Purchase, NY February 5, 2001 - Mika Hakkinen's daring pass at the Belgian Grand Prix, a move which led to his fourth victory of the season, has been selected as the "MasterCard Priceless Moment of the 2000 F1 season." More than 60 F1 historians...
Purchase, NY February 5, 2001 - Mika Hakkinen's daring pass at the Belgian Grand Prix, a move which led to his fourth victory of the season, has been selected as the "MasterCard Priceless Moment of the 2000 F1 season." More than 60 F1 historians and journalists worldwide participated in the initiative created and implemented by MasterCard -- an official global sponsor of the Benson & Hedges Jordan-Honda Grand Prix team.
Hakkinen's move, considered by many F1 experts as one of the most exciting in F1 history, was selected as MasterCard's Priceless moment from among a total of 10 Grand Prix moments from the 2000 season as nominated by a panel of international F1 historians and media. With 63 ballots returned, the Belgian Grand Prix moment garnered a total of 200 points -- nearly twice the point total of the second-place moment. In addition, the overall Priceless moment appeared on the most ballots, an impressive 83% of those cast, and received the most 1st place votes with 29. The selection process awarded five points for first place votes, three points for second and one point for third place votes.
Rounding out the top three MasterCard Priceless Moments of the 2000 F1 season were:
a.. Rubens Barrichello's emotional victory in Germany, the first of his F1 career, received a total of 105 points, appearing on 39 ballots and receiving a total of 10 1st place votes.
a.. Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen's one-on-one duel at the Japan Grand Prix claimed the third spot. The battle for the championship received a total of 83 points and appeared on 29 ballots.
The Priceless Moments of the 2000 F1 Season poll was the culmination of a season-long program implemented by MasterCard. The Priceless Moments campaign was previously held in conjunction with the Australian, Brazilian, Canadian and U.S. Grand Prix races.