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The 2001 German Grand Prix, officially known as the LXIII Großer Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland, was the twelfth round of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, on 29 July 2001.[1] The race would see Ralf Schumacher sweep to victory for a dominant Williams-BMW team, albeit after teammate Juan Pablo Montoya was removed from the lead via an engine failure.[1]

Indeed, it was Montoya who set the timesheets alight during qualifying, edging out teammate Schumacher by 0.019s to grab his first pole position.[1] Behind, Mika Häkkinen got his Mercedes powered McLaren into third ahead of Championship leader Michael Schumacher, while their teammates David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello shared the third row.[1]

The start saw the two Williams fly off the line to claim an early lead, while an awful start for Michael Schumacher saw the #1 Ferrari crawl away.[1] That resulted in a lot of confusion in the pack behind, and inevitably saw Luciano Burti slam into the back of the scarlet car which launched the Brazilian onto the top of Jos Verstappen and Enrique Bernoldi in their two Arrows-Asiatechs.[1]

With a lot of carbon fibre littering the circuit the race was red-flagged and the field reset to grid order, with Schumacher jumping into the spare Ferrari.[1] At the second attempt the German ace made a strong start and almost leapt ahead of Häkkinen, although both were powerless to prevent Montoya and Ralf Schumacher from sprinting away out front.[1]

Indeed, the two Williams-BMWs were untouchable in the early stages, simply easing clear during the early stages as Michael Schumacher scythed past Häkkinen for third.[1] Behind, Verstappen made strong progress in his repaired Arrows, leaping into the top ten, while Pedro de la Rosa took Nick Heidfeld out after locking up at the Clark Chicane.[1]

Montoya soon established himself at the head of the field, setting a succession of fastest laps to eek out a lead from his teammate.[1] Häkkinen, meanwhile, would disappear with an engine issue having been passed by Barrichello, who subsequently claimed third from his teammate Michael Schumacher as the top five began to fall away from one another.[1]

It looked as if Montoya was on for a dominant maiden victory, until a refuelling issue during his stop on lap 22 cost the Colombian racer twenty seconds.[1] That left him in fourth once the rest of the front runners had stopped, only for a potential fight-back to be curtailed by an engine failure on lap 25.[1]

His exit followed that of Michael Schumacher, who had been forced to stop his Ferrari after a low-fuel pressure warning.[1] Their two retirements hence left Ralf Schumacher in the lead from Barrichello, while Coulthard moved into third until he suffered an engine issue of his own.[1]

With that the race for victory was effectively over, with Ralf Schumacher able to cruise home to claim his third win of the campaign and his first on home soil.[1] Barrichello was next ahead of Jacques Villeneuve, the Canadian claiming only his second podium finish of the campaign, while Giancarlo Fisichella, Jenson Button and Jean Alesi claimed the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2001 German 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 Brazil Ricardo Zonta 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 OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:38.117 250.415 km/h
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:38.136 +0.019s 250.367 km/h
3 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.811 +0.694s 248.657 km/h
4 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:38.941 +0.824s 248.330 km/h
5 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:39.574 +1.457s 246.751 km/h
6 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:39.682 +1.565s 246.484 km/h
7 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:39.921 +1.804s 245.894 km/h
8 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:40.072 +1.955s 245.523 km/h
9 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:40.265 +2.148s 245.051 km/h
10 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:40.322 +2.205s 244.911 km/h
11 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:40.371 +2.254s 244.792 km/h
12 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:40.437 +2.320s 244.631 km/h
13 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:40.610 +2.493s 244.210 km/h
14 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 1:40.724 +2.607s 243.934 km/h
15 11 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:41.174 +3.057s 242.849 km/h
16 23 Brazil Luciano Burti France Prost-Acer 1:41.213 +3.096s 242.755 km/h
17 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 1:41.299 +3.182s 242.549 km/h
18 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 1:41.438 +3.321s 242.217 km/h
19 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:41.668 +3.551s 241.669 km/h
20 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:41.870 +3.753s 241.190 km/h
21 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 1:41.913 +3.796s 241.088 km/h
22 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 1:42.716 +4.599s 239.203 km/h
107% Time: 1:44.985[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 ______________
Juan Pablo Montoya 2
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 2 3 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 4
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 3 5 ______________
David Coulthard 6
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 4 7 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 8
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 5 9 ______________
Pedro de la Rosa 10
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 6 11 ______________
Eddie Irvine 12
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 7 13 ______________
Olivier Panis 14
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 8 15 ______________
Ricardo Zonta 16
______________ Luciano Burti
Row 9 17 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 18
______________ Jenson Button
Row 10 19 ______________
Enrique Bernoldi 20
______________ Jos Verstappen
Row 11 21 ______________
Fernando Alonso 22
______________ Tarso Marques

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 45 1:18:17.873 2 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 45 +46.117s 6 6
3 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 45 +1:02.806 12 4
4 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 45 +1:03.477 17 3
5 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 45 +1:05.454 18 2
6 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 45 +1:05.950 14 1
7 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 45 +1:17.527 13
8 15T Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 44 +1 Lap 19
9 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 44 +1 Lap 20
10 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 44 +1 Lap 21
Ret 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 34 Hydraulics 10
Ret 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 27 Engine 5
Ret 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 26 Gearbox 22
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 24 Engine 1
Ret 1T Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 23 Fuel pressure 4
Ret 23T Brazil Luciano Burti France Prost-Acer 23 Spin 16
Ret 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 16 Halfshaft 8
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 16 Fuel pressure 11
Ret 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 13 Engine 3
Ret 11 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Ireland Jordan-Honda 7 Collision 15
Ret 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 7
Ret 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 0 Collision 9
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

With neither Championship leader Michael Schumacher and David Coulthard managing to score there had be no change atop the Drivers Championship, although that worked in favour of the former as it meant there were just five races left in the campaign. Indeed, Schumacher's 37 point advantage looked even more daunting with just 50 points left to fight for, and meant that he could win the Championship in Hungary if he out-scored Coulthard by four points. Behind, Ralf Schumacher had moved back into third with victory, overhauling Rubens Barrichello, while Mika Häkkinen completed the top five.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had inched closer to retaining their crown, leaving Germany with a 58 point lead. McLaren-Mercedes remained their closest challengers, although they were more in a fight for second than the Championship as the season entered its final phase, for Williams-BMW had cut the gap between them to just ten points. Elsewhere, Benetton-Renault had moved up into seventh, while BAR-Honda overtook Jordan-Honda to claim a top five spot.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Points +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 84
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 47
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher 41 ▲1
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 40 ▼1
5 Finland Mika Häkkinen 19
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 15
7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 11 ▲3
8 Germany Nick Heidfeld 10 ▼1
9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 9 ▼1
10 Italy Jarno Trulli 9 ▼1
11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6
12 France Olivier Panis 5
13 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 4
14 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 4 ▲2
15 France Jean Alesi 4 ▼1
16 United Kingdom Jenson Button 2 ▲3
17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1 ▼2
18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 124
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 66
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 56
4 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 19
5 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 16 ▲1
6 Ireland Jordan-Honda 15 ▼1
7 Italy Benetton-Renault 6 ▲3
8 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 5 ▼1
9 France Prost-Acer 4 ▼1
10 United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Germany 2001: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/allemagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 09/11/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Germany 2001: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/allemagne/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 09/11/2019)
  4. 'Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland 2001 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2001/races/714/germany/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 09/11/2019)
  5. 'Germany 2001: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/allemagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 09/11/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 '12. Germany 2001', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/allemagne.aspx, (Accessed 09/11/2019)
  7. 7.0 7.1 '2001 German GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2001&gp=German%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 09/11/2019)
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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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