San Marino GP McLaren preview

After the three flyaway races, the West McLaren Mercedes team heads to Italy for the 2001 Warsteiner San Marino Grand Prix, the start of the European season, with the intention of capitalising on David Coulthard's victory in Brazil a fortnight ...

After the three flyaway races, the West McLaren Mercedes team heads to Italy for the 2001 Warsteiner San Marino Grand Prix, the start of the European season, with the intention of capitalising on David Coulthard's victory in Brazil a fortnight ago.

Italy's Imola circuit, which is situated 20 miles from Bologna, will once again host the San Marino Grand Prix, sponsored for a third consecutive year by Warsteiner, a Corporate Partner of the West McLaren Mercedes team.

The 3.063 mile/4.931 kilometre circuit is one of the few tracks on the Formula One calendar which runs anti-clockwise, with a combination of low and high speed corners and elevation changes adding to the challenge of this medium speed circuit. With limited opportunities to overtake at Imola, the Tosa Hairpin provides the best chance at the circuit.

Imola has been on the Formula One calendar since 1980 when it played host to the Italian Grand Prix for a year and has subsequently been the venue for the San Marino race, a successful location for McLaren having won six times in eight years between 1984 and 1991. This included three one-two victories with Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in both 1988 and 1989 and Senna and Berger in 1991. David Coulthard won in 1998 for the West McLaren Mercedes team and last year Mika and David finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Fascinating Facts
Ayrton Senna took pole position at Imola in four consecutive races between 1988 and 1991 whilst driving for McLaren.
Both Senna and Alain Prost dominated the San Marino Grand Prix during their time at McLaren taking wins in 1984, 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1991.
David Coulthard took a fantastic victory in 1998 winning from pole position.
Imola is not actually in San Marino, but is situated about 20 miles from Bologna in Northern Italy.
Like Interlagos, the race at Imola is run anti-clockwise.

- McLaren

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Series Formula 1
Drivers David Coulthard , Alain Prost , Ayrton Senna
Teams Mercedes , McLaren