2000 San Marino Grand Prix

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Italy  2000 San Marino Grand Prix
Race details
Race 3 of 17 in the 2000 Formula One season
Imola.svg
Date April 9, 2000
Official name XXIV Grand Prix of San Marino
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
4.933 km (3.065 mi)
Distance 62 laps, 305.609 km (189.897 mi)
Weather Overcast, Mild, Dry
Pole position
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:24.714
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:26.523 on lap 60
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Third United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes

The 2000 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Imola on April 9, 2000. It was the third round of the 2000 Formula One season.

Report[edit]

Qualifying saw Mika Häkkinen on pole position with Michael Schumacher second, David Coulthard third, Rubens Barrichello fourth, Ralf Schumacher fifth and Heinz-Harald Frentzen sixth. During qualifying Schumacher took pole position for a brief moment, beating Häkkinen's time by 0.025 seconds. Häkkinen's final timed lap of the session however, was quick enough reclaim pole position. In the first 2 sectors of the circuit, Häkkinen was slower than Schumacher by 0.085 and 0.089 seconds respectively. A small mistake at turn 12 forced the Finn to run wide off the track for a moment, and as he exited the final corner onto the pit straight, the car oversteered. Despite these two errors, Häkkinen reclaimed pole position by 0.091 seconds.

As raceday dawned, it seemed that the McLarens were faster than the Ferraris. At the start, Schumacher did not make a good getaway and, in order to defend his position, moved to the left to block Coulthard. As the two tussled while reaching Tamburello, Coulthard had to lift off, allowing Barrichello to get level with him. In the next corner, Rubens was ahead. At the same time, Jacques Villeneuve had a superb start and got past four cars in front of him. Following Jacques were Jarno Trulli and Eddie Irvine in sixth and seventh respectively. All this had allowed Häkkinen to get a 1.2 second lead over Schumacher and a further 1.9 seconds over Barrichello and Coulthard.

It soon became clear that the race was developing into a battle between Häkkinen and Schumacher. Barrichello and Coulthard were dropping away at a second a lap and they were quite a bit ahead of third group consisting of Villeneuve, Trulli, Irvine, Ralf and Mika Salo. At the front, Häkkinen soon began to edge away from Schumacher, slowly but surely. On lap 20, the gap was out to 3 seconds before it stabilized until the pitstops. Meanwhile Irvine accidentally pushed the speed limiter button, allowing Ralf and Salo to get ahead. On lap 26, over 25 seconds behind the leaders, Coulthard dived into the pits. On the next lap, Häkkinen stopped to refuel with a 3.2 second lead. He was stationary for 7.6 seconds unlike Schumacher who was there for 10 seconds. This nearly doubled Häkkinen's lead, up to 5.7 seconds. Barrichello was the last driver in the top 4 to stop and he came out in front of Coulthard again.

Behind the top four, Villeneuve, Ralf and Salo were battling for fifth, sixth and seventh and left Irvine and Trulli to battle for eighth and ninth. At the front, Häkkinen hit a piece of wreckage which destroyed the front of the floor, making the car more difficult to drive. He recovered and increased his lead back up to over five seconds by lap 39. But then Schumacher began to close in. On lap 41, it came down by a second, after something in the electronics went wrong on Häkkinen's car. It immediately reset itself but Häkkinen had lost two seconds. On lap 43, however, Schumacher had to deal with the Sauber of Pedro Diniz who tried to be a bit gentle and the two nearly collided. Schumacher lost over a second. When Häkkinen pitted on lap 44 with a 3-second lead, Michael took over the lead.

Next lap, Barrichello and Coulthard went into the pits from third. Coulthard's stop was faster, and he came out just in front of the Ferrari. McLaren had won the smaller battle, i.e. the battle for third. Now it was left to Schumacher to get ahead of Häkkinen. Schumacher came into the pits on lap 49. His stop was short and he came ahead of Häkkinen. There was a massive difference in their in and out lap times, which made the difference. Coulthard still could not match the pace of the leaders, around three tenths slower but he pulled away from Barrichello at over two seconds a lap. In behind them, Salo was hounding Villeneuve. On lap 58, Trulli had gearbox problems and stopped from eighth. Häkkinen really pushed in the closing stages, but it was not enough to disturb Schumacher, who won from Häkkinen. Coulthard was a distant third, while Barrichello was nearly being lapped in fourth. Villeneuve held off Salo for fifth.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.714
2 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:24.805 +0.091
3 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.014 +0.300
4 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:25.242 +0.528
5 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:25.871 +1.157
6 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:25.892 +1.178
7 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:25.929 +1.215
8 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:26.002 +1.288
9 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:26.124 +1.410
10 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1:26.238 +1.524
11 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:26.281 +1.567
12 17 Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 1:26.336 +1.622
13 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 1:26.349 +1.635
14 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 1:26.814 +2.100
15 14 France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 1:26.824 +2.110
16 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 1:26.845 +2.131
17 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 1:27.051 +2.337
18 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 1:27.135 +2.421
19 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:27.253 +2.539
20 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 1:28.161 +3.447
21 20 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 1:28.333 +3.619
22 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 1:28.361 +3.647

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 62 1:31:39.776 2 10
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 62 +1.168 1 6
3 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 62 +51.008 3 4
4 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 62 +1:29.276 4 3
5 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 61 +1 Lap 9 2
6 17 Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 61 +1 Lap 12 1
7 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 61 +1 Lap 7  
8 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 61 +1 Lap 10  
9 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 61 +1 Lap 11  
10 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 61 +1 Lap 17  
11 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 61 +1 Lap 19  
12 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 61 +1 Lap 14  
13 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 60 +2 Laps 20  
14 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 59 +3 Laps 16  
15 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 58 Gearbox 8  
Ret 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 49 Spun off 13  
Ret 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 45 Fuel System 5  
Ret 14 France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 25 Hydraulics 15  
Ret 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 22 Hydraulics 22  
Ret 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 5 Engine 18  
Ret 20 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 5 Spun off 21  
Ret 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 4 Gearbox 6  

Standings after the race[edit]

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


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2000 Brazilian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2000 season
Next race:
2000 British Grand Prix
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1999 San Marino Grand Prix
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Coordinates: 44°20′38″N 11°43′00″E / 44.34389°N 11.71667°E / 44.34389; 11.71667