2001 Chinese Grand Prix
|Race 16 of 18 in the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship|
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|
|Time||1:39.284 on lap 45|
- 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.
- 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
- 1. Michael Schumacher - 91
- 2. Rubens Barrichello - 82
- 3. David Coulthard - 81
- 4. Ralf Schumacher - 64
- 5. Mika Häkkinen - 54
- 6. Juan Pablo Montoya - 52
- 7. Heinz-Harald Frentzen - 33
- 8. Jarno Trulli - 30