On 21st May 2000, the European Grand Prix was held at the Nurburgring. Qualifying was the usual Ferrari-McLaren duel. Quickest was the Silver Arrow of David Coulthard, who beat Michael Schumacher by 138 thousandths and Mika Hakkinen by 256 thousandths. The other F1-2000, in the hands of Rubens Barrichello was fourth, almost seven tenths off pole. But it was a different story in the race: at first, Hakkinen pulled away in the lead, followed by Michael Schumacher, as Coulthard had been slow off the line. After ten laps, it started to rain at the German track and Schumacher was able to demonstrate all his talent on a damp track.
On lap 11, the German passed the Finn, who didn’t give up and stayed in close contact. With the run of pit stops, Rubens Barrichello led for a lap, but the fight came down to the two champions. Hakkinen lost a bit of time in the pits and put himself out of the running for the win, but the superiority of the top two was embarrassing for the rest of the field. By the end of the race, even pole man David Coulthard, who finished third had been lapped by Schumacher and Hakkinen.