2000 Austrian Grand Prix
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|Race 10 of 17 in the 2000 Formula One season|
|Date||July 16, 2000|
|Official name||XXIV Großer A1 Preis von Österreich|
|Location||A1-Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
4.326 km (2.688 mi)
|Distance||71 laps, 307.146 km (190.852 mi)|
|Weather||Partially cloudy, dry, air temp: 17°C|
|Time||1:11.783 on lap 66|
The 2000 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on July 16, 2000, at the A1-Ring in Austria. It was the tenth race of the 2000 Formula One season. The race was the 24th Austrian Grand Prix; the 22nd to be held at the A1-Ring and the fourth since a major redevelopment saw the circuit return to Formula One. The race was held over 71 laps of the 4.3-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 307 kilometres.
The race was won by Finnish driver, Mika Häkkinen driving a McLaren MP4/15. The win was Hakkinen's second win of the season and McLaren's fifth. Hakkinen won by twelve seconds over his British team-mate David Coulthard. Third was Brazilian driver Rubens Barrichello driving a Ferrari F1-2000.
Going into this race, Michael Schumacher was twelve points ahead of David Coulthard, another six ahead of Mika Häkkinen and 24 ahead of Rubens Barrichello. Ferrari led the Constructors Championship, six points ahead of McLaren. Häkkinen, took pole position with Coulthard second, Barrichello third, Schumacher fourth, Jarno Trulli fifth and Ricardo Zonta sixth. Luciano Burti made his Grand Prix debut at Jaguar Racing, substituting for Eddie Irvine after Friday because of Irvine becoming ill.
At the start, Coulthard went away better than Häkkinen but behind them both Barrichello and Schumacher stuttered and were battling to keep third and fourth. Häkkinen was able to just keep ahead of Coulthard but behind them Trulli and Zonta raced blindly, unable to see the Ferraris ahead braking (they were busy concentrating on taking third). Trulli hit Barrichello and both were on the gravel and at the same time Zonta hit Schumacher, tipping Schumacher into a spin and into the way of Trulli. The two collided and in the mayhem, Giancarlo Fisichella also got involved. The safety car was called out and the order was: Häkkinen, Coulthard, Mika Salo, Pedro de la Rosa, Jos Verstappen (who was without his front wing after hitting Trulli's car), Johnny Herbert, Jenson Button, Marc Gené, Barrichello and Heinz-Harald Frentzen.
The safety car went into the pits on lap two and Verstappen followed it in, to pit for a new nose cone (he thought that the race was stopped and did not pit before). Häkkinen was under no attack from Coulthard while Salo defended from de la Rosa and behind them Barrichello quickly charged past Gene into the first corner and Button midway through the lap. On lap three, at the first corner, de la Rosa passed Salo and soon afterwards Barrichello (with a damaged car) passed Herbert to take fifth. Frentzen retired with an engine failure on lap five. At the front Häkkinen was pulling away from Coulthard who was easily getting away from de la Rosa. Salo was dropping back from de la Rosa and Barrichello was closing in on him. Barrichello soon passed Salo and started to close in on de la Rosa but the Ferrari team told him to back off and chase de la Rosa after the stops. Barrichello did so and so the race settled with the order of: Häkkinen, Coulthard, de la Rosa, Barrichello, Salo, Herbert, Button, Jacques Villeneuve, Gené and Alexander Wurz.
Häkkinen was over 10 seconds ahead of Coulthard and well ahead of the rest. Soon Salo came under pressure from Herbert and Button with Jacques Villeneuve closing in on them. On lap 33, de la Rosa's gearbox failed, putting the McLarens further clear. By lap 40, Villeneuve had closed right up on the three ahead of him, that is Salo, Herbert and Button. At the front, Häkkinen was 15 seconds ahead of Coulthard and 40 seconds ahead of Barrichello and was told to back off. At the pit stops, the top three were well separated and there were no changes in the gaps as well and Barrichello had the damage on his car solved. But behind them there were changes as Salo and Herbert stopped on lap 46 and Salo stayed ahead but Button went a lap later on the 47th and got ahead of both of them. Villeneuve stayed on until lap 49 and with a quicker stop got ahead of all three of them.
After the stops, Barrichello was the fastest man on the track but Häkkinen and Coulthard were too far ahead. Behind him, Villeneuve and Button pulled away from Salo and Herbert. Button was attacking Villeneuve but he made a mistake and Villeneuve pulled away. Herbert was attacking Salo all over the place but was unable to pass. Towards the end, Häkkinen's gap to Coulthard was reduced the case was the same between that of Coulthard's gap to Barrichello. Häkkinen won the race from Coulthard, Barrichello, Villeneuve, Button and Salo who held off Herbert. However, after the race McLaren were docked 10 points because an FIA seal was missing from Häkkinen's car. Häkkinen's points did count for the drivers' championship. This would be McLaren's last one-two finish for five years.
Standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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