Saturday June 9th, 2001
Ferrari were fined $10,000 on Saturday for a pitlane incident at the end of qualifying for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix. The International Automobile Federation (FIA) said Rubens Barrichello and a Ferrari representative had been summoned after a report that mechanics had worked on the Brazilian driver's car in the fast lane of the pits.
Barrichello crashed his regular car during the hour-long qualifying session and had to go out again in the spare. The session was again interrupted with a minute and a half remaining after another crash and several drivers, including Barrichello, had to scramble to get out of the pitlane when the session was re-started.
"I'm not quite sure what happened with the Ferrari but you're not allowed to work on your car or start the car in the pit lane," McLaren's David Coulthard said afterwards. "I don't know whether he went there and stalled or whether they were working on it but obviously it created a bit of confusion."