25px-Monacoflag  2000 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 17 in the 2000 Formula One season
Monte Carlo 2000
Date June 4, 2000
Official name LVIII Grand Prix de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco
Course Street circuit
3.370 km (2.094 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 78 laps, 262.860 km (163.334 mi)</td></tr>
Pole position
Driver Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:19.475
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:21.571 on lap 57
First 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Second 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari
Third 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife
Ron dennis 2000Monaco

Ron Dennis during Thursday's practice session.

The 2000 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on June 4, 2000 at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco. It was the seventh race of the 2000 Formula One season.

Report Edit

There were some surprises in qualifying as Michael Schumacher was on pole position ahead of Jarno Trulli who was a surprising second, David Coulthard in third, Heinz-Harald Frentzen in fourth, Mika Häkkinen in fifth and Rubens Barrichello down in sixth.

At the start, Schumacher got away well and stayed ahead of Trulli. Coulthard was third ahead of Frentzen, Häkkinen and Barrichello. At the Loews hairpin Häkkinen made a superb move on Frentzen but behind them in the middle of the pack, Pedro de la Rosa went around the outside of Jenson Button. There was not enough space and Button tipped de la Rosa into a spin and the Arrows curled across in front of Button and the cars behind them were all forced to come to a stop. The race was red-flagged.

In the restart, Schumacher again took the lead and Trulli kept second under pressure from Coulthard. Frentzen kept fourth ahead of Häkkinen but behind them Barrichello had a poor start allowing Ralf Schumacher to push Jean Alesi out of the way to take sixth. Frentzen resisted an attack by Häkkinen at Loews and the field went by without trouble. The order was: Schumacher, Trulli, Coulthard, Frentzen, Häkkinen, Ralf, Alesi, Barrichello, Giancarlo Fisichella and Johnny Herbert.

The Jordan team did not have the pace that they had in qualifying and Trulli was holding up Coulthard as well as allowing Schumacher to get away at a second a lap. Overtaking was almost impossible and so we had Frentzen holding up Häkkinen, Ralf on his own and Alesi blocking Barrichello and Fisichella. Many laps passed in this way with Schumacher disappearing off into the distance and faster cars being held up by slower ones until many started disappearing one by one. The first to go was Alesi who had a broken transmission on lap 30, releasing a hard charging Barrichello and Fisichella. At the front, Schumacher was pulling away at over a second a lap now and Barrichello now free, was lapping at a near similar pace, the two Ferraris being the fastest on the track.

The race took a big twist within three laps. On lap 36, behind Frentzen, Häkkinen suddenly slowed down and was forced to pit. The team opened an inspection hatch and moved some radio cables which were blocking the brake pedal and sent him back out but he was a long way behind. On lap 37, Trulli slowed down with a gearbox problem, retired on the spot and released Coulthard but he was 36 seconds behind Schumacher. Still Schumacher was slowly pulling away from Coulthard. Behind them, on the next lap, Ralf crashed into a wall and ended up with a deep gash on his leg. The order was: Schumacher, Coulthard, Frentzen, Barrichello, Fisichella, Eddie Irvine, Mika Salo, Jacques Villeneuve, Häkkinen and Ricardo Zonta. The race now again settled after the previous retirements with Barrichello closing on Frentzen but 15 seconds behind and Häkkinen closing in on Villeneuve.

There was no change in the top 7 after the stops and only Häkkinen got past Villeneuve and began closing in on Salo. On lap 55, still pulling away and having a 39 second lead, Schumacher's car slowed down massively. He went to the pits, still ahead but the team discovered that he had a cracked exhaust. Schumacher was out and Coulthard was in the lead. His McLaren teammate Häkkinen was by now only 5 seconds behind Salo. By lap 61, he was right behind but unable to overtake. Barrichello was closing in on Frentzen and Frentzen crashed on lap 71 and was unable to continue. On lap 75, still behind Salo, Häkkinen lost sixth and seventh gears and could not prevent Salo from getting away. The race ended with Coulthard winning from Barrichello, Fisichella, Irvine, Salo and Häkkinen who was able to crawl to the line to get a point.

Classification Edit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 78 1:49:28.213 3 10
2 4 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 78 +15.889 6 6
3 11 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 78 +18.522 8 4
4 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 78 +1:05.924 10 3
5 17 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 78 +1:20.775 13 2
6 1 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 77 +1 Lap 5 1
7 22 25px-Canadaflag Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 77 +1 Lap 17  
8 15 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 77 +1 Lap 18  
9 8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 76 +2 Laps 11  
10 5 Flag of Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 70 Spun off 4  
Ret 19 22px-Flag of the Netherlands Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 60 Spun off 15  
Ret 3 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 55 Suspension 1  
Ret 23 25px-Brazilflag Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 48 Spun off 20  
Ret 9 Flag of Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 37 Spun off 9  
Ret 6 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 36 Gearbox 2  
Ret 16 25px-Brazilflag Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 30 Spun off 19  
Ret 14 22px-Flag of France Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 29 Transmission 7  
Ret 21 25px-ARGENntina Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 22 Spun off 22  
Ret 20 22px-Flag of Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 21 Gearbox 21  
Ret 12 22px-Flag of Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 18 Spun off 12  
Ret 10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Williams-BMW 16 Engine 14  
Ret 18 22px-Flag of Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 0 Not restarted 16  

Standings after the race Edit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Flag of Germany Michael Schumacher 46
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard 34
3 22px-Flag of Finland Mika Häkkinen 29
4 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello 22
5 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 14
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 68
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 63
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-BMW 15
4 22px-Flag of Italy Benetton-Playlife 14
5 22px-Flag of Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 9
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References Edit

"2000 Monaco Grand Prix". The Official Formula 1 Website. Archived from the original on 5 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-08-03. 

"2000 Monaco GP: Classification". Retrieved 2007-08-03. 

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