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The 2001 Italian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LXXII Gran Premio Campari d'Italia, was the fifteenth round of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza on the 16 September 2001.[1] The race would see Juan Pablo Montoya claim his maiden F1 victory at the wheel of his Williams-BMW FW23, defeating Ferrari on home soil.[1]

Montoya had been the man to watch from the start of the weekend, having swept to pole position in qualifying by three tenths.[1] Rubens Barrichello was next for Ferrari ahead of pre-crowned Champion Michael Schumacher, while Ralf Schumacher put the #5 Williams into fourth.[1]

Ahead of the race Michael Schumacher tried to organise a pact to prevent overtaking into the first chicane at the start, noting the death of Paolo Gislimberti the previous year, as well as Alex Zanardi's huge ChampCar accident in Germany earlier in the weekend.[2] His proposal would, however, be rejected by several drivers, including Jacques Villeneuve and the Benetton and Arrows bosses Flavio Briatore and Tom Walkinshaw.[1]

Regardless, it would be formation flying at the head of the field at the start, with Montoya storming into the lead of the race ahead of Barrichello and the Schumacher brothers, Ralf getting the jump on Michael.[1] Behind, Jarno Trulli was punted out of the race by Jenson Button, while Mika Häkkinen lost a huge amount of time having cut the first chicane.[1]

Late around the opening lap Michael Schumacher got back ahead of Ralf on the run to Lesmo, while Montoya powered away from Barrichello.[1] Yet, the Colombian's lead would not grow beyond a second, with the two black-nosed Ferraris, so liveried as a mark of respect for the victims of the World Trade Centre attack on September 11, stalking him as they eased clear of Ralf Schumacher.[1]

Indeed, Montoya was having to push his tyres very hard in the early laps to keep the Ferraris at bay, and duly developed a blister on a rear-tyre.[1] That proved significant on lap nine as the Colombian racer slid wide braking for the della Roggia chicane, and hence allowed Barrichello to sweep past to claim the lead.[1]

Barrichello quickly scampered clear over the following laps to leave Schumacher to harass Montoya, with the two Ferraris on a two-stop compared to Williams' one-stop.[1] Schumacher subsequently became the first stopper on lap eighteen, followed by Barrichello a lap later, handing the lead back to Montoya.[1]

Montoya's lone stop came on lap 28, with the Williams team adjusting his front wing after his complaints about oversteer throughout the stint.[1] He rejoined in third behind Barrichello as Ralf Schumacher inherited the lead, before he stopped on lap 35.[1]

The second round of stops for Ferrari saw Barrichello and Michael Schumacher both slip behind Ralf Schumacher, leaving Williams in one-two with ten laps to go.[1] Yet, Barrichello was right behind Ralf after leaving the pits, and with fresher tyres duly managed to dive past the German ace with five laps to spare, before sprinting off after Montoya.[1]

Yet, time would run out for Barrichello, meaning Montoya duly collected his maiden F1 victory by over five seconds.[1] Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher hence completed the podium ahead of a quiet Michael Schumacher, with the remaining points heading to Pedro de la Rosa and Villeneuve.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2001 Italian 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 Malaysia Alex Yoong 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 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge France Prost Grand Prix Prost AP04 Acer 01A 3.0 V10 M
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:22.216 253.659 km/h
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:22.528 +0.312s 252.700 km/h
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:22.624 +0.408s 252.406 km/h
4 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:22.841 +0.625s 251.745 km/h
5 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:23.126 +0.910s 250.882 km/h
6 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.148 +0.932s 250.815 km/h
7 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.394 +1.178s 250.076 km/h
8 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:23.417 +1.201s 250.007 km/h
9 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:23.595 +1.379s 249.474 km/h
10 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:23.693 +1.477s 249.182 km/h
11 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 1:23.892 +1.676s 248.591 km/h
12 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen France Prost-Acer 1:23.943 +1.727s 248.440 km/h
13 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:24.031 +1.815s 248.180 km/h
14 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 1:24.090 +1.874s 248.006 km/h
15 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:24.164 +1.948s 247.788 km/h
16 12 France Jean Alesi Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:24.198 +1.982s 247.688 km/h
17 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:24.677 +2.461s 246.286 km/h
18 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:25.444 +3.228s 244.076 km/h
19 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:25.511 +3.295s 243.884 km/h
20 23 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge France Prost-Acer 1:26.039 +3.823s 242.388 km/h
21 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 1:26.218 +4.002s 241.885 km/h
22 20 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-European 1:27.463 +5.247s 238.441 km/h
107% Time: 1:27.971[4]
Source:[4][5]
  • 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
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 2 3 ______________
Michael Schumacher 4
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 3 5 ______________
Jarno Trulli 6
______________ David Coulthard
Row 4 7 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 8
______________ Nick Heidfeld*
Row 5 9 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 10
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 6 11 ______________
Jenson Button 12
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 7 13 ______________
Eddie Irvine 14
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella*
Row 8 15 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 16
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 9 17 ______________
Olivier Panis 18
______________ Enrique Bernoldi
Row 10 19 ______________
Jos Verstappen 20
______________ Tomáš Enge
Row 11 21 ______________
Fernando Alonso 22
______________ Alex Yoong
  • * Heidfeld and Fisichella started the race from the pitlane in their spare cars.[1]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 53 1:16:58.493 1 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 53 +5.175s 2 6
3 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 +17.335s 4 4
4 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 +24.991s 3 3
5 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 53 +1:14.984 10 2
6 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 53 +1:22.469 15 1
7 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 53 +1:23.107 9
8 12 France Jean Alesi Ireland Jordan-Honda 52 +1 Lap 16
9 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 52 +1 Lap 17
10 7T Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 52 +1 Lap 14
11 16T Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 8
12 23 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge France Prost-Acer 52 +1 Lap 20
13 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 51 +2 Laps 21
Ret 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 46 Crankshaft 18
Ret 20 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-European 44 Spin 22
Ret 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen France Prost-Acer 28 Gearbox 12
Ret 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 25 Fuel pressure 19
Ret 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 19 Gearbox 7
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 14 Engine 13
Ret 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 6 Engine 6
Ret 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 4 Engine 11
Ret 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 0 Collision 5
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher had continued to extend his unassailable lead in the Championship despite missing out on a podium finish, leaving Monza 50 points clear. David Coulthard remained in second, although his margin over Rubens Barrichello had been sliced to just three points with two races to go, the Scot's failure to score costing him valuable points. Ralf Schumacher had also made ground to make it a three-horse race, while Juan Pablo Montoya had moved back into the top five with his maiden win.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had also boosted their title winning margin, leaving their home race with an 80 point advantage. McLaren-Mercedes were still in second after a rare pointless race, although Williams-BMW had made some serious ground, ending the weekend just eight behind with 32 points left to fight for. Behind, Sauber-Petronas had retained fourth ahead of BAR-Honda, with Jordan-Honda slipping a point behind the latter.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 107
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 57
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 54
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 48
5 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 25 ▲1
6 Finland Mika Häkkinen 24 ▼1
7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 12
8 Germany Nick Heidfeld 11
9 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 9
10 Italy Jarno Trulli 9
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8
12 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6
13 France Olivier Panis 5
14 France Jean Alesi 5
15 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 4
16 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 3 ▲2
17 United Kingdom Jenson Button 2 ▼1
18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 161
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 81
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 73
4 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 20
5 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 17
6 Ireland Jordan-Honda 16
7 Italy Benetton-Renault 10
8 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 7
9 France Prost-Acer 4
10 United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 'Italian GP, 2001', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr678.html, (Accessed 10/11/2019)
  2. '"No Passing" Proposal Falls Through', atlasf1.com, (Kaizar.Com, Inc., 16/09/2001), http://www.atlasf1.com/news/2001/sep/report.php/id/5595/.html, (Accessed 10/11/2019)
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  5. 'Gran Premio Campari d'Italia 2001 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2001/races/717/italy/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 10/11/2019)
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 '2001 Italian GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2001&gp=Italian%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 10/11/2019)
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