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The 2001 United States Grand Prix, officially advertised as the 30th SAP United States Grand Prix, was the sixteenth and penultimate round of the 2001 FIA Formula One World Championship, held on 30 September 2001 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indiana, USA.[1] The race would see Mika Häkkinen claim his twentieth and final Grand Prix victory for McLaren-Mercedes, in what was the first international sports event to be staged in the United States after the September 11 2001 Attacks.[1]

Qualifying for the race would see Michael Schumacher beat brother Ralf to pole position, the Ferrari and Williams-BMW pilots exchanging fastest laps throughout.[1] Juan Pablo Montoya was next ahead of Häkkinen, with the Finn having originally split the Schumachers before his fastest time was deleted for ignoring a red light during practice.[1]

The start saw Montoya get a barnstorming start, sweeping outside the two Schumachers to challenge Michael for the lead into turn one, before the scarlet Ferrari aggressively seized the lead in turn two.[1] Behind, Rubens Barrichello also sprinted away to claim third from Ralf Schumacher, leaving Häkkinen in fifth battling with his teammate David Coulthard.[1]

It was Barrichello who emerged as the man to watch in the early laps, with the Brazilian first taking second from Montoya, before charging past teammate Michael Schumacher to claim the lead.[1] The Brazilian ace duly sprinted clear to build a lead, although it quickly became clear that he was on a far lighter fuel load than anyone else.[1]

Indeed, by the time Barrichello made his first stop on lap 27 he had established a thirteen second lead, rejoining in fifth behind the two McLarens, which had both taken Ralf Schuamcher.[1] Out front, meanwhile, Michael Schumacher suddenly found himself having to defend heavily from Montoya, whose Michelin tyres had finally come alive mid-stint.[1]

Montoya's lunge for the lead came at the start of lap 35, with the Colombian ace diving inside of Schumacher as they came to lap Alex Yoong.[1] Once ahead the #6 Williams eased clear at two seconds a lap, before sweeping into the pits on the following tour.[1]

Unseen amid all the fighting was the pace of Häkkinen, who had eased clear of teammate David Coulthard and was on for a long one-stop strategy.[1] He duly led from lap 39, when Schumacher stopped, until lap 46, rejoining in second, before retaking the lead from Barrichello when the Brazilian made his second stop.[1]

Barrichello rejoined in second, and with fresh tyres quickly demolished the Finn's lead, erasing all bar two seconds from it with twelve laps to go.[1] Yet, as the Brazilian began to contemplate a move his Ferrari engine began to emit smoke, before failing completely ten laps later.[1]

With at the race for victory was over, with Häkkinen able to cruise home in the closing stages to claim his final F1 win.[1] Behind, Schumacher just managed to keep Coulthard at bay for third, with Montoya's bid for victory having been ended by a hydraulic failure shortly after his stop.[1] The remaining point were shared between Jarno Trulli, Eddie Irvine and Nick Heidfeld.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 2001 United States 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

Free Practice 1Edit

Free Practice 2Edit

Warm-UpEdit

Practice ResultsEdit

The full practice results for the 2001 United States Grand Prix are outlined below:

No. Driver Team FP1 FP2 Warm-Up
Time Grid Time Grid Time Grid
1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:13.552 2 1:12.078 1 1:14.029 4
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:13.584 3 1:12.463 5 1:14.220 9
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.387 1 1:12.330 2 1:14.025 3
4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:13.656 4 1:12.724 8 1:13.982 2
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:13.919 9 1:12.454 4 1:13.912 1
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:13.983 10 1:12.668 6 1:14.063 6

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:11.708 210.453 km/h
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:11.986 +0.278s 209.641 km/h
3 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:12.252 +0.544s 208.869 km/h
4* 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.309 +0.601s 208.704 km/h
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:12.327 +0.619s 208.652 km/h
6 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:12.434 +0.726s 208.344 km/h
7 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:12.500 +0.792s 208.154 km/h
8 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:12.605 +0.897s 207.853 km/h
9 12 France Jean Alesi Ireland Jordan-Honda 1:12.607 +0.899s 207.848 km/h
10 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 1:12.805 +1.097s 207.282 km/h
11 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:12.881 +1.173s 207.066 km/h
12 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 1:12.942 +1.234s 206.893 km/h
13 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:13.122 +1.414s 206.384 km/h
14 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:13.189 +1.481s 206.195 km/h
15 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen France Prost-Acer 1:13.281 +1.573s 205.936 km/h
16 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:13.679 +1.971s 204.824 km/h
17 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 1:13.991 +2.293s 203.960 km/h
18 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:14.012 +2.304s 203.902 km/h
19 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:14.129 +2.421s 203.580 km/h
20 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 1:14.138 +2.430s 203.556 km/h
21 23 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge France Prost-Acer 1:14.185 +2.477s 203.427 km/h
22 20 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-European 1:15.247 +3.529s 200.555 km/h
107% Time: 1:16.728[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.
  • * Häkkinen had his fastest time (1:11.945) deleted for ignoring a red light in the pitlane during practice.[3]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 2 3 ______________
Juan Pablo Montoya 4
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 3 5 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 6
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 4 7 ______________
David Coulthard 8
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 5 9 ______________
Jean Alesi 10
______________ Jenson Button
Row 6 11 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 12
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 7 13 ______________
Olivier Panis 14
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 8 15 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 16
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 9 17 ______________
Fernando Alonso 18
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 10 19 ______________
Enrique Bernoldi 20
______________ Jos Verstappen
Row 11 21 ______________
Tomáš Enge 22
______________ Alex Yoong

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 73 1:32:42.840 4 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 73 +11.046 1 6
3 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 73 +12.043 7 4
4 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Honda 73 +57.423 8 3
5 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 73 +1:12.434 14 2
6 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 73 +1:12.996 6 1
7 12 France Jean Alesi Ireland Jordan-Honda 72 +1 Lap 9
8 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault 72 +1 Lap 12
9 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Italy Benetton-Renault 72 +1 Lap 10
10 22 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen France Prost-Acer 72 +1 Lap 15
11 9 France Olivier Panis United Kingdom BAR-Honda 72 +1 Lap 13
12 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 72 +1 Lap 16
13 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 72 +1 Lap 19
14 23 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge France Prost-Acer 72 +1 Lap 21
15* 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 71 Engine 5
Ret 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 45 Suspension 18
Ret 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Asiatech 44 Engine 20
Ret 20 Malaysia Alex Yoong Italy Minardi-European 38 Gearbox 22
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya United Kingdom Williams-BMW 38 Hydraulics 3
Ret 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Italy Minardi-European 36 Driveshaft 17
Ret 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 36 Spun off 2
Ret 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 2 Driveshaft 11
Source: [5]
  • * Barrichello was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[1]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 113
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 61
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 54
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 48
5 Finland Mika Häkkinen 34 ▲1
6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 25 ▼1
7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 12
8 Germany Nick Heidfeld 12
9 Italy Jarno Trulli 12 ▲1
10 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 9 ▼1
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8
12 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 6 ▲3
13 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6 ▼1
14 France Olivier Panis 5 ▼1
15 France Jean Alesi 5 ▼1
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 167
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 95
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 73
4 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 21
5 Ireland Jordan-Honda 19 ▲1
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 17 ▼1
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

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