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A Car Show: MICHAEL SCHUMACHER’S CHAMPIONSHIP WINNING FERRARI F2000 F1 CAR
June 18 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday, June 18th, please join us at our Dallas store as we enjoy one of the finest racecars ever created… de Boulle Diamond & Jewelry will have Michael Schumacher’s 2000 Formula 1 Championship winning F1 car on display — the Ferrari F2000.
MICHAEL SCHUMACHER’s 2000 FERRARI F200 FORMULA 1 RACECAR
770 bhp, Ferrari 90-degree 049 V-10 engine. Ferrari seven-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential gearbox, double wishbones, pushrod front and rear suspension, Brembo disc brakes. Wheelbase: 118.5 in.
– Campaigned by Michael Schumacher in his first championship-winning season with Ferrari
– Winner of the 2000 Brazilian Grand Prix
At the start of the 2000 Formula One season, Technical Director Ross Brawn said, “I think we’ve probably had the best car we have ever had at the beginning of the season since the present group has been working together here at Ferrari.” With team principal Jean Todt at the helm and drivers Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello, the Ferrari dream team were starting their fourth year together and looked as if they could at last be in a position to win the World Championship, a feat that they had not accomplished since Jody Schekter won 21 seasons earlier in 1979.
SCHUMACHER’S FIRST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WITH THE SCUDERIA
Ferrari’s Formula One car for 2000, the F1-2000, was a completely new design. Utilizing a 90-degree V-10 instead of an 80-degree enabled Ross Brawn’s technical team to lower the center of gravity of the car and spend a great deal of attention on the aero package, which was substantially improved. For the first time, the Scuderia believed that they really had a strong chance of taking the fight to McLaren right from the first Grand Prix.
They were right. Schumacher took the checkered flag for the first race of the season in Australia, once more in Brazil two weeks later, and yet again at San Marino the following round of the championship. The Imola race was won, thanks not only to Schumacher’s sublime driving, but also to pit stop tactics for which Brawn had gained such an exemplary reputation. “Michael paced himself beautifully in order not to alert Häkkinen too much,” Brawn said. “Then as soon as Häkkinen was in the pits for a second time—bang!—Michael did the business. It was a race we won which they should have won thanks in part to that longer middle stint and in part to Michael putting in the fast lap times at exactly the right moment.”
However, Ferrari was not to have it all its own way. Midway through the season, Schumacher had a lead of 22 points, but after a series of non-finishes, by the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa he was tailing Häkkinen by six points. The fight back was about to begin. Schumacher won at Monza and yet again at Indianapolis. Victory at Suzuka in the Japanese Grand Prix meant that Ferrari and Michael Schumacher had clinched the World Championship; after 21 seasons and more than 340 races, Ferrari was back on top and the start of its domination of Formula One was about the begin. Schumacher had taken nine victories in 2000 and three further podiums.