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22px-Flag of France  2000 French Grand Prix
Race details
Race 9 of 17 in the 2000 Formula One season
Magny Cours 2000
Date 2 July 2000
Official name LXXXVI Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France
Location Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent racing facility
4.251 km (2.641 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 72 laps, 306.072 km (190.184 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Dry, Air Temp: 27°C
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:15.632
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:19.479 on lap 28
Podium
First 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Second 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Third 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
The 2000 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on July 2, 2000 at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours at Magny-Cours, France. It was the ninth race of the 2000 Formula One season. The race was the 78th French Grand Prix and the tenth to be held at Magny-Cours. The race was held over 72 laps of the 4.3-kilometre circuit for a total race distance of 306 kilometres.

The race was won by British driver David Coulthard driving a McLaren MP4/15. The win was Coulthard's third win of the season. Coulthard won by 14 seconds over his Finnish team mate Mika Häkkinen in McLaren's third 1-2 of the year. Brazilian driver Rubens Barrichello finished third driving a Ferrari F1-2000.

Report Edit

Qualifying had Michael Schumacher on pole position for the third consecutive race with David Coulthard second, Rubens Barrichello third, Mika Häkkinen fourth, Ralf Schumacher fifth and Eddie Irvine sixth.

At the start, Coulthard was quicker than Schumacher but Schumacher moved across the track to stay ahead as in Canada. But Coulthard had to switch sides, allowing Barrichello to get the momentum on him. Coulthard was forced to concede second to Barrichello and behind them Häkkinen kept out of the action as Jacques Villeneuve and Heinz-Harald Frentzen were able to get ahead of Ralf as well. The order was: Schumacher, Barrichello, Coulthard, Häkkinen, Villeneuve, Frentzen, Ralf, Jarno Trulli, Mika Salo and Irvine.

The race settled down with Schumacher slowly pulling away from Barrichello about whom neither Coulthard nor Häkkinen could do much. Villeneuve was on his own in fifth while Frentzen, Ralf and Trulli were running together. On lap 12, Jenson Button passed Irvine and followed up by passing Salo next lap. He started to close in on the party led by Frentzen. At the front, 4 seconds behind Schumacher, Coulthard started to close in on Barrichello as the fuel load began to go down. He made a move on lap 21 but Barrichello was able to see to it and defended. Coulthard tried again on lap 22 and this time he got it on the inside of the Adelaide hairpin. In the next few laps before the stops, Schumacher increased his lead to 5 seconds. Barrichello's stop was slow and this allowed Häkkinen to sneak ahead of him. Behind them, Ralf got Frentzen on the stops as well. The order after the stops was: Schumacher, Coulthard, Häkkinen, Barrichello, Villeneuve, Ralf, Frentzen, Trulli, Button and Salo.

Schumacher's tyres had been blistered and Coulthard came charging in toward him. Schumacher could do nothing and in 8 laps, his 4 second lead was gone. Behind them, Häkkinen was slowly pulling away from Barrichello. At the front, Coulthard was now right with Schumacher and Häkkinen closing in on both. Coulthard went around the outside of Schumacher at the Adelaide hairpin but Schumacher moved on him and kept the lead. This allowed Häkkinen to be right with them and Barrichello was starting to close in on all three. There were no changes behind them. Coulthard made an irate gesture on Schumacher at the same corner on lap 35. With Barrichello getting closer and closer to the three up front, Coulthard made his move on Schumacher on lap 36. He made it stick and pulled away from Schumacher. Häkkinen immediately tried to attack Schumacher but he defended. Schumacher was under pressure from Häkkinen who was in turn under pressure from Barrichello but none of them tried an overtaking maneuver as Coulthard's lead continued to increase.

There were no changes at the front after the second stops but Barrichello had a slow one and dropped 10 seconds because of a wheel nut problem and was left out of the battle for second place. Behind them, Trulli got past Frentzen in the stops and Ralf was right with Villeneuve and was having a quicker car. The order was: Coulthard, Schumacher, Häkkinen, Barrichello, Villeneuve, Ralf, Trulli, Frentzen, Button and Giancarlo Fisichella. Schumacher had taken on a new set of tyres and was under no pressure from Häkkinen in third, keeping the gap from 1.2-1.5 seconds although he lost a tenth or two to Coulthard who was 10 seconds ahead. Barrichello was dropping away from Häkkinen, over 13 seconds behind. Behind them Villeneuve resisted Ralf's attacks on lap 56 and 57. There was one more twist as Schumacher went out with an engine failure on lap 59, promoting everyone behind him. Button attacked Frentzen on lap 65 but Frentzen defended and Button then dropped away like Ralf who was dropping away from Villeneuve. Coulthard won the race ahead of Häkkinen, Barrichello, Villeneuve, Ralf and Trulli.

The race marked the debut of James Allen as commentator for British TV station ITV. He stood in for Murray Walker who had a hip injury, which caused him to miss the event. Mr Allen went on to take over the role full-time from the 2001 Japanese Grand Prix onwards until the BBC took over in 2009.

Qualifying Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 3 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:15.632
2 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.734 +0.102
3 4 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:16.047 +0.415
4 1 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.050 +0.418
5 9 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:16.291 +0.659
6 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:16.399 +0.767
7 22 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:16.653 +1.021
8 5 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:16.658 +1.026
9 6 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:16.669 +1.037
10 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 1:16.905 +1.273
11 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 1:17.176 +1.544
12 17 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 1:17.233 +1.591
13 18 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 1:17.279 +1.647
14 11 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:17.317 +1.685
15 16 25px-Brazilflag Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1:17.361 +1.729
16 15 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 1:17.374 +1.742
17 12 22px-Flag of Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:17.408 +1.776
18 14 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 1:17.569 +1.937
19 23 25px-Brazilflag Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 1:17.668 +2.035
20 19 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 1:17.933 +2.301
21 20 22px-Flag of Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 1:18.130 +2.498
22 21 25px-ARGENntina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 1:18.302 +2.670

Race results Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 72 1:38:05.538 2 10
2 1 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 72 +14.748 4 6
3 4 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 72 +32.409 3 4
4 22 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 72 +1:01.322 7 3
5 9 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 72 +1:03.981 5 2
6 6 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 72 +1:15.605 9 1
7 5 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 +1 Lap 8  
8 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 71 +1 Lap 10  
9 11 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 71 +1 Lap 14  
10 17 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 71 +1 Lap 12  
11 16 25px-Brazilflag Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 71 +1 Lap 15  
12 15 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 71 +1 Lap 16  
13 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 70 +2 Laps 6  
14 14 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 70 +2 Laps 18  
15 20 22px-Flag of Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 70 +2 Laps 21  
Ret 3 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 58 Engine 1  
Ret 18 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 45 Transmission 13  
Ret 12 22px-Flag of Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 34 Spun off 17  
Ret 21 25px-ARGENntina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 31 Spun off 22  
Ret 19 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 25 Transmission 20  
Ret 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 20 Gearbox 11  
Ret 23 25px-Brazilflag Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 16 Spun off 19  

lap leaders Edit

Standings after the race Edit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 56
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 44
3 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen 38
4 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 32
5 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 18
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 88
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 82
3 22px-Flag of Italy Benetton-Playlife 18
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 17
5 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 11
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


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