As the cars are being fired up David Coulthard's McLaren stalls. The mechanics restart the car just before the field takes off so David is able to start from his normal grid position. Lap 1: At the start the leading contenders get away well...
As the cars are being fired up David Coulthard's McLaren stalls. The mechanics restart the car just before the field takes off so David is able to start from his normal grid position.
Lap 1: At the start the leading contenders get away well with Mika Hakkinen slightly slower than the rest. Michael Schumacher squeezes ahead at the first corner and David Coulthard second. Rubens Barrichello has to brake heavily to avoid hitting Hakkinen, who has Jacques Villeneuve alongside him. The Finn and the Canadian go into the corner side by side and Jacques then forces Hakkinen wide as the track curls to the right. Villeneuve then moves back to the left to stop Barrichello passing him. This means that Villeneuve is third with Barrichello fourth, Hakkinen fifth and Heinz-Harald Frentzen sixth, under pressure from Pedro de la Rosa's Arrows. Eddie Irvine is left on the grid. He is pushed to the pit lane exit and eventually starts a lap down.
Lap 2: Coulthard sets the fastest lap to pull back Michael Schumacher's early advantage. Further back de la Rosa passes Frentzen for sixth position. At the back of the field Eddie Irvine pits.
Lap 4: The battle between Schumacher and Coulthard ebbs and flows while Villeneuve holds up Barrichello, Hakkinen, de la Rosa and Frentzen. Further back Jos Verstappen overtakes Giancarlo Fisichella for 10th place. At the back the engine of the Williams-BMW of Jenson Button begins to sound flat.
Lap 11: The pattern remains unchanged until it is announced that Coulthard must stop for a 10-second stop-go penalty as his mechanics had worked on the car within the last 15 seconds before the parade lap began.
Lap 13: Ralf Schumacher passes Johnny Herbert for 12th place. Herbert drops back further and retires soon afterwards.
Lap 14: Coulthard stops for his penalty and drops to 10th place. This promotes Villeneuve to second place but he is 17 seconds behind and still holding up Barrichello, Hakkinen and de la Rosa.
Lap 16: Hakkinen tries to overtake Barrichello but the move fails.
Lap 18: De la Rosa stops, indicating that he is on a two-stop strategy. He drops to 15th place.
Lap 23: There are spots of rain and the track becomes very slippery.
Lap 24: Jarno Trulli manages to overtake Ricardo Zonta for sixth place. Further back Verstappen and Coulthard both go off but get back on the track having lost several places. Verstappen pits at the end of the lap.
Lap 25: Barrichello manages to pass Villeneuve and begins to chase after Schumacher.
Lap 27: Trulli passes Frentzen for fifth place.
Lap 29: As the two Ferraris trade fastest laps, Hakkinen challenges Villeneuve for third place.
Lap 32: Zonta overtakes Frentzen for sixth place. Frentzen is in trouble with his brakes and pits at the end of the following lap.
Lap 34: Michael Schumacher pits earlier than planned because of a problem at the rear end. The team inspects the car but nothing is visible and he sets off again, falling behind Barrichello. Nick Heidfeld also pits in his Prost. When he rejoins his engine blows as he accelerates away.
Lap 35: Hakkinen gets ahead Villeneuve for third place.
Lap 36: Jean Alesi pits from ninth place but he stalls and drops right back.
Lap 39: Fifth-placed Trulli is the first of the major runners to stop.
Lap 40: Barrichello has increased his lead to ninth position. Further back de la Rosa, Mika Salo and Marc Gene all pit. Alesi's Prost expires with an engine failure.
Lap 42: Hakkinen pits and drops from third.
Lap 43: The leader Barrichello, fourth-placed Zonta and sixth-placed Coulthard stop.
Lap 44: With Schumacher back in the lead and Barrichello second, third-placed Villeneuve, fourth-placed Fisichella and sixth-placed Wurz all stop. There is a hint of rain at the back of the track and the Benetton team puts its drivers onto wet tyres. The other to make a big leap forward during the stops is Verstappen who combines his second stop with the change to wet tyres.
Lap 45: Several drivers have off-track moments and all the major runners except Hakkinen stop for rain tyres. The Finn stops at the end of lap 46.
Lap 47: Second-placed Fisichella goes off and loses his place to Barrichello. Michael Schumacher also goes off but remains around half a minute in the lead. Hakkinen is fourth with Trulli fifth and Wurz up to sixth. Villeneuve has an off and drops back to 10th. At the back de la Rosa passes Pedro Diniz.
Lap 48: Diniz challenges de la Rosa and the two cars collide, the Spaniard retiring with a broken wheel.
Lap 52: Verstappen challenges Wurz for sixth. Both drivers go off independently of one another at one corner but rejoin without losing positions.
Lap 57: Verstappen finally passes Wurz after several exciting laps. The pair have a trail of cars comprising Ralf Schumacher, Coulthard and Villeneuve behind them.
Lap 60: Verstappen challenges and passes Trulli for fifth place.
Lap 63: As Barrichello catches Schumacher quickly, at the tail of the field Marc Gene had a spin and Button moves up to 13th position.
Lap 64: Villeneuve tries a wild overtaking manoeuvre at the hairpin but fails to pass any of the cars ahead of him as he overshoots and loses the advantage he had gained.
Lap 65: Villeneuve does it again and this time runs straight into the side of Ralf Schumacher, taking both men out. As the rain intensifies, Fisichella has a spin.
Lap 67: Coulthard and Wurz clash at the first corner and both men go of. Wurz has to pit as a result and loses seventh place.
Lap 69: Barrichello closes right up to Schumacher and the two cross the line side by side to score a Ferrari 1-2. Fisichella is third and Hakkinen fourth. Verstappen finishes fifth and Trulli takes the final World Championship point.