2000 German Grand Prix

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Germany  2000 German Grand Prix
Race details
Race 11 of 17 in the 2000 Formula One season
Hockenheimring (last modified in 1994)
Hockenheimring (last modified in 1994)
Date July 30, 2000
Official name LXII Großer Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland
Location Hockenheim, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
6.823 km (4.240 mi)
Distance 45 laps, 307.035 km (190.792 mi)
Weather Dry/Wet, Air Temp: 21°C
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:45.697
Fastest lap
Driver Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Time 1:44.300 on lap 20
Podium
First Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Second Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Third United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes

The 2000 German Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on July 30, 2000 at the Hockenheimring near Hockenheim, Germany. It was the eleventh race of the 2000 Formula One season. The race was the 62nd German Grand Prix and the 24th to be held at Hockenheim. The race was held over 45 laps of the 6.8-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 307 kilometres.

The race was won by Brazilian driver Rubens Barrichello driving a Scuderia Ferrari F1-2000 in his debut Grand Prix victory. Barrichello won by 7 seconds over Finnish driver Mika Häkkinen in a McLaren Mercedes MP4/15. Häkkinen's British team-mate David Coulthard was third. Barrichello's win was the first victory by a Brazilian driver since three-time world champion Ayrton Senna seven years previously at the 1993 Australian Grand Prix. The race was also remembered for a disgruntled Mercedes employee who put on a raincoat and walked along the side of the track. This brought out a safety car and promptly ruined McLaren Mercedes' chances of winning.[1]

Barrichello's win was considered to be the most universally popular throughout those involved in the sport. Barrichello is one of the most liked people in F1. Starting from 18th on the grid after problems in qualifying, Barrichello fought his way through the field by overtaking car after car every lap. The rain started light but began to get heavy towards the end of the race. Barrichello gambled staying on dries and it paid off magnificently. Barrichello went on to take his first Grand Prix win. As he stood on the podium listening to the Brazilian national anthem, he was overcome with emotion and started sobbing with the sheer relief and joy of it all. Alongside him, Hakkinen and his McLaren team-mate David Coulthard, hoisted Barrichello onto their shoulders in celebration. In the media centre, Barrichello got a standing ovation and, once the interviews were over, he was cheered back to the Ferrari motorhome in the paddock as well.[2]


Report[edit]

Qualifying had David Coulthard on pole position with Michael Schumacher second, Giancarlo Fisichella third, Mika Häkkinen fourth, Pedro de la Rosa fifth and Jarno Trulli sixth.

At the start, neither Coulthard nor Schumacher nor Fisichella had a good start but Häkkinen had a blinder. Häkkinen was quickly ahead but behind him Coulthard moved across to block Schumacher. Fisichella did not guess that happening and hit Schumacher who had switched sides to make another attack on Coulthard. Both spun off, hit the wall and retired with the two blaming each other. The order at the end of lap 1 was: Häkkinen, Coulthard, Trulli, de la Rosa, Johnny Herbert, Eddie Irvine, Jos Verstappen, Jacques Villeneuve, Ricardo Zonta and Rubens Barrichello.

Häkkinen and Coulthard were pulling away from the rest but there were changes behind them as Barrichello and Heinz-Harald Frentzen (both on two-stops) were charging through the field. Barrichello dealt with Villeneuve and Zonta on lap 2 and Frentzen was up to 11th on the same lap. Irvine was under attack from Verstappen and was forced to defend. Verstappen attacked him on lap 4 and pushed him wide. Barrichello got past both of them and soon Frentzen began to attack them. By now, at the front, Häkkinen was a second ahead of Coulthard and 4 seconds ahead of Trulli. But the action was behind them as Barrichello passed Herbert on lap 8 and behind them Frentzen got ahead of Irvine and Verstappen in 3 corners. On the next lap, with the McLarens 7.2 seconds ahead, Barrichello set a lap matching the McLarens. On lap 10, Frentzen passed Herbert to take sixth. On the next lap, Barrichello started to attack de la Rosa for fourth, 8.5 seconds behind Häkkinen.

Verstappen passed Herbert for fifth on lap 12 and soon afterwards Barrichello edged past de la Rosa with Frentzen started to close in on de la Rosa as well. Herbert retired on lap 13 with gearbox problems. Barrichello went after Trulli and was right behind him by lap 14. He sneaked ahead of him on the next lap. Häkkinen was 1.1 seconds ahead of Coulthard and 14.3 seconds ahead of Barrichello. Barrichello started to close in on the two up front before pitting on lap 17 and rejoined sixth. Frentzen pitted on the next lap immediately after passing de la Rosa. Häkkinen and Coulthard were now 18 seconds ahead of Trulli and 32 seconds ahead of Barrichello. Barrichello passed de la Rosa for fourth but he was 8 seconds behind Trulli and was 31 seconds behind the McLarens. He closed the gap to Trulli to 4 seconds and the McLarens to 30 seconds but there were dark clouds looming.

Then, suddenly a disgruntled former Mercedes employee appeared beside the track with a banner on which was written, 'Mercedes Benz, who knew about my health problems, offered me a job I could not do and then sacked me for physical ineptitude after 20 years service'.[3][4] He crossed the track as marshals chased him and so the safety car was sent out until the man was caught. But the sign only came after the McLarens had started the next lap and so others like Trulli, Barrichello, de la Rosa and others went into the stops. There was confusion in the McLaren garage as they could not handle both cars at the same time. Thus Häkkinen went into the pits first. On the next lap, Coulthard went to the stop but rejoined at the back because of the extra lap. The order was: Häkkinen, Trulli, Barrichello, de la Rosa, Frentzen, Villeneuve, Zonta, Mika Salo, Jenson Button and Nick Heidfeld. When the safety car went back into the pits, Alesi and Pedro Diniz collided taking them both out, bringing out the safety car again. In between, Coulthard was able to pass Heidfeld and Button and thus gained 4 places. There was more drama because after the safety car went on lap 34, Villeneuve and Zonta collided, tipping Villeneuve into a spin. Later in the lap, Coulthard passed Salo to take sixth and then the rains began to fall down.

Trulli was given a 10-sec stop and go penalty for overtaking under yellow flags. Häkkinen pitted for wets and so did many others. The ones who did not pit now occupied the top four positions – Barrichello, Frentzen, Coulthard and Zonta with Häkkinen fifth, Salo sixth, Button seventh having passed de la Rosa. Zonta was given a 10-sec stop go penalty for the same reason as Trulli and thus he lost concentration and spun out on lap 38. Coulthard pitted soon after for wets and rejoined fourth, just ahead of Salo and Button. On lap 40, Frentzen had an electrical failure and retired from second. As Hockenheim is one of the longest tracks of the year, different parts of the circuit had different levels of wetness. Häkkinen was 7.5 seconds behind Barrichello and gained significantly on the wetter parts of the circuit before losing most of the time he had gained on the dryer parts. On lap 42, Button passed Salo for fourth and Salo could do nothing as Button pulled away from him. It did not rain until the end of the race and so Barrichello won from Häkkinen, Coulthard, Button, Salo and de la Rosa.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:45.697
2 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:47.063 +1.366
3 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:47.130 +1.433
4 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:47.162 +1.465
5 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 1:47.786 +2.089
6 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:47.833 +2.136
7 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:48.037 +2.340
8 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 1:48.078 +2.381
9 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:48.121 +2.424
10 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:48.305 +2.608
11 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 1:48.321 +2.624
12 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 1:48.665 +2.968
13 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 1:48.690 +2.993
14 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:48.841 +3.144
15 17 Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 1:49.204 +3.507
16 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 1:49.215 +3.518
17 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:49.280 +3.583
18 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:49.544 +3.847
19 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1:49.936 +4.239
20 14 France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 1:50.289 +4.592
21 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 1:51.611 +5.914
22 20 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 1:53.094 +7.397

Source: [5]

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 45 1:25:34.418 18 10
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 45 +7.452 4 6
3 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 45 +21.168 1 4
4 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 45 +22.685 16 3
5 17 Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 45 +27.112 15 2
6 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 45 +29.080 5 1
7 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 45 +30.898 14  
8 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 45 +47.537 9  
9 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 45 +50.901 6  
10 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 45 +1:19.664 10  
11 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 45 +1:29.504 21  
12 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 40 Alternator 13  
Ret 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 39 Gearbox 17  
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 39 Spun off 11  
Ret 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 37 Spun off 12  
Ret 20 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 33 Engine 22  
Ret 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 31 Electrical 7  
Ret 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 29 Collision 19  
Ret 14 France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 29 Collision 20  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 12 Gearbox 8  
Ret 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 0 Collision 2  
Ret 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 0 Collision 3  

Source: [6]

Lap leaders[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Remembering Hockenheim". Archived from the original on 2010-07-23. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  2. ^ "Your classic German Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 2009-07-08. Retrieved 2013-02-08. 
  3. ^ "Official Formula 1 report". Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  4. ^ "everything2.com report". Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  5. ^ "everything2.com report". Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
  6. ^ "Official Formula 1 report". Archived from the original on 2009-07-22. Retrieved 2009-07-08. 

Classification
"2000 German Grand Prix". The Official Formula 1 Website. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
"2000 German GP: Classification". ChicaneF1.com. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 


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