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22px-Flag of Italy  2000 Italian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 14 of 17 in the 2000 Formula One season
Circuit Monza.svg
Autodromo Nazionale Monza (Modified in 2000)
Date 10 September 2000
Official name LXXI Gran Premio Vodafone d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.793 km (3.600 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 53 laps, 306.719 km (190.586 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:23.770
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:25.595 on lap 50
Podium
First Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Third Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW

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.[1]


Report Edit

As the cars approached the 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. A more significant accident was triggered at the second chicane when the Jordans of Jarno Trulli and Heinz-Harald Frentzen made heavy contact with each other 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 send the Arrows into the air. As it entered the runoff area, de la Rosa's car clipped Coulthard's McLaren and landed immediately adjacent to Barrichello's Ferrari.

The five stranded drivers were able to climb from their cars without physical injury. Herbert's car avoided the gravel and he returned to the pits on the three remaining wheels. However, the right front wheel from Heinz-Harald Frentzen's Jordan had been propelled towards the Armco barrier and struck 33 year old fire marshal Paolo Ghislimberti in the chest and head. Ghislimberti was given a heart massage at the scene, but later died, becoming the first death in Formula One since Ayrton Senna in the 1994 season. 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 had been just ahead of the accident when it happened.

Schumacher and Häkkinen both used one-stop strategies, with Schumacher staying ahead of the Finn to the end of the race, winning the Italian Grand Prix for the third time in six years. It was his 41st career victory, putting him into a tie for the second highest number of career victories with the late Senna. Häkkinen took second, with Ralf Schumacher placing third. In the remaining points-scoring places, Jos Verstappen scored Arrows best result of the season with fourth place, 7.5 seconds behind Ralf Schumacher, Alexander Wurz scored his only points finish of the year in fifth place and Ricardo Zonta finished sixth for British American Racing.

During the televised post-race press conference, Schumacher broke into tears when asked if matching Senna's number of wins meant a lot to him. He did not answer further questions during the interviews as he tried to regain his composure, and has never spoken about the cause of the outburst. As a result of Ghislimberti's death, wheel tethers were introduced to stop flying tyres being a danger to the drivers, safety officials and fans. In 2004 a safety fence was placed at the Variante Della Roggia.

Classification Edit

Qualifying Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 3 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:23.770
2 4 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:23.797 +0.027
3 1 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.967 +0.197
4 22 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:24.238 +0.468
5 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:24.290 +0.520
6 6 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:24.477 +0.707
7 9 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:24.516 +0.746
8 5 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:24.786 +1.016
9 11 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:24.789 +1.019
10 18 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 1:24.814 +1.044
11 19 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 1:24.820 +1.050
12 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 1:24.907 +1.137
13 12 22px-Flag of Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:25.150 +1.380
14 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:25.251 +1.481
15 17 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 1:25.322 +1.552
16 16 25px-Brazilflag Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1:25.324 +1.554
17 23 25px-Brazilflag Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 1:25.337 +1.567
18 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 1:25.388 +1.618
19 14 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 1:25.558 +1.788
20 15 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 1:25.625 +1.855
21 20 22px-Flag of Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 1:26.336 +2.566
22 21 25px-ARGENntina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 1:27.360 +3.590

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:27:31.638 1 10
2 1 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +3.810 3 6
3 9 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 53 +52.432 7 4
4 19 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 53 +59.938 11 3
5 12 22px-Flag of Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 53 +1:07.426 13 2
6 23 25px-Brazilflag Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 53 +1:09.293 17 1
7 17 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 15  
8 16 25px-Brazilflag Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 16  
9 20 22px-Flag of Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 52 +1 Lap 21  
10 21 25px-ARGENntina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 52 +1 Lap 22  
11 11 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 52 +1 Lap 9  
12 14 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 51 +2 Laps 19  
Ret 15 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 15 Spun off 20  
Ret 22 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 14 Electrical 4  
Ret 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 10 Accident 12  
Ret 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 1 Collision damage 18  
Ret 4 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 0 Collision 2  
Ret 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 0 Collision 5  
Ret 6 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 6  
Ret 5 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 8  
Ret 18 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 0 Collision 10  
Ret 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 0 Spun off 14  

Notes Edit

Standings after the race Edit

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen 80
2 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 78
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 61
4 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 49
5 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher 24
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 131
2 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 127
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 34
4 22px-Flag of Italy Benetton-Playlife 20
5 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 13
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References Edit

Classification
"2000 Italian Grand Prix". The Official Formula 1 Website. Archived from the original on 5 July 2007. 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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