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The 2000 Belgian Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the LVIII Foster's Grand Prix de Belgique, was the thirteenth round of the 2000 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged on the 27 August 2000 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium.[1] The race would see Mika Häkkinen claim victory ahead of Michael Schumacher, having pulled off one of the most audacious overtakes in F1 history to pass the German ace late on.[1]

Häkkinen would start the weekend by claiming pole position, beating Jarno Trulli by three quarters of a second in qualifying.[1] Schumacher, meanwhile, would line up in fourth behind Jenson Button, with David Coulthard, the third man in the title fight, down in fifth.[1]

Rain would pound the circuit before the race, with a lot of water lying on the circuit meaning that the race would start behind the Safety Car.[1] Furthermore, everyone bar Pedro Diniz would start on full wet tyres, a wise decision given that the Brazilian racer proceeded to spin behind the safety car.[1]

The safety car came in at the end of the opening tour, releasing Häkkinen to claim the lead.[1] The Finn duly began to ease clear of Trulli, being the only man to have a clear, sprayless, view.[1] Diniz, meanwhile, would tumble to the back of the field, but would opt to remain on his slick tyres.[1]

The early stages saw Häkkinen continue to ease away, while Trulli came under attack from both Button and Schumacher.[1] The Brit's first attack on the Italian would end in failure, running wide at the Bus Stop to gift Schumacher third, before the German ace lunged past the Italian at La Source on lap five.[1]

Button tried to follow Schumacher through, but only managed to tip Trulli into a race ending spin, while he was passed by Coulthard and Ralf Schumacher.[1] The Schumacher brothers subsequently became the first of the lead drivers to pit for slicks on the following lap, with Jean Alesi, the first to swap to slicks on lap four, setting fastest laps.[1]

The rest of the field duly made their stops over the following three laps, leaving Häkkinen at the head of the field ahead of Schumacher, while Ralf Schumacher leapt up to third.[1] Alesi was, however, the biggest winner, climbing to fourth ahead of Button, while Coulthard slipped back to ninth.[1]

Häkkinen was forced to push now that Michael Schumacher was behind him, and duly made his first mistake of the weekend, sending himself spinning after clipping a kerb.[1] The Finn rejoined behind the #3 Ferrari after scrambling across the grass, with the German ace able to ease clear of the Finn.[1]

Schumacher duly made his scheduled stop a few laps later, prompting McLaren to tell Häkkinen to push on once again.[1] He subsequently stopped on lap 27, with the rest of the field making their stops by the end of lap 34.[1]

Into the closing stages and Häkkinen was slowly catching Schumacher, and duly launched his bid for the lead on lap 40, sending a lunge at Les Combes that was swatted aside, literally, by the Ferrari.[1] The Finn then sat back and plotted his next attempt, which would come a lap later at the very same spot.[1]

Crucially, however, the pair would come across Ricardo Zonta as they shot towards Les Combes, with Schumacher going to the outside of the BAR-Honda, while Häkkinen squeezed inside the Brazilian.[1] The McLaren duly pulled level with the Ferrari as Zonta backed off, before lunging on the brakes later than Schumacher's Ferrari to claim the lead.[1]

With that the race was over, with Häkkinen sliding through to claim victory by a second from Schumacher.[1] Schumacher's brother Ralf duly secured third ahead of a recovering Coulthard, while Button and Heinz-Harald Frentzen claimed the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Mika Häkkinen moved to the top of the Championship with his third win of the campaign, leaving Hungary with 64 points to his name. That left him two clear of former leader Michael Schumacher, while David Coulthard was four points further back in third. Behind, Rubens Barrichello had lost enough ground that he was committed to a supporting role for his teammate Schumacher, while Giancarlo Fisichella had retained his spot in the top five.

There had also been a change atop the Constructors Championship, with McLaren-Mercedes leaving Hungary a point clear at the head of the field. They had overtaken Ferrari to claim the lead, leaving on 112 points to the Scuderia's 111, with those two mathematically the only teams in the hunt. Indeed, with 80 points left to fight for Williams-BMW in third were too far back to challenge, having ended the weekend on 24 points.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2000 Belgian 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 EJ10B Mugen-Honda MF-301HE 3.0 V10 B
6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan EJ10B 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 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:50.646 226.712 km/h
2 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:51.419 +0.773s 225.139 km/h
3 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:51.444 +0.798s 225.089 km/h
4 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:51.552 +0.906s 224.871 km/h
5 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:51.587 +0.941s 224.800 km/h
6 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:51.743 +1.097s 224.487 km/h
7 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:51.799 +1.153s 224.374 km/h
8 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:51.926 +1.280s 224.120 km/h
9 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:52.242 +1.596s 223.489 km/h
10 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:52.444 +1.798s 223.087 km/h
11 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:52.756 +2.110s 222.470 km/h
12 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:52.885 +2.239s 222.216 km/h
13 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:53.002 +2.356s 221.985 km/h
14 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 1:53.193 +2.547s 221.611 km/h
15 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:53.211 +2.565s 221.576 km/h
16 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:53.237 +2.591s 221.525 km/h
17 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 1:53.309 +2.663s 221.384 km/h
18 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:53.357 +2.711s 221.290 km/h
19 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:53.403 +2.757s 221.200 km/h
20 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:53.912 +3.266s 200.212 km/h
21 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:54.680 +4.034s 218.737 km/h
22 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:54.784 +4.138s 218.539 km/h
107% Time: 1:58.391[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
2 Mika Häkkinen
Jarno Trulli ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Jenson Button
Michael Schumacher ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 David Coulthard
Ralf Schumacher ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Jacques Villeneuve
Heinz-Harald Frentzen ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Johnny Herbert
Rubens Barrichello ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Giancarlo Fisichella
Eddie Irvine ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Ricardo Zonta
Nick Heidfeld ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Pedro Diniz
Pedro de la Rosa ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Jean Alesi
Mika Salo ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Alexander Wurz
Jos Verstappen ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Marc Gené
Gastón Mazzacane ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44 1:28:14.494 1 10
2 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 44 +1.104s 4 6
3 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 44 +38.096s 6 4
4 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44 +43.281s 5 3
5 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 44 +49.914s 3 2
6 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 44 +55.984s 8 1
7 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 44 +1:12.380 7
8 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 44 +1:27.808 9
9 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 44 +1:28.670 18
10 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 44 +1:31.555 12
11 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 44 +1:34.123 15
12 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 43 +1 Lap 13
13 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 43 +1 Lap 19
14 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 43 +1 Lap 21
15 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 43 +1 Lap 20
16 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 42 +2 Laps 16
17 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 42 +2 Laps 22
Ret 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 32 Fuel pressure 10
Ret 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 32 Fuel pressure 17
Ret 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 12 Engine 14
Ret 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 8 Electrical 11
Ret 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 4 Collision 2
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Mika Häkkinen moved six points clear atop the Championship after his fourth win of the campaign, moving onto 74 points for the season. Michael Schumacher was his closest threat, leaving the Belgian race on 68 points, while David Coulthard had slipped thirteen off the lead in third. Behind Rubens Barrichello was still mathematically in the hunt in fourth, while Ralf Schumacher completed the top five on 20 points.

In the Constructors Championship it was McLaren-Mercedes who had left Spa as the best team in the field, holding 125 points to their name. Ferrari were still second, eight off the lead, with those two the only teams capable of taking the crown. Williams-BMW, meanwhile, were in an increasingly secure third, with Jordan-Mugen-Honda trying to get back on terms with fourth placed Benetton-Playlife.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 74
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 68
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard 61
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 49
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher 20 ▲1
6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 18 ▼1
7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 11
8 United Kingdom Jenson Button 10
9 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 7
10 Italy Jarno Trulli 6
11 Finland Mika Salo 6
12 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 3
13 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 2
14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 2
15 Brazil Ricardo Zonta 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 125
2 Italy Ferrari 117
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 30
4 Italy Benetton-Playlife 18
5 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 13
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 12
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 6
8 United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 4
9 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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