Schumachergate (Coulthard's Story)

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This is a different Schumachergate focusing on David Coulthard taking Michael Schumacher's place instead after surprisingly winning the last five races of the season to clinch the 2000 title. Schumacher is still in trouble with the FIA for his cheating antics and is banned from the sport for life.

2001[edit]

After Schumacher was banned for life from F1 for cheating his way to the 1994 championship and very nearly doing it again in 1997, new champion Coulthard took the German's seat at Ferrari alongside Brazilian Rubens Barrichello. It was a all-Finland line-up at McLaren as debutant Kimi Räikkönen took Coulthard's place thus being partnered with two-time champion Mika Häkkinen, after Raikkonen was originally speculated to drive at Sauber alongside Nick Heidfeld.

That vacated Sauber drive was eventually taken by Brazilian driver Enrique Bernoldi, also an F1 debutant. This allowed Pedro de la Rosa to stay for another year at Arrows after rumours that Bernoldi would sign for the team.

Team # Driver
Flag of Italy svg.png Ferrari
1 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png David Coulthard
2 Flag of Brazil svg.png Rubens Barrichello
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png McLaren-Mercedes
3 Flag of Finland.svg.png Mika Häkkinen
4 Flag of Finland.svg.png Kimi Räikkönen
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Williams-BMW
5 Flag of Germany svg.png Ralf Schumacher
6 Flag of Colombia.svg.png Juan Pablo Montoya
Flag of Italy svg.png Benetton-Renault
7 Flag of Italy svg.png Giancarlo Fisichella
8 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jenson Button
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png BAR-Honda
9 Flag of France svg.png Olivier Panis
10 Flag of Canada.svg.png Jacques Villeneuve
Flag of Ireland svg.png Jordan-Honda
11 Flag of Germany svg.png Heinz-Harald Frentzen
12 Flag of Italy svg.png Jarno Trulli
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Arrows-Asiatech
14 Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Jos Verstappen
15 Flag of Spain svg.png Pedro de la Rosa
Flag of Switzerland svg.png Sauber-Petronas
16 Flag of Germany svg.png Nick Heidfeld
17 Flag of Brazil svg.png Enrique Bernoldi
Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Jaguar-Cosworth
18 Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png Eddie Irvine
19 Flag of Brazil svg.png Luciano Burti
Flag of Italy svg.png Minardi-European
20 Flag of Brazil svg.png Tarso Marques
21 Flag of Spain svg.png Fernando Alonso
Flag of France svg.png Prost-Acer
22 Flag of France svg.png Jean Alesi
23 Flag of Argentina svg.png Gastón Mazzacane

Race 1: Australia[edit]

Coulthard took pole position on his Ferrari debut ahead of Häkkinen's McLaren. Good