2000 Italian Grand Prix

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Italy  2000 Italian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 14 of 17 in the 2000 Formula One season
Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Modified in 2000)
Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Modified in 2000)
Date 10 September 2000
Official name LXXI Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.793 km (3.600 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 306.719 km (190.586 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:23.770
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:25.595 on lap 50
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Third Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW

The 2000 Italian Grand Prix (formally the LXXI Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia) was a Formula One motor race held on September 10, 2000 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza near Monza, Italy. It was the fourteenth race of the 2000 Formula One season. The race, contested over 53 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher driving a Ferrari car. Mika Häkkinen finished second in a McLaren car with Ralf Schumacher third for the Williams team. Michael Schumacher's win was his sixth of the season and Ferrari's seventh. The event was marred by tragedy as a first lap accident claimed the life of a trackside marshal.[1]


Report[edit]

As the cars approached the recently redesigned first chicane on the first lap, Eddie Irvine's Jaguar collided with both Saubers, causing Irvine's car to stall and force his retirement from the race. A more significant accident was triggered at the second chicane when the Jordans of Jarno Trulli and Heinz-Harald Frentzen made heavy contact with each other and struck the cars of Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard from behind. All four cars came to rest in the gravel runoff area. They were then joined by the Arrows of Pedro de la Rosa, who had struck the rear of Johnny Herbert's Jaguar with enough force to tear off the Jaguar's left rear wheel and send the Arrows into the air. As it entered the runoff area, de la Rosa's car clipped Coulthard's McLaren and landed immediately adjacent to Barrichello's Ferrari.

The five stranded drivers were able to climb from their cars without physical injury. Herbert's car avoided the gravel and he returned to the pits on the three remaining wheels. However, the right front wheel from Heinz-Harald Frentzen's Jordan had been propelled towards the Armco barrier and struck 33 year old fire marshal Paolo Ghislimberti in the chest and head. Ghislimberti was given a heart massage at the scene, but later died, becoming the first death in Formula One since Ayrton Senna in the 1994 season. He was survived by his pregnant wife, who received financial assistance from an auction of the drivers' racing overalls.

The race stewards chose not to stop the race, but to lead the remaining cars behind the safety car. This upset many drivers, Coulthard among them, who said the race should have been stopped given the seriousness of the fire marshal's situation. The safety car period continued for eleven laps, with Michael Schumacher leading and Mika Häkkinen in second position. Both had been just ahead of the accident when it happened.

Schumacher and Häkkinen both used one-stop strategies, with Schumacher staying ahead of the Finn to the end of the race, winning the Italian Grand Prix for the third time in six years. It was his 41st career victory, putting him into a tie for the second highest number of career victories with the late Senna. Häkkinen took second, with Ralf Schumacher placing third. In the remaining points-scoring places, Jos Verstappen scored Arrows best result of the season with fourth place, 7.5 seconds behind Ralf Schumacher, Alexander Wurz scored his only points finish of the year in fifth place and Ricardo Zonta finished sixth for British American Racing.

During the televised post-race press conference, Schumacher broke into tears when asked if matching Senna's number of wins meant a lot to him. He did not answer further questions during the interviews as he tried to regain his composure, and has never spoken about the cause of the outburst. As a result of Ghislimberti's death, wheel tethers were introduced to stop flying tyres being a danger to the drivers, safety officials and fans. In 2004 a safety fence was placed at the Variante Della Roggia.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:23.770
2 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:23.797 +0.027
3 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.967 +0.197
4 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:24.238 +0.468
5 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.290 +0.520
6 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:24.477 +0.707
7 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:24.516 +0.746
8 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:24.786 +1.016
9 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:24.789 +1.019
10 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 1:24.814 +1.044
11 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 1:24.820 +1.050
12 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 1:24.907 +1.137
13 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:25.150 +1.380
14 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:25.251 +1.481
15 17 Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 1:25.322 +1.552
16 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1:25.324 +1.554
17 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 1:25.337 +1.567
18 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 1:25.388 +1.618
19 14 France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 1:25.558 +1.788
20 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 1:25.625 +1.855
21 20 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 1:26.336 +2.566
22 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 1:27.360 +3.590

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:27:31.638 1 10
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +3.810 3 6
3 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 53 +52.432 7 4
4 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 53 +59.938 11 3
5 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 53 +1:07.426 13 2
6 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 53 +1:09.293 17 1
7 17 Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 15  
8 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 16  
9 20 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 52 +1 Lap 21  
10 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 52 +1 Lap 22  
11 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 52 +1 Lap 9  
12 14 France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 51 +2 Laps 19  
Ret 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 15 Spun off 20  
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 14 Electrical 4  
Ret 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 10 Accident 12  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 1 Collision damage 18  
Ret 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 0 Collision 2  
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 5  
Ret 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 6  
Ret 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 8  
Ret 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 0 Collision 10  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 0 Spun off 14  

Lap leaders[edit]

Standings after the race[edit]

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

Classification
"2000 Italian Grand Prix". The Official Formula 1 Website. Archived from the original on 5 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 
"2000 Italian GP: Classification". ChicaneF1.com. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 


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