2001 F1 Championship Standings

19.08.2001 Budapest, Ungarn, Michael Schumacher jubelt mit Corinna Schumacher und Manager Willi Weber nach seinem Sieg und dem Gewinn der Weltmeisterschaft am Sonntag (19.08.2001) beim Formel 1 Grand Prix von Ungarn in Budapest. © Jerg/Onlinesport

Michael Schumacher celebrates his title with Corinna Schumacher & Manager Willi Weber on 19 aug.2001 in Hungary

See all 2001 F1 results for each race, driver and team.

If anyone thought that they could prevent Michael Schumacher from winning two titles in a row, they were fooling themselves. Indeed, the German trounced all-comers, leaving McLaren's David Coulthard as best of the rest.

Michael Schumacher started the year as reigning World Champion. And, unusually for Ferrari, but depressingly for the opposition, the team in red hit the ground running, with Michael winning the opening race in Australia. He followed this up with victory in Malaysia, but this owed a lot to fortune as rain fell just after he'd slipped off the track and out of the lead, with the fitment of intermediate tyres when all others fitted wets proving inspired.

Here you can find the 2001 F1 teams overview, we also have all other F1 results since 1950.



2001 F1 Championship Overview

2001 F1 World Championship
Race Date Winning Driver Team Laps Time
Australian Grand Prix March 4 Germany Michael Schumacher
Italy Ferrari 58 01:38:26.533
Malaysian Grand Prix March 18 Germany Michael Schumacher
Italy Ferrari 55 01:47:34.801
Brazilian Grand Prix April 1 United Kingdom David Coulthard
United Kingdom McLaren 71 01:39:00.834
San Marino Grand Prix April 15 Germany Ralf Schumacher
United Kingdom Williams 62 01:30:44.817
Spanish Grand Prix April 29 Germany Michael Schumacher
Italy Ferrari 65 01:31:03.305
Austrian Grand Prix May 13 United Kingdom David Coulthard
United Kingdom McLaren 71 01:27:45.927
Monaco Grand Prix May 27 Germany Michael Schumacher
Italy Ferrari 78 01:47:22.561
Canadian Grand Prix June 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher
United Kingdom Williams 69 01:34:31.522
European Grand Prix June 24 Germany Michael Schumacher
Italy Ferrari 67 01:29:42.724
French Grand Prix July 1 Germany Michael Schumacher
Italy Ferrari 72 01:33:35.636
British Grand Prix July 15 Finland Mika Häkkinen
United Kingdom McLaren 60 01:25:33.770
German Grand Prix July 29 Germany Ralf Schumacher
United Kingdom Williams 45 01:18:17.873
Hungarian Grand Prix August 19 Germany Michael Schumacher
Italy Ferrari 77 01:41:49.675
Belgian Grand Prix September 2 Germany Michael Schumacher
Italy Ferrari 36 01:08:05.002
Italian Grand Prix September 16 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
United Kingdom Williams 53 01:16:58.493
USA Grand Prix September 30 Finland Mika Häkkinen
United Kingdom McLaren 73 01:32:42.840
Japanese Grand Prix October 14 Germany Michael Schumacher
Italy Ferrari 53 01:27:33.298


2001 F1 Championship Report

However hard the opposition tried, with both McLaren and Williams getting in on the act, Ferrari remained the team in control and the remainder of Michael's year was one of domination as he won fully seven more times, wrapping up his fourth title as early as the Hungarian GP, with four races still to run.

David Coulthard was consistent in the first two races, then inspired in victory in Brazil, but McLaren's failure to develop its launch control sufficiently left him stranded at the start at Barcelona. David then produced his lap of the year to qualify on pole at Monaco, only to have his launch control fail again, meaning he'd have to start from the back of the grid on this track on which overtaking is so difficult. As at Barcelona, he was restricted to a fifth-place finish, with Michael taking a maximum score both times to stretch his points advantage. Despite winning the French GP, David then spent the rest of the year very much in Michael's wake.

Coulthard's team-mate Mika Hakkinen was seemingly uninspired and not firing on all cylinders. Much of this was down to mechanical failure, and this never hit him harder than at the Spanish GP where he was half a lap away from a dominant win when his car broke, allowing Michael Schumacher through to victory. However, Mika was reinvigorated by winning at Silverstone, then one race after announcing his intention to take a sabbatical, he won again at Indianapolis. Despite Mika's protestations at the final round at Suzuka that he'd be taking just one year out to recharge his batteries, many felt that the curtains had just been drawn on the great Finn's illustrious career.

Rubens Barrichello came out of Michael's shadow more in the second Ferrari. But he was put back in his place when told to cease his pursuit of Coulthard for the lead in the closing laps of the Austrian GP to let Michael through. This Rubens did, grudgingly, coming out of the final corner. Only when Michael had wrapped up the title did the team start to help his challenge to beat Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher to be the season's runner-up. His form picked up noticeably, although strong runs at Monza and Indianapolis didn't produce the points the Brazilian's input deserved, as Coulthard collected sufficient points to end the year as runner-up.

Running on Michelins was always going to be a gamble for the Williams team, as the French tyre manufacturer was making its return to the grand prix scene against the vastly more experienced Bridgestone. However, with ever more powerful engines from BMW, Williams was confident. Off the pace whenever the conditions were cold and wet, they struggled at Imola, until it warmed up and Ralf Schumacher romped clear of the McLarens for his first win. This was repeated at Montreal, and a further win was added at Hockenheim. However, by this stage in the season, new team-mate Juan Pablo Montoya had stopped making mistakes. The Colombian had showed his speed as early as the third race, muscling his way past Michael Schumacher in Brazil, later being deprived of victory at Hockenheim by a delayed pit stop that led to a blown engine. However, the former Champ Car star's day of days came at Indianapolis when he scored what will surely be the first of many wins.

Fourth overall in the Constructors' Cup, went to Sauber in 2001, the little-fancied team surprising everyone by being consistent point-scorers. Equipped with the previous year's Ferrari engines - badged as Petronas engines - they had power aplenty. But the fact that designer Sergio Rinland quit before the opening race didn't augur well for this team that traditionally loses ground through the year through lack of development. However, the chassis was a good one and not only did Nick Heidfeld finally have a car in which to shine, but his rookie team-mate Kimi Raikkonen did too. The Finn arrived with just 23 car races to his name, having bypassed not only Formula 3000 but Formula Three as well. FIA president Max Mosley wasn't happy about this, putting the Finn under observation, but this proved unnecessary when he scored a point on his debut and continued to impress. In fact, so much so that Hakkinen urged McLaren's Ron Dennis to take on his compatriot during his year off in 2002.

Considering that Jordan had hoped to finish at least fourth overall, 2001 was a disappointment. Indeed, they ended up fifth only after Jarno Trulli's disqualification from fourth in the US GP was overturned on a technicality. It was the least that the luckless Italian deserved before effecting a straight swap with Giancarlo Fisichella for 2002. Heinz-Harald Frentzen also left the team, but before the year was out, being dropped to make way for Jean Alesi.

Renault tried to be different in 2001, returning to Formula One with a radical, wide-angle engine in the back of the Benettons of Fisichella and Jenson Button. They were off the pace and their running was restricted, leaving them perilously close to the rear of the grid in the first half of the season. However, Renault upped the power and promise was revealed in the German GP when both scored points. Two races later, in Belgium, Fisichella ran second for much of the race before being demoted to an eventual third by Coulthard. This left everyone sure that when the team was rebranded as Renault for 2002, it would be running much closer to the pace of Formula One's big three: Ferrari, McLaren and Williams. BAR, like Jordan, lacked the ultimate grunt from their Honda engines, but their main worry was the chassis, leaving Jacques Villeneuve and Olivier Panis to scrap for points, although the Canadian twice lucked into a podium position.

Jaguar was another team that failed to shine, with team boss Bobby Rahal being shown the door to make way for Niki Lauda taking sole charge. Eddie Irvine claimed a surprise third at Monaco, but neither he nor Pedro de la Rosa had much else to smile about. Arrows lacked power and budget, but Jos Verstappen often showed well in the early stages of races, although this pace was artificial as he would start the race on a two-stop strategy and thus be running with a light fuel load while others planned to stop just the once.

While the arrival of Australian airline magnate Paul Stoddart brought the finance to save tailenders Minardi, Alain Prost's team spent the season heading for meltdown. Financial top-ups kept it going and the battle for survival continued into the close-season, but the French team folded in the New Year, with various rescue bids doomed for hard-to-understand reasons, meaning that Alesi's hard-won points were to count for nothing. At least the numbers on the grid wouldn't drop in 2002 as their place was being taken by a new team: Toyota.

Driver Standings

2001 Formula 1 Championship Driver Standings

1Germany Michael Schumacher1*12DNF1*212112DNF11*421123
2United Kingdom David Coulthard231251*5*DNF34*DNFDNF32DNF3365
3Brazil Rubens Barrichello32DNF3DNF32DNF533225215556
4Germany Ralf SchumacherDNF5DNF*1*DNFDNFDNF1*42DNF1473*DNF6*49
5Finland Mika HäkkinenDNF6*DNF49DNFDNF36DNS1*DNF5*4DNF1437
7Germany Nick Heidfeld4DNF3769DNFDNFDNF66DNF6DNF116912
8Canada Jacques VilleneuveDNFDNF7DNF384DNF9DNF83986DNF1012
10Finland Kimi Räikkönen6DNFDNFDNF841041075DNF7DNS7DNFDNF9
11Italy Giancarlo Fisichella13DNF6DNF14DNFDNFDNF1111134DNF3108178
13Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen54116DNFDNFDNF DNF87 DNF9DNF10126
14France Jean Alesi9989101065151211610687DNF5
15France Olivier Panis7DNF4875DNFDNFDNF9DNF7DNF11911135
16Spain Pedro de la Rosa    DNFDNFDNF681412DNF11DNF512DNF3
17United Kingdom Jenson Button1411101215DNF7DNF1316155DNFDNFDNF972
18Netherlands Jos Verstappen107DNFDNF126810DNF131091210DNFDNF151
19Brazil Ricardo Zonta       7   DNF     0
20Brazil Tarso MarquesDNF149DNF16DNFDNF9DNF15DNQDNFDNF13   0
21Malaysia Alex Yoong              DNFDNF160
22Brazil Luciano Burti810DNF111111DNF81210DNFDNFDNFDNF   0
23Argentina Gastón MazzacaneDNF12DNFDNF             0
24Spain Fernando Alonso1213DNFDNF13DNFDNFDNF14171610DNFDNF13DNF110
25Brazil Enrique BernoldiDNFDNFDNF10DNFDNF9DNFDNFDNF148DNF12DNF13140
26Czech Republic Tomáš Enge              1214DNF0

2001 F1 results distribution of points: 1st = 10, 2nd = 6, 3rd =4, 4th = 3, 5th = 2, 6th = 1 point
* = this driver has driven the fastest lap of the race.

DNQ = Did Not Qualify, DNS = Did Not Start, Ret = Retired, DSQ = Disqualified, NC = Not Classified

Driver Stats

2001 F1 Drivers Statistics Table

Driver Races 1st 2nd 3rd Podiums Poles Laps Fastest Lead Points
Germany Michael Schumacher 17 9 5 0 14 11 1005 3 0 123
Germany Ralf Schumacher 17 3 1 1 5 1 806 5 0 49
United Kingdom David Coulthard 17 2 3 5 10 2 926 3 0 65
Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 17 1 3 0 4 3 680 3 0 31
Brazil Rubens Barrichello 17 0 5 5 10 0 928 0 0 56
Canada Jacques Villeneuve 17 0 0 2 2 0 790 0 0 12
Germany Nick Heidfeld 17 0 0 1 1 0 764 0 0 12
Italy Jarno Trulli 17 0 0 0 0 0 755 0 0 12
Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 17 0 0 1 1 0 810 0 0 8
United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 17 0 0 1 1 0 658 0 0 6
France Jean Alesi 17 0 0 0 0 0 998 0 0 5
France Olivier Panis 17 0 0 0 0 0 784 0 0 5
United Kingdom Jenson Button 17 0 0 0 0 0 861 0 0 2
Netherlands Jos Verstappen 17 0 0 0 0 0 889 0 0 1
Brazil Enrique Bernoldi 17 0 0 0 0 0 568 0 0 0
Spain Fernando Alonso 17 0 0 0 0 0 707 0 0 0
Finland Mika Häkkinen 16 2 0 1 3 0 689 3 0 37
Finland Kimi Räikkönen 16 0 0 0 0 0 756 0 0 9
Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 15 0 0 0 0 0 719 0 0 6
Brazil Luciano Burti 14 0 0 0 0 0 599 0 0 0
Spain Pedro de la Rosa 13 0 0 0 0 0 579 0 0 3
Brazil Tarso Marques 13 0 0 0 0 0 577 0 0 0
Argentina Gastón Mazzacane 4 0 0 0 0 0 135 0 0 0
Czech Republic Tomáš Enge 3 0 0 0 0 0 166 0 0 0
Malaysia Alex Yoong 3 0 0 0 0 0 132 0 0 0
Brazil Ricardo Zonta 2 0 0 0 0 0 75 0 0 0

Team Standings

2001 Formula 1 Championship Constructor Standings

1Italy Ferrari1112DNF1212112DNF11421179
2United Kingdom McLaren3DNF6DNF49DNFDNF36DNS1DNF54DNF14102
3United Kingdom Williams5DNF5DNF1DNFDNFDNF142DNF1473DNF680
4Switzerland Sauber164DNF3769DNFDNFDNF66DNF6DNF116921
5Ireland Jordan1154116DNFDNFDNF7DNF87DNFDNFDNFDNF4819
6United Kingdom BAR97DNF4875DNFDNFDNF9DNF7DNF119111317
7Italy Benetton713DNF6DNF14DNFDNFDNF1111134DNF31081710
9France Prost2299891010651512116DNF9DNF10124
10United Kingdom Arrows14107DNFDNF126810DNF131091210DNFDNF151

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