original on 18 April 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Minardi Put Spare Car Fiasco Behind Them". Atlas F1. Haymarket Publications. 13 March 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Bernoldi to start Malaysian GP from the back". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. 18 March 2001. Archived from the original on 18 April 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Grand Prix Results: Malaysian GP, 2001". GrandPrix.com. Inside F1, Inc. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Malaysian GP Minardi race notes". motorsport.com. Motorsport.com, Inc. 18 March 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Schuey Grabs 7th Straight Pole; Qualifying - Brazilian GP". Atlas F1. Haymarket Publications. 31 March 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Brazilian GP Minardi race notes". motorsport.com. Motorsport.com, Inc. 1 April 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Coulthard clinches pole". BBC Sport. BBC. 14 April 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Tough home race for Minardi". GPUpdate. JHED Media BV. 15 April 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Delighted Alonso Outqualifies Both Benettons". Atlas F1. Haymarket Publications. 28 April 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Strong show from European Minardi". GPUpdate. JHED Media BV. 29 April 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Two DNFs for Minardi in Austria". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. 13 May 2001. Archived from the original on 5 October 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Coulthard Clinches Last-Minute Pole - Monaco GP". Atlas F1. Haymarket Publications. 26 May 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Monaco GP Minardi race notes". motorsport.com. Motorsport.com, Inc. 27 May 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Alonso's Qualifying Times Disallowed". Atlas F1. Haymarket Publications. 9 June 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Top ten consolation for Minardi". GPUpdate. JHED Media BV. 11 June 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Schumachers book front row". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. 23 June 2001. Archived from the original on 30 October 2001. Retrieved 13 July 2014.
- "Mixed fortunes in Europe for Minardi". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. 24 June 2001. Archived from the original on 10 November 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "French GP Minardi race notes". motorsport.com. Motorsport.com, Inc. 1 July 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Marques fails to qualify for British GP". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. 14 July 2001. Archived from the original on 2 November 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Three-Wheeled Minardi Leaves Alonso Shocked". Atlas F1. Haymarket Publications. 15 July 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- "Loose wheel dashed Minardi hopes". GPUpdate. JHED Media BV. 15 July 2001. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
- Lyon, Sam (28 July 2001). "Hockenheim Qualifying: Pole position for Montoya". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 20 May 2015.
- "German GP Minardi race notes". motorsport.com. Motorsport.com, Inc. 29 July 2001. Retrieved 27 November 2015.
- "Grand Prix Results: German GP, 2001". GrandPrix.com. Inside F1, Inc. 29 July 2001. Retrieved 21 May 2015.
- "Dominant Schumacher Storms to Pole in Hungary". Atlas F1. Haymarket Publications. 18 August 2001. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- "Testing race for improving Minardi". GPUpdate. JHED Media BV. 19 August 2001. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- "Yoong Granted Super-License from FIA". Atlas F1. Haymarket Publications. 27 August 2001. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- Mansell (ed.), pp. 353, 379, 495.
- "Alonso races despite morning shunt". Formula1.com. Formula1.com Limited. 2 September 2001. Archived from the original on 24 October 2001. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- "Yoong Shares Car to Qualify for First F1 Race". Atlas F1. Haymarket Publications. 15 September 2001. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- "Yoong makes history, Alonso makes finish". GPUpdate. JHED Media BV. 16 September 2001. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- "Best yet for Minardi". GPUpdate. JHED Media BV. 30 September 2001. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
- "US GP Minardi race notes". motorsport.com. Motorsport.com, Inc. 30 September 2001. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
- "Japanese GP Minardi Saturday notes". motorsport.com. Motorsport.com, Inc. 14 October 2001. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
- "Mission Completed for Minardi". GPUpdate. JHED Media BV. 14 October 2001. Retrieved 19 December 2015.
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