2000 Brazilian Grand Prix

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Brazil  2000 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 17 in the 2000 Formula One season
Autódromo José Carlos Pace (AKA Interlagos) track map.svg
Date March 26, 2000
Official name XXIX Grande Prêmio do Brasil
Location Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
4.309 km (2.677 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 305.909 km (190.067 mi)
Weather Sunny, Air Temp: 30°C
Pole position
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:14.111
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:14.755 on lap 48
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife
Third Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda

The 2000 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on March 26, 2000 at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil. It was the second race of the 2000 Formula One season. The race was the 29th Brazilian Grand Prix and the 19th to be held at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace. The race was held over 71 laps of the 4.3-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 306 kilometres.

The race was won by German driver, Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari F1-2000. The win was Schumacher's second consecutive win of the season. Schumacher won by 40 seconds over Italian driver Giancarlo Fisichella driving a Benetton B200. German driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen finished third driving a Jordan EJ10.

Report[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Qualifying had Mika Häkkinen on pole position with David Coulthard second. Michael Schumacher was third, Rubens Barrichello was fourth, Giancarlo Fisichella was fifth and Eddie Irvine was sixth. The session was stopped three times, on each occasion because an advertising hoarding mounted over the circuit broke off and fell onto the track below. On the third occasion, one of the laminated cardboard hoardings was struck by Jean Alesi's Prost as it fell.[1]

Race[edit]

As the race began, Häkkinen and Schumacher both made good starts but Coulthard was slow away and dropped behind Schumacher. Thus, the order was Häkkinen leading Schumacher with Coulthard third, Barrichello fourth, Eddie Irvine fifth and Fisichella sixth. Soon Schumacher was trying to find a way to get round Häkkinen with Barrichello attacking Coulthard. Schumacher dived on the inside of Häkkinen at the Senna S in the second lap while Barrichello did the same on Coulthard. He made a mistake allowing David to get ahead but he recovered and passed Coulthard by the end of the lap. It soon became clear that the two Ferraris were on two stop-strategies and Barrichello was soon at Häkkinen's rear, trying to get round. Schumacher pulled away at a second a lap from Häkkinen.

Behind the leaders, Trulli on a two-stopper dived past Irvine for fifth shortly after Barrichello got Häkkinen for second on lap 15. When Schumacher pitted on lap 20, he had a 20 second lead on the McLarens and pitted. He rejoined in third place but that became second when Barrichello pitted two laps later. Meanwhile on lap 21 Irvine crashed but it did not bring the safety car out. Now all attention was on the gap between Häkkinen and Schumacher but it was not closing. It was stabilizing and the case was the same with Coulthard in third and Barrichello in fourth. But in the space of three laps, the race turned upside down as on lap 27, Barrichello in fourth began to trail smoke. Three laps later, Häkkinen came to the pits and it was strange as it was too early for a one-stop and too late for a two-stop. It soon became clear that it was not a scheduled pit stop for Mika, but a stop that signalled his retirement.

After Trulli's pit stop on lap 28, Jos Verstappen was in third place for seven laps in the Arrows but he gave it away to Fisichella when he pitted. The two Williams cars of Ralf Schumacher and Jenson Button with Fisichella and Heinz-Harald Frentzen were running close and all of them were on one-stop. At the front, Coulthard and Schumacher were maintaining a similar pace but Schumacher was always comfortable. Ralf and Button went to the pits on lap 44 and 45 respectively in the battle for the final point. But Ralf emerged a few meters ahead of Verstappen while Button came a few meters behind him. In the laps that followed, Ralf was able to pull away while Button was stuck behind Jos until he made a beautiful overtaking manoeuvre on lap 57. Trulli made his second stop on lap 56 and joined in fifth. Ralf was comfortable in sixth ahead of Button. Verstappen and Pedro de la Rosa were eighth and ninth. Meanwhile the pace began to drop off and the order stayed like that till the finish.

Post-race[edit]

After the race, word came from the scrutineering bay that all of the top six cars except for Fisichella were disqualified because they had problems with their wooden floors. The teams appealed but while the FIA was scrutineering the cars again, they found out that the front wing endplates on Coulthard's car were 7mm lower than they should have been. Thus, the position of everyone except for Coulthard was reinstated.

On April 6, 2000, the World Motorsport Council handed out a $100,000 fine to the organisers, after being summoned to Paris due to a safety hoarding falling onto the main straight, narrowly missing Jean Alesi. It was ruled as "exceptional circumstances".[2]

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.111
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.285 +0.174
3 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:14.508 +0.397
4 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:14.636 +0.525
5 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:15.375 +1.264
6 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:15.425 +1.314
7 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:15.455 +1.344
8 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 1:15.484 +1.373
9 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 1:15.490 +1.379
10 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:15.515 +1.404
11 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:15.561 +1.450
12 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:15.627 +1.516
13 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:15.664 +1.553
14 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 1:15.704 +1.593
15 14 France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 1:15.715 +1.604
16 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 1:16.002 +1.891
17 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 1:16.250 +2.139
18 20 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 1:16.380 +2.269
19 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 1:17.112 +3.001
20* 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1:17.178 +3.067*
21 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 1:17.512 +3.401
22* 17 Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 1:18.703 +4.592*

Source (qualifying times):[3]

* The Sauber cars of Pedro Diniz and Mika Salo were later withdrawn and did not start the race due to rear wing failures which had been afflicting the cars. The team decided it was too unsafe to continue.[1]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 71 1:31:35.271 3 10
2 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 71 +39.898 5 6
3 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 +42.268 7 4
4 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 +1:12.780 12 3
5 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 70 +1 Lap 11 2
6 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 70 +1 Lap 9 1
7 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 70 +1 Lap 14  
8 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 70 +1 Lap 16  
9 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 69 +2 Laps 8  
10 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 69 +2 Laps 20  
DSQ 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 71 Disqualified (+4.302) 2  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 51 Gearbox 17  
Ret 20 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 31 Engine 18  
Ret 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 30 Oil Pressure 1  
Ret 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 27 Hydraulics 4  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 20 Spun off 6  
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 16 Gearbox 10  
Ret 14 France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 11 Electrical 15  
Ret 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 9 Engine 19  
Ret 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 6 Engine 13  
DNS 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 0 Safety Concerns 0  
DNS 17 Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 0 Safety Concerns 0  

Standings after the race[edit]

Note, only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "GRAND PRIX RESULTS: BRAZILIAN GP, 2000". GrandPrix.com. Archived from the original on 5 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  2. ^ Autosport magazine, July 26th 2007, page 9
  3. ^ "2000 Brazilian Grand Prix Qualification". ChicaneF1. Retrieved 10 June 2011. 
  4. ^ Windsor, Peter; Clarkson, Tom (2000-03-17). "Schuey's confidence repaid". F1 Racing (Teddington, Middlesex, United Kingdom: Haymarket Magazine) (March 2000): 136–143. ISSN 1361-4487. 


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