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2001 Canadian Grand Prix

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Date  10 June 2001
Course length  4.421 km (2.747 mi)
Course  Street circuit
2001 Canadian Grand Prix
Official name  XXXIX Grand Prix Air Canada
Location  Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Distance  69 laps, 305.049 km (189.549 mi)

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.


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

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 team-mate, 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.

Championship standings after the race

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

    2001 Canadian Grand Prix Wikipedia

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