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Sunday, 2 September, 2001, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Lapwatch: Belgian GP
All the action as it happens from Spa
All the action, lap-by-lap, as it happened from the Belgium Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps.


Leading positions:

1 Michael Schumacher
2. David Coulthard
3. Giancarlo Fisichella
4. Mika Hakkinen
5. Rubens Barrichello
6. Jean Alesi


Formation lap There are no problems on the warm-up lap on the challenging Belgian circuit and Juan-Pablo Montoya and Ralf Schumacher take their place at the front of the grid.

Lap one Heinz-Harald Frentzen has a problem at the start, which is aborted, and the Prost driver will now have to start from the back of the grid. The German driver stalled his engine on the second row of the grid.

Second formation lap: Montoya stalls on the formation lap as the drama continues even before the race. He will now also start from the back of the grid. Ralf Schumacher will will now be in effective pole position, on his own on the front of the grid.

Lap one: Ralf Schumacher gets away safely in the revised start. but his brother Michael then cruises past him at the first chicane.

2 Montoya is making good progress from the back of the grid, as Michael Schumacher stretches his lead to 3.4 seconds.

3 A great overtaking move by Hakkinen takes him past Fisichella, who had started well. Coulthard also moves past the Italian into fifth place. Fernando Alonso retires in his Minardi.

4 Luciano Burti and Eddie Irvine crash spectacularly. The Jaguar touches wheels with Burti's Prost at the exit of Stavelot and the Prost collides at full speed with the tyre wall. The safety car is out on the track. The Prost is buried up to its cockpit in the tyre wall. Irvine is safely out of his car. The car has been removed from the barrier.

5 Initial reports on Burti are that he is okay, but there has been no official confirmation from the Prost team. Jaguar boss Niki Lauda says that Eddie Irvine has reported to him that Luciano Burti is conscious and that the crash was not as bad as it looked.

Break in action The race will be restarted with the cars in the order in which they were in when the race was stopped. No restart time has been decided.

Break in action There is a red flag on the track, which means the race has been stopped amid concern over the condition of Brazilian driver Luciano Burti.

Restart formation lapThere is chaos at the restart with Ralf Schumacher's car stranded on its jacks. The new race will be 36 laps. Michael Schumacher will now start on his own at the front of the grid.

Lap oneFisichella makes a great start to move up to second place behind Schumacher senior. Jenson Button in the other Benetton moves up to fourth place behind Barrichello.

2 Montoya retires with engine failure. Pedro de la Rosa's race is also over as Jaguar's grim day continues. The pair had touched wheels at the first corner of the third start.

4 Jordan's Jarno Trulli moves up into the top six as Schumacher stretches his lead at the front.

5 Schumacher, seeking his record 52nd F1 win, is streaking clear, as Button drops back to ninth place.

6 Trulli goes into the pits for an early stop. Ralf Schumacher has moved up into 12th position.

8 Hakkinen, Jean Alesi and Olivier Panis also come in for early stops. That moves Ralf Schumacher upin to 9th place.

8 Schumacher is 17.8 seconds ahead with Button back up into sixth place and Schumacher junior in seventh.

9 Barrichello and Villeneuve come into the pits, as the teams all adopt revised race strategies.

10 Michael Schumacher, 20 seconds ahead, is the latest driver into the pits and exits after 9.4 seconds. Fisichella, who has not yet pitted, is the leader.

11 Fisichella now comes into the pits, and exits after 7.3 seconds and maintains second position.

12 The race settles down after that rash of stops, with Schumacher 21 seconds ahead of Fisichella.

13 Jean Alesi is in seventh place as Jordan seek to get two cars into the points.

14 Michael Schumacher is now 22.7 seconds ahead of Fisichella as Barrichello closes on Hakkinen.

15 The lead is now 24.808 seconds for the Ferrari driver. David Coulthard is putting heavy pressure on Fisichella.

16 Michael Schumacher's lead is now over 25 seconds, but Coulthard is just 0.5 seconds behind Fisichella.

17 Barrichello loses his front wing after losing control on the Bus Stop Chicane. Trulli overtakes him to move into fifth place. Alesi also moves past the Brazilian into the points.

18 Jenson Button crashes at the Bus Stop Chicane and is out of the race.

19 News from the pits confirms that Luciano Burti is suffering from concussion but has sustained no broken bones.

19 Jarno Trulli comes into the pits, allowing Jacques Villeneuve to move into the points.

20 Coulthard slides slightly but remains in third place as Jean Alesi comes into the pits.

22 Michael Schumacher is now 29.1 seconds ahead of Fisichella.

23 Fisichella pits but it is just a refuel. Hakkinen also refuels. Hakkinen makes another great maoeuvre to move ahead of Ralf Schumacher again at Kemmel.

24 David Coulthard also comes in for a quick stop and he rejoins just behind Fisichella.

25 Michael Schumacher, 50 seconds ahead, comes in for his final scheduled stop and exits in 7.7 seconds.

26 Ralf Schumacher pits and is now behind the two Jordans, which are both in the points. Coulthard is putting heavy pressure on Fisichella.

27 Coulthard moves past Fisichella with a great manoeuvre at the chicane.

29 Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher are closing in on Jean Alesi for the final place in the points.

31 An imperious Michael Schumacher leads by over 30 seconds.

32 Rubens Barrichello moves into the points by overtaking Alesi just before Rivage. And things go from bad to worse for Jordan as Jarno Trulli retires with an engine blowout. The Italian has only finished one of his last eight races.

33 Ralf Schumacher is closing in on Alesi.

34 Michael Schumacher is just two laps away from a record 52nd Grand Prix victory and a record-equalling fifth win at Spa.

35 Alesi is still managing to resist Ralf Schumacher's pressure.

36 Michael Schumacher wins a dramatic Belgian Grand Prix for his record-beating 52nd Grand Prix triumph. Jean Alesi holds on for sixth place ahead of Ralf Schumacher.

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