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The XLII Gran Premio Marlboro de España, otherwise known as the 2000 Spanish Grand Prix, was the fifth round of the 2000 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, Spain, on the 7 May 2000.[1] The race would see Mika Häkkinen and David Coulthard claim a one-two for McLaren-Mercedes, as a mistake in the pits cost Michael Schumacher valuable time.[1]

Qualifying had seen Championship leader Schumacher emerge as the man to beat, securing pole position ahead of Häkkinen as they duelled for top spot.[1] Their teammates Rubens Barrichello and Coulthard hence shared the second row, with Ralf Schumacher best of the rest for Williams-BMW.[1]

The start saw Schumacher and Häkkinen continue their qualifying battle, jostling for the lead into the first corner.[1] Schumacher ultimately emerged ahead having blocked any potential dive by the Finn, while his brother Ralf shot into third between Barrichello and Coulthard.[1]

Indeed, Ralf Schumacher's start was so strong that he inadvertently helped his brother, with a slide into the back of Häkkinen causing the McLaren to briefly slide sideways.[1] Häkkinen hence had to recover and lost momentum, allowing Michael Schumacher to establish a small lead at the head of the field.[1]

Schumacher would continue to establish his lead during the opening stages of the race, while Häkkinen eased clear of Ralf Schumacher.[1] The Williams-BMW hence found himself under assault from Barrichello and Coulthard, while Jacques Villeneuve drifted away in sixth, holding up Heinz-Harald Frentzen.[1]

The pit window opened on lap eighteen, beginning with Jenson Button making his first stop, with Villeneuve following him in.[1] The Canadian would not last too long after his stop however, the BAR-Honda setting fire to itself, although that was not enough to trigger a Safety Car.[1]

The leaders then began making their stops, beginning with Ralf Schumacher on lap 22, before Michael pulled in from the lead a lap later.[1] Unfortunately Schumacher misjudged his pit-entry and hit refueller Nigel Stepney, dragging the Brit a few metres along the pit-apron.[1] Schumacher lost a few seconds as Stepney was untangled and replaced, with the Brit taken to the medical centre with damaged ankle ligaments.[1]

That lost time ensured that, come the end of the pitstop phase, Schumacher had lost almost all of his lead, although he crucially remained ahead of Häkkinen.[1] Behind the order remained Ralf Schumacher, Barrichello and Coulthard, with the Scot triggering the second round of stops on lap 41.[1]

This time Coulthard used the undercut to jump into third, while a slow stop for Schumacher gifted the lead to Häkkinen.[1] The #3 Ferrari was hence left vulnerable to Coulthard, with Schumacher putting up a typically aggressive defence to keep the Scot at bay.[1]

Ultimately, however, there would be no stopping Coulthard, who duly slitered around the outside of the German at turn one, before storming away after Häkkinen.[1] Schumacher was subsequently caught by his brother Ralf, although their fraternal squabble would ultimately result in Barrichello passing the pair of them.[1]

With that the race was over, with Häkkinen able to cruise through the final laps to claim his first win of the campaign.[1] Coulthard duly claimed second ahead of a lonely Barrichello, while Ralf bested brother Michael in their fight to secure fourth.[1] Button, meanwhile, was set to claim sixth, only for his BMW engine to fail late on, handing the final point to Frentzen.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:20.974 210.290 km/h
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.052 +0.078s 210.087 km/h
3 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:21.416 +0.442s 209.148 km/h
4 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.422 +0.448s 209.133 km/h
5 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:21.605 +0.631s 208.664 km/h
6 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:21.963 +0.989s 207.752 km/h
7 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:22.006 +1.032s 207.643 km/h
8 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:22.135 +1.161s 207.317 km/h
9 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:22.185 +1.211s 207.191 km/h
10 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:22.370 +1.396s 206.726 km/h
11 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:22.385 +1.411s 206.688 km/h
12 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:22.421 +1.447s 206.598 km/h
13 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:22.443 +1.469s 206.543 km/h
14 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:22.569 +1.595s 206.228 km/h
15 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:22.781 +1.807s 205.699 km/h
16 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:22.841 +1.867s 205.550 km/h
17 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:22.882 +1.908s 205.449 km/h
18 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 1:22.894 +1.920s 205.419 km/h
19 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:23.010 +2.036s 205.132 km/h
20 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 1:23.033 +2.059s 205.075 km/h
21 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:23.486 +2.512s 203.962 km/h
22 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:24.257 +3.283s 202.096 km/h
107% Time: 1:26.642[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 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 2 3 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 4
______________ David Coulthard
Row 3 5 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 6
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 4 7 ______________
Jarno Trulli 8
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 5 9 ______________
Eddie Irvine 10
______________ Jenson Button
Row 6 11 ______________
Jos Verstappen 12
______________ Mika Salo
Row 7 13 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 14
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 8 15 ______________
Pedro Diniz 16
______________ Ricardo Zonta
Row 9 17 ______________
Jean Alesi 18
______________ Alexander Wurz
Row 10 19 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 20
______________ Marc Gené
Row 11 21 ______________
Gastón Mazzacane 22
______________ Pedro de la Rosa*
  • * de la Rosa was sent to the back of the grid for using illegal fuel.[3]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65 1:33:55.390 2 10
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65 +16.066s 4 6
3 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 65 +29.112s 3 4
4 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 65 +37.311s 5 3
5 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 65 +47.938s 1 2
6 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 65 +1:21.925 8 1
7 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 64 +1 Lap 12
8 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 64 +1 Lap 16
9 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 64 +1 Lap 13
10 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 64 +1 Lap 18
11 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 64 +1 Lap 9
12 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 64 +1 Lap 7
13 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 64 +1 Lap 14
14 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 63 +2 Laps 20
15 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 63 +2 Laps 21
16 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 62 +3 Laps 19
17* 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 61 Engine 10
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 25 Gearbox 11
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 21 Hydraulics 6
Ret 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 1 Collision 17
Ret 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1 Collision 22
Ret 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 0 Spin 15
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Button was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 36
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen 22 ▲1
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard 20 ▼1
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 13
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher 12
6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 8
7 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5 ▲1
8 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 5 ▼1
9 Italy Jarno Trulli 4
10 United Kingdom Jenson Button 3
11 Brazil Ricardo Zonta 1
12 Finland Mika Salo 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 49
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 42
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 15
4 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 9 ▲1
5 Italy Benetton-Playlife 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:

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V T E Spain Spanish Grand Prix
Circuits Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (1967-1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1981), Montjuïc (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975), Jerez (1986-1990), Catalunya (1991-Present)
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Non-Championship Races 19231924–1925192619271928–192919301931–19321933193419351936–196619671968–19791980
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
See also 1999 Formula One Season • 2001 Formula One Season • Category
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