2000 Monaco Grand Prix

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Template:Infobox Grand Prix race report thumb 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

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 there was 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.

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Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 3 Template:Flagicon Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:19.475 -
2 6 Template:Flagicon Jarno Trulli Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:19.746 +0.271
3 2 Template:Flagicon David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.888 +0.413
4 5 Template:Flagicon Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:19.961 +0.486
5 1 Template:Flagicon Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.241 +0.766
6 4 Template:Flagicon Rubens Barrichello Ferrari 1:20.416 +0.941
7 16 Template:Flagicon Jean Alesi Prost-Peugeot 1:20.494 +1.019
8 11 Template:Flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:20.703 +1.228
9 9 Template:Flagicon Ralf Schumacher Williams-BMW 1:20.742 +1.267
10 7 Template:Flagicon Eddie Irvine Jaguar-Cosworth 1:20.743 +1.268
11 8 Template:Flagicon Johnny Herbert Jaguar-Cosworth 1:20.792 +1.317
12 12 Template:Flagicon Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:20.871 +1.396
13 17 Template:Flagicon Mika Salo Sauber-Petronas 1:21.561 +2.086
14 10 Template:Flagicon Jenson Button Williams-BMW 1:21.605 +2.130
15 19 Template:Flagicon Jos Verstappen Arrows-Supertec 1:21.738 +2.263
16 18 Template:Flagicon Pedro de la Rosa Arrows-Supertec 1:21.832 +2.357
17 22 Template:Flagicon Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Honda 1:21.848 +2.373
18 15 Template:Flagicon Nick Heidfeld Prost-Peugeot 1:22.017 +2.542
19 16 Template:Flagicon Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1:22.136 +2.661
20 23 Template:Flagicon Ricardo Zonta BAR-Honda 1:22.324 +2.849
21 20 Template:Flagicon Marc Gené Minardi-Fondmetal 1:23.721 +4.246
22 21 Template:Flagicon Gastón Mazzacane Minardi-Fondmetal 1:23.794 +4.319

Race

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

Standings after the race

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Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Template:Flagicon Michael Schumacher 46
2 Template:Flagicon David Coulthard 34
3 Template:Flagicon Mika Häkkinen 29
4 Template:Flagicon Rubens Barrichello 22
5 Template:Flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella 14

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Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Flagicon Ferrari 68
2 Template:Flagicon McLaren-Mercedes 63
3 Template:Flagicon Williams-BMW 15
4 Template:Flagicon Benetton-Playlife 14
5 Template:Flagicon Jordan-Mugen-Honda 9

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  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References

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