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The 2000 United States Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the 29th SAP United States Grand Prix, was the fifteenth round of the 2000 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana, on the 24 September 2000.[1] The race would see Michael Schumacher sweep to victory and the Championship lead, after his main title rival Mika Häkkinen suffered an engine failure mid-race.[1]

The US Grand Prix returned to the F1 calendar for the first time since 1991 in 2000, with a new location chosen for its return.[1] Indeed, the infamous Indianapolis Motor Speedway secured a multi-year deal to host F1 on its infield circuit, bringing Grand Prix racing back to the Speedway for the first time since the 1959 Indianapolis 500.[1]

Qualifying had seen Schumacher secure pole position, edging out Häkkinen's teammate David Coulthard by a tenth of a second.[1] Häkkinen himself would line up in third ahead of Schumacher's teammate Rubens Barrichello, while Jarno Trulli was best of the rest for Jordan-Mugen-Honda.[1]

The start saw Coulthard claim the lead in damp conditions, although it quickly became clear that he had, in fact, jumped the lights to do so.[1] Regardless, it was the Scot who led the charge onto the in-field ahead of Schumacher, while Häkkinen fended off the attentions of Barrichello to keep the German ace in his sights ahead.[1]

Coulthard did his best to escape during the early stages of the race, knowing he would be slapped with a ten-second stop-go penalty at some point.[1] Behind, Häkkinen and Barrichello joined the chase, while Trulli and Jenson Button collided while fighting for fifth, promoting 1995 Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve into the position as they headed for the pits for repairs.[1]

The Grand Prix cars quickly began to dry the circuit, prompting Barrichello to become the first of the front runners to pit for slicks on lap six.[1] Häkkinen followed him in a lap later with the majority of the field, while Coulthard came in on lap nine to hand the lead to Schumacher.[1]

Coulthard was slapped with his penalty on lap eight, serving it a lap after his stop, while Schumacher managed to match Häkkinen's pace through to lap sixteen, despite remaining on intermediate tyres.[1] When the German did finally make his stop he would emerge with a ten second lead, although Häkkinen quickly began to demolish his advantage.[1]

Within ten laps the gap between them had been cut to just four seconds, although Schumacher would never have to defend his position.[1] Instead, Häkkinen would see his Mercedes engine expire in his mirrors as he chased the German ace, knowing he was about to lose his two point lead in the Championship as a result.[1]

Schumacher was hence left with a very secure lead, managing to make his second stop without dropping behind then second placed Heinz-Harald Frentzen.[1] The Jordan-Mugen-Honda itself was in a strategic fight with Barrichello for second, a fight that would ultimately be won by the Brazilian's pit crew.[1]

Frentzen hence found himself in a fight for third with Villeneuve to the flag as, out front, Schumacher survived a late spin to claim victory, and an eight point lead in the Championship.[1] Barrichello claimed second ahead of Frentzen and Villeneuve, while Coulthard recovered to fifth in front of Pedro Diniz.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Michael Schumacher's sixth win of the campaign moved the German ace to within two points of the Championship lead with three rounds to go, leaving Italy with 78 points. Mika Häkkinen hence continued to lead the charge, with those two set to duel for the crown for the rest of the season. Indeed, while David Coulthard remained mathematically in the hunt, the Scot left Italy nineteen behind his title leading teammate, and hence would have to win all three remaining races just to entertain a challenge.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had seen their lead cut in half atop the points table, although they had still ended the afternoon with a four point advantage. Indeed, Ferrari had done the damage, moving onto 127 points for the campaign, with the two teams having seven wins apiece heading into the final stage of the season. Behind, Williams-BMW continued to inch away from their pursuers in third, while Benetton-Playlife likewise enhanced their grip on fourth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2000 United States 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 EJ10B Mugen-Honda MF-301HE 3.0 V10 B
6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan EJ10B 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 United States Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:14.266 203.205 km/h
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.392 +0.126s 202.861 km/h
3 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.428 +0.162s 202.762 km/h
4 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 1:14.600 +0.334s 202.295 km/h
5 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:15.006 +0.740s 201.200 km/h
6 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:15.017 +0.751s 201.170 km/h
7 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:15.067 +0.801s 201.036 km/h
8 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:15.317 +1.051s 200.369 km/h
9 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:15.418 +1.152s 200.101 km/h
10 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 1:15.484 +1.218s 199.926 km/h
11 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:15.762 +1.496s 199.192 km/h
12 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 1:15.784 +1.518s 199.134 km/h
13 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:15.808 +1.542s 199.071 km/h
14 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:15.881 +1.615s 198.880 km/h
15 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:15.907 +1.641s 198.812 km/h
16 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 1:16.060 +1.794s 198.412 km/h
17 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:16.098 +1.832s 198.313 km/h
18 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 1:16.143 +1.877s 198.195 km/h
19 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 1:16.225 +1.959s 197.982 km/h
20 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 1:16.471 +2.205s 197.345 km/h
21 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:16.809 +2.543s 196.477 km/h
22 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 1:17.161 +2.895s 195.581 km/h
107% Time: 1:19.495[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 Mika Häkkinen
Rubens Barrichello ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Jarno Trulli
Jenson Button ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Jacques Villeneuve ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Pedro Diniz
Ralf Schumacher ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Alexander Wurz
Ricardo Zonta ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Jos Verstappen
Mika Salo ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Giancarlo Fisichella
Nick Heidfeld ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Eddie Irvine
Pedro de la Rosa ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Johnny Herbert
Jean Alesi ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Gastón Mazzacane
Marc Gené ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 73 1:36:30.883 1 10
2 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Italy Ferrari 73 +12.118s 4 6
3 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 73 +17.368s 7 4
4 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Honda 73 +17.936s 8 3
5 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 73 +28.813s 2 2
6 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Honda 73 +51.694s 12 1
7 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 73 + 1:11.115 17
8 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 72 + 1 Lap 9
9 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld France Prost-Peugeot 72 + 1 Lap 16
10 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 72 + 1 Lap 11
11 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 72 + 1 Lap 19
12 20 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 72 + 1 Lap 22
Ret 14 France Jean Alesi France Prost-Peugeot 64 Engine 20
Ret 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Italy Minardi-Fondmetal 59 Engine 21
Ret 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-BMW 58 Engine 10
Ret 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 45 Gearbox 18
Ret 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 44 Engine 15
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 34 Brakes 13
Ret 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 25 Engine 3
Ret 17 Finland Mika Salo Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 18 Spun off 14
Ret 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button United Kingdom Williams-BMW 14 Engine 6
Ret 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 12 Collision 5
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

A seventh victory of the campaign for Michael Schumacher lifted him back to the top of the Championship, leaving the US with 88 points to his name. Furthermore, with Mika Häkkinen failing to score, the German ace would head to Japan with an eight point lead, meaning he could win the title with a race to spare. Indeed, Häkkinen would have to win the race just to keep himself in the hunt if Schumacher scored, while Schumacher would win the Championship if he finished ahead of the Finn and in the points.

In the Constructors Championship, meanwhile, Ferrari had retaken the lead with two rounds to go, leaving Indianapolis with 143 points. That meant that the Scuderia held a ten point advantage over McLaren-Mercedes, and would therefore win the title at the penultimate round if they outscored the Anglo-German squad by six points in Japan. In contrast, McLaren would likely have to win in Japan to keep their hopes alive, with a double non-finish for the Scuderia likely required for them to challenge in Malaysia.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 88 ▲1
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen 80 ▼1
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard 63
4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 55
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher 24
6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 18
7 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 14
8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 11 ▲1
9 United Kingdom Jenson Button 10 ▼1
10 Italy Jarno Trulli 6
11 Finland Mika Salo 6
12 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 5
13 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 3
14 Brazil Ricardo Zonta 3 ▲1
15 Austria Alexander Wurz 2 ▼1
16 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 143 ▲1
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 133 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Williams-BMW 34
4 Italy Benetton-Playlife 20
5 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 17
6 United Kingdom BAR-Honda 17
7 United Kingdom Arrows-Supertec 7
8 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 6
9 United Kingdom Jaguar-Ford Cosworth 3

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'United States 2000: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2000/etats-unis/engages.aspx, (Accessed 05/09/2019)
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