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2001 Canadian Grand Prix

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2001 Canadian Grand Prix
Race 8 of 17 in the 2001 Formula One World Championship
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (1996-2001).svg
Race details
Date 10 June 2001
Official name XXXIX Grand Prix Air Canada
Location Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Course Street circuit
Course length 4.421 km (2.747 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 305.049 km (189.549 mi)
Weather Sunny and warm with air temperatures approaching 26 °C (79 °F); wind speeds up to 7 kilometres per hour (4.3 mph) reported[1]
Attendance 115,280
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:15.782
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW
Time 1:17.205 on lap 50 (lap record)
First Williams-BMW
Second Ferrari
Third McLaren-Mercedes

The 2001 Canadian Grand Prix (formally the XXXIX Grand Prix Air Canada) was a Formula One motor race held at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal on 10 June 2001. It was the eighth round of the 2001 Formula One season. The 69-lap race was won by Ralf Schumacher driving for the Williams team. Michael Schumacher finished second, driving a Ferrari car, with Mika Häkkinen third for the McLaren team. Ralf Schumacher's win was his second of the season and also marked the first time that two brothers finished first and second in a race.

As a consequence of the race, Michael Schumacher extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship to 18 points over David Coulthard. In the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari extended their lead over McLaren to 34 points.


Michael Schumacher leads brother Ralf during the first part of the race.
Michael Schumacher leads brother Ralf during the first part of the race.

This race created history for it was the first time two brothers finished first and second in a race.[2]

This time Michael Schumacher was out-raced by his younger brother Ralf who had a much more powerful car for this race.

However, with Michael finishing second it only strengthened his championship lead after his nearest challenger David Coulthard retired with mechanical problems.

It was a thrilling battle between the two brothers, Michael led away at the start, but there were problems behind when Fisichella broke his suspension on the back of his teammate, then Eddie Irvine clashed with Nick Heidfeld, both were out.

Then about 20 laps into the race Montoya crashed into the wall and Barrichello also crashed trying to avoid him, his traction control was not working which did not help, this brought out the safety car briefly while the wreck was cleared.

The race was decided when Ralf Schumacher drove a series of stunning laps after Michael had pitted, so when Ralf came in he was a long way ahead.

Ralf Schumacher cruised home to take his second win of the season with his brother Michael Schumacher coming home second, history was made, it was a first podium of the season for double world champion Mika Häkkinen who benefited from the high amount of retirements, it was still a subdued Flying Finn though.

Towards the end the Arrows team looked likely to score a valuable point but Jos Verstappen crashed when his brakes failed.

It was also jubilant scenes at Prost when Jean Alesi finished 5th then threw his helmet into the crowd after the race.


Jarno Trulli leads the midfield on the first lap of the race.
Jarno Trulli leads the midfield on the first lap of the race.


Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:15.782 -
2 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:16.297 +0.515
3 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.423 +0.641
4 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 1:16.459 +0.677
5 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:16.760 +0.978
6 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 1:16.771 +0.989
7 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 1:16.875 +1.093
8 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.979 +1.197
9 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:17.035 +1.253
10 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 1:17.123 +1.341
11 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1:17.165 +1.383
12 11 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Jordan-Honda 1:17.328 +1.546
13 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 1:17.903 +2.121
14 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 1:18.015 +2.233
15 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:18.016 +2.234
16 22 France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 1:18.178 +2.396
17 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 1:18.575 +2.793
18 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 1:18.622 +2.840
19 23 Brazil Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 1:18.753 +2.971
20 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 1:19.033 +3.251
21 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-European 1:20.690 +4.908
22 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European No Time


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 69 1:34:31.522 2 10
2 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 69 +20.235 1 6
3 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 69 +40.672 8 4
4 17 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Sauber-Petronas 69 +1:08.116 7 3
5 22 France Jean Alesi Prost-Acer 69 +1:10.435 16 2
6 19 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar-Cosworth 68 +1 Lap 14 1
7 11 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Jordan-Honda 68 +1 Lap 12  
8 23 Brazil Luciano Burti Prost-Acer 68 +1 Lap 19  
9 20 Brazil Tarso Marques Minardi-European 66 +3 Laps 21  
10 14 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Asiatech 65 Brakes 13  
11 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 63 Brakes 4  
Ret 4 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 54 Engine 3  
Ret 9 France Olivier Panis BAR-Honda 38 Brakes 6  
Ret 10 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 34 Driveshaft 9  
Ret 15 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Arrows-Asiatech 24 Engine 17  
Ret 6 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya Williams-BMW 19 Accident 10  
Ret 2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 19 Spun off 5  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Jenson Button Benetton-Renault 17 Oil Leak 20  
Ret 21 Spain Fernando Alonso Minardi-European 7 Transmission 22  
Ret 16 Germany Nick Heidfeld Sauber-Petronas 1 Collision 11  
Ret 18 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1 Collision 15  
Ret 7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Renault 0 Collision 18  


Championship standings after the race

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


  1. ^ "Weather information for the "2001 Canadian Grand Prix"". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 2013-11-11.
  2. ^ "A history of the Canadian Grand Prix". ESPN. Retrieved 31 August 2013.
  3. ^ "2001 Canadian Grand Prix". Limited. Archived from the original on 29 October 2014. Retrieved 26 December 2015.

External links

Previous race:
2001 Monaco Grand Prix
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2001 season
Next race:
2001 European Grand Prix
Previous race:
2000 Canadian Grand Prix
Canadian Grand Prix Next race:
2002 Canadian Grand Prix
Preceded by
2000 United States Grand Prix
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Succeeded by
2002 Hungarian Grand Prix
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