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The 2001 San Marino Grand Prix, officially known as the 21° Gran Premio Warsteiner di San Marino, was the fourth round of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, Italy, on 15 April 2001.[1] The race would see Ralf Schumacher sweep to his maiden F1 victory at the wheel of a Williams-BMW, the first for the German engine manufacturer since the 1986 Mexican Grand Prix.[1]

Qualifying had seen David Coulthard claim pole position to end Michael Schumacher's seven race streak, with himself and McLaren-Mercedes teammate Mika Häkkinen securing a front-row lockout.[1] Ralf Schumacher secured third ahead of his elder brother, with Jarno Trulli claiming fifth for Jordan-Honda ahead of Rubens Barrichello in the second Ferrari.[1]

The race would ultimately be decided at the start, for Ralf Schumacher made a stunning getaway to streak past the two McLarens, grabbing the lead into the sweeping first corner.[1] However, he would immediately be put under investigation for a jump start, as would Coulthard and Olivier Panis after some reports of movement before the lights.[1]

As they were investigated the weaker cars in the field would be removed in the early stages, with Jos Verstappen and Fernando Alonso both dropping out due to damage sustained from kerbs.[1] Kimi Räikkönen was another early drop out due to steering damage, before Michael Schumacher dropped out on lap 20 after a puncture managed to destroy his suspension.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, neither Ralf Schumacher nor Coulthard would be penalised for jumping the start, and duly stopped from the head of the field on lap 27.[1] Häkkinen came in a lap later along with Barrichello, although there would be no changes to the order as a result of the first round of stops.[1]

Indeed, it was only at the second round of stops that a rather tepid race had some action, with Häkkinen steadily gaining on Barrichello, while Juan Pablo Montoya stalled in the pits.[1] Fortunately the Williams pitcrew were able to fire the #6 car back up again, only for the Colombian racer to demolish his clutch as he tried to vault back into the race.[1]

Furthermore, with eight laps to go Ralf Schumacher's race was put in doubt, with the Williams team noting that the German racer was losing oil pressure.[1] They signalled to Schumacher that he had to conserve his engine and ease his pace, allowing Coulthard to begin taking large chunks out of his lead.[1]

Ultimately, however, the Scot would run out of time to catch the #5 car, with Ralf Schumacher sweeping home to claim his maiden F1 victory four seconds clear of Coulthard.[1] Barrichello, meanwhile, would keep Häkkinen at bay for third, with Trulli and Heinz-Harald Frentzen completing the points for Jordan.[1]

Schumacher's win also made history in making the two Schumacher brothers the first siblings to both win a Grand Prix, a feat that has yet to be repeated as of the 2019 season.[1] It was also Williams' first win since the 1997 Luxembourg Grand Prix, the first non-Bridgestone tyred win since the 1998 Italian Grand Prix, and the first victory for Michelin as a tyre supplier since the 1984 Portuguese Grand Prix.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Victory for David Coulthard had not only ended Michael Schumacher's six race unbeaten run, but also ensured that the Scot made valuable ground in the Championship hunt. Indeed, Coulthard would leave Brazil just six points behind the German ace, and move ten clear of Rubens Barrichello in third. Behind, Nick Heidfeld had moved back into fourth ahead of Heinz-Harald Frentzen, with eleven drivers on the score sheet after the opening three rounds.

In the Constructors Championship it was still advantage Ferrari after the opening three rounds, the Scuderia leaving Brazil on 36 points. Their advantage had, however, been cut to fifteen by McLaren-Mercedes after Coulthard's win, keeping them within a race's worth of points to the early leaders. Behind, Sauber-Petronas had moved into third ahead of Jordan-Honda, as BAR-Honda and Benetton-Renault claimed their first points of the campaign.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2001 San Marino 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 Benson & Hedges Jordan Honda Jordan EJ11 Honda RA001E 3.0 V10 B
12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Benson & Hedges 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 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 Grand Prix Prost AP04 Acer 01A 3.0 V10 M
23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane 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 San Marino Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.054 213.822 km/h
2 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.282 +0.228s 213.237 km/h
3 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:23.357 +0.303s 213.045 km/h
4 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:23.593 +0.539s 212.444 km/h
5 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:23.658 +0.604s 212.279 km/h
6 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:23.786 +0.732s 211.954 km/h
7 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:24.141 +1.087s 211.060 km/h
8 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:24.213 +1.159s 210.880 km/h
9 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:24.436 +1.382s 210.323 km/h
10 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:24.671 +1.617s 209.739 km/h
11 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:24.769 +1.715s 209.496 km/h
12 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:25.007 +1.953s 208.910 km/h
13 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:25.392 +2.338s 207.968 km/h
14 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 1:25.411 +2.357s 207.922 km/h
15 19 Brazil Luciano Burti United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:25.572 +2.518s 207.531 km/h
16 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:25.872 +2.818s 206.805 km/h
17 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:26.062 +3.008s 206.349 km/h
18 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 1:26.855 +3.801s 204.465 km/h
19 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 1:26.902 +3.848s 204.354 km/h
20 23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane France Prost-Acer 1:27.750 +4.696s 202.379 km/h
21 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 1:27.758 +4.704s 202.361 km/h
22 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 1:28.281 +5.227s 201.162 km/h
107% Time: 1:28.868
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 ______________
David Coulthard 2
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 2 3 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 4
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 3 5 ______________
Jarno Trulli 6
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 4 7 ______________
Juan Pablo Montoya 8
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 5 9 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 10
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 6 11 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 12
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 7 13 ______________
Eddie Irvine 14
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 8 15 ______________
Luciano Burti 16
______________ Enrique Bernoldi
Row 9 17 ______________
Jos Verstappen 18
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 10 19 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 20
______________ Gastón Mazzacane
Row 11 21 ______________
Jenson Button 22
______________ Tarso Marques

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 62 1:30:44.817 3 10
2 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 62 +4.352s 1 6
3 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 62 +34.766s 6 4
4 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 62 +36.315s 2 3
5 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 62 +1:25.558 5 2
6 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 61 +1 lap 9 1
7 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 61 +1 lap 12
8 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 61 +1 lap 8
9 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 61 +1 lap 14
10 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 60 +2 laps 16
11 19 Brazil Luciano Burti United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 60 +2 laps 15
12 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 60 +2 laps 21
Ret 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 50 Engine 22
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 48 Clutch 7
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 42 Engine 13
Ret 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 31 Engine 19
Ret 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 30 Engine 11
Ret 23 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane France Prost-Acer 28 Engine 20
Ret 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 24 Wheel 4
Ret 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 17 Steering 10
Ret 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 6 Exhaust 17
Ret 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 5 Accident 18
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

David Coulthard moved level on points with Championship leader Michael Schumacher at the head of the Championship hunt in San Marino, although the German's two wins to the Scot's one meant that the latter had the de jure lead. Rubens Barrichello was next, twelve off the lead, while Ralf Schumacher's maiden F1 triumph had catapulted him into fourth, two behind the Brazilian. Nick Heidfeld then completed the top five ahead of Heinz-Harald Frentzen, with Kimi Räikkönen the last of the scorers in eleventh.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had seen their lead take a battering on home soil, although the Scuderia still held a ten point advantage leaving Imola. McLaren-Mercedes had done the damage, moving onto 30 points after the opening four rounds, with an eighteen point gap between themselves and the now third placed Williams-BMW. Jordan-Honda were next ahead of Sauber-Petronas, with BAR-Honda and Benetton-Renault the only other early scorers.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 26
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 26
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 14
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 12 ▲4
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 7 ▼1
6 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6 ▼1
7 Finland Mika Häkkinen 4 ▲3
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 4 ▼1
9 France Olivier Panis 3 ▼3
10 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 1
11 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 40
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 30
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 12 ▲3
4 Ireland Jordan-Honda 10
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 8 ▼2
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 3 ▼1
7 Italy Benetton-Renault 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'San Marino 2001: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/saint-marin/engages.aspx, (Accessed 05/11/2019)
  3. 'San Marino 2001: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/saint-marin/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 05/11/2019)
  4. 'Gran Premio Warsteiner di San Marino 2001 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2001/races/706/san-marino/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 05/11/2019)
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  6. 6.0 6.1 '2001 San Marino GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2001&gp=San%20Marino%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 05/11/2019)
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