MONTREAL, Sunday, June 18, 2000 -- Michael Schumacher led Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello to a 1-2 finish in the Canadian Grand Prix and extended his lead in the World Championship over West McLaren-Mercedes teammates David Coulthard and Mika...
MONTREAL, Sunday, June 18, 2000 -- Michael Schumacher led Ferrari teammate Rubens Barrichello to a 1-2 finish in the Canadian Grand Prix and extended his lead in the World Championship over West McLaren-Mercedes teammates David Coulthard and Mika Hakkinen. After eight of 17 races, Schumacher, with five wins this season, has 56 points. Coulthard is second with 34 points followed by Hakkinen with 32. But Schumacher is not thinking about winning his third World Championship just yet. “There’s no need to think about the championship,” he said. “The golden rule is that you cannot think about being champion until there is no mathematical chance of you losing it. That’s the way I see it. I have been in Formula 1 for almost 10 years, and I have lots of experience in this business, so I want to wait until it’s final. “Right now, I want to say congratulations to all the team on doing a perfect job all weekend. I also want to mention my teammate, because he protected me at the end there when I was going slowly to play safe. He’s a good man, and one day I will pay him back for it. Thanks for that.” Schumacher now has 40 career Grand Prix victories. He is third on the all-time win list behind Alain Prost with 52 victories and Ayrton Senna with 41 victories. He led all but nine of the 69 laps on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Rain began to fall just past half distance and, although Schumacher slid off the track at one stage, he kept his Ferrari under control and went on to win for the fourth time in Canada. Barrichello ended up second despite getting held up behind Jacques Villeneuve for the first 24 laps, which allowed Schumacher to pull out a 26-second lead. Then Barrichello had to wait behind Schumacher when both came into the Ferrari pits at the same time to switch to rain tires. Mild Seven Benetton-Playlife was the only team that had a rain strategy in place, so Giancarlo Fisichella and Alexander Wurz did not have to make an extra pit stop to change to rain tires. That helped Fisichella to finish third. He’s placed in the top three in four consecutive Canadian Grands Prix. Hakkinen, who also got held up behind Villeneuve, salvaged fourth place. Jos Verstappen scored his first points of the season when he brought his Orange Arrows-Supertec home fifth. Jarno Trulli rounded out the top six in his Benson & Hedges Jordan-Mugen-Honda. Pole winner Schumacher took the lead at the start, and he and Coulthard pulled away from a queue of cars that consisted of Villeneuve’s Lucky Strike BAR-Honda, Barrichello’s Ferrari, Hakkinen’s McLaren and Verstappen’s Arrows. But Coulthard had to serve a 10 second stop-and-go penalty because his mechanics had not cleared the grid 15 seconds before the final formation lap. They had to restart his car after he stalled it. The penalty, a spin and a collision with Alexander Wurz dropped Coulthard to seventh place. Most drivers had already stopped for fuel and tires when it started to rain, and that meant that they soon had to pit again. A breakdown in radio communications meant that the BAR crew did not hear Villeneuve’s request for rain tires, and Villeneuve had to pit again just one lap after he pitted for the first time. He later collided with Ralf Schumacher’s Williams-BMW with five laps to go, and both drivers were eliminated from the race. Race officials issued Villeneuve with a reprimand for causing the accident. Michael Schumacher averaged 112.374 mph (180.849 km) to finish the 69-lap, 189.548-mile (305.049-km) race in one hour, 41 minutes and 12.313 seconds. He slowed in the closing laps because of a sensor problem on his car, and that allowed Barrichello to close within 0.174 of a second at the finish line.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER (Ferrari, winner): “At the start, I knew something had happened to Coulthard, but I just drove my own race. He was not close enough to attack anyway. Then when he had his penalty, I took it easy. I made my pit stop because I thought something was wrong with the car, but the mechanics could find nothing wrong so I continued. I had to push a little bit more when Rubens was behind. The track was slippery when it started to rain, then it got better and then worse. I locked up my brakes at Turn 1 and decided to drive straight through the gravel.”
RUBENS BARRICHELLO (Ferrari, second): “Because of what happened at the Nurburgring, where I missed my pit stop by one or two laps, there was a radio conversation between me and Ross (Brawn). If I had put the wets on at the right moment (there), I would probably have won the race. Here it was very close, and I was telling Ross that it was raining more and more, (in fact raining so hard) that I told him that even if it only rained for another 10 laps it would still be quicker to make the extra stop. So they told me to come in and (wait my turn) behind Michael.”
GIANCARLO FISICHELLA (Mild Seven Benetton-Playlife, third): “The strategy was obviously for one pit stop, and my car was carrying maximum fuel, a lot. At the beginning it was quite difficult, so I drove quite a safe race. Then it started to rain quite heavily, and I called my engineers to ask them for wet tires. They called me in one lap later, and that was the right moment.”
MIKA HAKKINEN (West McLaren-Mercedes, fourth): “I was quick off the line and managed to get alongside Barrichello coming into the first corner. However, Villeneuve managed to get next to me, and I decided to play it safe and ease off rather than end up in the gravel trap. As a result, both Barrichello and myself were stuck behind Villeneuve for a number of laps. I finally found my way past Jacques and was able to go flat out. Then it started to rain, and my race was pretty much over.”
DAVID COULTHARD (West McLaren-Mercedes, seventh): “Championship-wise, this is not where I wanted to be after winning in Monaco. I stalled the engine on the formation lap, and the team started the car at the last moment. According to the rules, that meant a stop-and-go penalty. It is a shame because I was definitely quicker than (Michael) Schumacher.”
JACQUES VILLENUEVE (Lucky Strike BAR-Honda, retired): “The car was really quick in the wet. Unfortunately, a miscommunication in the pit stop meant that we put the wrong tires on, and I had to return to the pits. I then pushed hard to try and regain some of the places I had lost. Unfortunately, I guess I tried a little too hard.” *** FINAL RESULTS:
<pre> MONTREAL -- Results Sunday of the Canadian Grand Prix, with starting position in parentheses, driver, country, car-engine, laps completed and reason out, if any: 1 (1) Michael Schumacher, Germany, Ferrari, 69. 2. (3) Rubens Barrichello, Brazil, Ferrari, 69. 3. (10) Giancarlo Fisichella, Italy, Benetton, 69. 4. (4) Mika Hakkinen, Finland, McLaren-Mercedes, 69. 5. (13) Jos Verstappen, Netherlands, Arrows-Supertec, 69. 6. (7) Jarno Trulli, Italy, Jordan-Mugen Honda, 69. 7. (2) David Coulthard, Scotland, McLaren-Mercedes, 69. 8. (8) Ricardo Zonta, Brazil, BAR-Honda, 69. 9. (14) Alexander Wurz, Austria, Benetton, 69. 10. (19) Pedro Diniz, Brazil, Sauber-Petronas, 69. 11. (18) Jenson Button, England, Williams-BMW, 68. 12. (22) Gaston Mazzacane, Argentina, Minardi, 68. 13. (16) Eddie Irvine, Northern Ireland, Jaguar-Cosworth, 66. 14. (12) Ralf Schumacher, Germany, Williams-BMW, 64, accident. 15. (6) Jacques Villeneuve, Canada, BAR-Honda, 64, accident. 16. (20) Marc Gene, Spain, Minardi, 64, spin. 17. (9) Pedro de la Rosa, Spain, Arrows-Supertec, 48, accident. 18. (15) Mika Salo, Finland, Sauber-Petronas, 42, engine. 19. (17) Jean Alesi, France, Prost-Peugeot, 38, hydraulics. 20. (21) Nick Heidfeld, Germany, Prost-Peugeot, 34, engine. 21. (5) Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Germany, Jordan-Mugen Honda, 32, brakes. 22. (11) Johnny Herbert, England, Jaguar-Cosworth, 14, gearbox. Time of race: 1 hour, 41 minutes, 12.313 seconds. Margin of victory: 0.174 of a second. Lead changes: 2 among 2 drivers. Lap leaders: M. Schumacher 1-34; Barrichello 35-42; M. Schumacher 43-69.
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Drivers: M. Schumacher 56, Coulthard 34, Hakkinen 32, Barrichello 28, Fisichella 18, R. Schumacher 12, Frentzen 5, Villeneuve 5, Trulli 5, Irvine 3, Button 3, Salo 3, Verstappen 2, Zonta 1, de la Rosa 1. Constructors: Ferrari 84, McLaren-Mercedes 66, Benetton-Playlife 18, Williams-BMW 15, Jordan-Mugen-Honda 10, British American Racing-Honda 6, Jaguar-Cosworth 3, Sauber-Petronas 3, Arrows-Mecachrome 3.
NEWS and NOTES:
Streak broken: Michael Schumacher became the first driver to win from pole position in 13 races. The last driver to win from the pole was Mika Hakkinen in the 1999 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Emmo excited about United States Grand Prix: Emerson Fittipaldi, a two-time Indianapolis 500 winner and a two-time Formula One World Champion, plans to attend the inaugural SAP United States Grand Prix on Sept. 24. “I think it will be fantastic,” Fittipaldi said. “It’s the best place for Formula One because of the tradition of Indianapolis. The new layout of the track and the facilities are excellent. It will be an historic event for Formula One.”
Button ignores rumors: Jenson Button is concentrating on his performance on the track rather than the rumors off the track that 2000 Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya will replace him next season at Williams-BMW. “Like any F1 driver,” Button said, “I have to do a good job to keep my seat. That is what I am going to do. It is still very early to say what I am going to do next year, so I am concentrating race by race. There’s no use thinking about next year, so I just concentrate on what I am doing now. “(My destination for next year) is not really an issue at the moment. It will be more of a problem at the end of the year, and I will think about it a lot more then. But now I am just concentrating on doing my job and doing the best that I can.”
Team support: Jos Verstappen changed his helmet colors to orange to support the Dutch soccer team playing in the European Cup.
*** Team Jordan seeks works engine: The Benson & Hedges Jordan-Mugen-Honda team hopes to get a manufacturer engine deal next season. “The situation on engines is quite clear: If you’re to have a realistic chance of winning a world title, it is now quite obvious that you need a major car manufacturer as your partner,” team owner Eddie Jordan said. “We are of course talking to a number of manufacturers. We have been very open about that, and our (current) partner, Mugen, is aware of that. With new names coming in, the indications are that the (best) way forward is with a major manufacturer.”
McLaren owner honored: Ron Dennis has been awarded a CBE, the honor of Commander of the British Empire that is one step below knighthood. Three people from the motor racing world have been awarded with knighthood: Stirling Moss, Frank Williams and Jack Brabham.
Celebrities visit Montreal race: Actors Paul Newman and Robert De Niro, Olympic hurdling champion Edwin Moses, former Beatle George Harrison and Indianapolis 500 winner and World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi attended the Canadian Grand Prix.
Herbert aims for Indianapolis 500: Jaguar driver Johnny Herbert wants to race in the Indianapolis 500 before he retires. “It was always one of the things I wanted to do when I was a kid,” Herbert said. “I wanted to race in the Le Mans 24 Hours, and I’ve won that race, and I’ve won races in Formula One, and Indianapolis.”