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The 2000 French Grand Prix, otherwise officially advertised as the LXXXVI Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France, was the ninth round of the 2000 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in Magny-Cours, France, on the 2 July 2000.[1] The race would see David Coulthard sweep to victory ahead of McLaren-Mercedes teammate Mika Häkkinen, as they battled their way past both Ferraris.[1]

Qualifying had seen Championship leader Michael Schumacher secure pole, while Coulthard lined-up alongside.[1] Rubens Barrichello then shared the second row with Häkkinen, while Ralf Schumacher was best of the rest for Williams-BMW.[1]

The start saw Schumacher make a strong start to claim the lead, with the German ace duly moving across to squeeze Coulthard into the first corner.[1] In running the Scot wide Schumacher opened the door for Barrichello to overtake the Scot, meaning it was a one-two for Ferrari ahead of the two McLarens.[1]

Behind, Jacques Villeneuve would make a strong start to claim his familiar fifth place, and duly proceeded to hold up the rest of the field as usual, allowing the top four to escape.[1] The leaders, meanwhile, would squabble among themselves during the early laps, before Barrichello began to ease off to allow Schumacher to escape up the road.[1]

Indeed, the Brazilian racer was trying every trick in the book to keep Coulthard and Häkkinen at bay, with the two McLarens hounding the back of the #4 Ferrari.[1] Coulthard would eventually force his way past on lap 22, sending Barrichello a dummy into Adelaide to break through.[1]

That move came just as the field began to make their first stops, with the lead group all stopping within three laps of one another.[1] In the midst of that swap Häkkinen managed to jump Barrichello, while Jenson Button briefly moved through to fifth.[1]

Coulthard caught onto the back of Schumacher on lap 32, although his first attempt at passing the German ace resulted in an aggressive defence and a lot of hand gestures from the Scot.[1] That prompted a more aggressive attack from Coulthard when he tried the move again on lap 40, running the German racer right to the edge of the circuit at Adelaide, with Schumacher touching the side of the McLaren.[1]

With that Coulthard was away, leaving Schumacher to fend off Häkkinen, who had watched all of the action ahead of him.[1] Unsurprisingly Schumacher was even more stubborn defending from the Finn, with the pair battling through their second stops too.[1]

Yet, try as he might Häkkinen could not force the issue, and it was only when Schumacher's engine failed on lap 53 that the Finn finally moved into second.[1] By that stage Coulthard was fifteen seconds clear, with Häkkinen only able to match the Scot's pace for the rest of the race.[1]

As such, Coulthard was left to cruise across the line and claim a dominant victory, his third of the campaign.[1] Häkkinen secured second ahead of Barrichello, with Villeneuve, Ralf Schumacher and Jarno Trulli claiming the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

A fifth win of the season left Michael Schumacher with an impressive tally of 56 points for the campaign, the German ace having also scored points in all bar one of the opening eight rounds. David Coulthard had lost a lot of ground in second, slipping 22 points behind, with Mika Häkkinen in third sat on 32. Rubens Barrichello was next ahead of Giancarlo Fisichella, while Jos Verstappen was the fifteenth and latest driver to add their name to score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a strong afternoon for Ferrari, the Scuderia leaving Canada on 84 points. McLaren-Mercedes had hence lost ground in second, slipping eighteen behind, and appeared to be the only team capable of stopping the Scuderia as the mid-point of the season loomed. Behind, Benetton-Playlife had inched three points ahead of Williams-BMW, while Jordan-Mugen-Honda were in double figures in fifth.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:15.632 202.295 km/h
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.734 +0.102s 202.023 km/h
3 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:16.047 +0.415s 201.191 km/h
4 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.050 +0.418s 201.183 km/h
5 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:16.291 +0.659s 200.548 km/h
6 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:16.399 +0.767s 200.264 km/h
7 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:16.653 +1.021s 199.601 km/h
8 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:16.658 +1.026s 199.588 km/h
9 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:16.669 +1.037s 199.559 km/h
10 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:16.905 +1.273s 198.947 km/h
11 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:17.176 +1.544s 198.248 km/h
12 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:17.223 +1.591s 198.128 km/h
13 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:17.279 +1.647s 197.984 km/h
14 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:17.317 +1.685s 197.887 km/h
15 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:17.361 +1.729s 197.774 km/h
16 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 1:17.374 +1.742s 197.741 km/h
17 12 Italy Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:17.408 +1.776s 197.654 km/h
18 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 1:17.569 +1.937s 197.244 km/h
19 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:17.668 +2.036s 196.992 km/h
20 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:17.933 +2.301s 196.322 km/h
21 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:18.130 +2.498s 195.827 km/h
22 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:18.302 +2.670s 195.397 km/h
107% Time: 1:20.906[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 Michael Schumacher
David Coulthard ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Rubens Barrichello
Mika Häkkinen ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Ralf Schumacher
Eddie Irvine ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Jacques Villeneuve
Heinz-Harald Frentzen ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Jarno Trulli
Jenson Button ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Johnny Herbert
Mika Salo ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Pedro de la Rosa
Giancarlo Fisichella ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Pedro Diniz
Nick Heidfeld ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Alexander Wurz
Jean Alesi ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Ricardo Zonta
Jos Verstappen ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Marc Gené
Gastón Mazzacane ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 72 1:38:05.538 2 10
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 72 +14.748s 4 6
3 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 72 +32.409s 3 4
4 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 72 +1:01.322 7 3
5 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 72 +1:03.981 5 2
6 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 72 +1:15.605 9 1
7 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 +1 Lap 8
8 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 71 +1 Lap 10
9 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 71 +1 Lap 14
10 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 71 +1 Lap 12
11 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 71 +1 Lap 15
12 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 71 +1 Lap 16
13 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 70 +2 Laps 6
14 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 70 +2 Laps 18
15 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 70 +2 Laps 21
Ret 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 58 Engine 1
Ret 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 45 Transmission 13
Ret 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 34 Spin 17
Ret 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 31 Spin 22
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 25 Transmission 20
Ret 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 20 Gearbox 11
Ret 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 16 Spin 19
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

At the halfway point in the season it was Michael Schumacher who led the Championship hunt, with the French Grand Prix only the second time that the German ace had failed to score in 2000. David Coulthard was his closest challenger on 44 points, some twelve behind, while defending Champion Mika Häkkinen sat in third on 38. Rubens Barrichello was next, already an outsider for the Championship, with Giancarlo Fisichella completing the top five.

In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who led the way at the halfway mark, leaving France with 88 points. Their lead was a narrow one however, for McLaren-Mercedes' one-two in France left them just six behind the Scuderia, with the duo set to duel for the crown across the remaining eight rounds. Behind, Benetton-Playlife were best of the rest in third on eighteen points, some 70 off the lead, with Williams-BMW just a point behind them.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 56
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 44
3 Finland Mika Häkkinen 38
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 32
5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 18
6 Germany Ralf Schumacher 14
7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 8 ▲1
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 6 ▲1
9 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5 ▼2
10 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 3
11 Finland Mika Salo 3
12 United Kingdom Jenson Button 3
13 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 2
14 Brazil Ricardo Zonta 1
15 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 88
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 82
3 Italy Benetton-Playlife 18
4 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 17
5 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 11
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 9
7 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3
8 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 3
9 United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 3

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'France 2000: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/france/engages.aspx, (Accessed 04/09/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'France 2000: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/france/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 04/09/2019)
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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
Tyres Bridgestone
Races Australia • Brazil • San Marino • Britain • Spain • Europe • Monaco • Canada • France • Austria • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • United States • Japan • Malaysia
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