Schumacher vs. Schumacher
Silverstone Test Session (17-19/4) Photos (Hakkinen, Coulthard, R Schumacher, Montoya,...)
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On the final day of testing at Mugello, Michael Schumacher set
the fastest time of the day ahead of Luca Badoer and Kimi Raikkonen. Tarso
Marques in the Minardi was 4th fastest almost 6 seconds off the
Mika Hakkinen continued to set the pace at Silverstone. He dropped
the lap record on grooved tyres further today to 1:22.329. David
Coulthard was second ahead of Olivier Panis in the BAR.
At Mugello, Michael
Schumacher set the fastest time of the session on his return to
testing taking over from Luca Badoer. Nick Heidfeld was second fastest
however his test was cut short as he crashed into a barrier. Rubens
Barrichello was third fastest ahead of Fernando Alonso.
The Jordan team concluded their other test at Lurcy Levis while Arrows started aerodynamic and traction control straight line tests at Vairano with Jonny Kane
weeks of denying that Jaguar's test driver Pedro de la Rosa will
replace Luciano Burti at Jaguar, the deal has finally happened. The
deal is for Luciano Burti to move to Prost replacing Gaston Mazzacane
while Pedro de la Rosa takes his seat at Jaguar. This takes effect
Pedro de la Rosa said "This is
a wonderful opportunity for me, and it lays to rest the speculation that
has surrounded my recent moves in F1. I came to Jaguar Racing because the
long term potential for the team is obvious and I believe that Bobby Rahal
and the team are fully focussed on the job in hand. I must emphasise the
crucial role Bobby has played in the negotiations that have brought me to
this point. A lot of hard work went on behind the scenes and Bobby was
instrumental in pulling this deal off."
On the second day of testing at Silverstone, Mika Hakkinen has
dropped the lap record on grooved tyred further after setting a time of
1:22.450. David Coulthard was second fastest while
Heinz Harald Frentzen was third almost a second behind. Frenchman Jonathan
Cochet made his debut for Prost as their test driver, he covered 33 laps
and was almost 2 seconds off the pace of Jean Alesi.
The weather at Silverstone was very cold
with an average temperature of just 8 degrees. The teams continued on
evaluating tyres and testing their Traction Control systems. Testing
At Mugello, Ferrari,
Sauber and Minardi started their 3 day test session with Luca Badoer
setting the pace ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Nick Heidfeld.
18-Apr: "Schumacher vs. Schumacher" is the title of the 10th issue from the Diagnosis and Prognosis Series for the 2001 season. In this issue, the Heretic looks at the aftermath San Marino Grand Prix - Issue 10
18-Apr: There were rumours going around following the Brazilian GP that Ferrari's President Luca Montezemolo was so impressed by Montoya's move on Michael Schumacher that he wants him to drive for Ferrari. While Ferrari have not confirmed nor denied any intention of attracting the Colombian star, Juan Pablo Montoya has indicated that he wouldn't be prepared to be a number 2 driver and said "To go there, you have to have a chance to be number one, but it's obvious you're not going to get equal stuff with Michael there. Michael Schumacher is the undisputed number one at Ferrari, and the team is centred around him. The second driver has to perform to help him whenever asked."
Meanwhile, Ferrari have confirmed that the cause of retirement for Michael Schumacher at the San Marino Grand Prix was due to a suspension failure. A Ferrari statement read "At the offices of the Gestione Sportiva in Maranello, the usual post-race technical briefing took place. President Luca di Montezemolo was present as the engineers went through every aspect of the Imola weekend, based on the data accumulated and checks made after the race. In order to get further data, Luca Badoer did twenty laps at the wheel of the F2001 which Michael Schumacher had used at Imola. Particular attention was paid to analysing the reason for the failure which led to Schumacher's retirement on lap 25. The engineers isolated the problem, which confirmed the original diagnosis made on Sunday afternoon, namely that there had been a failure in the front left suspension group, which led to the rim being damaged and the consequent loss of air from the tyre."
Niki Lauda has confirmed that Eddie Irvine and Pedro de la Rosa will
drive for the team in 2002 dropping Luciano Burti. Lauda appears to be
very impressed with de la Rosa's performance so far and said "De la
Rosa has a contract to race next season, so he and Eddie will drive next
season. That is fixed. We had to commit to him as he would not agree to
sign as a test driver if he didn't have a full drive next year. My urgent
need was for us to have a proper test driver. He is doing a perfect job in
testing. The information he is giving us is perfect. The combination of
him and Irvine seems ideal to me."
Luciano Burti has indicated that this was expected and he will do the best he can in order to prove himself in Formula 1 and said "The team informed me about this in San Marino, but to be honest, it has not been a big surprise and I have pretty much known it already. The fact is that I have always been, and will always be, grateful to Jaguar Racing for giving me the opportunity to prove myself in F1. It is a great chance for me and if I do well for the rest of the season, my future will be dictated by no one else but me. I still have thirteen races to prove myself and that is exactly how I see the rest of the season."
The Prost team
have announced that 24 year old Jonathan Cochet joins Stephane
Sarrazin as the teams two official test drivers for 2001. Alain Prost said
"We are very happy to welcome Jonathan to our team, we have been
following with much interest his career and remarkable progress, from
Karting to Formula 3. Taking him on as Prost Acer's test driver is part of
our strategy of promoting young French talents. We are confident Jonathan
will contribute efficiently to the team's efforts in the car's
6 teams were present with 9 drivers setting
lap times. Jaguar, McLaren and Prost had 2 cars each while the rest had
one car today.
At Fiorano, Luca Badoer and Rubens
Barrichello were present. Both were testing aerodynamic and Traction
Control systems for the Spanish Grand Prix. Luca Badoer managed to post a
time faster than that of Rubens with a time of 1:00.164 against Rubens
time of 1:00.214. Badoer completed 74 laps while Barrichello covered 60.
Ferrari will start testing today at Fiorano and will then move to Mugello for a three day test. Sauber and Minardi are also expected to be there.
BAR, Benetton, Jaguar, Jordan, McLaren, Prost and Williams will have a 3 day test session at Silverstone starting today while the Arrows team will be testing privately at Vairano.
Giancarlo De Angelis, the head of Magneti Marelli's competition department briefly talked about the new changes and said "The most important task for the electronic controls is to tailor the torque of the engine in order to avoid wheelspin. The new system should also make life easier for the clutch, so there should no longer be any problems in this area in the event of a re-start. The gearchange will be completely automatically controlled, which will also reduce the strain on engine and gearbox. Road holding will be better and that will improve safety and performance."
Williams BMW team running with Michelin tyres achieved their first
team win since they became partners. For Williams, it was their first win
since Jacques Villeneuve won at the Luxembourg GP in 1997. For BMW, it was
their first since Gerhard Berger won at the Mexican GP in 1986 and for
Michelin, it was their first since Alain Prost won at the Portuguese GP in
1984 and of course it was Ralf Schumacher's first win in 70 attempts.
Ron Dennis admitted that while McLaren are their for winning he prefers to see Williams rather than another team win and said "Whilst we are clearly here to win, pulling back points in both the Drivers’ and the Constructors’ World Championships gives us some satisfaction. Our race strategy was correct. David drove well but Mika’s race was frustrated by a fast starting but slow racing Trulli. We hate to lose, but if we have to, we prefer that its to our good friends and competitors at Williams."
Jean Todt has indicated that choosing the harder compound tyre didn't help them achieve what they wanted and said "Our choice of tyres made yesterday did not bring us the result we had expected." He also expects a wide open season with at least 3 teams doing battle and said "It’s clear that the battle from now on will be between three teams and two tyre manufacturers. It will be a very open season."
Michael Schumacher has indicated that their advantage has diminished but they'll fight back and said "I have to say our rivals have made up the advantage we had over them. There is still a long way to go this season and I am sure we will be very competitive at the highest level."
15-Apr: What the teams and drivers said following the Race at San Marino ... Report
the Post Race press conference for the San Marino GP, Ralf
Schumacher indicated that he was surprised by how good his start was
going into the lead from third and said "I couldn't even believe it
to be honest. Then I pulled a gap out. Then after a few laps I thought he
was going to go a bit quicker so I had to push again, because I had to
watch out for my brakes."
Coulthard indicated that he had a bad start with too much wheelspin
and when Ralf managed to get past he was surprised by the speed of the
Williams and said "I moved a little bit just before the start and had
to stop the car. And then that's when the lights changed so I then got too
much wheelspin. And to be honest I thought I was going to be swamped at
the start, but I presume Mika must have made a bad start as well and then
as I sensed Ralf was on the inside and the car was getting ready to move
that way. And then obviously I had to move to make sure there was enough
space for us all. And then I was interested to know just how quick he
would be in the race. And obviously to my great disappointment I found out
he was quicker than I was, so congratulations to Ralf on his first victory
and to Williams BMW."
Rubens Barrichello indicated that he was happy with the strategy that allowed him to finish in 3rd place despite having a bad start and said "I think we had a great strategy to be honest with you. I had a slow start, I had too much wheelspin. But then you know I could follow everyone. I didn't know how many times they would stop and I was just trying to overtake. At Imola it is very difficult to do that. I was losing time behind Mika. Luckily I had three more laps when he came into the pits, so I could go fast. Then my race was decided there. It was a great race for me, because I started from so far back. It was good to come up do some quick laps and finish on the podium."
15-Apr: San Marino GP – Race: Ralf Schumacher wins his first ever race ahead of David Coulthard and Rubens Barrichello. Mika Hakkinen, Jarno Trulli and Heinz Harald Frentzen make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes
15-Apr: San Marino GP – Warm-up: David Coulthard sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Ralf Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen. Nick Heidfeld, Rubens Barrichello and Michael Schumacher make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes
14-Apr: What the teams and drivers said following Qualifying at San Marino ... Report
the Post Qualifying press conference for the San Marino GP, David
Coulthard has indicated that the reason he was one of the last drivers
to go out on their first run was due to his team trying to sort out some
of the problems encountered during practice earlier which worked and he
was delighted with winning pole. As for the race tomorrow he said "There's
a long way in this race to go, you know qualifying is only one part of it.
Especially if you can see the results I have had this year from bad
qualifying positions. I just need to make a good start, hope we have a
reliable start, and do the best we can."
14-Apr: San Marino GP – Qualifying: David Coulthard grabs pole position ahead of Mika Hakkinen. Ralf Schumacher is third ahead of his brother Michael. Jarno Trulli is 5th ahead of Rubens Barrichello ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes
14-Apr: San Marino GP – 2nd Saturday Practice: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard. Kimi Raikkonen, Heinz Harald Frentzen and Nick Heidfeld make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes
14-Apr: San Marino GP – 1st Saturday Practice: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest time of the session ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Mika Hakkinen. David Coulthard, Jarno Trulli and Heinz Harald Frentzen make the top 6 ... Timed Results ... Full Report ... Notes.