The 2001 Hungarian Grand Prix was held at Hungaroring on 19 August 2001 and was the 13th race of the 2001 Formula One season.
Michael Schumacher and Scuderia Ferrari took home just about everything at the Hungaroring track, as the German driver and his team-mate Rubens Barrichello finished 1-2 in front of an enthusiastic pro-Ferrari crowd. The result meant that Michael Schumacher secured his fourth Drivers’ World Championship, which put him on a level with Alain Prost. At that moment only the great Juan Manuel Fangio had won more titles. The result at the Hungaroring circuit gave Michael his 51st Grand Prix win, thus equaling Alan Prost’s record of success (51 Grand Prix victories), as his next made Schumacher the most successful driver in Formula One history.
Michael Schumacher’s dominant performance was made all the more dominant by the fact that his Brazilian team-mate Rubens Barrichello managed to get ahead of David Coulthard at the start of the race and helped the Maranello team finish 1-2, meaning that Scuderia Ferrari clinched their third consecutive Formula One constructor’s championship.
“It has been a beautiful weekend. We did everything we could have done. I came here with not such a good feeling, for whatever reason but we got pole position, we got the victory, I obviously equalled the 51 wins with Alain. And I got my fourth championship so, it is a bit too much for me right now to take it all in. I simply want to say that, it’s a great achievement but the way it has been done what makes it so fantastic, because the team around us, Rubens and myself, you can’t believe how wonderful the guys are, how much we stick together, in good times, in bad times. We have such a great crew, such a good team that I’m really in love with all of them. It’s their achievement.” – Scuderia Ferrari’s German driver said at the end of a memorable race for the Maranello team.
HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX RESULTS – AUGUST 19, 2001 – 77 LAPS
1. MICHAEL SCHUMACHER – Ferrari – 1h41m49.675
2. RUBENS BARRICHELLO – Ferrari + 3.363
3. DAVID COULTHARD – McLaren-Mercedes + 3.940
4. RALF SCHUMACHER – Williams-BMW + 49.687
5. MIKA HAKKINEN – McLaren-Mercedes + 1m10.293
6. NICK HEIDFELD – Sauber-Petronas + 1 Lap
7. KIMI RAIKKONEN – Sauber-Petronas + 1 Lap
8. JUAN PABLO MONTOYA – Williams-BMW + 1 Lap
9. JACQUES VILLENEUVE – BAR-Honda + 2 Laps
10. JEAN ALESI – Jordan-Honda + 2 Laps
11. PEDRO DE LA ROSA – Jaguar + 2 Laps
12. JOS VERSTAPPEN – Arrows-Asiatech + 3 Laps
Retired GIANCARLO FISICHELLA – Benetton-Renault – Engine
R. HEINZ-HARALD FRENTZEN – Prost-Acer – Engine
R. TARSO MARQUES – European Minardi – Spin
R. OLIVIER PANIS – BAR-Honda – Electrical
R. JARNO TRULLI – Jordan-Honda – Hydraulics
R. FERNANDO ALONSO – European Minardi – Spin
R. JENSON BUTTON – Benetton-Renault – Spin
R. ENRIQUE BERNOLDI – Arrows-Asiatech – Spin
R. LUCIANO BURTI – Prost-Acer – Spin
R. EDDIE IRVINE – Jaguar – Spin