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The 2001 European Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the XLV Warsteiner Grand Prix of Europe, was the ninth round of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany, on 24 June 2001.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher sweep to victory for Ferrari, albeit after his brother Ralf was penalised for straying over the white line exiting the pitlane as they tussled for the lead.[1]

Qualifying had seen the former Schumacher claim pole position at the wheel of the #1 Ferrari, beating Ralf by a quarter of a second.[1] Ralf's teammate Juan Pablo Montoya, meanwhile, would beat Michael's teammate Rubens Barrichello to third, with the two McLaren-Mercedes sharing the third row.[1]

Ahead of the race Michael Schumacher elected to start in his spare car, only for a failure on a reconnaissance lap to see him abandon the car halfway around the lap, hike back to the pits, and switch back to his race car.[1] There was more drama on the formation lap as Tarso Marques stalled, although as the Brazilian was at the back of the field there was no change to the overall order.[1]

When the race did get underway it was an all Schumacher scrap for the lead, with Michael aggressively squeezing his brother towards the pitwall on the run to the first corner.[1] That allowed Montoya to look at passing the pair of them around the outside of the first corner, before deciding to back off as they hit the brakes.[1]

As the top three held station Barrichello found himself getting mugged by the two McLarens, while Jos Verstappen rocketed up from nineteenth to fourteenth.[1] The rest of the field would start without issue, although Barrichello would lose another place to Jarno Trulli in the first corner.[1]

The early stages saw the Schumacher brothers ease clear of Montoya, with the Colombian racer fending off David Coulthard for third.[1] Out front, meanwhile, the two Schumacher's would exchange several minor blows, before both settled down to let their respective strategies come into play.[1]

Yet, both Ferrari and Williams-BMW had opted for the same two-stop strategy, meaning both the #1 Ferrari and the #5 Williams came in on lap 28, with the elder Schumacher inadvertently running his brother onto the grass as they entered the pitlane.[1] They duly came out of their pitboxes nose-to-tail, Michael ahead, prompting Ralf to try an aggressive move as the emerged back onto the circuit.[1]

In a bid to attack his brother and remain ahead of a one-stopping Coulthard, Ralf shot to the left hand side of the circuit, crossing the white line that marked pit-out from the race circuit.[1] That resulted in an immediate ten-second stop-go penalty on safety grounds, which resulted in the younger Schumacher dropping back to fourth when he served it.[1]

That, ultimately, left Michael with command of the race, cruising home unopposed in the second half of the race to claim victory from Montoya.[1] Coulthard was a distant third to complete the podium ahead of Ralf Schumacher, with Barrichello and Mika Häkkinen claiming the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher extended his lead in the World Championship to eighteen points as the season rapidly headed towards its halfway point, leaving North America with an eighteen point lead. David Coulthard had retained second, and remained sixteen clear of Rubens Barrichello in third, while Ralf Schumacher had made ground in fourth, victory moving him two behind the Brazilian. Elsewhere, Mika Häkkinen was finally threatening the top five, moving level with Nick Heidfeld on eight points, although the Finn was effectively out of the title hunt already.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a quiet day at the head of the field, with Ferrari ending the weekend with a largely unchanged 34 point lead. McLaren-Mercedes had lost a little ground to their Italian rivals in second, while Williams-BMW had inched closer to their compatriots, leaving Canada twenty behind the Anglo-German alliance. Elsewhere, Sauber-Petronas had moved back into the top five ahead of Jordan-Honda with Minardi-European still the only non-scorers.

Entry ListEdit

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

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:14.960 218.805 km/h
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:15.226 +0.266s 218.031 km/h
3 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:15.490 +0.530s 217.269 km/h
4 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:15.622 +0.662s 216.889 km/h
5 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.717 +0.757s 216.617 km/h
6 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.776 +0.816s 216.448 km/h
7 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:16.138 +1.178s 215.419 km/h
8 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:16.376 +1.416s 214.748 km/h
9 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:16.402 +1.442s 214.675 km/h
10 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:16.438 +1.478s 214.574 km/h
11 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:16.439 +1.479s 214.571 km/h
12 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:16.588 +1.628s 214.154 km/h
13 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:16.872 +1.912s 213.362 km/h
14 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 1:17.251 +2.291s 212.316 km/h
15 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 1:17.378 +2.418s 211.967 km/h
16 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:17.627 +2.667s 211.287 km/h
17 23 Brazil Luciano Burti France Prost-Acer 1:18.113 +3.153s 209.973 km/h
18 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:18.151 +3.191s 209.871 km/h
19 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:18.262 +3.302s 209.573 km/h
20 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 1:18.626 +3.666s 208.603 km/h
21 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 1:18.630 +3.670s 208.592 km/h
22 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 1:18.689 +3.729s 208.436 km/h
107% Time: 1:20.207[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 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 2 3 ______________
Juan Pablo Montoya 4
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 3 5 ______________
David Coulthard 6
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 4 7 ______________
Jarno Trulli 8
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 5 9 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 10
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 6 11 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 12
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 7 13 ______________
Olivier Panis 14
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 8 15 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 16
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 9 17 ______________
Luciano Burti 18
______________ Enrique Bernoldi
Row 10 19 ______________
Jos Verstappen 20
______________ Jenson Button
Row 11 21 ______________
Fernando Alonso 22
______________ Tarso Marques

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 67 1:29:42.724 1 10
2 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 67 +4.127s 3 6
3 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 67 +24.993s 5 4
4 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 67 +33.345s 2 3
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 67 +45.495s 4 2
6 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 67 +1:04.868 6 1
7 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 67 +1:06.198 12
8 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 66 +1 Lap 16
9 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 66 +1 Lap 11
10 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 66 +1 Lap 9
11 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 66 +1 Lap 15
12 23 Italy Luciano Burti France Prost-Acer 65 +2 Laps 17
13 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 65 +2 Laps 20
14 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 65 +2 Laps 21
15* 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 64 Spin 14
Ret 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 58 Engine 19
Ret 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 54 Driveshaft 10
Ret 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 48 Electronics 8
Ret 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 44 Transmission 7
Ret 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 29 Gearbox 18
Ret 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 23 Electrical 13
Ret 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 7 Electrical 22
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Prost was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory moved Michael Schumacher a huge 24 points clear of his closest challenger in the Drivers Championship, passing the halfway point with 68 points to his name. David Coulthard therefore had some serious work to do in the second half of the campaign, although he had solidified his grip on second, moving eighteen clear of Rubens Barrichello. Behind, Ralf Schumacher had inched closer to the Brazilian in fourth, while Juan Pablo Montoya broke into the top five for the first time.

In the Constructors Championship it had been another strong day for Ferrari, leaving Germany just six points shy of the 100 point mark. That also resulted in a 41 point lead over second placed McLaren-Mercedes, while Williams-BMW had inched closer to their compatriots in third once again, ending the weekend sixteen behind. Otherwise, there had been little change after the European Grand Prix, with the top three having been the only scorers.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 68
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 44
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 26
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 25
5 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 12 ▲5
6 Finland Mika Häkkinen 9
7 Germany Nick Heidfeld 8 ▼2
8 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 7 ▼1
9 Italy Jarno Trulli 7 ▼1
10 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 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 94
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 37
4 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 15
5 Ireland Jordan-Honda 13
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.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Europe 2001: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/europe/engages.aspx, (Accessed 07/11/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Europe 2001: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/europe/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 07/11/2019)
  4. '2001 Warsteiner Grand Prix of Europe - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2001/races/711/europe/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 07/11/2019)
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 '2001 European GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2001&gp=European%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 07/11/2019)
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