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. 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.
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. 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.
Into the Silverstone weekend itself and Rubens Barrichello would be the star in qualifying, securing a maiden pole position for Ferrari. 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.
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. The German racer hence slipped back from fifth to eighth, with Jenson Button, Jacques Villeneuve and Ralf Schumacher streaking past.
Barrichello would do his best to break free during the early stages, with the entire top eight moving clear of Jarno Trulli in ninth. 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.
Indeed, the entire top eight ran nose-to-tail through until lap 24, when Frentzen and Ralf Schumacher peeled off to make their pitstops. 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.
With that Coulthard was away, throwing everything at the Silverstone circuit in a bid to break away from the Barrichello train. 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.
Barrichello stayed out for a further two laps, although a spin caused by a faltering gearbox signalled the end of his race. 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.
Frentzen moved back into the lead, although his second stop on lap 42 ensured that Coulthard moved back ahead. 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.
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. Schumacher, meanwhile, would claim a lonely third ahead of Ralf Schumacher, Button and Trulli, Frenzen having dropped out late on with a gearbox issue.
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.
The full entry list for the 2000 British Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 2000 British Grand Prix are outlined below:
|1||4||Rubens Barrichello||Ferrari||1:25.703||—||215.908 km/h|
|2||5||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Jordan-Mugen-Honda||1:25.706||+0.003s||215.901 km/h|
|3||1||Mika Häkkinen||McLaren-Mercedes||1:25.741||+0.038s||215.813 km/h|
|4||2||David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes||1:26.088||+0.385s||214.943 km/h|
|5||3||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari||1:26.161||+0.458s||214.761 km/h|
|6||10||Jenson Button||Williams-BMW||1:26.733||+1.030s||213.344 km/h|
|7||9||Ralf Schumacher||Williams-BMW||1:26.786||+1.083s||213.214 km/h|
|8||19||Jos Verstappen||Arrows-Supertec||1:26.793||+1.090s||213.197 km/h|
|9||7||Eddie Irvine||Jaguar-Ford Cosworth||1:26.818||+1.115s||213.136 km/h|
|10||22||Jacques Villeneuve||BAR-Honda||1:27.025||+1.322s||212.629 km/h|
|11||6||Jarno Trulli||Jordan-Mugen-Honda||1:27.164||+1.461s||212.289 km/h|
|12||11||Giancarlo Fisichella||Benetton-Playlife||1:27.253||+1.550s||212.073 km/h|
|13||16||Pedro Diniz||Sauber-Petronas||1:27.301||+1.598s||211.956 km/h|
|14||8||Johnny Herbert||Jaguar-Ford Cosworth||1:27.461||+1.758s||211.569 km/h|
|15||14||Jean Alesi||Prost-Peugeot||1:27.559||+1.856s||211.332 km/h|
|16||23||Ricardo Zonta||BAR-Honda||1:27.772||+2.069s||210.819 km/h|
|17||15||Nick Heidfeld||Prost-Peugeot||1:27.806||+2.103s||210.737 km/h|
|18||17||Mika Salo||Sauber-Petronas||1:28.110||+2.407s||210.010 km/h|
|19||18||Pedro de la Rosa||Arrows-Supertec||1:28.135||+2.432s||209.951 km/h|
|20||12||Alexander Wurz||Benetton-Playlife||1:28.205||+2.502s||209.784 km/h|
|21||20||Marc Gené||Minardi-Fondmetal||1:28.253||+2.550s||209.670 km/h|
|22||21||Gastón Mazzacane||Minardi-Fondmetal||1:29.174||+3.471s||207.504 km/h|
|107% Time: 1:31.702|
- 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.
|Pedro de la Rosa||20|
The full results for the 2000 British Grand Prix are outlined below:
- 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.
- 250th Grand Prix to feature a start for an Arrows chassis.
- Jordan made their 150th appearance at a Grand Prix as a constructor.
- Eddie Irvine made his 100th Grand Prix start.
- Jarno Trulli entered his 50th race.
- Pedro de la Rosa and Marc Gené entered their twentieth race.
- Rubens Barrichello secured the 25th pole position for a car using #4 as its race number.
- Seventh career victory for David Coulthard.
- 124th win for McLaren as a constructor.
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.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
Images and Videos:
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- 'Britain 2000: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/grande-bretagne/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 02/09/2019)
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