Formula one, 2001 season Belgian Grand Prix at Spa: Prospects for the race: the jpoc report
Thanks to their BMW supplier, Williams have the most powerful engine in F1. Spa is a power circuit and the Williams chassis together with Michelin tyres is well suited to a track like Spa. Ralf Schumacher should take pole and win the race. His team mate, Jean Pablo Montoya is likely to show well too. While Mika Hakkinen won the race in 2000, his 2001 car is not so suited to the track and he will struggle to beat the Ferraris let alone the Williams.
There will be quite some focus on the championship race for second place. Ferrari and Michael Schumacher are keen to make it a clean sweep and get Rubens Barrichellon in to second place in the championship. Just seven points cover Coulthard, Barricello and Ralf Schumacher so it is close. A win for Ralf and a good showing for Barrichello would close things up nicely. Although Coulthard has played down the importance of second position in the championship, it would be a real blow to his standing if he finished the year behind Rubens and Ralf.
Jean Alesi will be seeking to impress and Spa is a track the will give him the chance to do so. A good race will go a long way to securing a Jordan seat for him in 2002.
|The whole 2001 season||All the races and the behind the scenes games|
|Ken Tyrrell||Sadly missed|
|Belgian GP at Spa September 2nd||Who drives what?|
|Belgian GP at Spa September 2nd||Which engine goes where?|
|Belgian GP at Spa September 2nd||Business and politics|
|Belgian GP at Spa September 2nd||Teams and personnel|
|Belgian GP at Spa September 2nd||Circuit news|
|Belgian GP at Spa September 2nd||Setting the scene|
|Belgian GP at Spa September 2nd||Practice and qualifying|
|Belgian GP at Spa September 2nd||The starting grid|
|Belgian GP at Spa September 2nd||Race report|
|Belgian GP at Spa September 2nd||Results|
|Belgian GP at Spa September 2nd||Championship standings after the race|