The 2000 German Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the LXII Großer Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland, was the eleventh round of the 2000 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, on the 30 July 2000. The race would see Rubens Barrichello claim a popular victory, after McLaren-Mercedes were sabotaged by one of their former "fans".
It was David Coulthard who emerged from qualifying with pole position, while Michael Schumacher secured second. Giancarlo Fisichella was a surprise third ahead of Mika Häkkinen, while Barrichello was a lowly eighteenth after getting caught out in mixed conditions.
The start saw Häkkinen make the best start, sprinting through to claim the lead as Schumacher almost out-gunned Coulthard. Unfortunately for the German ace his usual aggressive lunge to the inside of the circuit saw him get collected by Fisichella, resulting the German racer retiring at the first corner for a second successive race.
That left Häkkinen at the head of the field ahead of teammate Coulthard, while Jarno Trulli moved into third. Barrichello, meanwhile, had streaked through to tenth after the first corner chaos, battling with Ralf Schumacher at the end of the lap.
Häkkinen duly began to ease clear of Coulthard, with the Scot also able to escape up the road from Trulli during the early stages. All of the early attention hence focused on the progress of Barrichello, who picked his way up fifth by lap six.
With that Barrichello began hunting down Pedro de la Rosa and Jarno Trulli, catching and passing them on laps thirteen and fifteen respectively, before diving into the pits to open the pit window. He duly rejoined in fifth and began hunting de la Rosa down once again, before a "fan" made his bid to disrupt the race.
The "fan", a former Mercedes-Benz employee named Robert Sehli, sprinted across the circuit to avoid the marshals at turn two, prompting the FIA to launch the Safety Car on lap 26. This demolished the lead established by Häkkinen and Coulthard, who made their stops under the safety car. However, while Häkkinen came in on lap 27, and was able to rejoin in the lead, Coulthard was forced to stay out a lap longer and dropped to sixth.
Once Sehli was removed the race resumed on lap 29, with Trulli, now in second, defending heavily from Barrichello. However, the race was barely back up to speed before Jean Alesi wiped himself out on the back of Pedro Diniz, causing the safety car to appear once again.
The race restarted for a second time on lap 31, with Häkkinen breaking clear from Trulli, while the Italian was hounded by Barrichello. Light rain would, however, begin to fall on the circuit, and steadily grew heavier as the laps ticked by.
Jenson Button was the first driver to pit for wets, prompting an en-masse sweep into the pits for wets. Yet, four drivers, namely Barrichello, Coulthard, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Ricardo Zonta gambled on remaining on slicks, with those four moving to the front of the field.
Coulthard ultimately became the last to stop, however, rejoining behind Mika Salo in fifth, while Barrichello remained out front ahead of Häkkinen. The Finn duly began to chip away at the Brazilian's lead, with heavy rain approaching the circuit, but ultimately ran out of time to catch the #4 Ferrari.
As such, Barrichello was able to slither across the line to claim victory, to first for a Brazilian born driver since Ayrton Senna claimed the honours at the 1993 Australian Grand Prix. Häkkinen duly claimed second, seven seconds off the lead, while Coulthard salvaged third ahead of Button, Salo and de la Rosa.
With Michael Schumacher being taken out at the first corner in Austria the Championship battle had become very interesting leaving Austria, with just eight points separating the top three. Indeed, Schumacher's lead over second placed David Coulthard had been cut to just six points, while victory for Mika Häkkinen had moved the Finn to within two of his teammate. That meant both were within a race win of Schumacher's 56 point tally, with momentum behind them.
In the Constructors Championship the post-race decision to dock McLaren-Mercedes the point for victory may have proved crucial in the title battle, for it kept Ferrari at the head of the hunt. Indeed, the Scuderia left Austria with a four point advantage over their Anglo-German rivals, who would otherwise have left Spielberg with a six point lead. Behind, Williams-BMW had moved back into third ahead of Benetton-Playlife, while BAR-Honda jumped ahead of Jordan-Mugen-Honda.
The full entry list for the 2000 German Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 2000 German Grand Prix are outlined below:
|1||2||David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes||1:45.697||—||232.389 km/h|
|2||3||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari||1:47.063||+1.366s||229.424 km/h|
|3||11||Giancarlo Fisichella||Benetton-Playlife||1:47.130||+1.433s||229.280 km/h|
|4||1||Mika Häkkinen||McLaren-Mercedes||1:47.162||+1.465s||229.212 km/h|
|5||18||Pedro de la Rosa||Arrows-Supertec||1:47.786||+2.089s||227.885 km/h|
|6||6||Jarno Trulli||Jordan-Mugen-Honda||1:47.833||+2.136s||227.786 km/h|
|7||12||Alexander Wurz||Benetton-Playlife||1:48.037||+2.340s||227.355 km/h|
|8||8||Johnny Herbert||Jaguar-Ford Cosworth||1:48.078||+2.381s||227.269 km/h|
|9||22||Jacques Villeneuve||BAR-Honda||1:48.121||+2.424s||227.179 km/h|
|10||7||Eddie Irvine||Jaguar-Ford Cosworth||1:48.305||+2.608s||226.793 km/h|
|11||19||Jos Verstappen||Arrows-Supertec||1:48.321||+2.624s||226.759 km/h|
|12||23||Ricardo Zonta||BAR-Honda||1:48.665||+2.968s||226.041 km/h|
|13||15||Nick Heidfeld||Prost-Peugeot||1:48.690||+2.993s||225.990 km/h|
|14||9||Ralf Schumacher||Williams-BMW||1:48.841||+3.144s||225.676 km/h|
|15||17||Mika Salo||Sauber-Petronas||1:49.204||+3.507s||224.926 km/h|
|16||10||Jenson Button||Williams-BMW||1:49.215||+3.518s||224.903 km/h|
|17||5||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Jordan-Mugen-Honda||1:49.280||+3.583s||224.769 km/h|
|18||4||Rubens Barrichello||Ferrari||1:49.544||+3.847s||224.228 km/h|
|19||16||Pedro Diniz||Sauber-Petronas||1:49.936||+4.239s||223.428 km/h|
|20||14||Jean Alesi||Prost-Peugeot||1:50.289||+4.592s||222.713 km/h|
|21||21||Gastón Mazzacane||Minardi-Fondmetal||1:51.611||+5.914s||220.075 km/h|
|22||20||Marc Gené||Minardi-Fondmetal||1:53.094||+7.397s||217.189 km/h|
|107% Time: 1:53.096|
- 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||6|
- * Button would start the race from the back of the grid after stalling on the formation lap.
The full results for the 2000 German Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- * Heidfeld was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.
- David Coulthard recorded his tenth pole position.
- Rubens Barrichello claimed his maiden Grand Prix victory.
- 131st win for Ferrari as a constructor and engine supplier.
Michael Schumacher failed to score for a third successive race, and hence saw his Championship lead all but eradicated at his home race. Indeed, both David Coulthard and Mika Häkkinen had moved to within two points of the German ace, withe Scot ahead courtesy of his three wins to the Finn's two. Behind, Rubens Barrichello had also moved into striking distance after his maiden win, although he was still ten off his Championship leading teammate.
In the Constructors Championship it had proved to be an even day for both Ferrari and McLaren-Mercedes, scoring ten points apiece. As such, the Scuderia, who moved onto 102 points for the campaign, retained their four point lead, while McLaren-Mercedes left Germany on 98. Behind, Williams-BMW had reinforced their grip on third ahead of Benetton-Playlife, while Arrows-Supertec had moved off the foot of the table to eighth.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
Images and Videos:
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- 'Germany 2000: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/allemagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 04/09/2019)
- 'Germany 2000: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/allemagne/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 04/09/2019)
- 'Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland 2000 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2000/races/57/germany/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 04/09/2019)
- 'Germany 2000: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/allemagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 04/09/2019)
- '11. Germany 2000', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/allemagne.aspx, (Accessed 04/09/2019)
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