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2001 Chinese Grand Prix[edit]

China  2001 Chinese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 16 of 18 in the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship
The Shanghai International Circuit
The Shanghai International Circuit
Date October 7, 2001
Official name IV Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix
Location Shanghai International Circuit
Shanghai, People's Republic of China
Course Permanent Racing Facility
Course length 5.451 km (3.387 mi)
Distance 56 laps, 305.066 km (189.559 mi)
Weather Dry with light shower near the end
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:40.190
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Time 1:39.284 on lap 45
First McLaren-Mercedes
Second Ferrari
Third McLaren-Mercedes




Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 56 1:36:42.840 6 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 56 +28.249 2 8
3 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 56 +47.855 4 6
4 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 56 +1:11.111 3 5
5 12 France Jean Alesi Jordan-Honda 56 +1:17.589 5 4
6 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 56 +1:28.613 9 3
7 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 13 2
8 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 55 +1 Lap 10 1
9 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 55 +1 Lap 12  
10 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 55 +1 Lap 14  
11 23 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge Prost-Acer 54 +2 Laps 16  
12 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 54 +2 Laps 20  
13 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 54 +2 Laps 15  
14 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 53 +3 Laps 19  
15 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 52 Engine 18  
Ret 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 47 Accident 8  
Ret 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 39 Tyre 1  
Ret 20 Malaysia Alex Yoong Minardi-European 38 Gearbox 21  
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 25 Spun off 18  
Ret 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 17 Gearbox 11  
Ret 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Prost-Acer 10 Hydraulics 22  
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1 Collision 7  


  • Last win: Mika Häkkinen
  • This was the McLaren team's first victory in the United States since 1991.
  • This was the last victory for the McLaren team in the US Grand Prix until 2007, when Lewis Hamilton won and teammate Fernando Alonso finished 2nd, which was the team's first ever 1-2 finish in this circuit.
  • Juan Pablo Montoya appeared with the Williams PR staff at a downtown Indianapolis department store to sign autographs on the Wednesday before the race; Mika Häkkinen was in the same mall at the time and had to be shuffled to the back of a clothing store to escape a crowd of well-wishers.
  • Since the race was less than three weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks, members of some teams took alternate air routes from Europe (through Philadelphia or Chicago), apparently for safety reasons.
A tribute to the US by Jordan Grand Prix
  • Also in response to the terrorist attacks, many of the teams and drivers had special US tributes on their cars and helmets. Jordan's Jarno Trulli added to the standard American flag theme with the words, "Peace no war." The Jordan cars had American flags prominently displayed on the airboxes (see photo) and replaced their prohibited tobacco sponsor name with the words, "Bitten Heroes."
  • There was a reception on Sunday morning to honor American F1 drivers. Those present included three of the six Americans who competed in the first US Grand Prix at Sebring, Florida in 1959 – Phil Hill, the first American World Champion; Rodger Ward, two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500; and Bob Said.
  • Prior to the race, John Mellencamp performed his song "Peaceful World," since the race was less than 3 weeks after September 11.
  • In the race, Jean Alesi's Jordan carried the number "200" on its sidepods, commemorating his 200th (and penultimate) Grand Prix.
  • Several hours after the race, Jarno Trulli had his fourth place result taken away for having too much wear on the plank under his Jordan, but the team's appeal of the decision was accepted four weeks later and the result was reinstated.
  • For the United States TV coverage, this race was televised live on ABC instead of Speed Channel. However, Speed Channel rebroadcast the race later.
  • The race was Murray Walker's last race commentary for Formula One. After the race he was presented with a brick from the original Brick Yard as a retirement present.

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]