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The 2001 Spanish Grand Prix, formally the XLIII Gran Premio Marlboro de Espana, was the fifth round of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship held on 29 April 2001 at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher and Mika Häkkinen "duel" for victory mid-race, until the Finn hit trouble with a engine issue and retired on the final tour while leading.[1]

Qualifying had seen Schumacher sweep to his fourth pole position of the campaign, edging out Häkkinen by less than a tenth of a second.[1] Their teammates David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello would share the second row, with Ralf Schumacher best of the rest for Williams-BMW in fifth.[1]

It would be an even start from the front row for Michael Schumacher and Häkkinen, with the pair holding their one-two status through the first few corners.[1] Behind, Coulthard had been sent to the back of the field after stalling on the formation lap, and duly damaged his front wing while squabbling with back markers, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen made an awful start to plummet from eighth to last.[1]

Schumacher and Häkkinen would steadily ease clear of Barrichello and the rest of the field in the early stages, as the order quickly settled behind them.[1] Indeed, most of the action was to be found outside of the top ten, with Olivier Panis taking tenth from Kimi Räikkönen, while Frentzen took a returning Pedro de la Rosa out of the race with an ambitious lunge around the outside of turn ten.[1]

Indeed, the race proved to be rather tepid until the pitstops were completed, with Schumacher and Häkkinen exchanging barrages of quick laps without the Finn seriously challenging.[1] Behind, however, there would be excitement as Barrichello slipped back towards the pack, finding himself in a fight with Juan Pablo Montoya and Jacques Villeneuve for third until his suspension failed.[1]

Häkkinen would assume the lead when Schumacher made his second stop of the afternoon, before unleashing more pace to build a huge 40 second lead.[1] He duly made his second stop and emerged just ahead of Schumacher, cleverly boxing the German racer in behind Jos Verstappen as he rejoined.[1]

With that the Finn broke clear, and was set to claim a confidence boosting victory until his Mercedes engine had a huge cough as he completed the penultimate lap.[1] By turn three the McLaren was trailing smoke and crawling to a stop on the inside of the circuit, handing the lead to Schumacher with less than a lap to go.[1]

A minute later and a relieved Schumacher swept across the line to claim victory, some forty seconds clear of the man in second.[1] That man was Montoya, clinching his first podium finish in his fifth Grand Prix, having escaped from the clutches of Villeneuve once Barrichello disappeared.[1] The Canadian himself claimed a maiden podium for BAR as a constructor, with Jarno Trulli, Coulthard and Nick Heidfeld claiming the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2001 Spanish 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 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 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 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 Spanish Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:18.201 217.747 km/h
2 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.286 +0.085s 217.510 km/h
3 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.635 +0.434s 216.545 km/h
4 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:18.674 +0.473s 216.437 km/h
5 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:19.016 +0.815s 215.501 km/h
6 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:19.093 +0.892s 215.291 km/h
7 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:19.122 +0.921s 215.212 km/h
8 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:19.150 +0.949s 215.136 km/h
9 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:19.229 +1.028s 214.921 km/h
10 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:19.232 +1.031s 214.913 km/h
11 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:19.479 +1.278s 214.245 km/h
12 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:19.660 +1.459s 213.758 km/h
13 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:20.326 +2.125s 211.986 km/h
14 23 Brazil Luciano Burti France Prost-Acer 1:20.585 +2.384s 211.305 km/h
15 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 1:20.601 +2.400s 211.263 km/h
16 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:20.696 +2.495s 211.014 km/h
17 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:20.737 +2.536s 210.907 km/h
18 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 1:21.037 +2.837s 210.126 km/h
19 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 1:21.065 +2.864s 210.054 km/h
20 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:21.338 +3.137s 209.349 km/h
21 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 1:21.916 +3.715s 207.871 km/h
22 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 1:22.522 +4.321s 206.345 km/h
107% Time: 1:23.675[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
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 2 3 ______________
David Coulthard* 4
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 3 5 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 6
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 4 7 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 8
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 5 9 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 10
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 6 11 ______________
Olivier Panis 12
______________ Juan Pablo Montoya
Row 7 13 ______________
Eddie Irvine 14
______________ Luciano Burti
Row 8 15 ______________
Jean Alesi 16
______________ Enrique Bernoldi
Row 9 17 ______________
Jos Verstappen 18
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 10 19 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 20
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 11 21 ______________
Jenson Button 22
______________ Tarso Marques
  • * Coulthard would start from the back of the grid after stalling on the formation lap.[3]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 65 1:31:03.305 1 10
2 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 65 +40.738s 12 6
3 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 65 +49.626s 7 4
4 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 65 +51.253s 6 3
5 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65 +51.616s 3 2
6 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 65 +1:01.893 10 1
7 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 65 +1:04.977 11
8 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 65 +1:19.808 9
9* 11 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 64 Engine 2
10 22 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer 64 +1 Lap 15
11 23 Brazil Luciano Burti France Prost-Acer 64 +1 Lap 14
12 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 63 +2 Laps 17
13 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 63 +2 Laps 18
14 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 63 +2 Laps 19
15 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 62 +3 Laps 21
16 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Italy Minardi-European 62 +3 Laps 22
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 49 Suspension 4
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 48 Engine 13
Ret 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 20 Brakes 5
Ret 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 8 Fuel pressure 16
Ret 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 5 Collision 20
Ret 11 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Honda 5 Collision 8
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Häkkinen was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory had put Michael Schumacher back in command of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, leaving Spain with an eight point advantage. David Coulthard remained his closest challenger on 28 points, double the tally of third placed Rubens Barrichello suggesting that the Scot would be the German ace's closest challenger with almost a third of the season completed. Behind, there was no change to the rest of the top five, Ralf Schumacher and Nick Heidfeld holding station, while Juan Pablo Montoya and Jacques Villeneuve had registered their first points of the campaign.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had restored their one race advantage over the rest of the field, moving onto a half century in Barcelona with 50 points. McLaren-Mercedes were still their largest threat, leaving Spain eighteen behind, with a fourteen point advantage of their own over third placed Williams-BMW. Jordan-Honda, Sauber-Petronas, BAR-Honda and Benetton-Renault, meanwhile, had held station as the only other scorers.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 36
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 28
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 14
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 12
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 8
6 Italy Jarno Trulli 7 ▲2
7 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 6 ▲13
8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6 ▼2
9 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 4 ▲4
10 Finland Mika Häkkinen 4 ▼3
11 France Olivier Panis 3 ▼2
12 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 1 ▼2
13 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 1 ▼2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 50
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 32
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 18
4 Ireland Jordan-Honda 13
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 9
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 7
7 Italy Benetton-Renault 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Spain 2001: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/espagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 05/11/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Spain 2001: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/espagne/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 05/11/2019)
  4. 'Gran Premio Marlboro de España 2001 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2001/races/707/spain/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 05/11/2019)
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 '5. Spain 2001', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2001/espagne.aspx, (Accessed 05/11/2019)
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V T E Spain Spanish Grand Prix
Circuits Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (1967-1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1981), Montjuïc (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975), Jerez (1986-1990), Catalunya (1991-Present)
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Non-Championship Races 19231924–1925192619271928–192919301931–19321933193419351936–196619671968–19791980
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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