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2000 Austrian GP News
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Mika Hakkinen wins the Austrian Grand Prix convincingly beating his team-mate David Coulthard who finished 2nd 12 seconds behind. Rubens Barrichello was 3rd 33 seconds behind Hakkinen. Jacques Villeneuve was 4th ahead of a surprise Jenson Button and Mika Salo.
Only the top 3 finished on the same lap and 12 cars made it to the finish.
This result has moved McLaren ahead of Ferrari in the constructor's championship while Michael Schumacher's lead in the driver's championship has shrunk to just 6 points to David Coulthard and 8 points to Mika Hakkinen. It was another bad day for Jordan with both cars retiring before lap 10. Benetton had 1 retirement and a 9th place. Williams never expected to score 2 points after qualifying in 18th and 19th positions, they are now 3rd in the constructors championship 1 point ahead of Benetton. The result is also a confidence boost for Jenson who has been under pressure to perform. BAR looked promising before the race and a good race strategy for Jacques Villeneuve put him in 4th place scoring more points for BAR and as a result moving ahead of Jordan in the constructors championship.
Interesting facts: David Coulthard finishes 2nd for the 4th year in a row here. Coulthard has now managed to finish in all the races this season expect Australia as was disqualified in Brazil. It is Giancarlo Ficishella's first retirement of the season and Michael Schumacher's 2nd retirement in a row and his 3rd in 4 races. This is the first time since the Spanish Grand Prix of 1998 that the top 3 qualifiers finish in the same order in the race.
Austrian GP - Lap by Lap: Just minutes before the warm-up lap started, Luciano Burti is forced to start from the pit lane after he experienced problems with his race car and had to use the spare.
The race started with a 1st corner multi-car collision with
several cars touching. Ricardo Zonta touched the back of Michael Schumacher's car forcing
him into a spin, Jarno Trulli touched the back of Barrichello who went over the gravel to
avoid a spinning Michael Schumacher but Trulli just hit Schumacher. Behind them Pedro
Diniz moved across violently and touched Fisichella forcing him into the barrier,
Fisichella's car bounced back onto the circuit only to stop right next to Michael
Schumacher's damaged car!. Ralf Schumacher hits Fisichella and damages his front wing.
Jos Verstappen also suffers damage to his front wing as a result.
Order after lap 3 - Mika Hakkinen ahead of David Coulthard and Mika Salo. Pedro de la Rosa, Johnny Herbert and Jenson Button make the top 6.
As soon as the safety car pits, Pedro de la Rosa manages to pass Mika Salo and Rubens Barrichello manages to pass Jenson Button and Johnny Herbert.
Frentzen retires after an oil fitting on his car fails causing him to spin into the gravel trap on lap 5.
Order after lap 10 - Mika Hakkinen ahead of David Coulthard and Pedro de la Rosa. Rubens Barrichello, Mika Salo and Johnny Herbert make the top 6.
Ralf Schumacher pits to change the front wing after being
involved in the first corner incident while Jos Verstappen retires with engine problems on
Order after lap 20 - Mika Hakkinen 6.5 seconds ahead of David Coulthard and Pedro de la Rosa. Rubens Barrichello, Mika Salo and Johnny Herbert make the top 6
Hakkinen increases the gap to 10 seconds while Alesi pits
on lap 25.
Order after lap 30 - Mika Hakkinen 14 seconds ahead of David Coulthard and Pedro de la Rosa. Rubens Barrichello, Mika Salo and Johnny Herbert make the top 6
Pedro de la Rosa pits on lap 33 and retires due to gearbox
trouble, Barrichello moves into 3rd place.
Hakkinen pits on lap 37 and Coulthard leads but has yet to stop.
Order after lap 40 - David Coulthard (yet to make a pit stop) ahead of Mika Hakkinen and Rubens Barrichello, Mika Salo and Johnny Herbert and Jenson Button make the top 6.
David Coulthard pits on lap 41 and rejoins in 2nd place while Nick Heidfeld and Jean Alesi (the team-mates) touch on lap 42 and both retire.
Rubens Barrichello pits on lap 46 and rejoins in 3rd place. Herbert pits and so does Jenson Button.
Order after lap 50 and all the top 10 runners have stopped: Mika Hakkinen leads David Coulthard by 18 seconds. Rubens Barrichello is 3rd followed by Jacques Villeneuve, Jenson Button and Mika Salo.
Jacques Villeneuve and the BAR crew did a fantastic job as he managed to go from 8th to 4th through the pits.
Jenson Button spins but recovers and is fighting for 5th place with Mika Salo and Johnny Herbert.
Order after lap 60: Mika Hakkinen leads David Coulthard by 15 seconds. Rubens Barrichello is 3rd followed by Jacques Villeneuve, Jenson Button and Mika Salo.
Zonta retires with a blown engine on lap 60 while Gaston
Mazzacane gets a 10 second stop and go penalty for not letting Barrichello pass.
Order after lap 65: Mika Hakkinen leads David Coulthard by 12 seconds. Rubens Barrichello is 3rd followed by Jacques Villeneuve, Jenson Button and Mika Salo.
David Coulthard sets the fastest lap of the race on lap 67
with a time of 1:11.783 which is a new lap record.
Final Order: Mika Hakkinen ahead of David Coulthard by 12:535 seconds. Rubens Barrichello, Jacques Villeneuve, Jenson Button and Mika Salo make the top 6.
Note: Mika Hakkinen's car was found to have a missing seal on the electronic box and was investigated. As a result of the investigation, the stewards of the race announced that Mika Hakkinen retains his points but McLaren were fined and stripped of the 10 points for winning the race - more info