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The LIX Foster's Belgian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the 2001 Belgian Grand Prix, was the fourteenth round of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium, on the 2 September 2001.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher sweep to a record 52nd career victory, albeit in a race that was overshadowed by a scary accident for Luciano Burti on the entry to Blanchimont.[1]

Qualifying had seen the two Williams-BMWs battle for pole position, before Juan Pablo Montoya delivered a stunning lap to beat teammate Ralf Schumacher by 0.887s in drying track conditions.[1] Michael Schumacher was next, but some 2.6 seconds slower than the Colombian racer, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen put his Prost-Acer into a season best fourth place.[1]

It ultimately proved to be a confusing start to the race, with the first start abandoned after Frentzen and Tarso Marques both stalled on the grid.[1] Then, as the field prepared for a second formation lap pole sitter Montoya stalled and hence had to start from the back of the grid, effectively ending his latest bid for a maiden victory before it had even begun.[1]

Once the race did get underway it was Ralf Schumacher who led into La Source, chased by his brother Michael and the second Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello.[1] Behind, Giancarlo Fisichella sliced his way up to fourth, while Jenson Button leapt into the top ten in the sister Benetton-Renault.[1]

The rest of the opening lap saw Michael Schumacher charge past Ralf on the run through Les Combes, before sprinting away to build two second lead.[1] That left the #5 Williams to fend off the attentions of Barrichello, while Fisichella tried to stay with the lead trio and keep away from the McLaren-Mercedes.[1]

The early laps saw Michael Schumacher continue to ease away by two seconds a lap, while Ralf Schumacher managed to keep Brrichello at arm's length.[1] Behind, Fisichella lost out to both McLarens in a single lap, before Burti's accident caused the entire race to be stopped on lap six.[1]

The Brazilian had been battling with Eddie Irvine at the lower-end of the field, and duly got his nose on the inside of the Jaguar-Ford Cosworth in the left-hander preceding Blanchimont.[1] Yet, rather than yield, Irvine cut across the nose Burti's car and took the front wing off the Prost, resulting in Burti sailing straight into the barriers at 150 mph.[1] The Prost duly buried itself into the tyre barrier, with the force of impact enough to break Burti's helmet.[1]

The Safety Car was deployed before the race was stopped entirely, with Irvine sprinting from his ruined car to help the marshals extract Burti, who was buried under the tyres.[1] Miraculously, however, the Brazilian had not only survived the impact but escaped without life threatening injuries, although he was still flown to Liège with concussion.[1]

Under the sporting regulations the race would be restarted as if the first four racing laps had not happened, meaning there would be a full restart.[1] However, Ralf Schumacher, who was in de facto pole, would be forced to start from the back of the grid, after Williams continued to work on his car after the two minute warning.[1]

With both Williams at the back of the field it was left to Michael Schumacher to claim the lead, the scarlet Ferrari diving into La Source unopposed.[1] Behind, Fisichella made another barnstorming start to climb from sixth to second, with teammate Button sprinting into fourth behind Barrichello.[1]

Schumacher would once again open out a huge lead in the early stages of the restarted race, pulling two seconds a lap clear of Fisichella, who soon had Barrichello and the two McLarens on his tail.[1] The Italian racer would briefly lead, however, when Schumacher made his stop, and would retain second with a quick stop once the first pit-phase was over.[1]

Fisichella's race was further enhanced by misfortune for Barrichello, who broke his front wing on a bollard at the Bus Stop chicane, and hence had to complete a full lap.[1] That, however, was countered by the fact that Coulthard was hence released into striking position behind the Benetton, and duly charged past the #7 car on the run out of Eau Rouge.[1]

With the race was over, despite Coulthard taking a second a lap out of Schumacher once clear of Fisichella.[1] The German ace hence claimed his record win ahead of the Scot, with Fisichella completing the podium ahead of Mika Häkkinen, a recovering Barrichello and Jean Alesi.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Given his dominance across most of the campaign there was little surprise that Michael Schumacher had wrapped up the title in Hungary, claiming the crown with four races to spare. Closest challenger David Coulthard would therefore face a fight to hold second for the rest of the season, with Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher both closing to within seven points of the Scot with 40 left to fight for. Behind, Mika Häkkinen was a distant fifth ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya, with eighteen drivers on the scoresheet.

Likewise, Ferrari had wrapped up the Constructors Championship for the eleventh time after their one-two in Hungary, moving onto 140 points for the campaign. That left them an unassailable 68 ahead of McLaren-Mercedes in second with four rounds to go, with the Anglo-German squad instead set to battle for the runner-up spot during the remaining races. Williams-BMW were, however, their only threat, and would leave Hungary thirteen behind their compatriots.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2001 Belgian 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 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland B&H Jordan Honda Jordan EJ11 Honda RA001E 3.0 V10 B
12 France Jean Alesi 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 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 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:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:52.072 223.828 km/h
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:52.959 +0.887s 222.070 km/h
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:54.685 +2.613s 218.728 km/h
4 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen France Prost-Acer 1:55.233 +3.161s 217.688 km/h
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:56.116 +4.044s 216.032 km/h
6 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:57.038 +4.966s 214.330 km/h
7 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:57.043 +4.971s 214.321 km/h
8 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 1:57.668 +5.596s 213.183 km/h
9 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:58.008 +5.936s 212.569 km/h
10 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:58.519 +6.447s 211.652 km/h
11 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:58.838 +6.766s 211.084 km/h
12 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:59.050 +6.978s 210.708 km/h
13 12 France Jean Alesi Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:59.128 +7.056s 210.570 km/h
14 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:59.302 +7.230s 210.263 km/h
15 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 1:59.587 +7.515s 209.762 km/h
16 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:59.647 +7.575s 209.657 km/h
17 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:59.689 +7.617s 209.583 km/h
18 23 Brazil Luciano Burti France Prost-Acer 1:59.900 +7.828s 209.214 km/h
107% time: 1:59.917[3]
NC* 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 2:02.039 +9.967s 205.547 km/h
NC* 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 2:02.594 +10.522s 204.617 km/h
NC* 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 2:03.048 +10.976s 203.862 km/h
NC* 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 2:04.204 +12.132s 201.965 km/h
Source:[3][4]
  • * Verstappen, Alonso, Bernoldi, and Marques were allowed to start despite failing to set a time within 107% of the fastest at the stewards' discretion.[3]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 ______________ 1
2 Juan Pablo Montoya
Ralf Schumacher ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Michael Schumacher
Heinz-Harald Frentzen ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Rubens Barrichello
Jacques Villeneuve ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Mika Häkkinen
Giancarlo Fisichella ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 David Coulthard
Pedro de la Rosa ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Olivier Panis
Kimi Räikkönen* ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Jean Alesi
Nick Heidfeld ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Jenson Button
Jarno Trulli ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Eddie Irvine*
Luciano Burti* ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Jos Verstappen
Fernando Alonso* ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Enrique Bernoldi
Tarso Marques ______________
  • * Two major accidents involving Irvine and Burti on lap 5 as the red flag waved along with Räikkönen having a transmission problem with his car and Alonso with his broken gearbox, but they could not take the restart of the race.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 36 1:08:05.002 3 10
2 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 36 +10.098s 9 6
3 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 36 +27.742s 8 4
4 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 36 +36.087s 7 3
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 36 +54.521s 5 2
6 12 France Jean Alesi Ireland Jordan-Honda 36 +59.684s 13 1
7 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 36 +59.986s 2
8 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 36 +1:04.970 6
9 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen France Prost-Acer 35 +1 lap 4
10 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 35 +1 lap 19
11 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 35 +1 lap 11
12 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 35 +1 lap 21
13 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 32 +4 laps 22
Ret 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 31 Engine 16
Ret 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 17 Accident 15
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1 Engine 1
Ret 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1 Suspension 10
Ret 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 0 Wing 14
DNS 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas
DNS 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth
DNS 23 Brazil Luciano Burti France Prost-Acer
DNS 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European
Source:[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher broke through the 100 point barrier with his eighth win of the campaign in Belgium, the already crowned Champion leaving Spa with 104 points. David Coulthard, meanwhile, had managed to gain a firmer grip on second, moving nine clear of Rubens Barrichello in third, and thirteen clear of fourth placed Ralf Schumacher. Mika Häkkinen, meanwhile, was set for a lonely fifth place in the Championship, with Juan Pablo Montoya in sixth.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had moved onto 152 points for the season, having extended their already unassailable lead. McLaren-Mercedes were still in second, leaving Belgium on 81 points, with a 22 point advantage over Williams-BMW with three races to go. Those two were now in a private duel for the runner-up spot, with Sauber-Petronas unable to catch the former squad in fourth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 104
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 57
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 48
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 44
5 Finland Mika Häkkinen 24
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 15
7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 11
8 Germany Nick Heidfeld 11
9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 9
10 Italy Jarno Trulli 9
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8 ▲3
12 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6 ▼1
13 France Olivier Panis 5 ▼1
14 France Jean Alesi 5 ▲1
15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 4 ▼2
16 United Kingdom Jenson Button 2
17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1
18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 152
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 81
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 59
4 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 20
5 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 16
6 Ireland Jordan-Honda 16
7 Italy Benetton-Renault 10
8 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 5
9 France Prost-Acer 4
10 United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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