Formula one, 2001 season Italian Grand Prix at Monza: Teams and Personnel: the jpoc report

In Formula One, nobody knows how to leave well alone and so the Rahal affair was picked over in detail. Was Bobby sacked because he failed to get Newey to join the team? Niki Lauda denied that. Niki also denied that he had been responsible for sacking Rahal. Indeed, the way that Lauda put it, Rahal, who remained a Jaguar and Ford dealer in the US had not been sacked at all. Nice one.

In return, Rahal denied that the cause of his departure was the alleged deal to swap Irvine for Frentzen and his own line appeared to be pretty well that there was only one job but two people. The two being Rahal and Lauda and so one of them had to go.

Finally, tiring of having just one scapegoat, Niki Lauda moved on to start to ciriticise Eddie Irvine. His criticism was based on the fact that Irvine criticised other members of the Jaguar team in a way that meant that they felt that they were being singled out for criticism. Nice one Niki, in case anyone wants to know, the German for hypocrit is Heuchler.

The Prost team's search for money switched to the middle east where team boss Alain Prost hoped to pick up a substantial sum of sponsorship. Then the focus swung back to Europe where Alain hoped that he could put some East and Central European funds into his coffers by signing Czech Tomas Enge.

Toyota continued to prepare for their 2002 entry into the championship with a test of a new engine at the Hungaroring circuit. As well as the new engine, they were testing electronics and gearbox systems and in the end they were four seconds off the 2001 pace. That was a slight improvement over previous tests and it certainly held out the prospect that team would at least not be a real embarassment when they finally took the race stage with the other teams.

After that, Toyota went testing at the Austrian A1 ring circuit. Race distance simulations did not last the distance but they would have been pleased to have been just three seconds back on the 2001 pace in a mock qualifying session. Still a big gap but they were at least beginning to close it.

The end of the 2001 season really seemed to be bringing good news for Minardi. Signing Malaysian driver Alex Yoong appeared to have opened some doors at Proton, his country's national car maker. However, no firm deals were agreed when team owner Paul Stoddart visited the car maker and it must be remembered that Proton had been making F1 related noises for several years with no firm commitment to any action.


The whole 2001 season All the races and the behind the scenes games
Italian GP at Monza 16th of September Tyre news
Italian GP at Monza 16th of September Who drives what?
Italian GP at Monza 16th of September Which engine goes where?
Italian GP at Monza 16th of September Business and politics
Italian GP at Monza 16th of September Circuit news
Italian GP at Monza 16th of September Setting the scene
Italian GP at Monza 16th of September Prospects for the race
Italian GP at Monza 16th of September Practice and qualifying
Italian GP at Monza 16th of September The starting grid
Italian GP at Monza 16th of September Race report
Italian GP at Monza 16th of September Results
Italian GP at Monza 16th of September Championship standings after the race
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