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2001 Austrian Grand Prix

The 2001 Austrian Grand Prix (formally the XXV Großer A1 Preis von Österreich) was a Formula One motor race held at A1-Ring on May 13, 2001. It was the sixth round of the 2001 Formula One season. The race, contested over 71 laps, was won by David Coulthard driving for the McLaren team after starting from a seventh position start. Michael Schumacher driving for Ferrari finished second, with Rubens Barrichello third in the other Ferrari.


  • Race summary 1
  • Classification 2
    • Qualifying 2.1
    • Race 2.2
  • Standings after the race 3

Race summary

Launch control was a concern as four cars were left on the grid as they stalled as the race started. There were no incidents or accidents as a result of the cars stalled on the grid. The two Williams drivers were in first and second position after the start: Juan Pablo Montoya was leading and Ralf Schumacher was second. Michael Schumacher in his Ferrari was in third position.

The safety car was deployed on the first lap as two of the cars which stalled could not be removed from the grid before the race completed the first lap. Jarno Trulli, one of the drivers that stalled their car but who had been recovered to the pit lane, was disqualified for leaving the pit lane while the red light was on as the safety car and the cars behind it passed the pit lane exit.

At the restart Montoya was in lead again while Ralf Schumacher retired soon after with brake problems. Soon afterwards, Montoya began to experience tyre graining, which allowed Michael Schumacher to close on him. Furthermore, Rubens Barrichello got closer to his team mate and was followed by Jos Verstappen, David Coulthard and Kimi Räikkönen causing a line of cars behind Montoya.

Montoya tried to hold them all off but then Michael Schumacher made his move on the outside of the tight second corner. Montoya outbraked himself, this resulted in both of them running off the track, leaving Barrichello in the lead. Both Montoya and Schumacher went back on the track but were down the field now. Verstappen meanwhile pitted soon after with a much lighter fuel load.

Schumacher fought his way back up to third, while Montoya was able to get up to fourth before retiring with hydraulic fauliure.

At the sole round of pit stops, Coulthard jumped Rubens Barrichello to lead the race, but appeared to be struggling during the closing stages, allowing both Ferraris to close right up to the McLaren.

During the last lap, Barrichello was ordered by the Ferrari team to cede second position to Schumacher, so that he could gain points to defend the driver's title. Barrichello did not comply until the final corner of the last lap. An identical situation happened at the following year's event, and the ensuing podium procedure in which Schumacher ushered Barrichello to the top step resulted in a heavy fine for the Ferrari team, Schumacher and Barrichello, as well as the FIA later banning "team orders" altogether.

In the end David Coulthard finished first, just ahead of both Ferraris and a fourth place for Kimi Räikkönen in his Sauber.



Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:09.562 -
2 6 Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:09.686 +0.124
3 5 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:09.769 +0.207
4 2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:09.786 +0.224
5 12 Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 1:10.202 +0.640
6 16 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:10.211 +0.649
7 4 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.331 +0.769
8 3 Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.342 +0.780
9 17 Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 1:10.396 +0.834
10 9 Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:10.435 +0.873
11 11 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 1:10.923 +1.361
12 10 Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:11.058 +1.496
13 18 Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:11.632 +2.070
14 19 Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1:11.752 +2.190
15 15 Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 1:11.823 +2.261
16 14 Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 1:12.187 +2.625
17 23 Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 1:12.206 +2.644
18 21 Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 1:12.640 +3.078
19 7 Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 1:12.644 +3.082
20 22 Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 1:12.910 +3.348
21 8 Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 1:13.459 +3.897
22 20 Tarso Marques Minardi-European 1:13.585 +4.023


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 71 1:27:45.927 7 10
2 1 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 71 +2.190 1 6
3 2 Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 71 +2.527 4 4
4 17 Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 71 +41.593 9 3
5 9 Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 71 +53.775 10 2
6 14 Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 70 +1 Lap 16 1
7 18 Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 70 +1 Lap 13  
8 10 Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 70 +1 Lap 12  
9 16 Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 69 +2 Laps 6  
10 22 Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 69 +2 Laps 20  
11 23 Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 69 +2 Laps 17  
Ret 8 Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 60 Engine 21  
Ret 19 Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 48 Transmission 14  
Ret 6 Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 41 Hydraulics 2  
Ret 21 Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 38 Gearbox 18  
Ret 20 Tarso Marques Minardi-European 25 Gearbox 22  
Ret 15 Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 17 Hydraulics 15  
Ret 5 Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 10 Brakes 3  
Ret 7 Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 3 Engine 19  
Ret 3 Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1 Transmission 8  
Ret 11 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Honda 0 Gearbox 11  
DSQ 12 Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 14 Disqualified 5  

^ Jarno Trulli was disqualified for passing a red light at the pit exit.

Standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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