15 July 2001
British GP 2001 - Hakkinen's runaway.
Behind him, Irvine made the most of two quick stops to overhaul Verstappen and move into ninth, while Alesi headed the rest of the survivors across the line. Prost team-mate Luciano Burti had succumbed to an engine failure as early as lap six, but the veteran Frenchman added another notch to his list of finishes this season, coming home ahead of Pedro de la Rosa in eleventh.
Fisichella completed his recovery from the back of the field by beating Enrique Bernoldi's Arrows out of the pits after a tight moment, moving into 13th overall among the 16 finishers. Team-mate Button dropped back as a result of his strategy to take 15th, one lap ahead of the luckless Alonso, who lost a wheel from his Minardi and had to make an extra stop for a replacement.
The real drama was at the front, however, as Hakkinen added his own theatrical footnote to a powerful performance. With a thirty second lead over the pursuing Schumacher, the Finn looked assured of his 19th career win but, with his Spanish GP dramas still fresh in the mind, slowed dramatically Woodcote for the final time. As heartbeats jumped in the McLaren garage, however, Hakkinen accelerated, before ducking close to the pitwall, punching the air in delight.
His victory was a popular one up and down the pit-lane, with Schumacher among the first to offer his congratulations. With title rival Coulthard sidelined, the German could afford to finish second to Hakkinen, knowing that, as the Finn's confidence soars with the addition of ten points to his championship total, the Scot will not be given the benefit of team orders in the McLaren camp just yet.
It may be too late already, however, as Schumacher now moves 37 points clear of Coulthard, with just 60 on offer over the rest of the season. The Irish bookmaker who paid out on the Ferrari man's likely championship triumph must have known a thing or two….
1. Mika Hakkinen Finland McLaren-Mercedes 60 laps 1hr 25mins 33.770secs
2. Michael Schumacher Germany Ferrari-Ferrari +33.646secs
3. Rubens Barrichello Brazil Ferrari-Ferrari +59.280secs
4. Juan Montoya Colombia Williams-BMW +1min 08.772seecs
5. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Sauber-Petronas +1 lap
6. Nick Heidfeld Germany Sauber-Petronas +1 lap
7. Heinz-Harald Frentzen Germany Jordan-Honda +1 lap
8. Jacques Villeneuve Canada BAR-Honda +1 lap.
9. Eddie Irvine Britain Jaguar-Cosworth +1 lap.
10. Jos Verstappen Holland Arrows-Asiatech +2 laps
11. Jean Alesi France Prost-Acer +2 laps
12. Pedro de la Rosa Spain Jaguar-Cosworth +2 laps
13. Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Renault +2 laps
14. Enrique Bernoldi Brazil Arrows-Asiatech +2 laps
15. Jenson Button Britain Benetton-Renault +2 laps
16. Fernando Alonso Spain Minardi-European +3 laps
Rtd Ralf Schumacher Germany Williams-BMW 36 laps completed
Rtd Luciano Burti Brazil Prost-Acer 6 laps completed
Rtd David Coulthard Britain McLaren-Mercedes 2 laps completed
Rtd. Jarno Trulli Italy Jordan-Honda 0 laps completed
Rtd Olivier Panis France BAR-Honda 0 laps completed
DNS Tarso Marques Brazil Minardi-European Did not qualify
Fastest lap: Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1min 23.405secs
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