Mika Hakkinen, with a fantastic start from third place, beat David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher and won the Hungarian Grand Prix and for the first time in the 2000 F1 season took the lead in the driver’s championship while McLaren took the lead in the constructors’ championship.

After the extremely exciting 11th race of the season at the fast Hockenheim circuit, penultimate race on fast, old version, where Rubens Barrichello won in front of Hakkinen and Coulthard and Schumacher retired in the first lap, the championship fight became very tense – Schumacher led with two points more than Coulthard and Hakkinen, and Barrichello was only 10 points behind his teammate.

Schumacher won his fifth pole position on Saturday (1:17.514), 0.372 seconds ahead of Coulthard and 0.408 seconds ahead of Hakkinen. Barrichello was fifth behind Ralf Schumacher in BMW Williams.

But at the start, Hakkinen had fantastic reaction and traction and took the lead in the short sprint to the first corner.

The Finn had no problem controlling the race from the leading position and led 76 out of 77 laps – Coutlhard led one lap because he remained on track one lap longer than Hakkinen.

Schumacher defended second place from Coulthard, who pushed him hard in the last laps and finished half a second behind him, although he lost time behind the backmarkers.

Barrichello finished fourth, six seconds ahead of Ralf Schumacher and Frentzen in Jordan who scored the last point.

After 12 of the 17 races, Hakkinen led with 64 points, two more than Schumacher, six more than Coulthard and 15 more than Barrichello while McLaren led with one point more than Ferrari despite not scoring Hakkinen’s 10 points from Austria.

STARTING GRID

1 3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:17.514
2 2 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:17.886 0.372
3 1 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 1:17.922 0.408
4 9 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:18.321 0.807
5 4 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:18.330 0.816
6 5 H-H.Frentzen Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:18.523 1.009
7 11 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 1:18.607 1.093
8 10 Jenson Button Williams/BMW 1:18.699 1.185
9 17 Mika Salo Sauber/Petronas 1:18.748 1.234
10 7 Eddie Irvine Jaguar/Cosworth 1:19.008 1.494
11 12 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 1:19.259 1.745
12 6 Jarno Trulli Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:19.266 1.752
13 16 Pedro Diniz Sauber/Petronas 1:19.451 1.937
14 14 Jean Alesi Prost/Peugeot 1:19.626 2.112
15 18 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows/Supertec 1:19.897 2.383
16 22 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 1:19.937 2.423
17 8 Johnny Herbert Jaguar/Cosworth 1:19.956 2.442
18 23 Ricardo Zonta BAR/Honda 1:20.272 2.758
19 15 Nick Heidfeld Prost/Peugeot 1:20.481 2.967
20 19 Jos Verstappen Arrows/Supertec 1:20.609 3.095
21 20 Marc Gené Minardi/Fondmetal 1:20.654 3.140
22 21 Gastón Mazzacane Minardi/Fondmetal 1:20.905 3.391

RACE RESULTS

1 1 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 77 1:45:33.869
2 3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 77 1:45:41.786 7.917
3 2 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 77 1:45:42.324 8.455
4 4 R.Barrichello Ferrari 77 1:46:18.026 44.157
5 9 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 77 1:46:24.306 50.437
6 5 H-H.Frentzen Jordan/Mugen-Honda 77 1:46:41.968 1:08.099
7 6 Jarno Trulli Jordan/Mugen-Honda 76 1:46:00.278 1 lap
8 7 Eddie Irvine Jaguar/Cosworth 76 1:46:01.026 1 lap
9 10 Jenson Button Williams/BMW 76 1:46:05.565 1 lap
10 17 Mika Salo Sauber/Petronas 76 1:46:39.757 1 lap
11 12 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 76 1:46:46.856 1 lap
12 22 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 75 1:45:36.684 2 laps
13 19 Jos Verstappen Arrows/Supertec 75 1:46:13.985 2 laps
14 23 Ricardo Zonta BAR/Honda 75 1:46:57.044 2 laps
15 20 Marc Gené Minardi/Fondmetal 74 1:46:04.118 3 laps
16 18 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows/Supertec 73 1:45:40.556 4 laps
(16) 21 Gastón Mazzacane Minardi/Fondmetal 68 1:38:18.781 Engine
(14) 8 Johnny Herbert Jaguar/Cosworth 67 1:35:39.320 Gearbox
(9) 16 Pedro Diniz Sauber/Petronas 62 1:26:43.822 Transmission
(20) 11 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 31 48:18.966 Brakes
(15) 15 Nick Heidfeld Prost/Peugeot 22 31:19.692 Electrical
(22) 14 Jean Alesi Prost/Peugeot 11 20:45.503 Suspension

Fastest lap: Mika Hakkinen – 1:20.028 (lap 33)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 12/17 RACES

1 Mika Häkkinen 64 6 6 10 6 1 3 6 10 6 10
2 Michael Schumacher 62 10 10 10 4 2 10 10 6
3 David Coulthard 58 4 10 6 4 10 10 6 4 4
4 Rubens Barrichello 49 6 3 4 3 6 6 4 4 10 3
5 Giancarlo Fisichella 18 2 6 2 4 4
6 Ralf Schumacher 16 4 2 3 3 2 2
7 Jacques Villeneuve 11 3 2 3 3
8 Jenson Button 8 1 2 2 3
9 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6 4 1 1
10 Jarno Trulli 6 3 1 1 1
11 Mika Salo 6 1 2 1 2
12 Eddie Irvine 3 3
13 Jos Verstappen 2 2
14 Pedro de la Rosa 2 1 1
15 Ricardo Zonta 1 1
16 Pedro Diniz 0
17 Alexander Wurz 0
18 Johnny Herbert 0
19 Marc Gené 0
20 Nick Heidfeld 0
21 Gastón Mazzacane 0
22 Jean Alesi 0
23 Luciano Burti 0

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAPIONSHIP

1 McLaren/Mercedes 112 10 16 16 10 11 3 16 6 10 14
2 Ferrari 111 16 10 13 4 6 13 6 16 4 4 10 9
3 Williams/BMW 24 4 3 5 3 2 2 3 2
4 Benetton/Playlife 18 2 6 2 4 4
5 Jordan/Mugen-Honda 12 7 1 1 1 1 1
6 BAR/Honda 12 4 2 3 3
7 Sauber/Petronas 6 1 2 1 2
8 Arrows/Supertec 4 1 2 1
9 Jaguar/Cosworth 3 3
10 Minardi/Fondmetal 0
11 Prost/Peugeot 0
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