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The 2001 Malaysian Grand Prix, officially advertised as the III Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, was the second round of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia on 18 March 2001.[1] The race, which was attended by 75,000 spectators, would see Michael Schumacher sweep to a stunning victory in mixed conditions, as a monsoon played havoc in the early stages.[1]

The German ace would start the weekend in fine form, sweeping to pole position ahead of Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello.[1] Ralf Schumacher was best of the rest for Williams-BMW ahead of Mika Häkkinen of McLaren-Mercedes, with the top twelve separated by two seconds.[1]

Race day dawned amid the final moments of an overnight monsoon, although the morning warm-up saw the circuit dry quickly as the field lapped on wet weather tyres.[1] The warm temperatures continued to dry the circuit ahead of the start, resulting in everyone bar Luciano Burti opting to start on the softest slicks possible.[1]

There would be drama ahead of the start, however, with Michael Schumacher making a late swap to his spare car, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen caused chaos with a misfire to hold up the left-hand side of the grid during the formation lap.[1] Fortunately for him he would be restored to his starting position at the end of the procession, for Giancarlo Fisichella made such a mess of lining up in his grid slot that the start had to be abandoned.[1]

Fisichella was subsequently sent to the back of the field and a lap struck from the race distance, with a second formation lap staged, albeit with Juan Pablo Montoya scrambling to the pits to take the spare Williams.[1] Regardless, the race would start at the second attempt, with Michael Schumacher streaking into the lead ahead of his brother Ralf.[1]

Yet, the younger Schumacher's race was effectively over come the first corner, for a battle with Barrichello left the #5 Williams spinning to the back of the field.[1] That left Michael in the lead ahead of Barrichello and Jarno Trulli, albeit with the skies suddenly darkening as rain swept back towards Sepang.[1]

The second lap saw Olivier Panis go flying off the circuit backwards at turn six, flames at the back of the BAR signalling that his Honda engine was spraying oil.[1] At the same moment the first spots of rain began pounding the circuit, sending both Ferraris off when they came across the scene moments later.[1]

Indeed, the two scarlet cars would have a narrow escape as they scrambled back on to the circuit, for several drivers wound up in the gravel and barriers moments later as rain began to swamp the circuit.[1] Come the end of the lap everyone was on their way to the pits, with David Coulthard leading from Barrichello and Michael Schumacher.[1]

The Safety Car was called to the circuit on lap five, by which stage the two Ferraris had tumbled to tenth and eleventh as the Scuderia's mechanics opted to clear both cars of gravel as they stopped at the same time.[1] However, they had also gambled on intermediates in-spite of the conditions, having noticed that the rain already appeared to be easing even as the safety car emerged.[1]

By lap seven the rain had all but stopped, although the safety car remained on circuit for a further three laps.[1] Coulthard duly aced the restart on his full wets to claim an early lead from Jos Verstappen, while the two Ferraris began to charge their way back up the order.[1]

Indeed, within five laps of the restart Schumacher would leap from eleventh to first, lapping over five seconds a lap quicker than Coulthard as he surged past the Scot.[1] He duly sprinted clear to build a dominant lead, trailed by Barrichello, leaving Coulthard to lead the field in for slicks on lap 25.[1]

Yet, the Scot's early gamble would not pay off, for Schumacher and Barrichello would emerge from their stops five laps later still with a healthy margin en-route to a dominant one-two.[1] Coulthard completed the podium but highlighted that the McLaren was not quite running at full potential, with the rest of the points going to Frentzen, a recovered Ralf Schumacher and a quiet Mika Häkkinen.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher unsurprisingly lead the World Championship after the opening race, leaving Australia with a four point advantage over David Coulthard. Rubens Barrichello likewise completed the early top three ahead of Nick Heidfeld, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Kimi Räikkönen the other opening day scorers.

In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who led the way after their double podium, starting their title defence with 14 points on the board. McLaren-Mercedes were their closest challengers, already eight behind, with Sauber-Petronas and Jordan-Honda the only other scorers.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2001 Malaysian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F1-2001 Ferrari 050 3.0 V10 B
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F1-2001 Ferrari 050 3.0 V10 B
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-16 Mercedes FO110K 3.0 V10 B
4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-16 Mercedes FO110K 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 A21 Asiatech 001 3.0 V10 B
15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Orange Arrows Asiatech Arrows A21 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 Brazil Luciano Burti 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 Acer Prost AP04 Acer 01A 3.0 V10 M
23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane France Prost Acer Prost AP04 Acer 01A 3.0 V10 M
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:35.220 209.565 km/h
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:35.319 +0.099s 209.348 km/h
3 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:35.511 +0.291s 208.927 km/h
4 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.040 +0.820s 207.776 km/h
5 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:36.180 +0.960s 207.473 km/h
6 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:36.218 +0.998s 207.392 km/h
7 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:36.397 +1.177s 207.006 km/h
8 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.417 +1.197s 206.964 km/h
9 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:36.578 +1.358s 206.618 km/h
10 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:36.681 +1.461s 206.398 km/h
11 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:36.913 +1.693s 205.904 km/h
12 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:37.140 +1.920s 205.423 km/h
13 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 1:37.406 +2.186s 204.862 km/h
14 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:37.728 +2.508s 204.187 km/h
15 19 Italy Luciano Burti United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:38.035 +2.815s 203.548 km/h
16 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 1:38.086 +2.866s 203.442 km/h
17 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 1:38.258 +3.038s 203.086 km/h
18 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:38.509 +3.289s 202.568 km/h
19 23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane France Prost-Acer 1:39.006 +3.786s 201.551 km/h
20 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 1:39.714 +4.494s 200.120 km/h
21 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 1:40.249 +5.029s 199.052 km/h
107% Time: 1:41.885[3]
NC* 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:38.708 202.160 km/h
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.
  • * Bernoldi had his times from qualifying deleted for using an illegal front wing. He would, however, be allowed to start at the stewards' discretion.[3]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 2 3 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 4
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 3 5 ______________
Jarno Trulli 6
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya*
Row 4 7 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 8
______________ David Coulthard
Row 5 9 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 10
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 6 11 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 12
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 7 13 ______________
Jean Alesi 14
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 8 15 ______________
Luciano Burti 16
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 9 17 ______________
Jenson Button 18
______________ Jos Verstappen
Row 10 19 ______________
Gastón Mazzacane 20
______________ Tarso Marques
Row 11 21 ______________
Fernando Alonso 22
______________ Enrique Bernoldi
  • * Montoya started the race from the pitlane after an issue on the second formation lap.[3]
  • Fisichella started the second start from the back of the grid after causing the abandonment of the first start.[1]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1T Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 55 1:47:34.801 1 10
2 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 55 +23.660s 2 6
3 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 55 +28.555s 8 4
4 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 55 +46.543s 9 3
5 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 55 +48.233s 3 2
6 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 55 +48.606s 4 1
7 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 55 +1:21.560 18
8 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 54 +1 Lap 5
9 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 54 +1 Lap 13
10 19 Brazil Luciano Burti United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 54 +1 Lap 15
11 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 53 +2 Laps 17
12 23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane France Prost-Acer 53 +2 Laps 19
13 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 52 +3 Laps 21
14 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 51 +4 Laps 20
Ret 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 31 Fuel pressure 16
Ret 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 3 Spin 7
Ret 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 3 Spin 11
Ret 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 3 Spin 22
Ret 6T Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 3 Spin 6
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3 Water leak 12
Ret 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1 Oil leak 10
Ret 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 0 Driveshaft 14
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

A second victory in two races in 2001 had left Michael Schumacher with command in the Championship after the opening two rounds, leaving Malaysia with a full twenty points to his name. That translated into a ten point advantage over the men in second, with David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello level on ten points after a second and third place finish apiece. Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Nick Heidfeld then completed the top five, with eight drivers on the score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had also established a strangle hold after the opening two rounds, leaving Malaysia with 30 points in their grasp. McLaren-Mercedes were their closest challengers, but were already nineteen points behind after just two races, and with a seemingly inferior car. Behind, Jordan-Hart completed the early top three ahead of Sauber-Petronas, with Williams-BMW the only other scorers.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 20
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 10
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 10
4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5 ▲1
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 3 ▼1
6 Germany Ralf Schumacher 2 ▲9
7 Finland Mika Häkkinen 1 ▲8
8 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1 ▼2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 30
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 11
3 Ireland Jordan-Honda 5 ▲1
4 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 4 ▼1
5 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 2 ▲6

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 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 'Malaysian GP, 2001', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr665.html, (Accessed 04/11/2019)
  2. 'Malaysia 2001: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/malaisie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 04/11/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 'Malaysia 2001: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/malaisie/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 04/11/2019)
  4. '2001 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2001/races/704/malaysia/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 04/11/2019)
  5. 'Malaysia 2001: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/malaisie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 04/11/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 '2. Malaysia 2001', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/malaisie.aspx, (Accessed 04/11/2019)
V T E Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix
Circuits Sepang International Circuit (1999–present)
Sepang
Races 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017
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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