DC Claims Austrian Victory
May 13, 2001 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Coulthard, who started seventh after a miserable qualifying attempt, took advantage of the scuffle between Schumacher and Montoya to win his second grand prix of the season. With the victory, he now trails Schumacher by four points in the Formula One World Championship Standings.
The trouble for Schumacher began at the start, when he was jumped by Williams teammates Montoya and Ralf Schumacher. By the 16th lap Ralf Schumacher had retired with mechanical failure and Michael Schumacher had caught Montoya.
The Colombian rookie fought to hold his position, sending both he and Schumacher across the gravel and allowing Rubens Barrichello to take the lead. An infuriated Schumacher rejoined the fray in sixth place and eventually fought his way into third, trailing only Barrichello and Coulthard.
In the end, the Ferrari teammates had to pit, allowing Coulthard to take the lead and stay there. Schumacher finished 2.1 seconds behind Coulthard, followed by Barrichello, Kimi Raikkonen and Olivier Panis.
Barrichello, who exited the pits in front of his teammate, allowed Schumacher to pass him for second at the line so that he could earn two more all-important championship points. The second-place finish gives Schumacher 42 points, followed by Coulthard’s 38 and Barrichello with 18.
The Austrian Grand Prix remains the only F-1 race that Schumacher has not won.