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 while Michael Schumacher secured ninth victory of the season.

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 Coulthard didn’t need his help as Barrichello finished only fifth.

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.

2001 Japanese GP Start Photo Ferrari
2001 Japanese GP Start (Photo: Ferrari)

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 with Red Bull Renault.

STARTING GRID

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:32.484
2 6 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 1:33.184 0.700
3 5 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:33.297 0.813
4 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:33.323 0.839
5 3 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 1:33.662 1.178
6 7 G.Fisichella Benetton/Renault 1:33.830 1.346
7 4 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:33.916 1.432
8 11 Jarno Trulli Jordan/Honda 1:34.002 1.518
9 8 Jenson Button Benetton/Renault 1:34.375 1.891
10 16 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 1:34.386 1.902
11 12 Jean Alesi Jordan/Honda 1:34.420 1.936
12 17 Kimi Räikkönen Sauber/Petronas 1:34.581 2.097
13 18 Eddie Irvine Jaguar/Cosworth 1:34.851 2.367
14 10 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 1:35.109 2.625
15 22 H-H.Frentzen Prost/Acer 1:35.132 2.648
16 19 Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar/Cosworth 1:35.639 3.155
17 9 Olivier Panis BAR/Honda 1:35.766 3.282
18 21 Fernando Alonso Minardi/European 1:36.410 3.926
19 23 Tomas Enge Prost/Acer 1:36.446 3.962
20 15 Enrique Bernoldi Arrows/Asiatech 1:36.885 4.401
Start from the pitlane
21 14 Jos Verstappen Arrows/Asiatech 1:36.973 4.489
22 20 Alex Yoong Minardi/European 1:38.246 5.762

REZULTATI UTRKE

1 1 M.Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:27:33.298
2 6 J.P.Montoya Williams/BMW 53 1:27:36.452 3.154
3 4 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 53 1:27:56.560 23.262
4 3 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 53 1:28:08.837 35.539
5 2 R.Barrichello Ferrari 53 1:28:09.842 36.544
6 5 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 53 1:28:10.420 37.122
7 8 Jenson Button Benetton/Renault 53 1:29:10.400 1:37.102
8 11 Jarno Trulli Jordan/Honda 52 1:27:43.816 1 lap
9 16 Nick Heidfeld Sauber/Petronas 52 1:27:44.304 1 lap
10 10 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 52 1:27:48.007 1 lap
11 21 Fernando Alonso Minardi/European 52 1:28:31.445 1 lap
12 22 H-H.Frentzen Prost/Acer 52 1:28:31.691 1 lap
13 9 Olivier Panis BAR/Honda 51 1:27:41.084 2 laps
14 15 Enrique Bernoldi Arrows/Asiatech 51 1:28:52.657 2 laps
15 14 Jos Verstappen Arrows/Asiatech 51 1:30:00.139 2 laps
16 20 Alex Yoong Minardi/European 50 1:28:51.095 3 laps
17 7 G.Fisichella Benetton/Renault 47 1:19:55.042 Gearbox
(12) 19 Pedro de la Rosa Jaguar/Cosworth 45 1:16:39.624 Oil
(19) 23 Tomas Enge Prost/Acer 42 1:15:00.290 Brakes
(10) 18 Eddie Irvine Jaguar/Cosworth 24 40:34.728 Fuel
(9) 17 Kimi Räikkönen Sauber/Petronas 5 8:32.348 Spun off
(10) 12 Jean Alesi Jordan/Honda 5 8:32.624 Collision

Fastest lap: Ralf Schumacher – 1:36.944 (lap 46)

2001 Japanese GP Podium Schumacher Michael Montoya Coulthard Photo Ferrari
2001 Japanese GP podium (Photo: Ferrari)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 17/17 RACES

1 Michael Schumacher 123 10 10 6 10 6 10 6 10 10 6 10 10 3 6 10
2 David Coulthard 65 6 4 10 6 2 10 2 4 3 4 6 4 4
3 Rubens Barrichello 56 4 6 4 4 6 2 4 4 6 6 2 6 2
4 Ralf Schumacher 49 2 10 10 3 6 10 3 4 1
5 Mika Häkkinen 37 1 3 4 1 10 2 3 10 3
6 Juan Pablo Montoya 31 6 6 3 10 6
7 Jacques Villeneuve 12 4 3 4 1
8 Nick Heidfeld 12 3 4 1 1 1 1 1
9 Jarno Trulli 12 2 2 3 2 3
10 Kimi Räikkönen 9 1 3 3 2
11 Giancarlo Fisichella 8 1 3 4
12 Eddie Irvine 6 4 2
13 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6 2 3 1
14 Olivier Panis 5 3 2
15 Jean Alesi 5 1 2 1 1
16 Pedro de la Rosa 3 1 2
17 Jenson Button 2 2
18 Jos Verstappen 1 1
19 Ricardo Zonta 0
20 Luciano Burti 0
21 Enrique Bernoldi 0
22 Tarso Marques 0
23 Fernando Alonso 0
24 Tomas Enge 0
25 Gastón Mazzacane 0
26 Alex Yoong 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 179 14 16 6 4 10 10 16 6 12 14 10 6 16 12 9 6 12
2 McLaren/Mercedes 102 6 5 10 9 2 10 2 4 5 3 10 6 9 14 7
3 Williams/BMW 80 2 10 6 10 9 6 3 10 3 14 7
4 Sauber/Petronas 21 4 4 1 3 3 1 3 1 1
5 Jordan/Honda 19 2 3 2 3 3 2 1 3
6 BAR/Honda 17 3 4 2 3 4 1
7 Benetton/Renault 10 1 5 4
8 Jaguar/Cosworth 9 4 1 2 2
9 Prost/Acer 4 1 2 1
10 Arrows/Asiatech 1 1
11 Minardi/European 0
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