Sunday 13th May 2001
Juan Pablo Montoya led the early part of the Spanish GP and was enjoying a nice little dice with Michael Schumacher. Eventually, Schumacher got a run and as Montoya tried to defend the inside, he braked slightly too late and ran off the track and onto the gravel, taking Schumacher with him. Both rejoined, albeit well down the field.
That left Rubens Barrichello in the lead, but he was passed by David Coulthard during the pit stops as the McLaren driver went on to take his second win of the year. Barrichello didn’t get to finish second, though, as he was ordered to give the position up to Schumacher, which he did on the final lap. Although it was a decision that baffled many so early in the season, it was slightly more understandable than it would be the following year – at this stage of the season, Coulthard was a genuine threat for the title and moved to within four points of Schumacher, while Barrichello was already a long way behind.