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banner Sunday, 4 March, 2001, 05:48 GMT
Australian Grand Prix lapwatch

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BBC Sport Online brings you all the action from the Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne.


Race result:
1. Michael Schumacher - Ferrari
2. David Coulthard - McLaren
3. Rubens Barrichello - Ferrari
4. Nick Heidfeld - Sauber
5. Heinz-Harald Frentzen - Jordan
6. Kimi Raikkonen - Sauber


Lap one: In dry conditions the 2001 Formula One World Championship is underway and Michael Schumacher has a blistering start from the front of the grid.
By contrast his Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello has a poor start and slips back from the front row to fifth.
Out - Gaston Mazzacane (Prost)

Lap three: Barrichello comes through on the inside of Heinz-Harald Frentzen and bumps the German off the track as he takes third place.
Frentzen recovers but re-joins the race down the field in 14th place.
Out - Tarso Marques (Minardi)

Lap four: Michael Schumacher opens up an immediate lead as his rivals jockey for position behind him.
Out - Enrique Bernoldi (Arrows)

Jacques Villeneuve crashes out
Villeneuve is catapulted into the circuit's side wall
Lap five: The safety car comes out after Jacques Villeneuve and Ralf Schumacher come together in a spectacular crash.
The Canadian's BAR bounces off the concrete race wall after the cars come together before flying into the gravel trap on turn three.
Both drivers escape un-injured.
Out - Ralf Schumacher (Williams) and Jacques Villeneuve (BAR)

Lap seven: The safety car remains at the head of the pack and the field bunches up as the safety marshals clear the debris.

Lap 10: The safety car continues to lead the cars around the Albert Park track where Eddie Irvine's Jaguar brings up the rear.

Lap 13: The cars continue in their procession behind the safety car weaving from side-to-side to maintain the warmth in their tyres.

Lap 14: Jos Verstappen brings his Arrows into the pits to tactically fill up with fuel.
On the track the safety car remains at the head of the field as medics attend to an injured marshal at the crash scene.

Lap 15: The 17 remaining cars accelerate past the safety car which pulls off into the pits after an ambulance leaves the scene taking the marshal to hospital.

Lap 16: Jenson Button is hit with a 10 second stop-go penalty for arriving late on the grid at the start of the race.

Lap 17: Michael Schumacher sets the fastest lap of the race but under six seconds separate the first six cars.
Further down the field Frentzen begins to make up ground and moves up two places to 12th.

Lap 18: Button serves his stop-go penalty and re-joins the race at the back of the field.
Schumacher sets another fastest lap.

Lap 19: With another fastest lap Schumacher begins to open a 1.6 second gap ahead of Mika Hakkinen's McLaren.
Just under 10 seconds span the top six.

Lap 20: The gap between first and second is nearly up to two seconds as Schumacher sets yet another fastest lap.
Debutant F1 driver Juan Pablo Montoya passes Giancarlo Fisichella and closes up on Nick Heidfeld's Sauber in seventh place.

Lap 21: Schumacher continues to push his car with a fifth consecutive fastest lap rounding the 3.295 mile course in 1.29.40.

Lap 23: Montoya drops back off Heidfeld.
Schumacher opens up a 3.4 second gap at the head of the field with another fastest lap.

Lap 26: Hakkinen crashes out for the third year running in Melbourne after his front suspension goes on turn 13 and he slides straight off the circuit.
Out - Mika Hakkinen (McLaren)

Lap 27: Following Hakkinen's exit, and another fastest lap, Schumacher opens a 10 second lead over his team-mate Barrichello and comes up behind Fisichella's Benetton, the first of the back-markers.

Lap 29: Barrichello and David Coulthard, with only 1.6 seconds between them, both pass Fisichella without trouble.

Lap 31: Schumacher records another fastest lap - 1.29.01.
Oliver Panis passes Jarno Trulli with ease as the Jordan drops down the field out of the points and into the pits.
Heidfeld assumes fifth place and Montoya is in the points on his debut in sixth.

Lap 33: Coulthard passes Barrichello on the outside at turn four after the Ferrari was caught behind Fernando Alonso's Minardi.

Michael Schumacher
Schumacher contolled the race
Lap 34: Schumacher, leading by over 15 seconds, ignores the changing fortunes of those in his wake and records another fastest lap - 1.28.21.

Lap 36: It is time for the pit stops and the first to come in is Sauber's Finnish debutant Kimi Rakkonen.
Schumacher follows the novice into the pits and after a 10.7 second stop re-joins in third spot.
On the track Montoya passes Heidfled to take fifth place.

Lap 38: Barrichello comes in and out of the pits in 10.2 seconds dropping one place to fifth.
Panis and Montoya moves up a place each to third and fourth respectively.

Lap 39: Panis is in and out in 10.3 seconds
Coulthard leads by 18 seconds.
Fernando Alonso receives and 10 second stop-go penalty for speeding in the pit lane.
Out - Jarno Trulli (Jordan)

Lap 40: Coulthard comes into the pits allowing Schumacher to re-take the lead of the Grand Prix.

Lap 41: Montoya, shortly after setting his fastest lap of the day, retires with plumes of smoke coming out of the back of his Williams.
Out - Juan Pablo Montoya (Williams)

Lap 44: Schumacher holds a 10 second lead over Coulthard's McLaren.

Lap 46: Coulthard cuts the lead to under nine seconds but Schumacher remains in control of proceedings.
Barrichello seems certain to take the third podium place after opening up a 30 second lead over Panis, making his debut in the BAR.

Lap 47: The excitement in the hunt for championship points is between Heidfeld and Frentzen as the two Germans battle for the two points that come with fifth place.

Lap 49: The gap between first and second closes to under eight seconds. Further down the field under a second separates Heidfeld and Frentzen as the latter looks for a way to pass his compatriot.

Lap 50: The Benetton pairing of Fisichella and Button sit at the back of the field of the 14 remaining cars.

Lap 53: Coulthard continues to eat bit-by-bit into Schumacher's lead without really threatening the German.
Out - Jenson Button (Benetton)

Lap 55: The status quo at the front of the race is maintained although Schumacher's lead over Coulthard drops under six seconds.

Lap 58: Schumacher takes the chequered flag to start the defence of his world title in style and become the first person to claim back-to-back wins in Melbourne.
Heidfeld holds off the challenge of Frentzen to take fifth place and two points - his first in Formula One.

The post-race celebrations are a quiet affair and the drivers decline to spray champagne after they are given news of the death of the marshal involved in the Villeneuve - Schumacher crash on lap five.

Panis lost his fourth place after the stewards ruled he had overtaken Heidfeld while the yellow warning flags were in force.

The Frenchman was penalised 25 seconds and dropped to seventh while Heidfeld, Frentzen and Raikkonen were all moved up one place.

Verstappen was also penalised 25 seconds for a similar offence and slipped one place to 10th.

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