The 2000 European Grand Prix, otherwise officially sponsored as the XLIV Warsteiner Grand Prix of Europe, was the sixth round of the 2000 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany, on the 21 May 2000.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher claim victory on home soil, as rain gave the German ace a chance to beat the two McLaren-Mercedes.[1]

Indeed, qualifying had seen the two McLarens enjoy an exclusive duel for pole, with David Coulthard ultimately emerging ahead of Mika Häkkinen.[1] Schumacher would, however, manage to squeeze between them after Häkkinen made a mistake on his fastest lap, while Rubens Barrichello secured fourth.[1]

The start saw Coulthard make a poor start, allowing Häkkinen to storm into the lead, while Schumacher held onto second.[1] Coulthard was hence left to fight with fellow number two Barrichello into the first corner, as Jacques Villeneuve and Ralf Schumacher squabbled behind.[1]

Further back there would be an early collision, with Jarno Trulli bouncing off the side of Giancarlo Fisichella and breaking his suspension.[1] Heinz-Harald Frentzen was also in trouble, being punted off by the two Arrows-Supertecs as they tried to scramble up the order.[1]

Come the end of the opening lap Häkkinen held a half second lead over Schumacher, with Coulthard and Barrichello watching on.[1] The top four subsequently eased clear during the early stages to leave Villeneuve in fifth, with the Canadian fulfilling his usual role of backing up the midfield.[1]

Villeneuve would eventually slip behind Ralf Schumacher and Fisichella, as Michael Schumacher tried to pressure Häkkinen for the lead.[1] However, there would be no changes among the top four, with rain appearing on lap ten to add a little bit of intrigue.[1]

Barrichello was the first to benefit, slithering ahead of Coulthard as the rain steadily increased, while Ralf Schumacher slipped back down the field.[1] Heavy rain then began to pound the circuit midway through lap twelve, prompting Johnny Herbert to begin an en-masse charge into the pits for wet tyres.[1]

Michael Schumacher and Häkkinen came in together on lap fifteen, although both had issues during their stops.[1] Ultimately, however, Schumacher's crew were able to get the #3 Ferrari out ahead of the #1 McLaren, with Häkkinen slipping down to fifth.[1]

Once the remaining drivers made their stops it was Schumacher leading from Coulthard, Häkkinen and Fisichella, while Barrichello, the last of the leaders to stop slipped to ninth.[1] Schumacher duly began to ease away from Coulthard, who duly let a charging Häkkinen through once it became clear that the Finn was faster.[1]

Indeed, with the conditions remaining wet but stable there was no need to try and conserve tyres, with everyone needing to make atleast one more stop for fuel.[1] As such, Häkkinen and Schumacher would exchange "fastest" laps as the Finn tried to hunt down the German, with the pair ultimately split by ten seconds after their second stops.[1]

With that the fight for lead was over, with Schumacher able to keep Häkkinen at bay in the final laps to secure victory.[1] Coulthard, meanwhile, would claim third ahead of Barrichello, who had recovered to fourth using a three-stop strategy, while Fisichella and Pedro de la Rosa completed the points scorers.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

Mika Häkkinen had scored his first win of the 2000 season, and hence moved up to second in the Championship hunt with 22 points. He was, however, still some fourteen points shy of Michael Schumacher at the head of the hunt, with the German ace the only driver to have scored in each of the opening five races. Behind, David Coulthard was two off of Häkkinen in third, with Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher completing the top five.

In the Constructors Championship a second successive one-two for McLaren-Mercedes had ensured that they had eaten into Ferrari's lead, leaving Spain on 42 points. The Scuderia themselves still held a seven point advantage, although momentum seemed to be with their Anglo-German rivals. A hugely familiar gap then followed back to the team in third, which appeared in the form of Williams-BMW, while Jordan-Mugen-Honda had inched ahead of Benetton-Playlife to secure fourth.

Entry list[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 2000 European 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 Overview[edit | edit source]

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Report[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.529 211.554 km/h
2 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:17.667 +0.138s 211.179 km/h
3 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.785 +0.256s 210.858 km/h
4 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:18.227 +0.698s 209.667 km/h
5 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:18.515 +0.986s 208.898 km/h
6 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:18.612 +1.083s 208.640 km/h
7 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:18.697 +1.168s 208.415 km/h
8 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:18.703 +1.174s 208.399 km/h
9 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:18.742 +1.213s 208.295 km/h
10 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:18.830 +1.301s 208.063 km/h
11 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:18.887 +1.358s 207.913 km/h
12 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:19.024 +1.495s 207.552 km/h
13 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:19.190 +1.661s 207.117 km/h
14 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:19.378 +1.849s 206.627 km/h
15 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:19.422 +1.893s 206.512 km/h
16 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:19.638 +2.109s 205.952 km/h
17 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 1:19.651 +2.122s 205.918 km/h
18 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:19.766 +2.237s 205.621 km/h
19 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:19.814 +2.285s 205.498 km/h
20 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:20.162 +2.633s 204.606 km/h
21 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:21.015 +3.486s 202.451 km/h
107% Time: 1:22.956[3]
EXC* 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 1:19.147 207.230 km/h
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.
  • * Heidfeld had his times deleted as his car was found to be 2kg underweight.[3]

Grid[edit | edit source]

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

Report[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 67 1:42:00.307 2 10
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 67 +13.822s 3 6
3 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 66 +1 Lap 1 4
4 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 66 +1 Lap 4 3
5 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 66 +1 Lap 7 2
6 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 66 +1 Lap 12 1
7 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 65 +2 Laps 15
8 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 65 +2 Laps 21
9 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 65 +2 Laps 17
10* 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 62 Electrical 11
11* 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 61 Collision 16
12* 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 61 Collision 14
Ret 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 51 Spin 18
Ret 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 47 Throttle 20
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 46 Engine 9
Ret 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 29 Collision 8
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 29 Accident 13
Ret 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 29 Collision 5
Ret 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 27 Halfshaft 19
Ret 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 2 Engine 10
Ret 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 6
EXC 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Button, Herbert and Wurz were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Victory for Michael Schumacher left the German ace with 46 points to his name in 2000, having claimed the win in four of the opening six rounds. Mika Häkkinen had hence lost ground in second, slipping eighteen behind, while David Coulthard retained third on 24. Rubens Barrichello and Ralf Schumacher completed the top five, while Pedro de la Rosa had become the thirteenth scorer of the season.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had marginally increased their lead, moving onto 62 points for the campaign. That left them ten ahead of McLaren-Mercedes in second, with a huge 37 point gap between themselves and compatriots Williams-BMW in third. Elsewhere, Benetton-Playlife had moved back ahead of Jordan-Mugen-Honda, while Arrows-Supertec were on the board in eighth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 46
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen 28
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard 24
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 16
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher 12
6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 10
7 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5
8 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 5
9 Italy Jarno Trulli 4
10 United Kingdom Jenson Button 3
11 Brazil Ricardo Zonta 1
12 Finland Mika Salo 1
13 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1 ▲5
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 62
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 15
4 Italy Benetton-Playlife 10 ▲1
5 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 9 ▼1
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 6
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1
8 United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[edit | edit source]

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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
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