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 took 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.