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The XXX Grande Prêmio Marlboro do Brasil, otherwise known as the 2001 Brazilian Grand Prix, was the third round of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil, on 1 April 2001.[1] The race, which was the 666th Grand Prix to be staged and 30th in Brazil, would see David Coulthard claim victory in treacherous conditions.[1]

Qualifying would, as ever, see Championship leader Michael Schumacher claim his seventh straight pole position, sharing the front row with his brother Ralf, marking the first time that two siblings had locked out the top end of the field.[1] Mika Häkkinen was next for McLaren-Mercedes ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya, while home hero Rubens Barrichello would start from sixth behind Coulthard.[1]

There would, however, be confusion on the grid at the start, with Häkkinen stalling on the grid as the lights went out meaning the Safety Car was called upon instantaneously.[1] That, however, was not before Montoya had made a barnstorming start to grab second from his teammate Ralf Schumacher off the line, benefiting from a slow start from the German racer.[1]

The safety car duly stayed out for a lap before the Finn's car was dragged back to the pitlane, allowing the race to get fully underway.[1] Once again the man to watch was Montoya, who aced the restart beautifully to lunge inside Michael Schumacher for the lead into the Senna S, just as Barrichello removed himself from contention by rear-ending Ralf Schumacher a few yards behind.[1]

Montoya duly managed to build a small one second lead over the #1 Ferrari during the early stages, planning on a long first stint as dark clouds gathered over the circuit.[1] Schumacher duly stopped on lap 25, dropping half a minute behind the Colombian racer as Montoya upped his pace ahead of Coulthard.[1]

Indeed, many began to question whether Montoya would stop at all, with the #6 Williams-BMW starting lap 39 with no signs of life from his pitcrew.[1] Yet, his hopes of a maiden victory were ended a few moments later as he came through turn four, for Jos Verstappen would slam into the back of the Williams and destroyed both cars.[1]

Coulthard inherited the lead and duly made his stop, emerging a second or so ahead of Schumacher as the clouds above the Autódromo finally began to release their load.[1] Indeed, by lap 46 the clouds themselves seemed to have descended upon the circuit, prompting Schumacher to sweep in for intermediate Bridgestones, while Coulthard stayed out for an additional lap.[1]

That stop, which coincided with Schumacher's planned second, ensured that the German racer emerged back with the lead of the race, although Coulthard, who had made his one and only planned stop, rejoined within striking distance.[1] Schumacher then made a rare mistake and came to a sliding stop at turn four, allowing Coulthard to charge past a few moments later when they came to lap Tarso Marques.[1]

With that the race was over, with Coulthard easing away from the German ace to claim victory by over a quarter of a minute, a stark contrast to the Malaysian Grand Prix a fortnight earlier.[1] Behind, Nick Heidfeld battled into third and his maiden podium finish ahead of Olivier Panis, while Jarno Trulli and Giancarlo Fisichella completed the point scorers having had several adventures of their own.[1]

BackgroundEdit

A second victory in two races in 2001 had left Michael Schumacher with command in the Championship after the opening two rounds, leaving Malaysia with a full twenty points to his name. That translated into a ten point advantage over the men in second, with David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello level on ten points after a second and third place finish apiece. Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Nick Heidfeld then completed the top five, with eight drivers on the score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had also established a strangle hold after the opening two rounds, leaving Malaysia with 30 points in their grasp. McLaren-Mercedes were their closest challengers, but were already nineteen points behind after just two races, and with a seemingly inferior car. Behind, Jordan-Hart completed the early top three ahead of Sauber-Petronas, with Williams-BMW the only other scorers.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2001 Brazilian 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:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:13.780 210.252 km/h
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:14.090 +0.310s 209.372 km/h
3 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.122 +0.342s 209.282 km/h
4 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:14.165 +0.385s 209.161 km/h
5 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.178 +0.398s 209.124 km/h
6 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:14.191 +0.411s 209.087 km/h
7 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:14.630 +0.850s 207.857 km/h
8 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:14.633 +0.853s 207.849 km/h
9 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:14.810 +1.030s 207.357 km/h
10 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:14.924 +1.144s 207.042 km/h
11 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:15.046 +1.266s 206.705 km/h
12 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:15.182 +1.402s 206.331 km/h
13 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:15.192 +1.412s 206.304 km/h
14 19 Brazil Luciano Burti United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:15.371 +1.591s 205.814 km/h
15 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 1:15.437 +1.657s 205.634 km/h
16 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:15.657 +1.877s 205.036 km/h
17 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:15.704 +1.924s 204.909 km/h
18 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 1:16.175 +2.395s 203.642 km/h
19 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 1:16.184 +2.404s 203.618 km/h
20 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 1:16.229 +2.449s 203.497 km/h
21 23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane France Prost-Acer 1:16.520 +2.740s 202.723 km/h
22 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 1:16.784 +3.004s 202.026 km/h
107% Time: 1:18.945[3]
Source:[3][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.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2001 Brazilian 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 1:39:00.834 5 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 71 +16.164s 1 6
3 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 70 +1 Lap 9 4
4 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 70 +1 Lap 11 3
5 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 70 +1 Lap 7 2
6 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 70 +1 Lap 18 1
7 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 70 +1 Lap 12
8 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 70 +1 Lap 15
9 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 68 +3 Laps 22
10 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 64 +7 Laps 20
Ret 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 63 Electrical 8
Ret 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 55 Tyre 10
Ret 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 54 Spin 2
Ret 23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane France Prost-Acer 54 Clutch 21
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 52 Spin 13
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 38 Damage 4
Ret 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 37 Collision 17
Ret 19 Brazil Luciano Burti United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 30 Engine 14
Ret 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 25 Electrical 19
Ret 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 15 Hydraulics 16
Ret 2T Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 2 Collision 6
Ret 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 0 Stalled 3
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory for David Coulthard had not only ended Michael Schumacher's six race unbeaten run, but also ensured that the Scot made valuable ground in the Championship hunt. Indeed, Coulthard would leave Brazil just six points behind the German ace, and move ten clear of Rubens Barrichello in third. Behind, Nick Heidfeld had moved back into fourth ahead of Heinz-Harald Frentzen, with eleven drivers on the score sheet after the opening three rounds.

In the Constructors Championship it was still advantage Ferrari after the opening three rounds, the Scuderia leaving Brazil on 36 points. Their advantage had, however, been cut to fifteen by McLaren-Mercedes after Coulthard's win, keeping them within a race's worth of points to the early leaders. Behind, Sauber-Petronas had moved into third ahead of Jordan-Honda, as BAR-Honda and Benetton-Renault claimed their first points of the campaign.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 26
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 20
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 10
4 Germany Nick Heidfeld 7 ▲1
5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5 ▼1
6 France Olivier Panis 3 ▲4
7 Italy Jarno Trulli 2 ▲5
8 Germany Ralf Schumacher 2 ▼2
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 1 ▲8
10 Finland Mika Häkkinen 1 ▼3
11 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1 ▼3
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 36
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 21
3 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 8 ▲1
4 Ireland Jordan-Honda 7 ▼1
5 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 3 ▲1
6 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 2 ▼1
7 Italy Benetton-Renault 1 ▲3

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Brazil 2001: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/bresil/engages.aspx, (Accessed 05/11/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Brazil 2001: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/bresil/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 05/11/2019)
  4. 'Grande Prêmio Marlboro do Brasil 2001 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2001/races/705/brazil/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 05/11/2019)
  5. 'Brazil 2001: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/bresil/classement.aspx, (Accessed 05/11/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 '2001 Brazilian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2001&gp=Brazilian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 05/11/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 '3. Brazil 2001', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/bresil.aspx, (Accessed 05/11/2019)
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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
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