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The 2001 Australian Grand Prix, otherwise officially the LXVI Qantas Australian Grand Prix, was the opening round of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia, on 4 March 2001.[1] Attended by 128,500 people, the Australian Grand Prix would see several drivers make their F1 debuts, including future World Champions Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen, as well as mark the 500th Grand Prix for a Ford Cosworth engine.[2]

A busy winter had seen several driver changes, with Alonso joining Minardi, while the relatively unknown Räikkönen moved to Sauber having completed just 23 races before his F1 debut.[1] Williams, meanwhile, decided to loan Jenson Button to Benetton for two seasons, allowing them to sign 1999 CART Champion Juan Pablo Montoya to partner Ralf Schumacher.[1]

Yet, there would be no changes at the top end of the field, with Ferrari and their lead driver Michael Schumacher arriving as the favourites to retain their crowns from 2000.[1] The German ace duly claimed pole position for the opening round, setting a lap four seconds faster than the previous record, with teammate Rubens Barrichello beating McLaren's Mika Häkkinen to second.[1]

Raceday dawned cool and grey, with McLaren emerging fastest in the warm-up, although their hopes were immediately dashed at the start, for Schumacher made a barnstorming start to claim the lead.[1] Barrichello, meanwhile, would bog down and hence was unable to prevent Häkkinen's bid for second, while behind David Coulthard had a bruising battle with Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Ralf Schumacher into the first corner, bouncing off both before slipping back down the field.[1]

Montoya likewise had an eventful start, charging up the field only to slide into the grass at turn one, before tipping Eddie Irvine into a half-spin at turn three.[1] Ralf Schumacher, meanwhile, would hold onto fourth until the start of the second lap, only to crack under pressure from Barrichello braking for turn one and slide onto the grass.[1]

Barrichello subsequently claimed third from Frentzen with an aggressive move into turn one a lap later, resulting in the Jordan sliding into the gravel.[1] However, that would be overshadowed by a huge accident a few moments later, as Ralf Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve tangled on the run to turn three, sending the BAR-Honda spiralling through the air.[1]

Both Schumacher and Villeneuve emerged unscathed, although marshal Graham Beveridge was less fortunate, having received a fatal impact from a wheel thrown from Villeneuve's car.[1] The Safety Car was called to allow the incident to be cleared, with the race resuming on lap fifteen.[1]

Häkkinen's race would come to an end a few laps later, a suspension failure pitching his car into the wall, handing second to Barrichello.[1] However, the Finn's teammate Coulthard was steadily reeling in the #2 Ferrari, and would duly snatched second from the Brazilian when Barrichello misjudged a move to lap Alonso into the first corner.[1]

With that the race was effectively over, for Coulthard was unable to catch Michael Schumacher out front after the pitstops.[1] The German ace hence collected his 45th career victory ahead of the Scot, with Barrichello completing the podium.[1] Behind them came Nick Heidfeld, Frentzen and the debutante Räikkönen, albeit after Olivier Panis was penalised for overtaking the former under yellow flags.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2001 Australian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F1-2001 Ferrari 050 3.0 V10 B
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F1-2001 Ferrari 050 3.0 V10 B
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-16 Mercedes FO110K 3.0 V10 B
4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-16 Mercedes FO110K 3.0 V10 B
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW23 BMW P80 3.0 V10 M
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW23 BMW P80 3.0 V10 M
7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B201 Renault RS21 3.0 V10 M
8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Mild Seven Benetton Renault Benetton B201 Renault RS21 3.0 V10 M
9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 003 Honda RA001E 3.0 V10 B
10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Lucky Strike BAR Honda BAR 003 Honda RA001E 3.0 V10 B
11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland B&H Jordan Honda Jordan EJ11 Honda RA001E 3.0 V10 B
12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland B&H Jordan Honda Jordan EJ11 Honda RA001E 3.0 V10 B
14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Orange Arrows Asiatech Arrows A21 Asiatech 001 3.0 V10 B
15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Orange Arrows Asiatech Arrows A21 Asiatech 001 3.0 V10 B
16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C20 Petronas 01A 3.0 V10 B
17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C20 Petronas 01A 3.0 V10 B
18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R2 Ford Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 M
19 Brazil Luciano Burti United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R2 Ford Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 M
20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy European Minardi F1 Minardi PS01 European European 3.0 V10 M
21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy European Minardi F1 Minardi PS01 European European 3.0 V10 M
22 France Jean Alesi France Prost Acer Prost AP04 Acer 01A 3.0 V10 M
23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane France Prost Acer Prost AP04 Acer 01A 3.0 V10 M
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2001 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:26.892 219.707 km/h
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:27.263 +0.371s 218.773 km/h
3 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.461 +0.569s 218.278 km/h
4 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:27.658 +0.766s 217.787 km/h
5 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:27.719 +0.827s 217.636 km/h
6 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.010 +1.118s 216.916 km/h
7 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:28.377 +1.485s 216.015 km/h
8 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:28.435 +1.543s 215.874 km/h
9 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:28.518 +1.626s 215.671 km/h
10 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:28.615 +1.723s 215.435 km/h
11 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:28.738 +1.846s 215.137 km/h
12 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:28.965 +2.073s 214.588 km/h
13 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:28.993 +2.101s 214.520 km/h
14 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 1:29.893 +3.001s 212.373 km/h
15 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:29.934 +3.042s 212.276 km/h
16 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 1:30.035 +3.143s 212.038 km/h
17 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 1:30.209 +3.317s 211.629 km/h
18 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:30.520 +3.628s 210.901 km/h
19 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 1:30.657 +3.765s 210.583 km/h
20 23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane France Prost-Acer 1:30.798 +3.906s 210.256 km/h
21 19 Brazil Luciano Burti United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:30.978 +4.086s 209.840 km/h
107% Time: 1:32.974[4]
NC* 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 1:33.228 +6.336s 204.775 km/h
Source:[5][4]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.
  • * Marques was allowed to start despite failing to set a time within 107% of the fastest lap at the stewards' discretion.[4]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 2 3 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 4
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 3 5 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 6
______________ David Coulthard
Row 4 7 ______________
Jarno Trulli 8
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 5 9 ______________
Olivier Panis 10
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 6 11 ______________
Juan Pablo Montoya 12
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 7 13 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 14
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 8 15 ______________
Jos Verstappen 16
______________ Jenson Button
Row 9 17 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 18
______________ Enrique Bernoldi
Row 10 19 ______________
Fernando Alonso 20
______________ Gastón Mazzacane
Row 11 21 ______________
Luciano Burti 22
______________ Tarso Marques

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2001 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 58 1:38:26.553 1 10
2 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 58 +1.717s 6 6
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 58 +33.491s 2 4
4 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 58 +1:11.479 10 3
5 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 58 +1:12.807 4 2
6 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 58 +1:24.143 13 1
7* 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 58 +1:27.050 9
8 19 Brazil Luciano Burti United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 21
9 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 57 +1 Lap 14
10* 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 57 +1 Lap 15
11 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 57 +1 Lap 12
12 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 56 +2 Laps 19
13 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 55 +3 Laps 17
14 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 52 Electrics 16
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 40 Engine 11
Ret 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 38 Clutch 7
Ret 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 25 Suspension 3
Ret 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 4 Collision 5
Ret 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 4 Collision 8
Ret 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 3 Battery 22
Ret 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 2 Spin 18
Ret 23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane France Prost-Acer 0 Brakes 20
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Panis and Verstappen were both awarded 25s time penalties for overtaking under yellow flags.[6]
  • Button was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher would, unsurprisingly, lead the World Championship after the opening race, leaving Australia with a four point advantage over David Coulthard. Rubens Barrichello likewise completed the early top three ahead of Nick Heidfeld, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Kimi Räikkönen the other opening day scorers.

In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who led the way after their double podium, starting their title defence with 14 points on the board. McLaren-Mercedes were their closest challengers, already eight behind, with Sauber-Petronas and Jordan-Honda the only other scorers.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 10
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 6
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 4
4 Germany Nick Heidfeld 3
5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2
6 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 14
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 6
3 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 4
4 Ireland Jordan-Honda 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 '1. Australia 2001', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/australie.aspx, (Accessed 04/11/2019)
  3. 'Australia 2001: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/australie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 04/11/2019)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 'Australia 2001: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/australie/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 04/11/2019)
  5. '2001 Qantas Australian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2001/races/703/australia/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 04/11/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 'Australia 2001: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/australie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 04/11/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 '2001 Australian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2001&gp=Australian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 04/11/2019)
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V T E 2001 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • McLaren • Williams • Benetton • BAR • Jordan • Arrows • Sauber • Jaguar • Minardi • Prost
Engines Acer • Asiatech • BMW • Cosworth • European • Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Petronas • Renault
Drivers M. Schumacher • 2 Barrichello • 3 Häkkinen • 4 Coulthard • 5 R. Schumacher • 6 Montoya • 7 Fisichella • 8 Button • 9 Panis • 10 Villeneuve • 11 Frentzen • 11/12 Trulli • 12 Alesi • 14 Verstappen • 15 Bernoldi • 16 Heidfeld • 17 Räikkönen • 18 Irvine • 19 Burti • 19 De la Rosa • 20 Marques • 20 Yoong • 21 Alonso • 22 Alesi • 22 Frentzen • 23 Mazzacane • 23 Burti • 23 Enge
Other Drivers Badoer • Davidson • Gené • Herbert • Massa • McNish • Salo • Sato • Webber • Wurz
Cars Ferrari F2001 • McLaren MP4-16 • Williams FW23 • Sauber C20 • Jordan EJ11 • BAR 003 • Benetton B201 • Jaguar R2 • Prost AP04 • Arrows A22 • Minardi PS01
Tyres Bridgestone • Michelin
Races Australia • Malaysia • Brazil • San Marino • Spain • Austria • Monaco • Canada • Europe • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • United States • Japan
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