The 2001 British Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the LIV Foster's British Grand Prix, was the eleventh round of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, UK, on 15 July 2001.[1] The race would see Mika Häkkinen claim his first victory of the season, beating Championship leader Michael Schumacher in a straight fight.[1]

Qualifying had seen Schumacher claim pole position, albeit by less than a tenth from the Flying Finn in the #3 McLaren-Mercedes.[1] Title pretender David Coulthard was next ahead of Jarno Trulli and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, while Rubens Barrichello completed the top six in the second Ferrari.[1]

The start saw Schumacher fend off a bid from the lead from Häkkinen, while Coulthard received a smack in the back from Trulli that sent to Scot skating across the grass.[1] The two BAR-Hondas would also smack into each other, leaving Olivier Panis in the gravel next to Trulli, while Juan Pablo Montoya stormed into third from eighth on the grid.[1]

Schumacher and Häkkinen quickly built a gap over Montoya at the head of the field, with the Finn making several half-hearted lunges for the lead.[1] Behind, Coulthard had a spectacular off at Priory when his rear suspension collapsed, a legacy of his first corner contact, while Giancarlo Fisichella went for a trip across the Copse gravel trap while fighting with Fernando Alonso.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Schumacher's resistance was finally broken on lap five, a mistake at Copse allowing Häkkinen to sweep his #3 McLaren inside the #1 Ferrari to claim the lead.[1] The Finn duly eased away over the following laps, leaving the German ace to slowly fall into the sights of third placed Montoya as the Colombian racer's Michelin tyres came to the fore.[1]

On lap fifteen Montoya was in position to strike, and duly sent his Williams-BMW scything past Schumacher's Ferrari into Stowe.[1] Yet, even clear of Schumacher Montoya lacked the pace to challenge Häkkinen, who continued to build his lead by over a second a lap.[1]

The reason for Häkkinen's impressive pace was the fact that he was on a two-stop strategy and lower fuel, and hence lost the lead to Montoya on lap 21, but crucially emerged ahead of Schumacher on a one-stop.[1] Montoya subsequently led for four laps before making his first stop, rejoining an intense fight between Ralf Schumacher and Barrichello for third before the former made his stop.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Häkkinen would make his second stop on lap 39, joined in the pitlane by Michael Schumacher as he made his lone visit to the pits.[1] They duly rejoined in first and second with time in hand over Barrichello, who was now resisting the attacks of Montoya before they made their final visits to the pits.[1]

With that the race was run, with Häkkinen able to pull out a half minute lead over Schumacher to claim victory, his first of a disappointing campaign.[1] Barrichello, meanwhile, would escape from Montoya's clutches late on to complete the podium, with Kimi Räikkönen and Nick Heidfeld completing the points for Sauber-Petronas.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Michael Schumacher moved ever closer to his fourth World Championship crown with victory in France, leaving Magny-Cours with a daunting 29 point lead. David Coulthard was still the closest thing to a threat to the German ace, although the Scot would likely need a drastic reversal of form in the final seven rounds to hope of challenging for the crown. Behind, Ralf Schumacher had overtaken Rubens Barrichello to claim third, while Juan Pablo Montoya retained his spot in the top five.

It was a similar story in the Constructors Championship, with Ferrari once again increasing their lead, ending the afternoon on 108 points. That meant they had almost double the number of McLaren-Mercedes in second, with the Anglo-German alliance slowly being caught by third placed Williams-BMW, the latter moving just thirteen behind after the battle of France. Behind, Sauber-Petronas had retained fourth ahead of Jordan-Honda, while Minardi-European had once again failed to register a points finish.

Entry List[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 2001 British 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 3.0 V10 M
21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy European Minardi F1 Minardi PS01 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:[2]

Practice Overview[edit | edit source]

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Report[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:20.447 230.015 km/h
2 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.529 +0.082s 229.781 km/h
3 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.927 +0.480s 228.651 km/h
4 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:20.930 +0.483s 228.642 km/h
5 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:21.217 +0.770s 227.834 km/h
6 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:21.715 +1.268s 226.446 km/h
7 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:22.023 +1.576s 225.595 km/h
8 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:22.219 +1.772s 225.057 km/h
9 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:22.223 +1.776s 225.047 km/h
10 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:22.283 +1.836s 224.882 km/h
11 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:22.316 +1.869s 224.792 km/h
12 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:22.916 +2.469s 223.166 km/h
13 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:23.273 +2.826s 222.209 km/h
14 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 1:23.392 +2.945s 221.892 km/h
15 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:23.439 +2.992s 221.767 km/h
16 23 Brazil Luciano Burti France Prost-Acer 1:23.735 +3.288s 220.983 km/h
17 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:24.067 +3.620s 220.110 km/h
18 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 1:24.123 +3.676s 219.964 km/h
19 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 1:24.275 +3.828s 219.567 km/h
20 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:24.606 +4.159s 218.708 km/h
21 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 1:24.792 +4.345s 218.228 km/h
107% time: 1:26.078[3]
NC 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 1:26.506 +6.059s 213.904 km/h
Source:[3][4]

Grid[edit | edit source]

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

Report[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 60 1:25:33.770 2 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 60 +33.646s 1 6
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 60 +59.281s 6 4
4 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 60 +1:08.772 8 3
5 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 lap 7 2
6 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 lap 9 1
7 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 59 +1 lap 5
8 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 59 +1 lap 12
9 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 59 +1 lap 15
10 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 58 +2 laps 17
11 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 58 +2 laps 14
12 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 58 +2 laps 13
13 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 58 +2 laps 19
14 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 58 +2 laps 20
15 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 58 +2 laps 18
16 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 57 +3 laps 21
Ret 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 36 Engine 10
Ret 23 Brazil Luciano Burti France Prost-Acer 6 Engine 16
Ret 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 Spin 3
Ret 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 0 Collision 4
Ret 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 0 Collision 11
DNQ 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European
Source:[5]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Michael Schumacher moved onto 84 points for the campaign after his second place finish in Silverstone, ahead hence left the British circuit with a daunting 37 point lead. Indeed, with six races to go it seemed as if it was Schumacher's title to lose, with a non-score for David Coulthard on home soil potentially ending his bid for the crown. Behind, Rubens Barrichello had moved back ahead of Ralf Schumacher, while Mika Häkkinen climbed back into the top five after his first win of the campaign.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had effectively claimed the crown with six races to go, leaving Silverstone with 118 points to their credit. That translated into a 52 point lead over second placed McLaren-Mercedes, who were themselves twenty ahead of Williams-BMW in third, that gap having grown courtesy of Häkkinen's win. Behind, Sauber-Petronas had inched away from Jordan-Honda to enhance their claim to fourth, with no other changes to the order.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Points +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 84
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 47
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 34 ▲1
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 31 ▼1
5 Finland Mika Häkkinen 19 ▲2
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 15 ▼1
7 Germany Nick Heidfeld 10 ▼1
8 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 9 ▲2
9 Italy Jarno Trulli 9 ▼1
10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 7 ▼1
11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6
12 France Olivier Panis 5
13 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 4
14 France Jean Alesi 3
15 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1
16 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 1
17 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 118
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 66
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 46
4 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 19
5 Ireland Jordan-Honda 15
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 12
7 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 5
8 France Prost-Acer 3
9 United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1
10 Italy Benetton-Renault 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[edit | edit source]

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References:

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  2. 'Britain 2001: Entrants', statsf1.com, https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/grande-bretagne/engages.aspx
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Britain 2001: Qualifications', statsf1.com, https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/grande-bretagne/qualification.aspx
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  5. 'Britain 2001: Results', statsf1.com, https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/grande-bretagne/classement.aspx
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 '11. Britain 2001', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/grande-bretagne.aspx, (Accessed 08/11/2019)
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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
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