2000 F1 World Championship

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Michael Schumacher finally gave Ferrari its first drivers’ World Championship since 1979 in another yearlong battle with Mika Hakkinen’s McLaren. Schumacher won the season’s first two races after Hakkinen had retired from the lead and then narrowly beat the Finn at Imola.

Schumacher’s prospects for a third title appeared more doubtful after first-lap accidents at the A1 Ring and Hockenheim and resounding defeats to Hakkinen in Hungary and Belgium. But he returned to form by beating Hakkinen at Monza and capitalising on McLaren’s misfortunes at the United States Grand Prix – now run on an excellent road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Victory in the penultimate race in Japan clinched the title and Schumacher scored an eighth win at the final race in Malaysia. New Ferrari team-mate Rubens Barrichello enjoyed an emotional first win having climbed from 18th on the grid in the Hockenheim rain.

David Coulthard’s fifth McLaren season included prestigious wins in Britain, Monte Carlo and France as he closed in on Schumacher’s points lead although his own challenge ultimately faded. Coulthard had survived a plane crash in which both pilots were killed. His second-place finish in the Spanish GP just five days later was a testament to the Scot’s courage and resolve.

2000 was the first year since 1988 in which only two teams won races. Even so, Williams had an increasingly promising first year using BMW power. 19-year-old newcomer Jenson Button was especially impressive during his maiden F1 season – out-qualifying team-mate Ralf Schumacher on seven occasions and taking third on the grid at Spa-Francorchamps.

The Mugen Honda-powered Jordan team was fast enough to finish third in the championship for a second successive year. Jordan was the only team other than Ferrari and McLaren to qualify on the front row but poor reliability blighted its challenge. British American Racing took a great step forward in their first year with works Honda engines, showing improved reliability and helping Jacques Villeneuve to a series of points finishes.

Stewart Grand Prix had been sold to Ford in 1999 and it was renamed Jaguar Racing with its cars sporting a new British Racing Green livery for 2000. Eddie Irvine signed from Ferrari but it was a bad year with its car hampered by engine problems and poor aerodynamics. Prost also struggled and it ended Peugeot’s last year in the sport without a point – officially F1’s worst team.

Races

Round Race name Date Circuit Laps Winner

1

Qantas Australian Grand Prix

12/03/2000

Albert Park

58

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

2

Grande Premio Marlboro do Brasil

26/03/2000

Interlagos

71

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

3

Gran Premio Warsteiner di San Marino

09/04/2000

Imola

62

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

4

Foster's British Grand Prix

23/04/2000

Silverstone

60

David Coulthard

West McLaren Mercedes

5

Gran Premio Marlboro de Espana

07/05/2000

Catalunya

65

Mika Hakkinen

West McLaren Mercedes

6

Grosser Warsteiner Preis von Europa

21/05/2000

Nurburgring

67

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

7

Grand Prix de Monaco

04/06/2000

Monte Carlo

78

David Coulthard

West McLaren Mercedes

8

Grand Prix Air Canada

18/06/2000

Montreal

69

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

9

Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France

02/07/2000

Magny-Cours

72

David Coulthard

West McLaren Mercedes

10

Grosser A1 Preis von Osterreich

16/07/2000

Spielberg

71

Mika Hakkinen

West McLaren Mercedes

11

Grosser Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland

30/07/2000

Hockenheim

45

Rubens Barrichello

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

12

Marlboro Magyar Nagydij

13/08/2000

Hungaroring

77

Mika Hakkinen

West McLaren Mercedes

13

Grand Prix Foster's de Belgique

27/08/2000

Spa-Francorchamps

44

Mika Hakkinen

West McLaren Mercedes

14

Gran Premio Campari d'Italia

10/09/2000

Monza

53

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

15

SAP United States Grand Prix

24/09/2000

Indianapolis

73

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

16

Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix

08/10/2000

Suzuka

53

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

17

Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix

22/10/2000

Sepang

56

Michael Schumacher

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro

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