Mika Hakkinen, the double world champion with McLaren in 1998 and 1999, drove his last race in Formula 1 at Suzuka on October 14th 2001.
In his last race, Flying Finn qualified in fifth place (1:33.662), 1.178 seconds slower than fastest Michael Schumacher.
Although he was running in third place, Hakkinen let his team mate Coulthard through to help him secure second place in the drivers’ championship (although after Barrichello retirement he didn’t need to do it).
This is also the last race where we saw legendary duel between Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher and the last race for the Frenchman Jean Alesi. Jordan driver didn’t had a nice farewell, as he retired after a collision with Kimi Raikkonen which broke his car’s suspension.
Michael Schumacher won the race for the second consecutive year after he secured Ferrari’s first driver’s title after 21 years in 2000.
The German won nine races in 2001 after winning first and last race of the season, just like in 2000, and equalized his own record from 1995 and Mansell’s record from 1992 when Briton also won nine times.
However, the record of nine wins in a season will not last long because Schumacher will win 11 times in 2002 and 13 times in 2004 while Sebastian Vettel will equal his record in 2013 when he also won 13 times.