Model produced by: Mattel (Hot Wheels Elite)
Driver: Michael Schumacher (Germany)
Team: Scuderia Ferrari
Car: Ferrari F2001
Results: 9 wins, 14 podiums, 11 poles, 3 fastest laps
Two future world champions were taking to the grid for the very first time at the season opener in Melbourne – Minardi’s Fernando Alonso and Sauber’s Kimi Räikkönen. Exciting Colombian talent and former CART champion Juan Pablo Montoya was also making his F1 bow at Williams. On the other hand though, double world champion Mika Häkkinen announced his intention to take a one year sabbatical at the end of the year; but eventually, this became full-time retirement.
The championship was won with ease by Michael Schumacher, who finished a mammoth 58 points clear of David Coulthard in second place. However, while Schumacher may have taken the lion’s share of victories over the course of the season, his Ferrari team were not the only constructor capable of scoring wins in 2001.
Williams drivers Ralf Schumacher and Juan Pablo Montoya would both score their maiden wins in the sport, at San Marino and Italy respectively. The younger Schumacher would also add victories in Canada and Germany, giving the team four wins in total. After three years in the doldrums, this was a much better return for the Oxfordshire based team.
On the other hand McLaren would not enjoy as much success as they had in recent times, but they would still do enough to also secure four wins. These were shared equally amongst their drivers; Häkkinen winning in Britain and America, Coulthard triumphing in Brazil and Austria.
But it was not enough to stop the rampant Schumacher, whose haul of 123 points was more than enough for his fourth world championship (equalling the achievements of Alain Prost). With Michael Schumacher’s team mate, Rubens Barrichello, tallying 11 podiums throughout the season, Ferrari also won the Constructor’s Championship at a canter.
Season highlights included the Canadian Grand Prix, where Schumacher finished 2nd to his brother Ralf, thus scoring the first ever 1–2 finish by brothers in Formula One;and the Belgian Grand Prix in which Schumacher scored his 52nd career win, breaking Alain Prost’s record for most career wins.