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The 2000 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on September 10, 2000 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza near Monza, Italy. It was the fourteenth race of the 2000 Formula One season. The event was marred by tragedy as a first lap accident claimed the life of a trackside marshal.

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As the cars approached recently redesigned first chicane on the first lap, Eddie Irvine's Jaguar collided with both Saubers, causing Irvine's car to stall and force his retirement from the race. Ahead of this incident, a more significant accident was triggered when the Jordans of Jarno Trulli and Heinz-Harald Frentzen made heavy contact with each other at the second chicane and struck the cars of Rubens Barrichello and David Coulthard from behind. All four cars came to rest in the gravel runoff area. They were then joined by the Arrows of Pedro de la Rosa, who had struck the rear of Johnny Herbert's Jaguar with enough force to tear off the Jaguar's left rear wheel and make the Arrows airborne. As it entered the runoff area, de la Rosa's car clipped Coulthard's McLaren and landed immediately adjacent to Barrichello's Ferrari.

In the contact between the two Jordans, Frentzen's right front tire had made a long arc through the gravel, missing the other cars in the process. The five stranded drivers were able to climb from their cars without physical injury. Herbert's car avoided the gravel and he managed to limp back to the pits on the three remaining wheels.

However, the accident had tragic outcome. The right rear wheel from Heinz-Harald Frentzen's Jordan had been propelled towards the safety fence and struck fire marshal Paolo Ghislimberti in the chest. Ghislimberti was given a heart massage at the scene, but later died, becoming the first death in Formula One since Ayrton Senna. There were conflicting reports about Ghislimberti's age, but all seemed to indicate that he was between the ages of 30 and 35 when he died. He was survived by his pregnant wife, who received financial assistance from an auction of the drivers' racing overalls.

The race stewards chose not to stop the race, but to lead the remaining cars behind the safety car. This upset many drivers, Coulthard among them, who said the race should have been stopped given the seriousness of the fire marshal's situation. The safety car period continued for eleven laps, with Michael Schumacher leading and Mika Häkkinen in second position. Both were just ahead of the accident when it happened.

Schumacher and Häkkinen, both using one-stop strategies, then tried outpacing each other, but no matter how hard the Finn tried, his McLaren-Mercedes couldn't keep pace with the German's Ferrari. Schumacher went onto win the Italian Grand Prix for the third time in the last six years. It was his 41st career victory, putting him into a tie for second all-time with the late Senna. Häkkinen took second, with Ralf Schumacher placing third. With his 42nd victory at the 2000 United States Grand Prix two weeks later, Michael Schumacher would take sole possession of second all-time.

During the post-race press conference, Schumacher broke into tears before the worldwide television audience when asked if tying Senna meant a lot to him (he said it did). This was especially shocking, considering Schumacher's reputation as someone who doesn't show much emotion. He didn't answer another question during the TV unilaterals as he tried to regain his composure. As Schumacher had already mentioned the death of Ghislimberti, it is probable that this significantly influenced Schumacher's emotional state.

As a result of Ghislimberti's death, design plans for "tethers" to hold detached wheels in place were put forward and later accepted, to stop flying tyres being a danger to the drivers, safety officials and fans.

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Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:15.632
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.734 +0.102
3 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:16.047 +0.415
4 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.050 +0.418
5 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:16.291 +0.659
6 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:16.399 +0.767
7 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:16.653 +1.021
8 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:16.658 +1.026
9 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:16.669 +1.037
10 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 1:16.905 +1.273
11 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 1:17.176 +1.544
12 17 Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 1:17.233 +1.591
13 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 1:17.279 +1.647
14 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:17.317 +1.685
15 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1:17.361 +1.729
16 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 1:17.374 +1.742
17 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:17.408 +1.776
18 14 France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 1:17.569 +1.937
19 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 1:17.668 +2.035
20 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 1:17.933 +2.301
21 20 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 1:18.130 +2.498
22 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 1:18.302 +2.670

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:27:31.638 1 10
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +3.810 3 6
3 9 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 53 +52.432 7 4
4 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 53 +59.938 11 3
5 12 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 53 +1:07.426 13 2
6 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 53 +1:09.293 17 1
7 17 Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 15  
8 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 16  
9 20 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 52 +1 Lap 21  
10 21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 52 +1 Lap 22  
11 11 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 52 +1 Lap 9  
12 14 France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 51 +2 Laps 19  
Ret 15 Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 15 Spun off 20  
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 14 Electrical 4  
Ret 10 United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 10 Spun off 12  
Ret 8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 1 Collision 18  
Ret 4 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 0 Collision 2  
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 5  
Ret 6 Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 6  
Ret 5 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 8  
Ret 18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 0 Collision 10  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 0 Spun off 14  

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References

Classification
"2000 Italian Grand Prix". The Official Formula 1 Website. http://www.formula1.com/results/season/2000/64/. Retrieved 2007-08-03.  
"2000 Italian GP: Classification". ChicaneF1.com. http://www.chicanef1.com/race.pl?year=2000&gp=Italian%20GP&type=res. Retrieved 2007-08-03.  

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