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The 2000 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the A1-Ring on July 16, 2000.

Race report

Going into this race, Michael Schumacher was 12 points ahead of David Coulthard, another 6 ahead of Mika Häkkinen and 24 ahead of Rubens Barrichello. Ferrari led the Constructors Championship, 6 points ahead of McLaren. Häkkinen, took pole position with Coulthard second, Barrichello third, Schumacher fourth, Jarno Trulli fifth and Ricardo Zonta sixth.

At the start, Coulthard went away better than Häkkinen but behind them both Barrichello and Schumacher stuttered and were battling to keep third and fourth. Häkkinen was able to just keep ahead of Coulthard but behind them Trulli and Zonta raced blindly, unable to see the Ferraris ahead braking (they were busy concentrating on taking third). Trulli hit Barrichello and both were on the gravel and at the same time Zonta hit Schumacher, tipping Schumacher into a spin and into the way of Trulli. The two collided and in the mayhem, Giancarlo Fisichella also got involved. The Safety Car was called out and the order was: Häkkinen, Coulthard, Mika Salo, Pedro de la Rosa, Jos Verstappen (who was without his front wing after hitting Trulli's car), Johnny Herbert, Jenson Button, Marc Gené, Barrichello and Heinz-Harald Frentzen.

The Safety Car went into the pits on lap 2 and Verstappen followed it in, to pit for a new nose cone (he thought that the race was stopped and did not pit before). Häkkinen was under no attack from Coulthard while Salo defended from de la Rosa and behind them Barrichello quickly charged past Gene into the first corner and Button midway through the lap. On lap 3, at the first corner, de la Rosa passed Salo and soon afterwards Barrichello (with a damaged car) passed Herbert to take fifth. Frentzen retired with an engine failure on lap 5. At the front Häkkinen was pulling away from Coulthard who was easily getting away from de la Rosa. Salo was dropping back from de la Rosa and Barrichello was closing in on him. Barrichello soon passed Salo and started to close in on de la Rosa but the Ferrari team told him to back off and chase de la Rosa after the stops. Barrichello did so and so the race settled with the order of: Häkkinen, Coulthard, de la Rosa, Barrichello, Salo, Herbert, Button, Jacques Villeneuve, Gené and Alexander Wurz.

Häkkinen was over 10 seconds ahead of Coulthard and well ahead of the rest. Soon Salo came under pressure from Herbert and Button with Jacques Villeneuve closing in on them. On lap 33, de la Rosa's gearbox failed, putting the McLarens further clear. By lap 40, Villeneuve had closed right up on the three ahead of him, that is Salo, Herbert and Button. At the front, Häkkinen was 15 seconds ahead of Coulthard and 40 seconds ahead of Barrichello and was told to back off. At the pit stops, the top three were well separated and there were no changes in the gaps as well and Barrichello had the damage on his car solved. But behind them there were changes as Salo and Herbert stopped on lap 46 and Salo stayed ahead but Button went a lap later on the 47th and got ahead of both of them. Villeneuve stayed on until lap 49 and with a quicker stop got ahead of all three of them.

After the stops, Barrichello was the fastest man on the track but Häkkinen and Coulthard were too far ahead. Behind him, Villeneuve and Button pulled away from Salo and Herbert. Button was attacking Villeneuve but he made a mistake and Villeneuve pulled away. Herbert was attacking Salo all over the place but was unable to pass. Towards the end, Häkkinen's gap to Coulthard was reduced the case was the same between that of Coulthard's gap to Barrichello. Häkkinen won the race from Coulthard, Barrichello, Villeneuve, Button and Salo who held off Herbert. However, after the race McLaren were docked 10 points because an FIA seal was missing from Häkkinen's car. Häkkinen's points did count for the championship.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 71 1:28:15.818 1 10
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 71 +12.535 2 6
3 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 71 +30.795 3 4
4 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 70 +1 Lap 7 3
5 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 70 +1 Lap 18 2
6 17 Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 70 +1 Lap 9 1
7 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 70 +1 Lap 16  
8 20 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 70 +1 Lap 20  
9 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 70 +1 Lap 11  
10 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 70 +1 Lap 14  
11 7 Brazil Luciano Burti Jaguar-Cosworth 69 +2 Laps 21  
12 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 68 +3 Laps 22  
Ret 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 58 Engine 6  
Ret 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 52 Brakes 19  
Ret 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 41 Collision 13  
Ret 14 France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 41 Collision 17  
Ret 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 32 Gearbox 12  
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 14 Engine 10  
Ret 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 4 Oil Leak 15  
Ret 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 0 Collision 4  
Ret 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 5  
Ret 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 0 Collision 8  

Notes

Previous race:
2000 French Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
2000 season
Next race:
2000 German Grand Prix
Previous race:
1999 Austrian Grand Prix
Austrian Grand Prix Next race:
2001 Austrian Grand Prix







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