Schumacher drove this very car, chassis number 215, in the first two flyaway races of the 2002 season before switching to the F2002 and going on to win his fifth title.
In total, the F2001 and its ‘B’ variant started 20 races – winning 10 of them, with 13 pole positions and three fastest laps. Between Michael and Rubens Barrichello, they scored 26 podium finishes, 16 front row starts, raced over 2,100kms, led 18 Grands Prix for 3260km, and scored 193 points.
That makes it one of the most dominant cars in F1 history, and Schumacher would only switch to the F2002 when convinced of its reliability and performance advantage.
Ferrari designer Rory Byrne said of the differences between the two cars: “Although the fundamental design philosophy of the F2002 [was] the same in terms of optimising aerodynamic efficiency, lowering centre of gravity height, maximising the performance available from the Bridgestone tyres and the 051 engine, many areas of the car had to be fundamentally reviewed in order to make a step forward in performance because these areas were close to the limit of development on the F2001.”
Julia is also joined by Motorsport.com’s F1 Editor Jonathan Noble for more insight into Michael’s legacy.
Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F2001B
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