Michael Schumacher made a perfect start in the 2000 F1 season with three wins in the first three races, while his main rivals from McLaren were held by early retirements.

Despite his big point advantage, Schumacher secured his first pole position only in fifth race of the season in Spain, but he didn’t convert it to victory after pitstop accident.

Michael therefore returned to the next race at Nurburgring where he beat Hakkinen in the rain and then came Monaco.

Schumacher had 18 points lead ahead of Hakkinen and 22 ahead of Coulthard and his goal was the fifth victory in Monaco after winning in Benetton in 1994 and 1995 and in Ferrari 1997 and 1999.

Double world champion from 1994 and 1995 won the second pole position of the season, 0.271 seconds ahead of the surprisingly competitive Jarno Trulli in Jordan and 0.413 seconds ahead of third-placed Coulthard in McLaren.

Jordan’s competitiveness was also highlighted by Heinz Harald Frentzen who qualified in fourth place (+0.486 s), ahead of the 1998 and 1999 world champion Mika Hakkinen (+0.766 s).

The start was repeated because of starting procedure software bug while the contact between Button and de la Rosa caused a stoppage on the track, in slowest corner (pictured below). At the second start, Schumacher kept the lead in the first corner, and after the second round of pitstops his exhaust system broke from high temperatures and broke the rear left suspension.

Monaco GP F1 2000 de la Rosa and Button traffic jam Loews
De la Rosa in Arrowsu and Button in BMW Williams caused the traffic jam in slowest corner on the track

The German retired and Coulthard took the lead in the lap 57 which he kept until the end of the race and celebrated second victory in the first seven races after he won the fourth race of the season in Silverstone. Barrichello finished second in Ferrari and third was Fisichella in Benetton.

The fourth was Irvine in Jaguar, in the race where he will finish third next year, and fifth was another former Ferrari driver Mika Salo in Sauber.

Coulthard reduced Schumacher’s championship advantage to 12 points and Hakkinen was 17 points behind the German after finishing sixth in Monaco. Ferrari was only five points ahead of McLaren despite Woking team failed to score in the first two races of the season.

STARTING GRID

1 3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:19.475
2 6 Jarno Trulli Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:19.746 0.271
3 2 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:19.888 0.413
4 5 H-H.Frentzen Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:19.961 0.486
5 1 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 1:20.241 0.766
6 4 R.Barrichello Ferrari 1:20.416 0.941
7 14 Jean Alesi Prost/Peugeot 1:20.494 1.019
8 11 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 1:20.703 1.228
9 9 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 1:20.742 1.267
10 7 Eddie Irvine Jaguar/Cosworth 1:20.743 1.268
11 8 Johnny Herbert Jaguar/Cosworth 1:20.792 1.317
12 12 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 1:20.871 1.396
13 17 Mika Salo Sauber/Petronas 1:21.561 2.086
14 10 Jenson Button Williams/BMW 1:21.605 2.130
15 19 Jos Verstappen Arrows/Supertec 1:21.738 2.263
16 18 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows/Supertec 1:21.832 2.357
17 22 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 1:21.848 2.373
18 15 Nick Heidfeld Prost/Peugeot 1:22.017 2.542
19 16 Pedro Diniz Sauber/Petronas 1:22.136 2.661
20 23 Ricardo Zonta BAR/Honda 1:22.324 2.849
21 20 Marc Gené Minardi/Fondmetal 1:23.721 4.246
22 21 Gastón Mazzacane Minardi/Fondmetal 1:23.794 4.319

RACE RESULTS

1 2 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 78 1:49:28.213
2 4 R.Barrichello Ferrari 78 1:49:44.102 15.889
3 11 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 78 1:49:46.735 18.522
4 7 Eddie Irvine Jaguar/Cosworth 78 1:50:34.137 1:05.924
5 17 Mika Salo Sauber/Petronas 78 1:50:48.988 1:20.775
6 1 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 77 1:49:32.819 1 Lap
7 22 J.Villeneuve BAR/Honda 77 1:50:08.074 1 Lap
8 15 Nick Heidfeld Prost/Peugeot 77 1:50:39.719 1 Lap
9 8 Johnny Herbert Jaguar/Cosworth 76 1:50:43.147 2 Laps
10 5 H-H.Frentzen Jordan/Mugen-Honda 70 1:38:30.235 Spun off
(9) 19 Jos Verstappen Arrows/Supertec 60 1:26:38.080 Spun off
(1) 3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 55 1:17:04.191 Suspension
(10) 23 Ricardo Zonta BAR/Honda 48 1:09:22.500 Spun off
(4) 9 Ralf Schumacher Williams/BMW 37 52:24.925 Spun off
(2) 6 Jarno Trulli Jordan/Mugen-Honda 36 50:55.680 Gearbox
(12) 16 Pedro Diniz Sauber/Petronas 30 43:19.447 Spun off
(7) 14 Jean Alesi Prost/Peugeot 29 41:13.947 Transmission
(17) 21 Gastón Mazzacane Minardi/Fondmetal 22 32:00.286 Spun off
(18) 20 Marc Gené Minardi/Fondmetal 21 30:36.346 Gearbox
(17) 12 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 18 26:16.800 Spun off
(19) 10 Jenson Button Williams/BMW 16 23:28.720 Engine
18 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows/Supertec 0 Not started

Fastest lap: Mika Hakkinen – 1:21.571 (lap 57)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 7/17 RACES

1 Michael Schumacher 46   10 10 10 4 2 10
2 David Coulthard 34   4 10 6 4 10
3 Mika Häkkinen 29   6 6 10 6 1
4 Rubens Barrichello 22   6 3 4 3 6
5 Giancarlo Fisichella 14   2 6 2 4
6 Ralf Schumacher 12   4 2 3 3
7 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 5   4 1
8 Jacques Villeneuve 5   3 2
9 Jarno Trulli 4   3 1
10 Eddie Irvine 3   3
11 Mika Salo 3   1 2
12 Jenson Button 3   1 2
13 Ricardo Zonta 1   1
14 Pedro de la Rosa 1   1
15 Pedro Diniz 0  
16 Alexander Wurz 0  
17 Jos Verstappen 0  
18 Nick Heidfeld 0  
19 Gastón Mazzacane 0  
20 Marc Gené 0  
21 Johnny Herbert 0  
22 Jean Alesi 0  
Luciano Burti 0  

CONSTRUTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 68   16 10 13 4 6 13 6
2 McLaren/Mercedes 63   10 16 16 10 11
3 Williams/BMW 15   4 3 5 3
4 Benetton/Playlife 14   2 6 2 4
5 Jordan/Mugen-Honda 9   7 1 1
6 BAR/Honda 6   4 2
7 Jaguar/Cosworth 3   3
8 Sauber/Petronas 3   1 2
9 Arrows/Supertec 1   1
10 Minardi/Fondmetal 0  
11 Prost/Peugeot 0  
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