Formula 1 2000 Belgian Grand Prix


Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps
Mika Häkkinen
Mika Häkkinen
Rubens Barrichello
lap 30 - 1:53.803

The 2000 Belgian Grand Prix was won by Mika Häkkinen of McLaren.

The race in Belgium was round 13 of 17 of the 2000 season.


driver positions through the laps

2000 Belgian Grand Prix

The 2000 Belgian Grand Prix (formally, the LVIII Foster's Belgian Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 27 August 2000 at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot, Belgium. It was the thirteenth race of the 2000 Formula One season, and the 58th Belgian Grand Prix. The 44-lap race was won by McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen, who started from the pole position. Michael Schumacher finished second in a Ferrari, and Williams driver Ralf Schumacher was third.

The race began behind the safety car, and when the car returned to the pit lane Häkkinen built a comfortable lead over Jarno Trulli. As the track dried and his rivals made pit stops, Häkkinen maintained his lead until a lap-13 spin gave Michael Schumacher the lead for most of the remainder of the race. By the 34th lap Schumacher's tyres began to degrade; he drove off the racing line to cool them, which allowed Häkkinen to close the gap. On lap 41 Häkkinen overtook Michael Schumacher for the lead, lapping BAR driver Ricardo Zonta and maintaining the lead to win. Although Rubens Barrichello set the fastest lap time in the other Ferrari, he was hampered by a poor qualifying performance and retired with a fuel-pressure problem thirteen laps from the finish.

Häkkinen's victory extended his lead in the Drivers' Championship to six points over Michael Schumacher, with Coulthard a further seven points behind. Barrichello's retirement dropped him to twenty-five points behind Häkkinen. In the Constructors' Championship, McLaren extended their lead to eight points over Ferrari with four races remaining in the season.

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