On this day in 2000, Michael Schumacher won for the fourth time in the first six races in 2000 F1 season after beating Hakkinen in the changing weather conditions at Nurburgring.

Michael Schumacher arrived on the sixth race of the 2000 season with 14 points ahead of Hakkinen while David Coulthard in McLaren grabbed his first pole position of the season by 0.138 seconds ahead of Michael Schumacher and 0.256 seconds ahead of team mate Hakkinen.

Coulthard had a bad start, but Hakkinen had a very good one from third place and took the lead in front of Schumacher with a small touch. After ten laps, Hakkinen and Schumacher were four seconds ahead of Coulthard and Barrichello, but in the lap 11 the first drops of rain fell on the track and Schumacher overtook Hakkinen on the braking for the last chicane.

Schumacher celebrated his first victory in Germany with Ferrari, 13 seconds ahead of Hakkinen, Coulthard and Barrichello (which will eventually be the final order of the championship) while the final points were won by Fisichella in Benetton and de la Rosa in Arrows.

It was the first Schumacher’s victory in Germany for Ferrari, and also the 11th race in a row that was not won by the driver who started from the pole position. That trend continued in the next race in Monaco where Schumacher started from the pole position, led, but retired because of overheating and cracked rear suspension. But it finally ended in the next race in Canada where Schumacher won from pole position.

“This is one of the best days of my life because it is the first time I have won in Germany with Ferrari. I have seen my fans standing here for three days in this bad weather and I hope this win has warmed their hearts a bit,” said Schumacher.

“The only critical point was when it started to rain. None of us in the front wanted to pit as it was not clear if this was for real. As soon as we saw others going faster on rain tyres then I came in immediately.”

“In the past I have dreamed of going to Monaco with this sort of lead. Sometimes dreams come true! I have gone well at Monaco in the past and I hope that will happen again.”

Interestingly, although Michael Schumacher drove the fastest lap of the race, Hakkinen, Coulthard and Barrichello were all within 0.070 second of his fastest lap.

After European GP, Schumacher increased his lead in the driver’s championship to 18 points ahead of Hakkinen and 22 ahead of Coulthard while Ferrari increased their lead to 10 points ahead of McLaren.

STARTING GRID

1 2 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:17.529
2 3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:17.667 0.138
3 1 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 1:17.785 0.256
4 4 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:18.227 0.698
5 9 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:18.515 0.986
6 6 Jarno Trulli Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:18.612 1.083
7 11 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 1:18.697 1.168
8 7 Eddie Irvine Jaguar/Cosworth 1:18.703 1.174
9 22 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 1:18.742 1.213
10 5 H-H.Frentzen Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:18.830 1.301
11 10 Jenson Button Williams/BMW 1:18.887 1.358
12 18 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows/Supertec 1:19.024 1.495
13 19 Jos Verstappen Arrows/Supertec 1:19.190 1.661
14 12 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 1:19.378 1.849
15 16 Pedro Diniz Sauber/Petronas 1:19.422 1.893
16 8 Johnny Herbert Jaguar/Cosworth 1:19.638 2.109
17 14 Jean Alesi Prost/Peugeot 1:19.651 2.122
18 23 Ricardo Zonta BAR/Honda 1:19.766 2.237
19 17 Mika Salo Sauber/Petronas 1:19.814 2.285
20 20 Marc Gené Minardi/Fondmetal 1:20.162 2.633
21 21 Gastón Mazzacane Minardi/Fondmetal 1:21.015 3.486
Not present (disqualified after the qualifying because the car was weighed below the minimum weight)
15 Nick Heidfeld Prost/Peugeot 1:19.147 1.618

RACE RESULTS

1 3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 67 1:42:00.307
2 1 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 67 1:42:14.129 13.822
3 2 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 66 1:42:07.768 1 Lap
4 4 R.Barrichello Ferrari 66 1:42:09.336 1 Lap
5 11 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 66 1:42:21.556 1 Lap
6 18 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows/Supertec 66 1:42:37.337 1 Lap
7 16 Pedro Diniz Sauber/Petronas 65 1:42:31.707 2 Laps
8 21 Gastón Mazzacane Minardi/Fondmetal 65 1:42:44.802 2 Laps
9 14 Jean Alesi Prost/Peugeot 65 1:43:19.905 2 Laps
10 10 Jenson Button Williams/BMW 62 1:37:32.742 Electrical
11 8 Johnny Herbert Jaguar/Cosworth 61 1:35:52.337 Collision
12 12 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 61 1:35:55.361 Collision
(11) 23 Ricardo Zonta BAR/Honda 51 1:20:52.033 Spun off
(13) 20 Marc Gené Minardi/Fondmetal 47 1:14:36.610 Throttle
(7) 22 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 46 1:11:35.978 Engine
(7) 7 Eddie Irvine Jaguar/Cosworth 29 44:52.236 Collision
(8) 19 Jos Verstappen Arrows/Supertec 29 44:52.366 Spun off
(9) 9 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 29 44:52.767 Collision
(13) 17 Mika Salo Sauber/Petronas 27 41:54.671 Halfshaft
(12) 5 H-H.Frentzen Jordan/Mugen-Honda 2 2:59.734 Engine
6 Jarno Trulli Jordan/Mugen-Honda 0 Collision

Fastest lap: Michael Schumacher – 1:22.269 (lap 8)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 6/17 RACES

1 Michael Schumacher 46   10 10 10 4 2 10
2 Mika Häkkinen 28   6 6 10 6
3 David Coulthard 24   4 10 6 4
4 Rubens Barrichello 16   6 3 4 3
5 Ralf Schumacher 12   4 2 3 3
6 Giancarlo Fisichella 10   2 6 2
7 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5   4 1
8 Jacques Villeneuve 5   3 2
9 Jarno Trulli 4   3 1
10 Jenson Button 3   1 2
11 Mika Salo 1   1
12 Ricardo Zonta 1   1
13 Pedro de la Rosa 1   1
14 Pedro Diniz 0  
15 Alexander Wurz 0  
16 Eddie Irvine 0  
17 Jos Verstappen 0  
18 Gastón Mazzacane 0  
19 Marc Gené 0  
20 Jean Alesi 0  
21 Nick Heidfeld 0  
22 Johnny Herbert 0  
Luciano Burti 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 62   16 10 13 4 6 13
2 McLaren/Mercedes 52   10 16 16 10
3 Williams/BMW 15   4 3 5 3
4 Benetton/Playlife 10   2 6 2
5 Jordan/Mugen-Honda 9   7 1 1
6 BAR/Honda 6   4 2
7 Sauber/Petronas 1   1
8 Arrows/Supertec 1   1
9 Jaguar/Cosworth 0  
10 Minardi/Fondmetal 0  
11 Prost/Peugeot 0  

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