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Michael Schumacher wins his 9th race of the season and his second in a row at Suzuka. Juan Pablo Montoya finishes second with David Coulthard in third.
Mika Hakkinen finishes in 4th ahead of Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher.
Jenson Button finishes 7th ahead of Jarno Trulli, Nick Heidfeld and Jacques Villeneuve.

Michael Schumacher kept his lead at the start with Montoya and Ralf behind him. Barrichello starting from 4th managed to overtake Ralf on the first lap as he was on a light fuel load. Barrichello managed to catch and pass Montoya momentarily however Montoya managed to take second back from him. 
Behind those 4, Fisichella starting from 6th once again managed a superb start and got ahead of Hakkinen but spun early in the race and dropped outside the top 6.

Rubens Barrichello was the first of the front runners to make his pit stop as he was on a 3 stopper and a few laps later Michael Schumacher pitted and he appeared to also be on a 3 stopper. Montoya took the lead for a few laps before he pitted giving the lead to Ralf Schumacher who pitted a few laps later giving the lead to Mika Hakkinen.
When Mika Hakkinen pitted, Michael Schumacher regained the lead with Juan Pablo Montoya in second.

When it became apparent that Barrichello was not benefiting from his 3 stop strategy, it appears that Ferrari switched Michael to a 2 stopper. Michael Schumacher made his second and last pit stop on lap 36 giving the lead to Montoya who had to pit a few laps later as he was unable to gain on Michael due to backmarkers. 
Michael Schumacher re-took the lead when Montoya stopped and the gap was around the 6 second mark to Juan Pablo. Michael went on to win the race.
Behind the 2, Mika Hakkinen running third slowed down towards the end of the race and let Coulthard through even though Coulthard didn't need any help to finish second in the Drivers' Championship as Barrichello was not in a winning position.
Barrichello managed finish 5th ahead of Ralf Schumacher who appeared rattled by the pace of Montoya and committed a number of mistakes during the race which showed his frustration. He was penalised once for gaining advantage crossing a chicane and did it again towards the end of the race but gave up his position to avoid a second penalty.

The top 6 places went to the top 3 teams and none of the other teams fighting to gain a point or two had the chance to score. Jenson Button managed to finish 7th putting Benetton Renault ahead of Jaguar in the Constructor's Championship by the fact that they have finished 3 times in 7th place against 2 times for Jaguar. Both are on 10 points and both have finished in 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th the same number of times!.
Jarno Trulli finished in 8th but Jordan remain in 6th in the Constructors' Championship behind BAR as they both are equal on points with 17 although BAR have 2 3rd place finishes compared to none for Jordan. This is still pending an appeal by Jordan when Trulli was disqualified from the US GP after finishing 4th.

Well Michael Schumacher has almost broken all the records in Formula 1. He has the most number of wins, the most number of points, the most number of fastest laps in addition to many other records. The only 2 major records that he has yet to break are the number of World Championships (Fangio won 5) whereas Michael has 4 and the most number of Poles (Ayrton Senna has 65) whereas Michael has 43. 

The Japanese Grand Prix was the last race for Jean Alesi, unfortunately he retired after Kimi Raikkonen spun in front of him. This was the first race were Alesi was not classified as a finisher this season. This race was also the last for Mika Hakkinen for at least a year, as a goodwill gesture he gave third place to David Coulthard.
It was Kimi Raikkonen's last race for Sauber before moving to McLaren, Fisichella's last for Benetton before moving to Jordan, Trulli's last race for Jordan before moving to Benetton. And of course there are a number of seats that have yet to be announced for next season.

We hope that you've enjoyed the 2001 season and look forward to the 2002 season with a number of driver changes and a new team. Ferrari are leaving the season on a high, Williams with Montoya and Ralf Schumacher are expected to be stronger and more reliable. McLaren will have to sort out their problems of this season and bounce back and with the young sensation Kimi Raikkonen driving for them, we could see a few surprises. Sauber will have young Brazilian Felipe Massa driving from them. BAR and Jordan will have a new wide-angled Honda engine with Fisichella and the Japanese star Takuma Sato driving for Jordan. Benetton become Renault and they are looking stronger with Jarno Trulli hoping to erase his bad luck from Jordan. Jaguar will be making progress and Arrows will be using the same Cosworth engines as Jaguar. Prost will be hoping to get it right for next year and even Minardi will be getting a power boost by running the AsiaTech engines. And of course Toyota are joining Formula 1.
Stay tuned with for all the latest developments during the off season as the teams finalise their driver line-up and announce their 2002 challengers.

Click here of the Drivers' Championship table for this season  

Next race : The 2002 Season
The Australian GP on the 3rd of March 2002.



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