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The 2000 Australian Grand Prix, otherwise officially advertised LXV Qantas Australian Grand Prix, was the opening round of the 2000 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Albert Park Circuit in Melbourne, Australia, on the 12 March 2000.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher sweep to victory ahead of new Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello, signalling the start of a new era of domination.[1]

It had been a winter with a lot of changes on the driver front, with Barrichello joining the Scuderia, while Eddie Irvine took the Brazilian's old seat at the new Jaguar-Ford Cosworth team.[1] Elsewhere, Williams hired promising British youth Jenson Button to partner Ralf Schumacher, while 1996 World Champion Damon Hill was replaced by Jarno Trulli at Jordan-Mugen-Honda.[1]

There would also be a new team and two returning engine suppliers on the grid, with Ford taking full control of the Stewart, and duly reforging them as Jaguar Racing.[1] Williams, meanwhile, secured a multi-year deal with BMW for engines and sponsorship, while Honda made their full F1 return, partnering with BAR.[1] Renault, meanwhile, were plotting their return to F1, having purchased a controlling stake in Benetton.[1]

Qualifying, however, had seen the status-quo of 1999 effectively maintained, for defending World Champion Mika Häkkinen claimed pole position ahead of his teammate David Coulthard.[1] Schumacher would hence start from third ahead of Barrichello, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen was a strong fifth for Jordan ahead of new teammate Trulli.[1]

The start saw the two McLaren-Mercedes carry on their strong form, sweeping into the first corner in grid order.[1] In contrast the two Ferraris would make poor starts, allowing Frentzen to sprint ahead of Barrichello, before entertaining an ambitious lunge around the outside of Schumacher into turn one.[1]

Häkkinen and Coulthard quickly established a lead out front, while Schumacher tried in vain to keep pace behind them.[1] Elsewhere, debutante Button made a strong start, gaining six places off the grid, fellow debutante Nick Heidfeld received a welcoming whack from Marc Gené, while Johnny Herbert became the first retirement of the year with a clutch failure.[1]

Back with the leaders and Coulthard's pace suddenly collapsed on lap ten, his Mercedes engine having picked up a misfire.[1] He pitted at the end of the lap, only for McLaren to send him back out again having been unable to find a quick cure.[1] The Scot's race was over soon after.[1]

There would be more bad news for McLaren just moments later, for Häkkinen's race lead would be completely wiped out by the first appearance of the Mercedes-Benz Safety Car.[1] The cause was Pedro de la Rosa, who had left bits of his Arrows littering the back of the circuit after a steering failure, with Eddie Irvine also retiring having been struck by the debris.[1]

When the race resumed Häkkinen immediately sprinted clear to rebuild his lead, and hence had Schumacher already settling for second.[1] That was, until his Mercedes engine cried enough on lap nineteen, with an identical failure to that of Coulthard ending his race in a cloud of white smoke.[1]

Schumacher duly moved into the lead ahead of Frentzen and Barrichello, with the Brazilian unable to find a way past the Jordan.[1] Ferrari hence opted to alter his pitstop strategy, short-fuelling the #4 Ferrari in a switch to a two-stop in order to leap frog a one-stopping Frentzen.[1]

The plan looked to have backfired when Barrichello rejoined behind Button, and he would lose a lot of time dealing with the Williams-BMW.[1] Yet, once clear the Brazilian would deliver a series of impressive laps, although his efforts proved to be in vain when Frentzen suffered a hydraulic leak.[1]

With that the race was over, with Schumacher cruising across the line with an eleven second lead over Barrichello.[1] Ralf Schumacher, meanwhile, would survive a series of retirements to claim third for Williams-BMW, while Jacques Villeneuve scored the first ever points finish for BAR with fourth.[1] Giancarlo Fisichella was next ahead of Mika Salo, although a post-race disqualification for the Finn promoted Ricardo Zonta into the points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2000 Australian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/15 Mercedes FO110J 3.0 V10 B
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/15 Mercedes FO110J 3.0 V10 B
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F399 Ferrari 049 3.0 V10 B
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F399 Ferrari 049 3.0 V10 B
5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan EJ10 Mugen-Honda MF-301HE 3.0 V10 B
6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan EJ10 Mugen-Honda MF-301HE 3.0 V10 B
7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R1 Ford Cosworth CR-2 3.0 V10 B
8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar Racing Jaguar R1 Ford Cosworth CR-2 3.0 V10 B
9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW22 BMW E41 3.0 V10 B
10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom BMW Williams F1 Team Williams FW22 BMW E41 3.0 V10 B
11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B200 Playlife FB02 3.0 V10 B
12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B200 Playlife FB02 3.0 V10 B
14 France Jean Alesi France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP03 Peugeot A20 3.0 V10 B
15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP03 Peugeot A20 3.0 V10 B
16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C19 Petronas SPE-04A 3.0 V10 B
17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C19 Petronas SPE-04A 3.0 V10 B
18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows F1 Team Arrows A21 Supertec FB02 3.0 V10 B
19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows F1 Team Arrows A21 Supertec FB02 3.0 V10 B
20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Telefonica Minardi Fondmetal Minardi M02 Fondmetal RV10 3.0 V10 B
21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Telefonica Minardi Fondmetal Minardi M02 Fondmetal RV10 3.0 V10 B
22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Lucky Strike Reynard BAR Honda BAR 002 Honda RA000E 3.0 V10 B
23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom Lucky Strike Reynard BAR Honda BAR 002 Honda RA000E 3.0 V10 B
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2000 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.556 210.778 km/h
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.910 +0.354s 209.957 km/h
3 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:31.075 +0.519s 209.577 km/h
4 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:31.102 +0.546s 209.515 km/h
5 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:31.359 +0.803s 208.925 km/h
6 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:31.504 +0.948s 208.594 km/h
7 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:31.514 +0.958s 208.571 km/h
8 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:31.968 +1.412s 207.542 km/h
9 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:31.992 +1.436s 207.488 km/h
10 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:32.018 +1.462s 207.429 km/h
11 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:32.220 +1.664s 206.975 km/h
12 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:32.323 +1.767s 206.744 km/h
13 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:32.477 +1.921s 206.399 km/h
14 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:32.775 +2.219s 205.736 km/h
15 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 1:33.024 +2.468s 205.186 km/h
16 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:33.117 +2.561s 204.981 km/h
17 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 1:33.197 +2.641s 204.805 km/h
18 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:33.261 +2.705s 204.664 km/h
19 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:33.378 +2.822s 204.408 km/h
20 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:33.638 +3.082s 203.840 km/h
21 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:33.828 +3.272s 203.428 km/h
22 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:34.705 +4.149s 201.544 km/h
107% Time: 1:36.895[3]
Source:[4][3]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 2
______________ David Coulthard
Row 2 3 ______________
Michael Schumacher 4
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 3 5 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 4 7 ______________
Eddie Irvine 8
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 5 9 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 10
______________ Mika Salo
Row 6 11 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 12
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 7 13 ______________
Jos Verstappen 14
______________ Alexander Wurz
Row 8 15 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 16
______________ Ricardo Zonta
Row 9 17 ______________
Jean Alesi* 18
______________ Marc Gené
Row 10 19 ______________
Pedro Diniz 20
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 11 21 ______________
Jenson Button 22
______________ Gastón Mazzacane
  • * Alesi would start the race from the pitlane.[3]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2000 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 58 1:34:01.987 3 10
2 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 58 +11.415s 4 6
3 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 58 +20.009s 11 4
4 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 58 +44.447s 8 3
5 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 58 +45.165s 9 2
6 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 58 +46.468s 16 1
7 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 58 +46.915s 14
8 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 57 +1 Lap 18
9 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 56 +2 Laps 15
DSQ* 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 58 Disqualified 10
Ret 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 46 Engine 21
Ret 16 Brazil Ricardo Zonta Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 41 Transmission 19
Ret 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 40 Gearbox 22
Ret 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 39 Hydraulics 5
Ret 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 35 Engine 6
Ret 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 27 Hydraulics 17
Ret 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 18 Engine 1
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 16 Suspension 13
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 11 Engine 2
Ret 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 6 Suspension 12
Ret 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 6 Accident 7
Ret 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1 Clutch 20
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Salo was disqualified from the race for using illegal bodywork.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher started the 2000 season as the man to beat with victory in Australia, leaving the opening round with ten points. Rubens Barrichello opened his account in second ahead of Ralf Schumacher, while Jacques Villeneuve was on the board for the first time since the 1998 Japanese Grand Prix. The other drivers on the scoresheet after the opening race were Giancarlo Fisichella and Ricardo Zonta.

There were just four scorers in the Constructors Championship after the opening race of the season, with Ferrari already holding a daunting lead of twelve points. Behind, Williams-BMW were in second, level with BAR-Honda but ahead courtesy of Ralf Schumacher's podium, while Benetton-Playlife rounded out the scorers.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 10
2 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 6
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher 4
4 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 3
5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 2
6 Brazil Ricardo Zonta 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 16
2 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 4
3 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 4
4 Italy Benetton-Playlife 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 1.24 1.25 1.26 'Australian GP, 2000', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr647.html, (Accessed 30/08/2019)
  2. 'Australia 2000: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/australie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 30/08/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 'Australia 2000: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/australie/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 30/08/2019)
  4. '2000 Qantas Australian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2000/races/47/australia/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 30/08/2019)
  5. 5.0 5.1 'Australia 2000: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/australie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 30/08/2019)
  6. 6.00 6.01 6.02 6.03 6.04 6.05 6.06 6.07 6.08 6.09 6.10 '1. Australia 2000', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/australie.aspx, (Accessed 30/08/2019)
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V T E 2000 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren • Ferrari • Jordan • Jaguar • Williams • Benetton • Prost • Sauber • Arrows • Minardi • BAR
Engines BMW • Cosworth • Ferrari • Fondmetal • Honda • Mercedes • Mugen-Honda • Petronas • Peugeot • Playlife • Supertec
Drivers Häkkinen • 2 Coulthard • 3 M. Schumacher • 4 Barrichello • 5 Frentzen • 6 Trulli • 7 Irvine • 7 Burti • 8 Herbert • 9 R. Schumacher • 10 Button • 11 Fisichella • 12 Wurz • 14 Alesi • 15 Heidfeld • 16 Diniz • 17 Salo • 18 De la Rosa • 19 Verstappen • 20 Gené • 21 Mazzacane • 22 Villeneuve • 23 Zonta
Other Drivers Badoer • Montoya • Panis • Webber
Cars Ferrari F1-2000 • McLaren MP4-15 • Williams FW22 • Benetton B200 • BAR 002 • Jordan EJ10 • Arrows A21 • Sauber C19 • Jaguar R1 • Minardi M02 • Prost AP03
Tyres Bridgestone
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