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The 2001 Austrian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXX Großer A1 Preis von Österreich, was the sixth round of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the A1 Ring in Spielberg, Austria, on 13 May 2001.[2] The race would see David Coulthard sweep to victory for the second time in four races, as Ferrari caused controversy by forcing Rubens Barrichello to surrender second to Michael Schumacher in the closing stages.[2]

Qualifying had seen Schumacher sweep to pole position for the fifth time in 2001, beating an increasingly impressive Juan Pablo Montoya by a tenth of a second.[2] Ralf Schumacher was next ahead of Barrichello, while the two McLaren-Mercedes of Coulthard and Mika Häkkinen found themselves down in seventh and eighth respectively.[2]

A chaotic start to the race saw both of the Jordan-Hondas, Häkkinen and Nick Heidfeld stall on the grid, causing most of the field to take avoiding action, yet miraculously without making contact.[2] At the head of the field, meanwhile, Michael Schumacher would crawl away after his own launch control issues, handing the lead to Montoya, with Ralf Schumacher following his Colombian teammate through.[2]

The Safety Car was subsequently deployed to cover the retrieval of the stranded quartet, which saw Jarno Trulli and Heidfeld start from the pitlane, while Häkkinen and Heinz-Harald Frentzen retired.[2] Two laps later and the race resumed, with Montoya acing the restart to claim an early lead from the two Schumacher brothers.[2]

Jos Verstappen would cause a stir in the early laps after the restart, barging his way past Coulthard to claim fifth, before almost grabbing fourth when Barrichello failed to make a move stick on Michael Schumacher.[2] Ralf Schumacher, meanwhile, would have trouble of his own a quickly drop back from Montoya, allowing his elder brother to harass him for second.[2]

Once clear of his brother, who soon stopped in the pits to retire, Michael Schumacher swept onto the back of Montoya, only to find that the Colombian racer was a very stubborn defender.[2] Indeed, Schumacher ultimately decided to make an ambitious lunge at the Remus Kurve, only for the pair to slide wide and allow Barrichello, Verstappen and Coulthard through.[2]

Barrichello led the race for a few laps before making his stop with Verstappen, leaving Coulthard in the lead on a asymmetrical two-stop.[2] The Scot duly nursed his tyres and fuel beautifully over the following laps to gain a net lead, emerging from his second stop a second clear of Barrichello.[2]

The closing stages saw Coulthard just keep the Brazilian at bay, as both were steadily caught by Schumacher.[2] With time running out Ferrari team principle Jean Todt ordered Barrichello to move aside, only for the Brazilian racer to ignore the command, with the #2 Ferrari remaining stubbornly in-front of the sister car through to the final lap.[2]

Indeed, it was only on the run to the finish line that Barrichello finally relented, stamping on the brakes a few yards from the chequered flag to allow Schumacher to charge through to claim second.[2] That, however, was only enough to give the German ace second, for Coulthard had already swept across the line to claim victory by over two seconds.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Victory had put Michael Schumacher back in command of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, leaving Spain with an eight point advantage. David Coulthard remained his closest challenger on 28 points, double the tally of third placed Rubens Barrichello suggesting that the Scot would be the German ace's closest challenger with almost a third of the season completed. Behind, there was no change to the rest of the top five, Ralf Schumacher and Nick Heidfeld holding station, while Juan Pablo Montoya and Jacques Villeneuve had registered their first points of the campaign.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had restored their one race advantage over the rest of the field, moving onto a half century in Barcelona with 50 points. McLaren-Mercedes were still their largest threat, leaving Spain eighteen behind, with a fourteen point advantage of their own over third placed Williams-BMW. Jordan-Honda, Sauber-Petronas, BAR-Honda and Benetton-Renault, meanwhile, had held station as the only other scorers.

Entry ListEdit

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

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2001 Ferrari 050 3.0 V10 B
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2001 Ferrari 050 3.0 V10 B
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-16 Mercedes FO 110K 3.0 V10 B
4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-16 Mercedes FO 110K 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 A22 Asiatech 001 3.0 V10 B
15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Orange Arrows Asiatech Arrows A22 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 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 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 Grand Prix Prost AP04 Acer 01A 3.0 V10 M
23 Brazil Luciano Burti France Prost Grand Prix Prost AP04 Acer 01A 3.0 V10 M
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:09.562 223.519 km/h
2 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:09.686 +0.124s 223.121 km/h
3 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:09.769 +0.207s 222.855 km/h
4 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:09.786 +0.224s 222.801 km/h
5 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:10.202 +0.640s 221.481 km/h
6 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:10.211 +0.649s 221.452 km/h
7 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.331 +0.769s 221.075 km/h
8 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.342 +0.780s 221.040 km/h
9 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:10.396 +0.834s 220.870 km/h
10 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:10.435 +0.873s 220.748 km/h
11 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:10.923 +1.361s 219.229 km/h
12 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:11.058 +1.496s 218.813 km/h
13 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:11.632 +2.070s 217.059 km/h
14 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:11.752 +2.190s 216.696 km/h
15 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:11.823 +2.261s 216.482 km/h
16 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:12.187 +2.625s 215.391 km/h
17 23 Brazil Luciano Burti France Prost-Acer 1:12.206 +2.644s 215.334 km/h
18 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 1:12.640 +3.078s 214.047 km/h
19 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 1:12.644 +3.082s 214.036 km/h
20 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 1:12.910 +3.348s 213.255 km/h
21 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 1:13.459 +3.897s 211.661 km/h
22 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 1:13.585 +4.023s 211.298 km/h
107% Time: 1:14.431[4]
Source:[4][5]
  • 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.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 1:27:45.927 7 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 71 +2.190s 1 6
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 71 +2.527s 4 4
4 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 71 +41.593s 9 3
5 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 71 +53.775s 10 2
6 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 70 +1 Lap 16 1
7 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 70 +1 Lap 13
8 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 70 +1 Lap 12
9 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 69 +2 Laps 6
10 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 69 +2 Laps 20
11 23 Brazil Luciano Burti France Prost-Acer 69 +2 Laps 17
Ret 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 60 Engine 21
Ret 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 48 Transmission 14
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 41 Hydraulics 2
Ret 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 38 Gearbox 18
Ret 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 25 Gearbox 22
Ret 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 17 Hydraulics 15
DSQ* 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 14 Disqualified 5
Ret 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 10 Brakes 3
Ret 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 3 Engine 19
Ret 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 Transmission 8
Ret 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 0 Gearbox 11
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Trulli was disqualified from the race for ignoring a red light in the pitlane.[6]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

David Coulthard would leave Austria as a serious title contender after his second win of the campaign, moving onto 38 points after the opening third of the season. That left him just four behind Michael Schumacher after the late Ferrari swap, suggesting that the controversial switch was the correct call by the Scuderia. It did, however, mean that Rubens Barrichello fell twenty points behind the Scot in third, with Ralf Schumacher and Nick Heidfeld also losing ground.

In the Constructors Championship it had been an even day for Ferrari and McLaren-Mercedes at the head of the field, both having claimed ten points across the weekend. That meant that the former's lead remained a healthy eighteen points after six races, with a fair gap back to third placed Williams-BMW. Jordan-Honda were next, a point ahead of Sauber-Petronas, while Arrows-Asiatech had become the eighth constructor to claim a place on the score board.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 42
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 38
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 18
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 12
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 8
6 Italy Jarno Trulli 7
7 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 6
8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6
9 France Olivier Panis 5 ▲2
10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 4 ▼1
11 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 4 ▲2
12 Finland Mika Häkkinen 4 ▼2
13 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1 ▲1
14 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 1 ▼2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 60
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 42
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 18
4 Ireland Jordan-Honda 13
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 12
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 9
7 United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1 ▲1
8 Italy Benetton-Renault 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 '6. Austria 2001', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/autriche.aspx, (Accessed 06/11/2019)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 'Austrian GP, 2001', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr669.html, (Accessed 06/11/2019)
  3. 'Austria 2001: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/autriche/engages.aspx, (Accessed 06/11/2019)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'Austria 2001: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/autriche/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 06/11/2019)
  5. 'Grosser A1 Preis von Österreich 2001 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2001/races/708/austria/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 06/11/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 'Austria 2001: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/autriche/classement.aspx, (Accessed 06/11/2019)
  7. '2001 Austrian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2001&gp=Austrian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 06/11/2019)
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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
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