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|
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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