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The 2001 Japanese Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXVII Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix (XXVII フジテレビ日本グランプリ in Japanese), was the seventeenth and final round of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Mie Prefecture, Japan, on 14 October 2001.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher sweep to a dominant ninth victory of the season ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya, having originally intended to hand the lead to Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello.[1]

Qualifying for the season finale had seen Schumacher claim pole position, his eleventh of the season, ahead of Montoya's Williams-BMW.[1] Ralf Schumacher was third on the grid ahead of Barrichello, who was bidding to finish as runner-up in the Championship, with the two McLaren-Mercedes split by Giancarlo Fisichella.[1]

The start of the race saw a lot of discussion about the first corner, which had a history of collisions between aggressive drivers.[1] Indeed, the most widespread expectation was pole sitter Schumacher would make an aggressive lunge to the inside to prevent Montoya from diving inside him into the first corner, potentially causing them to trip over each other.[1]

That, ultimately, would be partially realised when the race did start, with the #1 Ferrari darting across the nose of the #6 Williams to claim the lead.[1] Yet, Montoya had the common sense to avoid getting entangled in a fight with the Ferrari, and hence settled into second ahead of Ralf Schumacher and Barrichello.[1]

As such it was down to Barrichello to provide some early entertainment, the Brazilian having gone for an aggressive three-stop strategy in his bid for victory.[1] He duly scythed past the two Williams, including a daring dive inside Ralf Schumacher on the inside of 130R, before chasing off after Michael Schumacher ahead.[1]

Indeed, as Barrichello battled the #1 Ferrari had simply disappeared at the head of the field, pulling out an eight second lead before the end of lap three.[1] Barrichello steadily closed on his two-stopping teammate, although he was forced to make his first stop on lap fifteen, rejoining in seventh.[1]

The Brazilian would once again find himself battling his way up the order, although this time he was aided by the fact that his opponents were beginning to pit for their first stops.[1] He duly climbed back to third behind Montoya before his second stop, dropping back to sixth, before again battling into the top three during the second round of stops.[1]

There would be some other changes to the order amid the Barrichello yo-yo battle, with the McLarens ultimately emerging in fourth and fifth, with David Coulthard crucially ahead of Mika Häkkinen.[1] That meant that even if Barrichello won the race the Scot would finish in second in the Championship, despite starting the final race outside of the points.[1]

Things only got better for the Scot when Barrichello's third and final stop dumped the Brazilian down to fifth, with the #2 Ferrari left with too much of gap between himself and the McLarens.[1] Out front, meanwhile, Michael Schumacher was left unopposed at the head of the field, maintaining a ten second gap between himself and Montoya in second.[1]

With that the race was run, in-spite of Montoya setting a series of quick laps in the final stages to reduce the gap to Schumacher.[1] Regardless, it was the German ace who claimed the final win of the season by three seconds from the Colombian, while Coulthard secured the runner-up spot in the Championship by completing the podium.[1] The remaining points were split between Häkkinen, making his final F1 appearance before a "sabbatical", Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher moved onto 113 points at the head of the Championship as a result of the US Grand Prix, having once again enhanced his title winning margin. David Coulthard, meanwhile, had all but secured second, although the Scot could fall behind third placed Rubens Barrichello if the Brazilian claimed victory in Japan. Behind, Ralf Schumacher was set to finish either fourth or third, while Mika Häkkinen had moved back into the top five with his win.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had seen their title winning margin reduced in Indianapolis, despite moving onto 167 points for the campaign. Indeed, McLaren-Mercedes had inched closer to their out-of-sight rivals, although they had, more significantly, secured second in the Championship with a race to spare. Williams-BMW had slipped 22 points behind ahead of the finale in Japan, so would have to settle for third despite having the strongest engine in the field.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2001 Japanese 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 PS01B 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:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:32.484 228.260 km/h
2 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:33.184 +0.700s 226.545 km/h
3 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:33.297 +0.813s 226.271 km/h
4 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:33.323 +0.839s 226.208 km/h
5 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.662 +1.178s 225.389 km/h
6 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 1:33.830 +1.346s 224.986 km/h
7 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:33.916 +1.432s 224.780 km/h
8 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:34.002 +1.518s 224.574 km/h
9 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 1:34.375 +1.891s 223.686 km/h
10 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:34.386 +1.902s 223.660 km/h
11 12 France Jean Alesi Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:34.420 +1.936s 223.580 km/h
12 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:34.581 +2.097s 223.199 km/h
13 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:34.851 +2.367s 222.564 km/h
14 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:35.109 +2.625s 221.960 km/h
15 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen France Prost-Acer 1:35.132 +2.648s 221.906 km/h
16 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:35.639 +3.155s 220.730 km/h
17 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:35.766 +3.282s 220.437 km/h
18 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 1:36.410 +3.926s 218.965 km/h
19 23 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge France Prost-Acer 1:36.446 +3.962s 218.883 km/h
20 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:36.885 +4.401s 217.891 km/h
21 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:36.973 +4.489s 217.694 km/h
22 20 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-European 1:38.246 +5.762s 214.873 km/h
107% Time: 1:38.958[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
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 2 3 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 4
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 3 5 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 6
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 4 7 ______________
David Coulthard 8
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 5 9 ______________
Jenson Button 10
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 6 11 ______________
Jean Alesi 12
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 7 13 ______________
Eddie Irvine 14
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 8 15 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 16
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 9 17 ______________
Olivier Panis 18
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 10 19 ______________
Tomáš Enge 20
______________ Enrique Bernoldi
Row 11 21 ______________
Jos Verstappen 22
______________ Alex Yoong

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 1:27:33.298 1 10
2 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 53 +3.154s 2 6
3 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +23.262s 7 4
4 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +35.539s 5 3
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 53 +36.544s 4 2
6 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 53 +37.122s 3 1
7 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 53 +1:37.102 9
8 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 52 +1 Lap 8
9 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 10
10 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 52 +1 Lap 14
11 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 52 +1 Lap 18
12 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen France Prost-Acer 52 +1 Lap 15
13 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 51 +2 Laps 17
14 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 51 +2 Laps 20
15 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 51 +2 Laps 21
16 20 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-European 50 +3 Laps 22
17 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 47 Gearbox 6
Ret 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 45 Oil leak 16
Ret 23 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge France Prost-Acer 42 Brakes 19
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 24 Fuel rig 13
Ret 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 5 Collision 12
Ret 12 France Jean Alesi Ireland Jordan-Honda 5 Collision 11
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

  • 201st and final Grand Prix start for Jean Alesi.[6]
  • Mika Häkkinen started his 161st and final Grand Prix.[6]
  • Third and final Grand Prix for Tomáš Enge.[6]
  • Benetton attended their 260th and final Grand Prix as a constructor.[6]
  • 83rd and final Grand Prix for Prost as a constructor.
  • BAR started their 50th Grand Prix as a constructor.[6]
  • Michael Schumacher claimed his 53rd victory.[6]
    • Schumacher also set a new record for most points scored in a single season - 123.[7]
    • The German ace also set a new record for most points scoring finishes in a season - 15.[7]
  • Ferrari secured their 144th win as a constructor and engine supplier.[6]
    • Ferrari also set a new record for most drivers and constructors points scores in a season - 28.[7]

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher rounded out the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship with a ninth victory and a record 123 point haul, which also resulted in him taking the title by the largest ever margin. Indeed, runner-up David Coulthard ended the season some 58 points off of the German ace, but outscored Rubens Barrichello by nine to claim his best ever Championship finish. Behind, Ralf Schumacher ended the season in fourth ahead of Mika Häkkinen, with eighteen drivers having registered points across the campaign.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari would end their third straight title winning campaign on 179 points, which also translated into a huge winning margin. Rivals McLaren-Mercedes ended the season 77 points behind the Italian squad in second, although they did have a seemingly comfortable 22 point margin over Williams-BMW in third. Elsewhere, Sauber-Petronas and Jordan-Honda completed the top five, while Benetton-Renault and Prost-Acer left the series in seventh and ninth respectively.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 123
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 65
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 56
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 49
5 Finland Mika Häkkinen 37
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 31
7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 12
8 Germany Nick Heidfeld 12
9 Italy Jarno Trulli 12
10 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 9
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8
12 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 6
13 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6
14 France Olivier Panis 5
15 France Jean Alesi 5
16 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 3
17 United Kingdom Jenson Button 2
18 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 179
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 102
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 80
4 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 21
5 Ireland Jordan-Honda 19
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 17
7 Italy Benetton-Renault 10
8 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 9
9 France Prost-Acer 4
10 United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

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V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
SuzukaCircuit2005
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See also Pacific Grand Prix
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
Other Drivers Badoer • Davidson • Gené • Herbert • Massa • McNish • Salo • Sato • Webber • Wurz
Cars Ferrari F2001 • McLaren MP4-16 • Williams FW23 • Sauber C20 • Jordan EJ11 • BAR 003 • Benetton B201 • Jaguar R2 • Prost AP04 • Arrows A22 • Minardi PS01
Tyres Bridgestone • Michelin
Races Australia • Malaysia • Brazil • San Marino • Spain • Austria • Monaco • Canada • Europe • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • United States • Japan
See also 2000 Formula One Season • 2002 Formula One Season • Category
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