On this day in #F1: June 10th 2001, ‘Siblings make F1 history’

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Formula One history was created on the 10th of June 2001 in Montreal, when an exciting race concluded with the first ever 1-2 finish from two siblings.

Just five drivers were classified on the lead lap, the other three being Mika Haikkinen, Kimi Raikkonen and Jean Alesi. This was reigning champion, Hakkinen’s, first podium of the year following four retirements in the preceding seven races.

The F1 calendar look very different from today, with Malaysia in just its third year and still the only ‘new’ Asian circuit on the calendar. Ecclestone’s push to recruit races to the east would change this significantly over the next decade.

Rnd Race Date Location
1 Australian Grand Prix 04-Mar  Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
2 Malaysian Grand Prix 18-Mar  Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur
3 Brazilian Grand Prix 01-Apr  Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
4 San Marino Grand Prix 15-Apr  Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola
5 Spanish Grand Prix 29-Apr  Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
6 Austrian Grand Prix 13-May  A1-Ring, Spielberg
7 Monaco Grand Prix 27-May  Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
8 Canadian Grand Prix 10-Jun  Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
9 European Grand Prix 24-Jun  Nürburgring, Nürburg
10 French Grand Prix 01-Jul  Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours
11 British Grand Prix 15-Jul  Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
12 German Grand Prix 29-Jul  Hockenheimring, Hockenheim
13 Hungarian Grand Prix 19-Aug  Hungaroring, Budapest
14 Belgian Grand Prix 02-Sep  Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot
15 Italian Grand Prix 16-Sep  Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
16 United States Grand Prix 30-Sep  Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis
17 Japanese Grand Prix 14-Oct  Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka

It was the less fancied of the two Schumacher’s who won the race despite the fact the Michael had taken pole position on Saturday.

untitledOnce again, engines mattered in Montreal. Ralph’s Williams-BMW was much more powerful than the Ferrari engine, though the car was highly unreliable that year. Ralph and his team-mate Jaun Pablo Montoya retired 18 times between them during the course of just 17 races in 2001. In contrast, Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barichello in the Ferrari’s retired just 5 times.

The race in Montreal saw Ralph race his big brother in what a times was an exciting battle. Michael led away from the start, but there was carnage elsewhere on the circuit.

Fisichella broke his suspension running into the back of his team-mate Jenson Button, though the British driver soldiered on until an oil leak ended his race.

The feisty Irishman, Eddie Irvine, clashed with the always ‘unlucky’ Nick Heidfeld, and both were immediately out of the running.

Montoya, the Maldonado of his day, crashed into the wall and Barichello sympathetically spun across the track and into the wall on the other side, whilst trying to avoid the Columbian. This crash led to the safety car being deployed in order to clear the wreckage. (Rubens later blamed his traction control which had failed)

The decisive period of the race came when Ralph delivered a series of eye watering laps following his brother pitting for tyres and fuel. This meant by the time Ralph made his stop and returned to the track, he was a long way ahead of Michael.

As the race drew to a close, it appeared as though Arrows were about to score a vital point due to the high attrition rate. However, Josh Verstappen crashed almost in sight of the chequered flag – later claiming his brakes had failed.

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Alain Prost was delirious at end of the race when Jean Alesi brought home his Prost car in 5th place. Alesi caught the sense of the moment and threw his helmet into the crowd. He had done this previously in 1999 when his car broke down at the hairpin. Needless to say the crowd in this French speaking part of Canada, roared their appreciation for their hero.

Ralph Schumacher was rather eclipsed as a racing driver by his brother from the moment he entered Formula One. Ralph earned six race wins which puts him alongside Gilles Villeneuve and Riccardo Patrese together with 27 podium finishes. All this in a career which spanned 11 years and saw the German start 180 Grand Prix.

Michael’s records may never be beaten again. 7 World drivers’ titles, 91 wins and 155 podium finishes. The race victories alone are a staggering 40 more than the next best Alain Prost. Current drivers Vettel (40) and Hamilton (37) may rival Prost for second in the all time F1 win standings, but Michael Schumacher is surely out of even their reach.

The Schumacher brothers went on to complete 1-2 finishes in F1 on four more occasions.

#ForzaMichael

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11 responses to “On this day in #F1: June 10th 2001, ‘Siblings make F1 history’

  1. “Ralph’s Williams-BMW was much more powerful than the Ferrari engine”

    The BMW P80 engine was rated at 850BHP. The Ferrari Tipo 050 at 840 BHP. I don’t think I’d consider 10 BHP (1%) to be “much more powerful”.

    • I think you are incorrect about this figures for mid-2001… but it’s not worth the argument, however I do recall the BMW of 2001 being materially more powerful than the Ferrari. It showed in Monza too.

  2. ‘Just five drivers were classified on the lead lap, the other three being Mika Haikkinen, Kimi Raikkonen and Jean Alesi. This was reigning champion, Hakkinen’s, first podium of the year following four retirements in the preceding seven races.’

    Hakkinen wasn’t reigning champion in 2001 as he last won it in 1999. Also as he finished 3rd why was he one of the other three not classified on the lead lap as was Jean Alesi and he finished 5th? Confused.com 😳

  3. A bit soon to say neither hamilton nor vettel will have a higher win total of schumacher. If the Mercedes stays this dominant for the same amount of time as schumachers ferrari was he has a good chance. And trow a team mate in the mix who is willing to be 2nd driver and nothing more…

    • Also if Ferrari gave Vettel the opportunity to win as many races as they gave to Schumacher between 2000 and 2004, he would be well ahead of him by that point. Vettel already had twice the number of wins compared to Schumacher when he came to Scuderia Ferrari. Only problem is Hamilton and Vettel may get in each other’s way to achieve that number.

  4. Writer of this very slightly incorrect article has gone very quiet on us……

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