2000 Spanish Grand Prix

The images and aerial photographs within this page show material related to 2000 Spanish Grand Prix. The 2000 Spanish Grand Prix (formally the Gran Premio Marlboro de Espana) was a Formula One motor race held on 7 May 2000 at the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain. It was the fifth race of the 2000 Formula One season. The race, contested over 65 laps, was won by Mika Hakkinen driving for the McLaren team from a second position start. David Coulthard finished second in the other McLaren, with Rubens Barrichello third in a Ferrari car. Hakkinen's win was his first of the season, his third consecutive win in Spain and the race was the second consecutive win for the McLaren team as Coulthard won the preceding British Grand Prix.

Michael Schumacher, who started from pole position, led for a majority of the first half of the race until two pit stop errors caused his lead from Häkkinen to erode and eventually be lost. As a result, Schumacher dropped back down to fourth after being passed by Coulthard on the track and later fended off his brother and Williams driver Ralf Schumacher and team-mate Barrichello until Michael was both passed by Barrichello and Ralf resulting in Michael dropping down to fifth, where he finished.

As a consequence of the race, Häkkinen closed the gap to Schumacher in the World Drivers Championship to be 14 points behind, with Coulthard dropping behind Häkkinen, a further 2 points behind. In the World Constructors' Championship, McLaren reduced the deficit to Ferrari to 7 points behind.

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Background

Heading into the 5th race of the season, Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher was leading the Drivers' Championship with 34 points; ahead of McLaren driver David Coulthard was second on 14 points, and Coulthard's team-mate Mika Häkkinen on 12 points. In the Constructors' Championship, the battle was closer with Ferrari leading on 49 points and McLaren were second on 42 points.

In the week leading up to the race, Coulthard was leasing the Learjet of friend David Murray when the aeroplane developed engine trouble en route to Côte d'Azur International Airport in Nice, and crashed while attempting an emergency landing at Lyon-Satolas Airport, France. Coulthard, his then-girlfriend the American model Heidi Wichlinski and personal trainer/bodyguard Andy Matthews survived; Murray's personal pilot David Saunders and co-pilot Dan Worley died. Coulthard suffered minor injuries in the crash. McLaren spokeswomen Paula Webb later confirmed that Coulthard would compete in the Spanish Grand Prix.

Practice and qualifying

Qualifying had Michael Schumacher on pole position, with Mika Häkkinen second, Rubens Barrichello third, David Coulthard fourth, Ralf Schumacher in fifth and Jacques Villeneuve in sixth.

Race

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