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2001 FIA Formula 1 Season
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Champion Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT,11,23)
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT)
Champion Driver: Michael Schumacher (DE,4,4)
Putative Driver: Michael Schumacher (DE)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model F2001, 2.99-liter, ten-cylinder vee, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, Magnetti-Marelli fuel injection, seven-speed semi-automatic sequential transverse, Brembo ventilated carbon fibre disc brakes, carbon fibre/carbon fibre composite honeycomb monocoque, double wishbone-pushrod independent suspension, power-assist steering, 845 horsepower (Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne).

The FIA in 2001, beleaguered by constructor complaints regarding the suspected use of electronic driver aids by Scuderia Ferrari, permits the use of traction control, launch control, and semi-automatic gearboxes for all entries in April. Scuderia Ferrari with its F2001 entry and driver Michael Schumacher (nine victories) make short work of the Formula 1 competition and blitz their way to the constructors' and drivers' titles, the third consecutive for Ferrari and the second consecutive for Schumacher, who also takes his fourth championship. Future F1 champions Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen make their respective debuts at Melbourne in March. Michael Schumacher completes a string of six consecutive victories at Sepang in March. Ralf and Michael Schumacher become the first brothers in series history to each win a contest in the same season at Imola in April. Ralf and Michael Schumacher become the first brothers to finish 1-2 in the same series event at Montreal in June. Michael Schumacher earns his fiftieth series career victory at Magny Cours in July. Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher ascends as the all-time series leader in race victories at fifty-two, supplanting the great Alain Prost, at Spa in September. The United States falls under attack to terrorists on September 11 who hijack four commercial airliners and crash the same into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington DC, and a farm pasture in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. BAR Honda and Jacques Villeneuve thwart an attempt by Michael Schumacher to organize the field into a subdued non-racing first lap at Monza in September in remembrance for the victims of September 11 in the USA. Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya collects a very popular maiden series victory at Monza in September. McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen announces his one-year sabbatical from racing at season end. Departures: Race marshal due to Villeneuve-R. Schumacher shunt, GP Australia, Melbourne, March. Paul Morgan, co-founder of Ilmor, 52, b. Birmingham, England 1948, d. airplane crash, Sywell, England, May.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Scuderia Ferrari222     Schumacher M162
McLaren Mercedes122     Coulthard82
Williams BMW97     Barrichello71
Sauber Petronas22     Schumacher R59
Jordan Honda19     Hakkinen42
BAR Honda19     Montoya JP42

Noteworthy 2001 Races

2001 XXX Grande Prêmio do Brasil São Paulo, Brazil2001 2001 XXX Grande Prêmio do Brasil At Carlos Pace for the Brazilian Grand Prix in April, the race comes to a British McLaren MP4-16 Mercedes under David Coulthard (GB) in wet conditions in 1:39:00.8 (average 115.19 mph), under seventeen seconds ahead of a Ferrari entry. Motorsport enthusiasts across the planet gasp in surprise as USA racing star and Williams driver Juan Pablo Montoya outwrestles the formidable Michael Schumacher in his Ferrari at Senna Curva for the lead on a race restart and bests the reputed German through midrace before backmarker Jos Verstappen in his Arrows unceremoniously dumps Montoya at Turn 4 on Lap 38 of 71. Schumacher inherits the lead after his service cycle and controls the race until uncharacteristically spinning off at Turn 4 on Lap 48. Second place runner Coulthard closes in on Schumacher, passes the Ferrari one lap later, and motors on for a comfortable and surely unexpected race victory. Photo Credit: Antonio Scorza.
2001 XLIII Gran Premio de España Barcelona, Spain2001 2001 XLIII Gran Premio de España At Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix (307.5 kilometers) in April, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari F2001 under Michael Schumacher (DE) takes race honors in 1:31:03.3 (average 125.88 mph), under forty-one seconds ahead of a Williams entry. After McLaren deftly leapfrogs Ferrari on second service with excellent driving from Mika Häkkinen, Schumacher unexpectedly inherits the victory after race leader Häkkinen in devastating fashion loses drive as he begins the final circuit. Photo Credit: Sutton Images.
2001 LIX Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo2001 2001 LIX Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (263 kilometers) in May, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari F2001 under Michael Schumacher (DE) takes the flag in 1:47:22.6 (average 91.27 mph), under a second (.431) ahead of a companion Ferrari driven by Rubens Barrichello. Schumacher takes advantage of a stall by pole-sitter David Coulthard in his McLaren on the formation lap to start alone on Row 1 for the contest, dominates the affair, and finally moves past teammate Barrichello by way of his service cycle on Lap 60 of 78 for his fifth victory in the principality, matching the great Graham Hill. Photo Credit: Scuderia Ferrari.