2001 F1 World Championship

  • 2001
  • F1
  • F1 World Championship
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For the first time since joining Ferrari, Michael Schumacher was armed with the best car in the field during 2001. The result was a year in which he broke Alain Prost’s long-standing record for grand prix wins and clinched a fourth World Championship in August. He also broke records for Grand Prix points scored during a season and over a career. Only Ayrton Senna’s 65 pole positions and Juan Manuel Fangio’s five world titles now prevented Schumacher from holding every significant Formula 1 record.

David Coulthard led McLaren-Mercedes’ effort by winning in Brazil and Austria, but the combination was increasingly unable to match Ferrari as the year progressed. Mika Hakkinen also won twice later in the season but he seemed strangely off the pace. He announced that he would take a year off in 2002 and Hakkinen did not return to F1.

A second challenge to Ferrari came from the increasingly competitive Williams-BMW team. Ralf Schumacher scored the first of three victories at Imola, the team’s first win since 1997. New team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya announced his arrival by passing Michael Schumacher in Brazil. Although he took time to adapt to F1, Montoya was increasingly the team’s quicker driver as the year ended and he demonstrated his championship potential by winning at Monza.

Williams loaned Jenson Button to Benetton to make way for the highly rated Montoya but the change proved disastrous for the young Englishman. The team struggled while developing a revolutionary new Renault engine and while Giancarlo Fisichella got the most out of the car, Button generally could not match his team-mate’s pace. This was Benetton’s final season in F1, with new owners Renault set to take over in 2002.

It was a good year for newcomers to F1. Not only did Montoya win in his first season, but Minardi’s Fernando Alonso and Sauber’s Kimi Raikkonen both showed great promise. Raikkonen and Nick Heidfeld gave Sauber their best year in the category and the young Finn signed to replace Hakkinen at McLaren at the end of the season.

Honda supplied both BAR and Jordan with works engines, prompting a battle for supremacy between the teams. Jordan eventually emerged as the winner two weeks after the season ended when Jarno Trulli, who had previously been disqualified for a technical infringement, was confirmed as finishing fourth at Indianapolis. Jordan had replaced a disappointing Heinz-Harald Frentzen with Jean Alesi mid-season, but the Frenchman retired from F1 after he failed to earn a contract extension for 2002.

The dangers of the sport were brought sharply into focus by three accidents. Australian GP marshal Graham Beveridge was killed by debris from Villeneuve’s car in an accident with Ralf Schumacher and Prost’s Luciano Burti was fortunate to survive frightening crashes at both Hockenheim and Spa-Francorchamps.

Races

Round Race name Date Circuit Laps Winner

1

Qantas Australian Grand Prix

04/03/2001

Albert Park

58

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

2

Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

18/03/2001

Sepang

55

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

3

Grande Premio Marlboro do Brasil

01/04/2001

Interlagos

71

David Coulthard

West McLaren Mercedes

4

Gran Premio Warsteiner di San Marino

15/04/2001

Imola

62

Ralf Schumacher

BMW Williams F1

5

Gran Premio Marlboro de Espana

29/04/2001

Catalunya

65

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

6

Grosser A1 Preis von Osterreich

13/05/2001

Spielberg

71

David Coulthard

West McLaren Mercedes

7

Grand Prix de Monaco

27/05/2001

Monte Carlo

78

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

8

Grand Prix Air Canada

10/06/2001

Montreal

69

Ralf Schumacher

BMW Williams F1

9

Grosser Warsteiner Preis von Europa

24/06/2001

Nurburgring

67

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

10

Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France

01/07/2001

Magny-Cours

72

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

11

Foster's British Grand Prix

15/07/2001

Silverstone

60

Mika Hakkinen

West McLaren Mercedes

12

Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland

29/07/2001

Hockenheim

45

Ralf Schumacher

BMW Williams F1

13

Marlboro Magyar Nagydij

19/08/2001

Hungaroring

77

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

14

Grand Prix Foster's de Belgique

02/09/2001

Spa-Francorchamps

36

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

15

Gran Premio Campari d'Italia

16/09/2001

Monza

53

Juan Pablo Montoya

BMW Williams F1

16

SAP United States Grand Prix

30/09/2001

Indianapolis

73

Mika Hakkinen

West McLaren Mercedes

17

Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix

14/10/2001

Suzuka

53

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

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