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Grand Prix Formula 1 - 2001

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  Grand Prix Monaco -- 27 Mei 2001
Jum'at - 25/5
Latihan Bebas 1
Latihan Bebas 2
Sabtu - 26/5
Latihan Bebas 1
Latihan Bebas 2
Minggu - 27/5

Circuit information:

Round Number: 7  
Race Date: 27-05-2001  
Country: Monaco  
City: Monte Carlo (click for location map)  

Circuit Name: Monte Carlo  
Circuit Length: 3370 m.  
Number of Laps: 78  
Race Length: 262.86 m  

2000 Pole Position: Michael Schumacher  
2000 Winner: David Coulthard  
2000 Fastest Lap: Mika Häkkinen  

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Circuit Description, History, Facts and Figures  
Monte Carlo's position as a tax haven has turned it into the cliche of a millionaire's paradise, which would explain why half the current crop of grand prix drivers live in the home of this weekend's race. However, only one grand prix racer was born in the Principality and he is better remembered for his flamboyant chequered flag waving antics at the end of the grand prix than for his performance at the wheel.

This year is the hundred and first anniversary of the birth of Louis Chiron and the twenty first of his death. He was in at the beginning of the F1 World Championship in 1950, retiring in the very first race at Silverstone and stepping up to the Royal Box after a dashing drive to third place in Round 2 in Monaco at the wheel of a Maserati. His racing career began in the mid-twenties when his name was irrevocably linked with the Bugatti marque, for whom he won several pre-war grands prix. After the war, Chiron was racing again, winning the French GP on two occasions.

Despite suffering bad burns when his car caught fire in a race at Syracuse in 1952, he returned to competition the following year. Drivers were versatile types in those days and in 1954, at the wheel of a Lancia, he won the Monte Carlo Rally, becoming, at the age of 54, the only man to win both the Rally and the Grand Prix in the Principality. A year later he finished sixth in his home race, competing in Monaco on two more occasions before retiring. While he no longer raced, he was still involved in the organisation of the rally and grand prix right up to the time of his death in 1979. This year, to celebrate his centenary, the corner before the Swimming Pool section has been named in his honour.

Monaco is the only grand prix where frogmen join the usual team of track marshals. With much of the circuit running along the harbour they bob up and down on their boats throughout the weekend. Fishing for Formula 1 cars is not very profitable and they have only been called on twice to pull men out of the Med, on both occasions at the chicane. In 1955, Alberto Ascari decided to see if his Lancia would float and ten years later Paul Hawkins decided the best place for a Lotus was the pond. One of the most spectacular crashes came at Mirabeau corner in 1986, when Patrick Tambay somersaulted his Lola. Luckily the car landed on its wheels and the driver emerged shaken, stirred but unhurt. Prince Rainier and other members of Monaco's ruling Grimaldi family have always watched "their" race and presented the prizes in the Royal Box opposite the pits. Until quite recently, this event always started later than other grands prix, so that the Royal lunch break would not be interrupted. The old three thirty start made one wonder if perhaps they were also doing the washing-up before the race could begin.

Damon Hill's father Graham Hill was the undoubted maestro of this track in his day. Known as Mr. Monaco, he won five times, a record only beaten when the brilliant Ayrton Senna took his sixth win in 1993.

Traffic lights, road markings and a tunnel are not what you expect to find on a race track. Imagine steering a super-tanker in a swimming pool and you get some idea of the challenge facing the drivers as they hurl their machinery through the mean Monaco streets. Total concentration is imperative as the barriers have an almost magnetic attraction for the cars. Overtaking requires the fullest cooperation from the slower car, otherwise there are tears before bedtime. Sandwiched between France and Italy, fans from both countries pile into the Principality for the weekend and a chance to get closer to the cars than at any other circuit. The race can be won or lost during Saturday's qualifying session.

Even though the track has hardly any run-off areas, the first time the race had to be stopped because of an accident was in 1984. 1990 and 1995 saw it happen again because of crashes on the opening lap. In 1996 and 1997 the race was stopped after two hours plus one lap, the maximum time allowed for a grand prix, when rain had slowed the pace so that the full number of laps could not be completed. This race is run over the shortest lap on the calendar and it also boasts the lowest average speed.

The McLaren team has won this event ten times, most recently in 1998 courtesy of Mika Hakkinen. Next up comes Ferrari on seven, followed by Lotus and BRM on five.

West McLaren Mercedes driver Mika Hakkinen has been on pole for the past two years and won in 1998. Before that he failed to finish on six occasions.

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