When F1 was thoroughly “from start to finish”

    When F1 was thoroughly “from start to finish”

    Mika Hakkinen, McLaren MP4/15, took pole position Foto de: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images Mika Hakkinen, McLaren MP4-15, leads at the start Foto de: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images Mika Hakkinen, McLaren MP4-15, leads at the start Foto de: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images Mika Hakkinen, McLaren, leads Michael Schumacher, Ferrari Photo by: Sutton Motorsport Images Ralf Schumacher, Williams, leads Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Jordan Photo by: BMW AG Mika Hakkinen, McLaren, leads Michael Schumacher, Ferrari Foto de: Gavin Lawrence / Motorsport Images Rubens Barrichello, Ferrari, leads David Coulthard, McLaren in battle for third Foto de: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images Mika Hakkinen, McLaren MP4/15, exits the pits Photo by: LAT Images Mika Hakkinen, McLaren, leads Michael Schumacher, Ferrari Foto de: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F1 2000, exits the pits Photo by: LAT Images Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, leads Mika Hakkinen, McLaren Photo by: LAT Images Jacques Villeneuve, BAR Honda 002, finished fifth Photo by: Sutton Motorsport Images Mika Salo, Sauber C19, finished sixth Foto de: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images Race winner Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F1 2000 Photo by: LAT Images Race winner Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F1 2000 Photo by: LAT Images Race winner Michael Schumacher celebrates Photo of: Ferrari Media Center Mika Hakkinen, Mclaren MP4-15, looks for damage to the floor of his car Photo by: Sutton Motorsport Images Podium: Race winner Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, second place Mika Hakkinen, McLaren Photo by: LAT Images

    The 2000 San Marino Grand Prix was a prime example of just how tense Formula 1 could be in the age of refueling.

    Michael sSchumacher, with Ferrari he beat McLaren poleman Mika Hakkinen to keep his title bid strong. After the race, Schumacher said: “It was a lot of fun, like qualifying from start to finish.”

    Hakkinen bolted and ran away, when Schumacher skidded and even nearly damaged the nose of the McLaren’s McLaren. David Coulthard, which allowed his teammate at Ferrari, Rubens Barrichello, climb to third place at Coulthard’s expense. For its part, the BAR of Jacques Villeneuve he took the lead of the pursuing group.

    The race took place in two different duels between McLaren and Ferrari. Hakkinen and Schumacher started the first round of stops together, and the German loaded up on more fuel. Hakkinen pitted earlier for his second refueling, and Schumacher’s fast pace in the intermediate laps allowed him to rejoin well ahead of Hakkinen, who complained that his engine was losing power, when Michael stopped again. “Those four laps were crucial,” Schumacher said later.

    Mika Hakkinen, Mclaren MP4-15 leads at the start

    Photo by: Steve Etherington / Motorsport Images

    Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F1 2000

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    Hakkinen had previously run over some debris on his first stint – “a piece of metal of something” – that damaged the front of his McLaren’s ground and slowed his pace. However, he recovered in the final part and closed the gap with Schumacher. Michael’s biggest scare came with a misunderstanding as he approached to turn the Clean from Pedro Diniz, and they almost collided.

    Meanwhile, Barrichello and Coulthard pitted on the same lap in the second round of stops, and Coulthard, loading less fuel, came out ahead of Barrichello by just a few inches. From then on he easily pulled away from the start and then declared: “I knew I was faster than him, luckily my guys did a good job in the pits.”

    After a passionate high-paced duel up front, Schumacher won by just 1,168s, which was less than the advantage Hakkinen had gained over him at the end of the first lap! Coulthard reached more than 50 seconds, having beaten Barrichello for third place. Barrichello was the only other rider who was not dubbed, with Villeneuve and the Sauber from Mika Salo completing the dotted area.

    Race winner Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F1 2000

    Photo by: Motorsport Images

    Podium: Race winner Michael Schumacher, Ferrari, second place Mika Hakkinen, McLaren

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    It was Schumacher’s third straight victory, culminating a perfect start to the season to snatch the title from reigning champion Hakkinen, who added his first points of the year after a poor start to the championship.

    After the race, Schumacher explained: “It was an exciting race and I hope the tifosi are happy with the result! I made a very bad start, skating a lot. But I managed to keep my second position. “

    “Our strategy remained as planned. We didn’t know what Mika would do and we had to guess. The four laps before the second pit stop were the decisive moment where I pushed very hard. Maybe we didn’t have the best tire choice for today’s conditions. “

    “I had a worrying scare when I tried to double Diniz. He tried to be nice and let me pass, but I was in the wrong place and I almost hit him. Other than that, the race was a lot of fun. It was like qualifying from start to finish.” .

    Mika Hakkinen,McLaren MP4/15 Mercedes leads Michael Schumacher, Ferrari F1 2000

    Photo by: Charles Coates / Motorsport Images

    Mika Hakkinen, Mclaren MP4-15, looks for damage to his car

    Photo by: Sutton Images

    Hakkinen explained his Sunday: “I’m happy to score points, but I should have won the race. Just before my first pit stop, I hit a piece of debris on the circuit, damaging the front of my car’s ground and it made driving difficult for the rest of the race. “

    “Also, just before my second pit stop, my engine died on the main straight and I lost time with Schumacher, allowing him to take the lead after his second pit stop.”

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