Montreal, 10th June 2001 Grand Prix Air Canada Montreal takes its toll as Ferrari moves forward Defending world champion Michael Schumacher increased his lead to 18 points in the drivers' title chase in a Canadian Grand Prix that took its toll...
Montreal, 10th June 2001
Grand Prix Air Canada
Montreal takes its toll as Ferrari moves forward
Defending world champion Michael Schumacher increased his lead to 18 points in the drivers' title chase in a Canadian Grand Prix that took its toll on all but nine cars. The Ferrari driver had led the race from pole position to lap 46 when he made his pit stop. His brother Ralf, who had been running in second place, pitted five laps later and rejoined in the lead, going on to win the race. Mika Hakkinen, who was running as low as 10th early in the race, finished third for West McLaren Mercedes. Kimi Raikkonen was fourth for Red Bull Sauber Petronas.
Ross Brawn -- Technical Director -- Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
"Michael had no problems and he was just trying to conserve second place towards the end of the race. He found it very difficult to build a gap because every time he pushed, Ralf was able to respond. It is another six points over Coulthard and some more points for the constructors' championship but we had a pretty good car this weekend and it is a pity we could not win the race with it."
Steve Hallam -- Race Operations Manager -- West McLaren Mercedes
"A classic Canadian Grand Prix really. The circuit is not particularly aggressive on tyres; they hung in for a long period of time and the wear was manageable. Generally the strategy here is one stop as the track is fairly kind to tyres, so we tried to exploit that. Our drivers were in traffic for a long time so our true pace was limited by the cars around them. It made winning the race extremely difficult, but sticking to your plan and being patient just shows what can be achieved and we are pleased that Mika doubled his points total today. With Michael not winning, even the fact that David did not finish means everything is still to play for, it is just going to be less easy."
Hisao Suganuma -- Technical Manager -- Bridgestone Motorsport
"Our tyres did not perform as well as we expected because of the conditions today, but we are happy that two of our cars were in the top three. We will take today's result and use it in the future development of tyres for demanding tracks like this one."
Temperatures Air Track Weather
Morning 21-23C 27-37C Dry and sunny
Afternoon 27-37C 37-43C Dry and sunny
Championship standings after Round 8:
Drivers: Michael Schumacher 58 David Coulthard 40 Rubens Barrichello 24