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2001 Austrian Grand Prix

The 2001 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at A1-Ring on May 13, 2001.

Race summary

The big issue at the start was launch control, four cars were left stranded on the grid as the race got under away, amazingly the rest of the cars managed to swerve and avoid the stalled cars. The two williams drivers both got absolute flyers away from the grid to be one and two, Juan Pablo Montoya was leading and Ralf Schumacher was second, with Michael Schumacher third. Jarno Trulli who had got going again from pits after being one of the stalled cars was soon disqualified for leaving the pit lane with the red light on when the safety car and the pack were going past the pit exit.

It was no surprise that the safety car was deployed to clear the stalled cars away.

At the re-start Montoya led away again but Ralf Schumacher was soon in trouble when his brakes gave up, at the same time Montoya was suffering bad tyre graining, allowing Michael Schumacher to close right up on him, at the same time Rubens Barrichello closed up on his team mate and Jos Verstappen, Coulthard and also Kimi Räikkönen to close up, causing a train of cars behind Montoya.

Montoya tried to hold them all off but then Michael Schumacher make his move at the tight second corner and Montoya basically forced both of them off the track, leaving Barrichello in the lead, both Montoya and Schumacher both recovered back on the track but were now down the field. Verstappen mean while pitted soon after with a much lighter field load.

Michael Schumacher however soon fought his way back through while Montoya was to drop out in the end.

At the round of pit stops, Coulthard jumped Rubens Barrichello to lead the race, however both Ferrari's closed right up on the McLaren.

Then controversary struck, Barrichello was asked via the radio to let his team mate through for the championship, he did not until the final corner of the last lap, causing a lot of problems after the race.

In the end David Coulthard came home first just ahead of both Ferraris and a superb fourth for Kimi Räikkönen in the Sauber, his team mate would have been up there to, but he was one of the four drivers who had problems at the start, although he did well to get up to 9th after starting a lap down.

Classification

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  
DSQ 12 Jarno Trulli Jordan-Honda 14 Disqualified 5  
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  

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