2000 Japanese Grand Prix
|Race 16 of 17 in the 2000 Formula One season|
|Date||October 8, 2000|
|Official name||XXVI Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix|
|Location||Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan|
|Course||Permanent racing facility
5.859 km (3.641 mi)
|Distance||53 laps, 310.527 km (192.953 mi)|
|Time||1:39.189 on lap 26|
The 2000 Japanese Grand Prix (formally the XXVI Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 8 October 2000 at the Suzuka Circuit in Suzuka, Japan. It was the 16th and penultimate round of the 2000 Formula One season. The race, contested over 53 laps, was won by Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher after starting from pole position. Mika Häkkinen finished second in a McLaren with team-mate David Coulthard finishing third. Schumacher's win confirmed him as 2000 Drivers' Champion, as Häkkinen could not surpass Schumacher's points total with only one race remaining.
The Grand Prix was contested by twenty-two drivers, in eleven teams of two. The teams, also known as constructors, were McLaren, Ferrari, Jordan, Jaguar, Williams, Benetton, Prost, Sauber, Arrows, Minardi and BAR.
Going into the race, Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher led the Drivers' Championship with 88 points, ahead of Mika Häkkinen on 80 points and David Coulthard on 63. Rubens Barrichello was fourth on 55 points, with Ralf Schumacher fifth on 24 points. In the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari were leading on 143 points, McLaren and Williams were second and third on 133 and 34 points respectively, while Benetton with 20 and Jordan with 17 contended for fourth place.
Practice and qualifying
Four practice sessions were held before the race; two 60 minute sessions on Friday and two 45 minute sessions on Saturday. Michael Schumacher was fastest in the first practice session, ahead of Häkkinen and Coulthard. Barrichello caused the session to be yellow flagged after spinning his car at the hairpin between turns 10 and 11.
Saturday's afternoon qualifying session lasted for an hour. During this session, the 107% rule was in effect, which necessitated each driver set a time within 107% of the quickest lap to qualify for the race. Each driver was limited to twelve laps.
The conditions for the race were dry and overcast for the race. The air temperature was at 22 °C (72 °F) and the track temperature at 23 °C (73 °F). The drivers took to the track at 10:00 JST (UTC +9) for a 30 minute warm-up session. Both Ferrari cars maintained their good performance from qualifying; Michael Schumacher set the fastest time of 1:38.005. Barrichello was third in the other Ferrari car. They were split by the McLaren drivers—Häkkinen was second and Coulthard rounded out the top four.
The race started at 14:30 local time. Michael Schumacher claimed his third World Drivers' Championship (equalling the championship totals of Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, Niki Lauda, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton Senna) and the first drivers' title for Ferrari since Jody Scheckter back in 1979, in a very tense race. Schumacher trailed Häkkinen for most of the race after a poor start, but steady drizzle near the end of the race made the track slippery and allowed Schumacher to turn the tables.
Schumacher's fast in-lap and 6-second final pit stop put him in front of McLaren's Mika Häkkinen and won him and Ferrari the race on a track that was tricky due to persistent light rain throughout the race. Häkkinen's teammate David Coulthard finished a distant third after a racelong battle with the second Ferrari of Rubens Barrichello and the Williams of Jenson Button. The last point went to the BAR of former world champion Jacques Villeneuve.
Standings after the race
- 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.
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