On 12th August 2000, Scuderia Ferrari German driver Michael Schumacher secured the fourth of his seven pole positions at the Hungarian Grand Prix. That Saturday at the Hungaroring, the German was smiling again, as was Jean Todt and the entire Maranello team: after three consecutive no-scores at Magny-Cours, Zeltweg and Hockenheim, it seemed the points haemorrhage that had hit Michael in the height of summer and had wiped out almost all the lead he had built up over Hakkinen, so that the gap was just two points, might now be over. At the time, starting from pole in Hungary was almost a guarantee of victory, given the difficulty of overtaking on the twisty track on the outskirts of Budapest.
However, Sunday did not go as well: Michael was overtaken by the Finn at the start and after that, he spent most of the race thinking more about defending from David Coulthard, rather than about trying to attack the reigning champion. For the first time that season, Hakkinen moved into the lead of the Drivers’ classification, a sign for the worst nightmares to return and haunt the nights of many at Maranello.
Full Qualifying session:
F1 Hungaroring 2000 – a lap Onboard with Michael Schumacher