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The 2000 British Grand Prix, otherwise officially advertised as the LIII Foster's British Grand Prix, was the fourth round of the 2000 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, UK, on the 23 April 2000.[1] The race would see David Coulthard battle his way to victory on home soil, as the English spring weather played havoc on and off the circuit.[1]

Quite why the British Grand Prix of 2000 was held in April was never made clear, with the FIA refusing to give an official answer.[1] The most convincing explanation came through the various late changes to the calendar ahead of the season, with the addition of the US Grand Prix and the reintroduction of the Belgian Grand Prix, causing a lot of mid-year congestion.[1]

Into the Silverstone weekend itself and Rubens Barrichello would be the star in qualifying, securing a maiden pole position for Ferrari.[1] The Brazilian just edged out Heinz-Harald Frentzen by 0.003s, while the two McLaren-Mercedes of Coulthard and Mika Häkkinen shared the second row.[1]

The start of the race saw Barrichello and Frentzen make even starts, while the two McLaren's worked together to deny Championship leader Michael Schumacher.[1] The German racer hence slipped back from fifth to eighth, with Jenson Button, Jacques Villeneuve and Ralf Schumacher streaking past.[1]

Barrichello would do his best to break free during the early stages, with the entire top eight moving clear of Jarno Trulli in ninth.[1] Yet, the Brazilian would be unable to escape more than a second from the nose of Frentzen's Jordan-Mugen-Honda, with the German racer himself having to watch out for third placed Coulthard.[1]

Indeed, the entire top eight ran nose-to-tail through until lap 24, when Frentzen and Ralf Schumacher peeled off to make their pitstops.[1] Coulthard, now released from the Jordan used his brief spell of clear air to draft onto the back of Barrichello, before dancing his McLaren around the outside of #4 Ferrari at Stowe to claim the lead.[1]

With that Coulthard was away, throwing everything at the Silverstone circuit in a bid to break away from the Barrichello train.[1] Behind, Häkkinen came in to make his stop on lap 31, rejoining in eighth, while Coulthard stopped two laps later and rejoined ahead of the Finn.[1]

Barrichello stayed out for a further two laps, although a spin caused by a faltering gearbox signalled the end of his race.[1] Schumacher, meanwhile, would be the last of the leaders to stop having moved into the lead, and duly set a series of quick laps to close onto the back of Häkkinen after his stop.[1]

Frentzen moved back into the lead, although his second stop on lap 42 ensured that Coulthard moved back ahead.[1] Button and Ralf Schumacher subsequently stopped on the following laps to leave Häkkinen in second ahead of Michael Schumacher, while Frentzen shuffled down to fourth.[1]

With that the race was over, with Coulthard surviving a late gearbox issue to claim victory ahead of Häkkinen, the first McLaren one-two of the season.[1] Schumacher, meanwhile, would claim a lonely third ahead of Ralf Schumacher, Button and Trulli, Frenzen having dropped out late on with a gearbox issue.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher left San Marino with an ever enhanced lead in the Championship, holding a maximum thirty points. That resulted in a 21 point advantage over second placed teammate Rubens Barrichello, with the Brazilian himself a point ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella. Defending World Champion Mika Häkkinen was next, up into fourth with his first points finish of the season, with Ralf Schumacher completing the top five.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had a similarly daunting grip on the title hunt, leaving Imola on 39 points. A 29 point gulf followed before McLaren-Mercedes appeared in second, having only managed to claim ten points across the opening three rounds, with Benetton-Playlife in third. Behind, Jordan-Mugen-Honda and Williams-BMW were level on seven, with BAR-Honda and Sauber-Petronas also on the board.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:25.703 215.908 km/h
2 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:25.706 +0.003s 215.901 km/h
3 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.741 +0.038s 215.813 km/h
4 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.088 +0.385s 214.943 km/h
5 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:26.161 +0.458s 214.761 km/h
6 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:26.733 +1.030s 213.344 km/h
7 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:26.786 +1.083s 213.214 km/h
8 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:26.793 +1.090s 213.197 km/h
9 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:26.818 +1.115s 213.136 km/h
10 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:27.025 +1.322s 212.629 km/h
11 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:27.164 +1.461s 212.289 km/h
12 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:27.253 +1.550s 212.073 km/h
13 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:27.301 +1.598s 211.956 km/h
14 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:27.461 +1.758s 211.569 km/h
15 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 1:27.559 +1.856s 211.332 km/h
16 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:27.772 +2.069s 210.819 km/h
17 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 1:27.806 +2.103s 210.737 km/h
18 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:28.110 +2.407s 210.010 km/h
19 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:28.135 +2.432s 209.951 km/h
20 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:28.205 +2.502s 209.784 km/h
21 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:28.253 +2.550s 209.670 km/h
22 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:29.174 +3.471s 207.504 km/h
107% Time: 1:31.702[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 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 2
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 2 3 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 4
______________ David Coulthard
Row 3 5 ______________
Michael Schumacher 6
______________ Jenson Button
Row 4 7 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 8
______________ Jos Verstappen
Row 5 9 ______________
Eddie Irvine 10
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 6 11 ______________
Jarno Trulli 12
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 7 13 ______________
Pedro Diniz 14
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 8 15 ______________
Jean Alesi 16
______________ Ricardo Zonta
Row 9 17 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 18
______________ Mika Salo
Row 10 19 ______________
Pedro de la Rosa 20
______________ Alexander Wurz
Row 11 21 ______________
Marc Gené 22
______________ Gastón Mazzacane

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 60 1:28:50.108 4 10
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 60 +1.477s 3 6
3 5 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 60 +19.917s 5 4
4 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 60 +41.312s 7 3
5 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 60 +57.759s 6 2
6 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 60 +1:19.273 11 1
7 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 59 +1 Lap 12
8 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 18
9 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 59 +1 Lap 20
10 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 59 +1 Lap 15
11 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 59 +1 Lap 13
12 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 14
13 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 59 +1 Lap 9
14 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 59 +1 Lap 21
15 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 59 +1 Lap 22
16* 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 56 Gearbox 10
17* 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 54 Gearbox 2
Ret 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 51 Engine 17
Ret 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 36 Spin 16
Ret 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 35 Hydraulics 1
Ret 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 26 Electrical 19
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 20 Electrical 8
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Villeneuve and Frentzen were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Michael Schumacher had finally been defeated in a Grand Prix in 2000, although the German ace had still managed to finish on the podium. Schumacher hence left Britain with 34 points to his name, and therefore still held onto a twenty point lead at the head of the Championship hunt. David Coulthard was now his closest challenger ahead of Mika Häkkinen, while Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher completed the top five.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had finally seen their lead reduced after three straight victories, although the Scuderia had enhanced their tally to 43 points. McLaren-Mercedes were the team to do the damage, leaping onto 26 points after their one-two, although they were still seventeen points off the Scuderia. Behind, Williams-BMW had moved into third ahead of Benetton-Playlife, with Jordan-Mugen-Honda completing the top five.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 34
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 14 ▲6
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen 12 ▲1
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 9 ▼2
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher 9
6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8 ▼3
7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 5 ▼1
8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 4 ▼1
9 Italy Jarno Trulli 4
10 United Kingdom Jenson Button 3 ▲1
11 Brazil Ricardo Zonta 1 ▼1
12 Finland Mika Salo 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 43
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 26
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 12 ▲2
4 Italy Benetton-Playlife 8 ▼1
5 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 8 ▼1
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 6
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1

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 'British GP, 2000', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr650.html, (Accessed 02/09/2019)
  2. 'Britain 2000: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/grande-bretagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 02/09/2019)
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