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The 2000 Brazilian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXIX Grande Prêmio Marlboro do Brasil, was the second round of the 2000 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil, on the 26 March 2000.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher claim a seemingly dominant victory, albeit only after Mika Häkkinen had seen his race destroyed by an engine failure.[1]

Indeed, it was the Finn who started the weekend in the strongest form, sweeping to pole position in his McLaren-Mercedes ahead of teammate David Coulthard.[1] Schumacher hence had to settle for third ahead of his Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello, while Giancarlo Fisichella secured fifth for Benetton-Playlife.[1] Sauber-Petronas, meanwhile, would withdraw from the race weekend after two wing failures during practice/qualifying.[1]

However, things were beginning to swing towards Schumacher's favour on race day, with the German only 0.005s down on Häkkinen during the warm-up.[1] Elsewhere, Alexander Wurz was in trouble, with a malfunctioning anti-stall system forcing him to start from the pitlane.[1]

The start itself would see Häkkinen sprint into an early lead, while a poor getaway for Coulthard allowed Schumacher to storm through to second.[1] The German then threw everything he could at the #1 McLaren to try and claim the lead, while Coulthard found himself back down in fourth behind Barrichello.[1]

Schumacher's early aggression paid off at the start of the second lap, with the Ferrari scything inside Häkkinen's McLaren into turn one to claim the lead.[1] He duly sprinted away to try and build a lead, having been put on a two-stop rather than a one-stop as Häkkinen was on, with the Finn unable to match the lighter Ferrari's pace.[1]

Behind, Coulthard and Barrichello would exchange some impressive blows in the early stages, with both making mistakes to allow the other through.[1] Indeed, a fairly even battle would be sorted out by an issue for Coulthard, with the Scot losing third gear and his radio systems.[1]

Coulthard was hence left to run in a lonely fourth, while Barrichello tried his best to get on terms with Häkkinen and help Schumacher escape up the road.[1] With the home fans behind Barrichello threw everything he had at the double World Champion, and duly forced his way into second on lap fifteen.[1]

The two Ferraris would run one-two for the next few laps, before Schumacher made his first stop on lap 20, rejoining behind Häkkinen.[1] Barrichello stayed out for a further two laps before stopping, although he would drop back behind Coulthard, whose entire race was being dictated by his pit-board.[1]

Many expected Schumacher, with fresh tyres, to begin closing on Häkkinen for the lead, although the Finn seemed to have enough pace to keep the Ferrari at bay.[1] That was, until Häkkinen's pace collapsed on lap 30, the sign that his Mercedes engine had cried enough.[1]

With Häkkinen out, and Barrichello likewise at the side of the circuit with smoke pouring from his exhausts, Schumacher was left with a fair lead over Coulthard.[1] With that the fight at the head of the field was over, leaving Giancarlo Fisichella and Heinz-Harald Frentzen in an intense fight for third for the rest of the afternoon.[1]

Yet, the order would not drastically change, with Schumacher cruising home four seconds clear of Coulthard to claim victory.[1] Fisichella, meanwhile, would just keep Frentzen at bay to complete the podium, with Jarno Trulli and Ralf Schumacher claiming the remaining points.[1]

However, after the race there would be an alteration to the finishing order, with Coulthard being thrown out of the race as his car failed post-race scrutineering.[1] His exclusion promoted Fisichella into second ahead of Frentzen, while young Jenson Button was promoted to sixth to claim a maiden World Championship point.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2000 Brazilian 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 Brazilian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.111 209.313 km/h
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.285 +0.174s 208.823 km/h
3 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:14.508 +0.397s 208.198 km/h
4 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:14.636 +0.525s 207.841 km/h
5 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:15.375 +1.264s 205.803 km/h
6 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:15.425 +1.314s 205.667 km/h
7 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:15.455 +1.344s 205.585 km/h
8 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:15.484 +1.373s 205.506 km/h
9 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:15.490 +1.379s 205.489 km/h
10 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:15.515 +1.404s 205.421 km/h
11 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:15.561 +1.450s 205.296 km/h
12 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:15.627 +1.516s 205.117 km/h
13 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:15.664 +1.553s 205.017 km/h
14 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:15.704 +1.593s 204.909 km/h
15 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 1:15.715 +1.604s 204.879 km/h
16 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:16.002 +1.891s 204.105 km/h
17 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:16.250 +2.139s 203.441 km/h
18 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:16.380 +2.269s 203.095 km/h
19 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 1:17.112 +3.001s 201.167 km/h
20* 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:17.178 +3.067s 200.995 km/h
21 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:17.512 +3.401s 200.129 km/h
22* 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:18.703 +4.592s 197.100 km/h
107% Time: 1:19.299[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.
  • * Diniz and Salo's entries were withdrawn after qualifying.[3]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 71 1:31:35.271 3 10
2 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 71 +39.898s 5 6
3 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 +42.268s 7 4
4 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 +1:12.780 12 3
5 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 70 +1 Lap 11 2
6 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 70 +1 Lap 9 1
7 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 70 +1 Lap 14
8 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 70 +1 Lap 16
9 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 69 +2 Laps 8
10 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 69 +2 Laps 20
DSQ* 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 Disqualified 2
Ret 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 51 Gearbox 17
Ret 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 31 Engine 18
Ret 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 30 Oil pressure 1
Ret 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 27 Hydraulics 4
Ret 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 20 Spin 6
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 16 Gearbox 10
Ret 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 11 Electrical 15
Ret 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 9 Engine 19
Ret 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 6 Engine 13
WD 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas
WD 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Coulthard was disqualified from the results of the race for using illegal front wing end-plates.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher moved twelve points clear at the head of the Championship having made it two wins in two races, holding a perfect score of twenty points. Giancarlo Fisichella was a surprise second after the opening rounds, and hence the German's closest challenger, while Rubens Barrichello had slipped to third. The Brazilian was level on points with Schumacher's brother Ralf, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen completed the top five.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had extended their early lead, leaving Brazil on 26 points. Benetton-Playlife were into second, already eighteen off the leaders, while Jordan-Mugen-Honda were in third, one behind. Williams-BMW were mathematically level with the Irish squad in fourth, while BAR-Honda were the only other scorers in fifth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 20
2 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8 ▲3
3 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 6 ▼1
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 6 ▼1
5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 4 ▲5
6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 3 ▼2
7 Italy Jarno Trulli 3 ▲3
8 Brazil Ricardo Zonta 1 ▼2
9 United Kingdom Jenson Button 1 ▲1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 26
2 Italy Benetton-Playlife 8 ▲2
3 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 7 ▲4
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 7 ▼2
5 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 4 ▼2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Brazil 2000: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/bresil.aspx, (Accessed 01/09/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 'Brazil 2000: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/bresil/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 01/09/2019)
  4. 'Grande Prêmio Marlboro do Brasil 2000 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2000/races/48/brazil/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 01/09/2019)
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  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 '2. Brazil 2000', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/bresil.aspx, (Accessed 01/09/2019)
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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
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