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United Kingdom 2000 British Grand Prix
Silver2000
Race 4 of 17 in the 2000 Formula One Season
Date 23 April 2000
Official name LIII RAC British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit

5.140 km (3.194 mi)

Distance 60 laps, 308.400 km (191.640 mi)
Weather Sunny, mild, dry, Air Temp: 10°C
Pole Position
Driver Brazil Rubens Barrichello (Ferrari)
Time 1:25.703
Fastest Lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen (McLaren-Mercedes)
Time 1:26.217 on lap 56
Podium
First United Kingdom David Coulthard (McLaren-Mercedes)
Second Finland Mika Häkkinen (McLaren-Mercedes)
Third Germany Michael Schumacher (Ferrari)

The 2000 British Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on April 23, 2000 at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, Great Britain. It was the fourth race of the 2000 Formula One season. The race was the 55th British Grand Prix and the 35th to be held at the Silverstone. The race was held over 60 laps of the 5.1-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 308 kilometres.

The race was won by British driver David Coulthard in front of his home crowd driving a McLaren MP4/15. The win was Coulthard and McLaren's first win of the season and the first race not won by eventual 2000 world champion Michael Schumacher. Coulthard's Finnish team-mate Mika Häkkinen was second, 1.4 seconds behind. Schumacher, driving a Ferrari F1-2000 finished third.

ReportEdit

Pre-raceEdit

The race had controversially been moved to an early season date in March, four months ahead of its usual mid-summer date in July.

Before the race, traffic jams streched up for 15 miles forcing some of the spectators to walk. Reports were that queues paced at one mile in a minute which reached backed to the M40 and M1 motorways. As a result, only 15,000 attended qualifying compared with 60,000 the year before.

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying was a surprise with Rubens Barrichello on pole position, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen second, Häkkinen third, Coulthard fourth, Michael Schumacher down in fifth and emerging Williams driver Jenson Button a surprising sixth in his first British Grand Prix.

RaceEdit

There was heavy fog in the morning of the race. Fortunately, it cleared before the beginning of the race. When the lights went out, Barrichello started well from pole position and Frentzen slotted in behind him. Coulthard had also got by Häkkinen at the first corner. Behind them, Schumacher had been pushed into the grass, and Jacques Villeneuve went around Eddie Irvine, Jos Verstappen and Ralf Schumacher. Schumacher had lost places to Jenson Button, Villeneuve and Ralf. Thus the order was Barrichello, Frentzen, Coulthard, Häkkinen, Button, Villeneuve, Ralf, Schumacher, Verstappen and Irvine. On the second lap, Ralf blasted past Villeneuve at Stowe.

The top six were separated by around 10 seconds but they were pulling way from the next group consisting of Villeneuve, Schumacher and Verstappen. It stayed until Jos retired on lap 22. On lap 24, Frentzen went into the pits from second and Ralf came up behind him. They rejoined in seventh and eighth. Next lap, Button went into the pits. He had a minor wheelnut problem which cost him a second and a half and thus rejoined behind his teammate. At the front, Barrichello was slowly pulling away from Coulthard and Häkkinen until lap 28 when he got informed by his team that there was a hydraulic problem with his car.

On lap 29, Barrichello made a mistake and lost 3 seconds, putting Coulthard right with him. Next time around, Barrichello was slow out of Chapel Curve, allowing Coulthard to get level with him on the Hangar straight. Barrichello had the inside line for Stowe but Coulthard went round the outside of him and took the lead. His explanation was: "Remembering Nigel Mansell's move on Nelson Piquet, I just decided to give it a try." It worked and Coulthard built a lead as Häkkinen pitted on lap 31. Next time around, Coulthard pitted from the lead, giving it back to the fading Barrichello. Rubens held around until lap 35 when the effect of the problem took its toll as Barrichello spun at Luffield. When he rejoined and pitted, he found that his team were not ready for him. It did not matter, for when the stop was completed, Barrichello had trouble restarting the car. That was enough and he decided to call it a day.

All this left Schumacher at the front (Villeneuve having pitted) and set two consecutive fastest laps before he pitted on lap 38. He rejoined ahead of Villeneuve. The order was: Frentzen, Coulthard, Ralf, Button, Häkkinen and Schumacher. Soon the attention was on Frentzen on whether he would come out ahead of or behind Schumacher after their stops. But he was lapping at the same pace as Häkkinen and Schumacher, and after his stop on lap 44, he came out behind Schumacher. Ralf and Button pitted on laps 46 and 48 respectively, rejoining in fifth and sixth. Coulthard and Häkkinen were first and second, Häkkinen closing up on Coulthard and Schumacher lapping at Häkkinen's pace. On lap 54, Frentzen's gearbox failed, putting Villeneuve up to sixth. He lasted there only for two laps when he faced the same problem, thus allowing Jarno Trulli to take the last point.

ClassificationEdit

Qualifying Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:25.703
2 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:25.706 +0.003
3 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.741 +0.038
4 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.088 +0.385
5 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:26.161 +0.458
6 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 1:26.733 +1.030
7 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:26.786 +1.083
8 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 1:26.793 +1.090
9 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:26.818 +1.115
10 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:27.025 +1.322
11 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:27.164 +1.461
12 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:27.253 +1.550
13 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1:27.301 +1.598
14 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 1:27.461 +1.758
15 14 France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 1:27.559 +1.856
16 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 1:27.772 +2.069
17 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 1:27.806 +2.103
18 17 Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 1:28.110 +2.407
19 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 1:28.135 +2.432
20 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:28.205 +2.502
21 20 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 1:28.253 +2.550
22 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 1:29.174 +3.471

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 60 1:28:50.108 4 10
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 60 +1.477 3 6
3 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 60 +19.917 5 4
4 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 60 +41.312 7 3
5 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 60 +57.759 6 2
6 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 60 +1:19.273 11 1
7 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 59 +1 Lap 12  
8 17 Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 18  
9 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 59 +1 Lap 20  
10 14 France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 59 +1 Lap 15  
11 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 13  
12 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 14  
13 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 9  
14 20 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 59 +1 Lap 21  
15 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 59 +1 Lap 22  
16 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 56 Gearbox 10  
17 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 54 Gearbox 2  
Ret 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 51 Engine 17  
Ret 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 36 Spun off 16  
Ret 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 35 Hydraulics 1  
Ret 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 26 Electrical 19  
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 20 Electrical 8  

Standings after the race Edit

Drivers' Championship standingsEdit

Pos Driver Points
1rightarrow blue 1 Germany Michael Schumacher 34
1uparrow green 6 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 14
1uparrow green 1 3 Finland Mika Häkkinen 12
1downarrow red 2 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 9
1rightarrow blue 5 Germany Ralf Schumacher 9

Constructors' Championship standingsEdit

Pos Constructor Points
1rightarrow blue 1 Italy Ferrari 43
1rightarrow blue 2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 26
1uparrow green 2 3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 12
1downarrow red 1 4 Italy Benetton-Playlife 8
1downarrow red 1 5 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 8


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


ReferencesEdit

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2000_British_Grand_Prix
  2. http://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/grande-bretagne.aspx
  3. http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr650.html

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