F1 San Marino Grand Prix 2000

F1 San Marino Grand Prix 2000

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five pictures now coming in as you can see on the grid here arrows have launched a two-seater formula one car similar to that of mclaren's that'll be interesting to see if the price comes down now there's two of them well i'll be in it now and also uh good news for australia congratulations to mark webber he finished third on his debut formula 3000 race at emily yesterday and at the end of this race and now in the pit segment we'll have a tour of the jordan garage which is very very good you'll enjoy that as well mark webber apparently got out of the car brand new he only just missed second place and
00:30
everybody was most impressed with his fitness and his attitude well i mean that's very important i mean it's very important to be as impressive out of the car as what you are in the car and mark's always been that yeah well so it's a big thing all the team uh obviously the team owners have a good look at what's happening that's where the talent's going to come from so who knows he's sort of on that he's on that verge the window sort of opening well we need an aussie in there dez that's for sure i need some drama now as you see that's the last thing he does in one hindfield now stuck on the grid well heinfeld's
01:01
had a bit of a nasty weekend all the way around as indeed as jensen button jensen button had hydraulic problems uh most of yesterday which kept him out of the car a lot when you're a young guy look there's visiting these circuits for the first time you really you need as much track time as you possibly can get and you know sod's law dictates that that's the very time that you have hydraulic problems and you're out of the car imla suited to ferrari or mclaren well it's in italy i rest my case they always build a rocket ship yeah yeah well he's getting whirled off now
01:32
it's a beautiful looking circuit though isn't it i love it it's it's a look you know any circuit in italy and it's just i keep raving on about this i know but the italians just love their formula one they love their motorsport the the atmosphere there is just unreal um schumacher and ross braun's race strategy i think i mean the mclarens were quickest in the warm-up this morning they've got the raw speed but that shoe marker you can never underestimate him in a race he's a real racer and ross braun's uh strategy
02:02
this is going to be i hope very interesting well it's crunch time for mclaren i mean they really have to get some points too right they do i mean they can't afford to uh pursue market to go off and win another one and for them not to score any points you think he's going to have too much of a gap on them absolute massive crowd you're sure from that high shot just how many people are there and that'd be it's all right for people to come out and say there's still another uh you know 15 rounds ago 14 rounds to go but uh you've still got to maintain those points you've got to be building on those points you're right you do it's very interesting to see them moving the cars around we do see them doing that occasionally but
02:33
it is the track temperature is actually quite cold there it's about 13 or 14 degrees so um tyre temperatures are going to play a really important role and it's going to the first lap is going to be very interesting because uh there'll be a lot of sliding around while they're trying to get temperatures into those tyres as quickly as they can you see now just practicing the starts and getting as much heat in the tyres as they can come up overcast conditions as you saw on the screen they're all saying 19 degrees that is pretty cool well it's formula one standards it's cool but uh as i said yes i think it was 15
03:04
degrees and the track temperature was one or two degrees cooler so now grid lined up and we make our way as the thailand has come around to form that grid time there to go to murray walker and martin brundle johnny herbert as ever has had all the trouble that the jaguar team have been having and it's a 62 lap race is going to last over an hour and a half and it's going to be absolutely crucial for the world championship curiously michael schumacher positioned his ferrari
03:34
pointing slightly right [Music] that's either way they go good one hacking and good one schumacher and reuben's [Music] so it's mclaren ferrari ferrari mclaren david crawford ducking and diving and jack nielsen has come up extremely well from ninth on the grid to fifth in the race he's in front of both the yellow jordans who are fighting each other as they go round the toes of the left-hander and climb up towards the piritella
04:19
so barry callow coulthard and the rest of them streaming through yes michael schumacher's slow off the line and was very very aggressive to coulthard and that's eventually put coulthard behind his teammate too so michael sweeping across the racetrack and into towson the two jordans very nearly made contact but hacking and out front pulling away already and michael schumacher look at the gap back now to barrichello that's going to be a headache for coulthard and the following pack because there really is very few very
04:50
are very few overtaking opportunities on this racetrack [Music] are pulling away from their teammates there's a discernible gap developing and that's mark cheney going ahead of johnny herbert and michael schumacher has actually closed the gap on mkhitaryan remember what we were saying earlier on as nick heytvelt joins the race what we were saying earlier on about strategy
05:21
tarz the amount of time it takes for fuel is going to be very important in this race probably a two-stroke strategy for the leading cars and at the present moment totally expected what i expected mika hakkinen got away better than michael schumacher look at the gap that's developing between them reuben's barrichello followed by david coulthard followed by jack fielder superb start then the two jordans behind them is eddie irvine the guy who really got a rocket start was uh ralph
05:52
schumacher actually but he's now down in ninth place he had to take to the grass his brother pushed coulthard wide and ralph was the net loser especially in that one hopefully we'll get a replay of that start it was a lot of action for us to have a look at and of course i'm going to be watching jensen button he started 18th on the grid he finished the first lap in 17th position and we've still got a long long way to go barrichello bouffard they're pulling now here's the start look at michael schumacher snaking across
06:26
gets in front of coulthard coulthard has to lift out ralph schumacher on the grass and gives barack hello the run he so nearly took michael actually and barack hello jumps on the throttle look squeezes coulthard wide and then he has the position sensational start for jack fielder too over the line that and michael schumacher is now faster than mika hackenden by just one tenth of a second at this stage of the race as line of stern they come over to
06:56
complete another lap they're on their third lap now out of 62. hacking and leading the ferrari by one second and the fastest lap by michael schumacher which we've just had will have closed that gap a bit the fastest lap last year was 128.54 by michael schumacher in the ferrari and last year of course michael schumacher was not in the at two there he goes down the decent to the river again
07:29
the last part of aqua minerali actually and we have a minardi office sorry yeah off the road he will have stalled the engine so he will be out of the race he cannot rejoin the race now mika hakkinen this is matsukani running wide let's see which corner that is it's one of the chicanes i think it's vilna of chicane arrived all together wrong in that one was never going to make the exit so that's matsukani out of the way i wonder if he has managed to keep the engine going at all
07:59
now he's right in the way at the moment look at him uh he tried trying to restart and they must get him off the track engine's running the engine is running can you hear it there he goes yep right away he goes now lap forming 62 lap race still a second between hecarim and schumacher here are barry keller coulthard then it's veal nerve and truly friendson in the yellow car eddie jordan behind it then is ralph schumacher mick asalo 11th position is joss verstappen here the lead
08:31
if you spin your car and the marshals push you out of the way you are allowed to continue in the race if you were presumed to be in a dangerous position so matsukani will be okay but he's running flat this is you're on board with barracado look michael schumacher too much wheel spin realized it moved across to cut off coulthard barrichello getting a fabulous run right down the outside and really should have stayed on it there i think he could have taken michael too but this was the good bit keeping on the gas squeezing out the competitors
09:01
and nicka heckington is replying to michael schumacher's challenge now as the mclaren and the ferrari extend their lead he's just done the fastest first sector of all i remind you again that this track like all the others split up into three sections for timing purposes and jack vielner is holding his fifth position you're looking now at princeton followed by irvine followed by ralph schumacher so that's the jaguar in radio line in eighth position ahead
09:32
of the williams bmw as through the last chicane just before the start and finish straight go the two leaders and it's getting mighty mighty close at the back slow jordan there whether he just made a mistake and got shuffled to the outside or whether he's got some kind of problem let's see uh irvine and ralph schumacher through we're missing a jordan jordan here we go now uh looks a wheel runs wide maybe he just lost track position so we'll watch to see no frenson is in the pits
10:03
heinz alfredson in the pits well i think that romance barrichello is holding david coulthard up because there's a there's a gap developing all the time there's seven seconds now uh between them as high terrell franson sits in the pit lane i'm looking down to see if i can see him sadly i yes i can i can just see him sitting in the jaw as there goes pedro de la rosa and franson is getting out of the car so he is retiring from the san marino grand prix
10:34
tough luck for jordan because they've worked their way up to third with williams there he is work their way up to third with williams in the constructors championship as a result of their success in brazil third and fourth places there to friends and trolley vicar hacking and leads michael schumacher second look at that gap look at it now that's barry keller then there's cool fire then there's that long gap to feel nerve behind deal nervous truly so up into seventh place has gone eddie irvine there's ralph schumacher in night eighth position behind him is
11:06
vicar sarlo behind nick asalo is joshua stefan so one of the arrows is up into 10th position and michael schumacher is increasing his speed new fastest lap 128.9 that's just four tenths of a second off last year's lap the fastest lap which was put out by michael schumacher as well as we look down a clear track so we've got mclaren versus ferrari ferrari versus mclaren bar there it is
11:38
the nerve versus jordan the jaguar going well in seventh place a gap before ralph schumacher and the williams bmw solo followed by verstappen in 11th places ricardo zonta in the next bar pedro denise in the second salvo uh coming round at the back giancarlo fishy keller that you saw talking to louise earlier on and he's down in 19th position something looks very wrong indeed with the benetton his teammate
12:08
alexander wurtz is four places ahead of him in 15th place leaders down to the rivatsa and off goes the other or is it mesokeno again i can't tell you no it's renee this time mark shade and i think jensen button is in there somewhere as well so mesa kenney has gone off and rejoined the track in the menardi janae has just gone off and he was with jensen button so completed look at this chewbacca is closing the gap was
12:39
previously just over a second now it's just under a second not very much to close but here is the battle again between the third and fourth cars [Applause] oh there jensen button out of the race so he failed to finish in his first race in australia notwithstanding the fact that he got up for fourth place he had a fine drive to his first world championship point in brazil he's out of the san marino grand prix and i suspect
13:09
that he and janae had a coming together while they were fighting for a 17th position and look how close it is you see barry keller is 10 seconds behind the race leader david coulthard is right behind barry color then there's a four second gap to veal nerve and uh only five seconds covers the next six places there's really only one place to overtake around here it's a few corners time down into rivatsa but you've got to be super committed and the other guy's really going to know
13:40
you're coming and accept the fact otherwise he'll turn in on you so cool thought he really critical stage of the race for him it's way way too early to start changing your pit stop strategy to try and ease him past this ferrari but david left himself a little bit of a gap a couple of laps ago and immediately came back at barack hello over half a second faster louise is with friendson heinz harold first man out of the race tell us why well i had a gearshift select problem i was stuck in sixth gear and uh i couldn't shift down
14:10
anymore and i had to come into the pits there was no chance really it's been a bit of a problem for jordan so far this year the gearbox isn't it it's taking a while to get on top of it well certainly we have some difficulties but uh the problem we had in melbourne was nothing to do with the problem today and the melbourne it was just a hydraulic leak well just caused by an exhaust temperature to melt the hydraulic pipe which was a problem only with mounting this thing but here we have for the first time
14:41
something we have to look first to be honest uh i don't know what is the problem here well bad luck for today but good luck with the birth of your new child well you watch reuben's barrichello in third position with david coulthard behind him and the gap from barrichello to hakken and the race leader is now some 10 seconds i think if only david coulthar could get past the ferrari he could pull away from it but reuben's barrichello quite understandably is not making room for him to do that and on this circuit it's very very
15:12
difficult to pass unless you get cooperation from the man in front that may be all right if you're coming up to lap someone but if you're fighting for track position the way barrichello is there is no way you're going to move while pantera friends was talking to louise you probably saw the replay of jensen buttons incident his engine blew up and he drove off the racetrack janae spun on the oil of that broken bmw engine just behind him so not a mistake there by jensen button it looked like a mechanical failure in the engine department now it looks to
15:43
me as well the race is just settling down a bit remember that mika hakkanen has got the pressure on him he hasn't scored in australia he hasn't scored in brazil michael schumacher won both races he's got 20 points in his pocket whereas hackington has got none michael schumacher can afford to settle for second place and he will be keeping hacking and under pressure all the time mika has got to stay cool get his lines right make sure he breaks in the right places accelerates in the right places
16:15
takes the tail enders at the right time hopefully so that he can put one between himself and michael schumacher that's barry keller and coulthard third and fourth and uh the gap is increasing now something like half a second a lap between heckenham who is leading and barry keller who is in third place and therefore coulthard who is in fourth place fifth is field no six is trolley seventh is irvine eighth is ralph schumacher ninth is mikasala top ten joss for stefan
16:47
and news from james allen in the pits yeah just looking at the figures here the lap times that kind of thing trying to work out what everybody's doing it looks to me obviously as though hacking and michael schumacher on the same strategy and their lap times very much consistent with a two-stopper expecting them to come in sometime around that 24-26 and obviously the timing of those stops is going to be critical you might see one of them running a little bit longer than the other behind them however rubens barrichello's being dropped about a second to lap and that too consistent with a guy who's got a bit more fuel on board which is what michael schumacher did here last year he started with a one-stop fuel load and i think
17:18
that's what rubens is doing the critical point of this race then guys is going to be the mid phase between lap 32 and 45 when the two stoppers start coming in again that's when rubens is going to have to play his role to help michael get back out in front of hackingham hacking has just done two consecutive fastest laps of the race now down to 128.2 and edging away from michael three or four tens per lap mika is very very happy that he went for the soft attire yesterday he was looking at the sky we were all a bit chilly wearing a jacket down there in the paddock earlier on
17:49
he said i've got the right tires i'm really excited about this afternoon i think i've made the right choice because it's nowhere near as warm as we all expected yesterday i'm not going to be very popular for what i'm about to say but there's little doubt in my mind that the first two races of the year were lost by mclaren rather than won by ferrari yes ferrari won and they won nobly by finishing and the mclarens didn't but the mclarens were handling beautifully they were quicker
18:19
remember hacking and had the lead and that's what he's got now and if this car is reliable i think hacking and even at this early stage of the race we're on lap 10 out of 62 he's looking very strong for his first victory and 10 points of the year but he he's coming up now to mezza kenney the man we saw go off earlier on i expect the argentine driver will be keeping his eye on the mirrors very carefully if he's not and he holds mika heckin and up this could be michael schumacher's
18:51
opportunity to close up on the mclaren the gap between them now is 1.6 seconds there is pedro denise and going through on the inside to take pedro de la la rosa is john lacy in the frost he's moved up to 12th position and hacking and is past mata kenny who tours almost on the left in order to allow michael schumacher to get past as well and uh lap 11 51 to go
19:21
we're going for a break [Music] we're 13 out of 62 at evola for the san marino grand prix looks as though we have another retirement because joss verstappen in the arrows has come into the pits and we've seen that he's got some kind of a suspension problem michael hackett and they're still leading the races now a discernible gap of 1.7 seconds between him and the first ferrari of
19:55
michael schumacher then it's barrichello third coulthard fourth jack fielner still in fifth position but right up behind him is jano trollis jordan the only one that's left because fredson is out eddie irvine is running in the jaguar in seventh place ahead of ralph schumacher who started fifth and he's down to eighth nick assalam is night zonta is 10th and luis goodman has news i'm standing here with jensen button actually murray gently saw you off into the gravel trap earlier or was there a problem with the car or was it a mistake
20:26
uh and as i turned into the left part of the the second chicane uh it just locked the rear wheels just locked um loads of smoke out the back um it felt like an engine failure but i'm not not going to say anything too much yet but uh there you go you don't seem really to have got two grips of this track you've not heard already because we can have you um this morning it actually got a lot better i was elevenths in uh practice this morning and uh i think we were looking good for the race we had a good set up for pit stops i think and uh i was in a good position then for for a good result but there you go it
20:58
happens silver said next up we'll see you there oh yes a very realistic response an attitude from jensen button he's now a very very famous man in britain and everybody's expecting miracles from him but this is after all his first draw pre-season 20 years old he's learning all the time and he's certainly alerted how you have to attack the curves you can't get around this circuit quickly unless you do make a hacking and that you're watching is of course a master of this he was saying yesterday so you've got to get the kerbs
21:30
absolutely right that's barrichello third david coulthard fourth still very close to each other and hacking and we're saying if you attack too much you go off if you don't attack enough you lose time so he is certainly gaining time he's nearly two seconds ahead of michael schumacher now they're lapping about three tenths of a second differently with hackernun the faster but it's still mclaren ferrari mclaren the bar
22:00
of jacques villeneuve in fifth position and look at dicker hacken and the way he's trying that mclaren about well it's exactly what you were just talking about and uh certainly jensen didn't get hooked up on those curves and as as you rightly said it really is a question of attack and be very very aggressive but know the limit let the car fly a little bit but be ready for when it lands and it is really quite an art around this racetrack and coulthard needs to pass that ferrari otherwise his afternoon is wrecked yeah coulthard is close
22:32
enough to barrichello of course for the pit stop to make all the difference this is barry keller that we're riding with now and right up close behind us there is the mclaren but mr heckin and is looking better and better all the time in comparison with michael schumacher in terms of relative positions of pit stops if heckin comes in before schumacher of course srimako will pass but if the finn's pit stop turns out to be the quicker it could be very very close indeed for the lead
23:03
when michael schumacher rejoins now we're on left 15 out of 62 at the present moment if they're both on two stop strategies which we believe they are they'll be coming in in about nine laps time and you can expect a stop of round about eight seconds when i say stop i mean with the car stationary but you're gonna lose a lot more time than that of course going into the pit lane and slowing down there is now a maximum speed of 80 kilometers an hour in the pit lane on race day that is very
23:35
slow indeed but at silverstone remember when they've got to have new electronic systems in their cars the drivers are going to be in charge of slowing down at the present moment they press a button and it's done electronically and i'm expecting to see from silverstone onwards quite a few penalties 10 second penalties plus the time to slow down and speed up for overshooting the mark in terms of speed in the pit lane but not today coulthard is better under-breaking his
24:06
car's working better under-breaking than barack hello's ferrari which would also suggest barack hello is carrying a bit more lard in his fuel tank but uh coulthaj can't stay anywhere near him under acceleration away from the corners and uh struggling with traction getting the rear tyres hooked up to the racetrack is david cool card it's courtesy now as as you watch barry kello third coulthard four i could tell you that the leaders hacking and schumacher are laughing at just a whisker over one minute 28. the
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third and fourth men that you're looking at are laughing at about uh one and a half seconds slower but that as a result of which the gap between hacking and who is leading and barrichello and coulthard who are third and fourth is just a whisker over 20 seconds that's after 15 laps now i don't think that it signifies that barry kellow is necessarily on it necessarily on a different pit stop strategy than michael schumacher and michael hecken
25:08
but he just might do i think this is just going to be a slo-mo replay showing you just how hard the front suspension and tires are working over those curbs of ruben paraquello's ferrari and both the leaders now in the one minute 27s and again is a tenth faster i think we're seeing although ferrari are way ahead in the world championship it may seem a strange thing to say but i do believe that mclaren has been the fastest car now of all of the first three races but it's michael that's come through and
25:39
grab the points here retirement so far heights harold fredson out very early in the race mark gennay out in the minardi as a result of some sort of confrontation with jensen button who is out in the williams bmw verstappen out in the arrows and both minardis are out because gaston masakane is was out and that means there are 17 drivers left out of the 22 who started the last on the track at the moment is nick hydefelt he is
26:10
in 17th position in the frost that is mikka heckin and look back there is michael schumacher no doubt about which is fastest now it is this man it's the finn mika heckinen the winner of 14 grand prix in his career this is his 131st and he's coming through now he's completed his 17th lap and in the background there in the green jaguar is johnny herbert and he is chasing alexander vorz's
26:46
benetton they are respectively 15th johnny herbert and 14th alexander ford's now eddie irvine is still holding seventh position so the jaguars which have been plagued with unreliability in the earlier races and particularly johnny herbert are running well at the moment left 18 out of 62. and look at this this is field nerve battling with jano trolley for fifth position yes fiona really under pressure there and knowing it going very very early to cover his line
27:17
which compromises his entry to that first tamburello chicane quite badly now he's going to turn into a chicane that carries his name but it's named after his father of course you will know fifth sixth seventh and eighth because seventh in the green jaguar is eddie irvine eighth in the white williams vfw is ralph schumacher with the yellow flash on his helmet behind him is vicar sallow so fifth sixth seventh eighth and ninth
27:47
pretty close to each other on the circuit we're on lap 18 bigger hecking and he's going faster again he's got the gap up to 2.6 seconds now over the crest i'm just thinking if he was an englishman he'd be called jack newton wouldn't he i don't know if they'd name the chicane after there's an interesting fact and uh here is yano trolley who is in the sixth place now this is the drop down to the revenge so they're doing 185 miles an hour as they break for the first left-hander a bit of a
28:18
squirt down to the second left-hander take the apex at about 80 miles an hour accelerate up to 180 at an enormous velocity and yano trilli the man that eddie jordan was talking about so confidently and with such praise and we're riding with now as we go into the start and finish straight up towards the tempurello at 175 miles an hour back off a bit for the left right again accelerate up to 135
28:49
miles an hour now 185 miles an hour to the second chicane at field nerve right left right hard on the brakes 80 miles an hour for one of the most acute corners on the circuit toaster and this is where the circuit starts to climb up towards the pirotella under the bridge they're left there's eddie irving holding on to that seventh position and the the times obviously actually eddie irvine is catching
29:20
yano trolley he's got the gap down to six tenths of a second this is the man who was second in the world championship for ferrari last year won four races from the marinello concerned barrichello and david coulthard and they are closing up on meza can they or move over again there's matsukani having rejoined the race as has josh verstappen in the arrow so we're back to 19 runners now [Music]
29:50
and not only back to uh 19 runners but back to going away from himmler for a little while if you follow me back aj interested to have a listen to uh murray talking about the the responsibility of the the speed in pit lane being given back to the drivers you've got an interesting theory on that well from what i can gather is that there is a suspicion that they've been
30:21
using the speed actuators uh pit actuators as a form of traction control and they don't quite know how to prove it or what to do about it so they're thinking now possibly the simplest way around is to simply take it off all of them and it's going to be a lot easier to detect traction control if anyone's got it it could be interesting first race so try that in england well we might see a few more stop uh stop go penalties in the pit lane you think so all right let's go back to murray [Applause]
30:59
one third of the way through the san marino grand prix we are now on lap 22 out of 62 as you look at field nerve followed by truly and irvine irvine's got some kind of problem the shot before was irvine behind salo so irvine coming up the hill there looks like he ran out of gas shift ability or something like that so eddie irvine's slipping back down now to at least ninth position well we believe the jaguar to be pretty quick given the opportunity but it hasn't had much
31:30
opportunity because it's had so much unreliability this year johnny herbert is in 14th position you've just seen eddie irvine lose at least one place with ralph schumacher going past in the williams he is now in seventh position salo has passed irvine who is dropping down through the field he's only got zomba six seconds behind him now and if he's got a problem he's going to slip back down and down the field and probably come into the pits reuben's barrichello in the ferrari hanging on third position
32:01
ahead of david coulthard david coulthard of course who won here in 1998 finished second here last year to michael schumacher and the german is three point three seconds behind mika hakkanen but as i say that i see that probably ralph's michael schumacher's got the message that pit stops are imminent because he's on a charge now fastest first sector of the afternoon jaguar mechanics in the pit lane too but
32:33
eddie irvine is now back up to uh an agreement in the hydro there with his stop-and-go penalty is what you saw coming through the pits but the jaguar ready eddie irvine did have a problem he's actually back up to speed in the first sector a bit tardy in the middle of the lap so clearly irvine's still carrying some kind of drama mechanics are ready for him if there's anything they can do well we are all keeping a weather eye on the pit lane james allen is down about down there and james as i say that he's got some news
33:04
for us yeah very interesting time this murray in the build up to the first stops and i tell you there's a very intensive discussion been going on between luca valdiserri who is michael schumacher's race engineer and ross braun of course the strategist at ferrari they're trying to dream up a clever trick now to get michael ahead of hackiness as far as i see it they have two options they can either short fill him put in less fuel than hacking is going to put in which means that when hacking then comes after his pit stop he will be a michael be ahead of him or they can long fill him which is what they did last year and then he could do a longer second stint for sure they're going to try something here they don't want to sit
33:34
behind hacking in all day but as you and martin have been saying there's no question here this weekend the mclaren is the faster car so enough he'll struggle for them for sure the mclaren is the faster car if it's got bigger hecking under the wheel it's not if it's got david coulthard because you see david even if he is in a faster car it's not got the superior speed enough to get past barry keller that's verstappen carrying out a stop and go penalty for blocking as you can see yourself and not allowed to touch the car if he needs tires or fuel he's got to come in
34:05
again you're not allowed to do it you stop at your own box 10 second station it's going to cost you about 26 27 seconds all told including negotiating the pit lane and i can only assume that's because he was blocking the leaders as he was left because he's running last he could not have been blocking another competitor that 24. now you watch barry kellow and david coulthar i'll tell you what's happening in front of them behind them mika hakkanen has got michael schumacher in second place 3.3 seconds behind him there's barry keller who's 30
34:36
seconds behind hacking and you can see where coolpad is fifth is jack fieldner 45 seconds behind the leader in comes truly sixth is truly or was because now ralph schumacher's gone past him and up into the points but not for long seventh is mick asalo eighth is it is was eddie irvine but he's in the pits so it will now be pedro denise and ricardo zonta [Applause] it amazes me there's not more broken legs in that pit lane as the cars pull away especially when
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they sweep back in and your rear wheel cuts the arc of the corner and this is a replay of zonta getting out of shape into one of the chicanes across the grass it's the last chicane actually and then he's going to be that's heidfeld finishing his dreadful weekend parked up obviously technical failure a little bit of smoke coming from the front but actually that is just a bit of heat soak from the freight distance calipers louise what can you tell us about swerving urban well he's just been into
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the pits that we saw earlier on just before he came to that pit stop he did lose a lot of time he reported back to the team that he was having a misfire so what they did they brought him into the pit slightly earlier than he was due to come in and they've actually switched something off according to technical director gary anderson he wouldn't be drawn further on what it was they'd switched off but he says that he's he's quite confident that that's going to correct the problem so earth's on his way again and fingers crossed that's the end of the problem i certainly can't imagine what it is that he'd switch off to stop a misfire let's hope he's succeeded though eddie irvine's down to ninth position at the moment in comes
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the menardi of 17th position hyde felt of course out of the race joss verstappen is still running i haven't seen him recently that means to say that there are 18 competitors still left in the race as meza kane with the shortest pit road of all to get out of the pit lane shoots back into the fray fastest pit stop in the race last year was 23.9 seconds all told including negotiating the lane itself by michael schumacher it's a little bit slower down there this year
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so we're looking at something of 24 25 seconds total lost now cars one and two on the road hacking and schumacher already have over half a minute gap on barack hello and cool so they've got a pit stop plus in their pockets mika hakkinen is underlining his superiority here today fastest lap 127.38 which is 1.2 seconds faster than michael schumacher's fastest lap last year and the mclaren mechanics are
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out in the pit lane now i would imagine it's for coulthard rather than because they probably decided that if they bring coulvard in who clearly can't get past barry kellogg and it is are you there james or not i am down here murray and this is going to be a very interesting one over the clock going to go on to this it's very hard to see exactly how long it's going to be seven eight nine seconds that's a two-stop strategy interesting yes and david wasn't into first gear fast enough there but for every second that the car was stationary there's about three and a
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half laps worth of fuel going in when it all shakes out so uh coulthard there with a reasonable pit stop but definitely lost another half second before he got away i was working something else out at the time but uh i think david has actually kept his fourth place and that jack bielmer did not get through and take that position whilst david was still in the pit lane well villeneuve was only 15.6 seconds behind so he must be ahead of him i think mary you can't stop in anything less than 24 25 seconds
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as we see another ailing frost which can only be a lacie because heidtfeld is already out of the race and there's some long long faces in that cross team frost are having a terrible season they've had problems with the peugeot engine this is michael schumacher he's now three point seven seconds behind mika heckenham and uh the jaguar there coming round the left-hander and up towards tosa on the tail of bullets is bennetton is that of johnny herbert
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and uh he's ahead of fissy keller so the benefits of having a pretty unhappy race because they're down in 13th and 15th positions now let's look at the relative speed of eddie irva of johnny herbert in the jaguar and uh the benetton but now the the ferrari mechanics you just saw them there are out now is this for schumacher is it for barrichello there are second and third i'd have thought they're going to be responding with barrichello's car to david coulthard's stop as well i'd
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imagine they're going to do as you see a lacy sweep straight in the garage but uh we we're getting the information up here that uh hacking in the shoemaker will stop on the same lap i'm not quite sure where that information has come from but it's coming through my headphones now and uh look ferrari and mclaren mechanics all of them yes now does schumacher follow him down the pit lane can't see schumacher going around the last chicane so he must be in the pit lane somewhere very very tight entry there and yes
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michael schumacher also stopping at the same time as straight race between the mechanics james it took schumacher a lot longer to get here than i expected but he's still there but quite a long phil what does the club say guys how long was it well nine point nine seconds he's doing what i thought he would do he's put more fuel in for the second stint so it's been very interesting yeah vicar hacking and his game time he's increased his advantage as a result of that pit stop but uh if james is right and i'm sure he is there we are you see he's gained two
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seconds at least on that pit stop but michael schumacher has had more fuel put in the car but he's going to be very significant in the closing stages of the race when he comes in for another stop a new tars he'll be doing the the end of the race on a brand new set of tars and at the present moment it's still hacking and schumacher barry kellow veal nerve up into fourth place ralph schumacher into fifth position kulfar down into sixth place the ferrari mechanics out there waiting for barrichello to come out
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we're on left 28 out of 62. it's cool now down into the 28s 27s rather now he doesn't have to look at the back of barack hello's ferrari crucial lap now this out lap neither hacking nor michael schumacher have got any traffic ahead of them look clear track ahead so it's a question of getting back up to speed within one or two corners really and already now halfway around the lap two thirds of the way around the lap hacking and should be breaking exactly where he was breaking before he came into the pits you really have to condition yourself
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to just pick up that speed that race speed immediately you leave the pits well we're riding with barrichello now in third position and i can tell you that michael schumacher on the on the new rubber is gained half a second in one sector from uh the leader as in cows barrichello hits the pit stop speed limiter they're the ferrari mechanics james yeah rubens comes in now of course the critical thing here is we thought he was running quite a heavy fuel load so he's come in now they're putting a
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reasonable amount of fuel in well 7.7 seconds a bit difficult to tell what rubens is up to today maybe he's just slow guys yeah i think it may well be that as i said earlier on he couldn't get to grips with the handling of the ferrari in the practice and qualifying sessions and all this morning ralph schumacher there moves up to fourth because he hasn't stopped yet but barack hello remains ahead of coulthard coulthard did not he had a slower pit stop and was not able to gain any track position now vilner's in the pits
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from what was fourth place are realistic when it all sorts itself out after the stop the first stops at vilner's the fourth and rao chumaca is fifth well looking good for mclaren with hacking and not looking so good for mclaren with coulthard looking questionable for both schumacher until we get into the later stages of the race and you now you see the ferrari rejoining and schumacher moving up into a higher position yes that's schumacher
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going up into third that was a replay they were just showing us so that's third fourth and fifth but uh ralph has yet to stop i would reiterate and once again ralph schumacher well i'll try to say surprising is he's not surprising me now he's uh a lot younger than his brother michael is 31 years old and ralph schumacher is 24 but ralph is a mighty fine driver give him another five years and he's certainly going to be up there with his brother if not ahead of him it's always been funnily enough
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the younger brother when there have been partnerships in grand prix racing like the stewarts and the rodriguez brothers who has been the faster and in comes ralph as i say that you're watching the williams bmw of ralph schumacher who was in third position nice clean stop no indication of the time so i can't tell you rejoins now let's see who that that is veal know going through so villeneuve has got a track position
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advantage there over the williams bmw of ralph schumacher in the background we're on lap 30 out of 62 so as near as makes no difference half the distance as you get that replay of the bar and the williams three joining it's a horrible feeling when you come the other side of that pit wall and the man you're desperately trying to get track position on flashes pass it's so frustrating and disappointing and that's exactly what ralph schumacher had to watch then as villeneuve swept through into an
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effective fourth position lap 31 you're watching the race leader michael schumer uh mika heckenan michael schumacher is four and a half seconds behind him on a longer pit stop ralph schumacher was third but he's now gone down and rubens barrichello is therefore up into third position david coulthard in fourth position i can't tell you any more of the first ten because i want to see where ralph schumacher is on the circuit but all we know for sure is that vlnerve got
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track advantage on him there yes i said fourth grade ralph schumacher should have said fifth cool cool thoughts fourth barrichello third michael second mika is first of course look out it's a break [Music] rap 32 and emily two laps over half distance here is the top ten make a hacker then leads michael schumacher by 5.1 seconds bit misleading because their
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times at the pit stops were very different romans barrichello third 34 seconds behind just ahead of david coulthard fourth they've both stopped jack nerve is in fifth position ahead of ralph schumacher gained advantage on the pit stop seventh is mick asalo eighth is diana trolley eddie irvine still running in the jaguar in spite of that long pit stop ninth position ricardo zalter is 17 runners left 15 are on the same lap and out come the jaguar mechanics for
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i presume johnny yes it's got to be johnny herbert he has not stopped yet over half distance eddie irvine of course has been in some few laps ago you're looking at vlnerve and schumacher b-a-a-b-a-r honda and williams bmw and they are in fifth and sixth places with nicosalo in the background in the salva as johnny herbert in the jaguar comes into the pits queen is viber new set of bridgestones go on out comes the jack but there's a
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problem somewhere what is it right oh no it's just the fuel taking longer than the wheels to change yes one stopper of course so 12 seconds is about right that'll see herbert to the end of the race and this will be a replay of the leader mika hakkanen lapping [Applause] perfect mathematical stop for johnny herbert he came in as we expected on that lap 33 that's one lap over half distance it took him 11 seconds which is exactly what you would have expected and reuben's barrichello is
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still staving off david coulthard who cannot make the brazilian make the mistake but david needs to get past the ferrari two teams who did well in brazil the last grand prix which is benetton and jordan having an appalling afternoon jordan best runner at the moment is truly an eighth frenzen out of the race and we've got to look down uh where we go the 12th perverts in the benetton and 14 for physical absolutely nowhere fizzicella currently second in the world championship as a driver right we've got three races at
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the front we've got heckenham versus schumacher with four seconds between them we've got barry kello versus colfard with just about half a second between them and diving through on the inside goes pedro denis to take 10th position from zanta who retakes it again pedro uh out outreached himself dived in too fast and now he's losing crowd to zonta and closing up on him are alexander woods and uh there it is there's a replay you see
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pedro dived through got onto the grass sort of said thank you very much i'll have that back again nothing mentioned nothing gained it was certainly worth a go there by dinettes and mika lost about nine tenths of that previous to this but now has pulled another three-tenth of that back again so mika i think they're yo-yoing a little bit now between uh chumacco and hacking as they go through the traffic so we're hanging on now to see whether whatever the ferrari pit strategy is is going to help them on the second stop now the second stop
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should be round about lap 43 and that is in seven in nine laps time barracano has been extremely serene in the ferrari but you have to say he's not been stunningly fast melbourne he looks he looked half tidy but in the other races i don't think he's quite not been really anywhere near the pace of michael schumacher in the sister car no nor was eddie irvine of course last year i mean if eddie got within half a second of ralph schumacher michael schumacher he reckoned he was doing about as well
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as he could do reuben's barrichello that you're looking at has been closer than that but not here he was eight tenths of a second off the pace for quite qualifying and uh michael schumacher is not making any impression on mika hakkinen well i tell a lie he made a a two-tenths impression on him on the the last lap but he's still four seconds behind jacqueline all being a bit closer than he was as field and ralph schumacher there fifth and sixth
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battle on the circuit around the aqua minerali benz climbing up towards the variant alta this is it left and accelerate away so bmw v10 in the williams honda v10 in the var both engines are new to formula one this year both very very welcome indeed because there is starting to develop in formula one a problem with enough good engines to
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satisfy all the 11 teams soon to be 12 when toyota joined as we cut back to the bar bouncing across the curbs i was just watching coolside and barrichello there together nose to tail here we see it again touch of deja vu for both of them really they were squabbling over the british formula three championship many years ago barack hello just nipping it at the last moment from david coulthard and there's zonta with pedro denise petra of course didn't get a drive in brazil
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due to the fact that the sauber wing broke off mikosana's car and petro denise was withdrawn because it was felt to be too dangerous and the brazilian is certainly attacking his countrymen now brazilian ricardo's onto brazilian pedro denise it's zonta's first race at imola and as a result of zonta holding pedro denise up which he undoubtedly is you can see the benetton behind closing up all the time that's alexander burts in 12th position
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behind him is teammate fizzy keller 14th is de la rosa in the arrows 15th is johnny herbert and then uh bezequin a with a left behind them josh verstappen in 17th position but it's getting pretty close because look voortz is closing in the benetton all the time on the car in front of him hello a bit of a problem here i think that's denise yeah all over zonta like a bad suit and dennis really has a much much faster cars onto appears to be struggling to slow down
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but as we saw he just couldn't make the move stick when it came to well vicar hackerton certainly seems to have this race by the throat although michael schumacher is consistently faster in the first sector of this circuit hackerman invariably gets it back in the later two sectors and the gap is up to 4.5 seconds now but ferrari are still in those strong second and third places and michael schumacher of course would
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get six points for the world championship if he finishes in second place james is in that area i think well it may look a bit dull on the track but i'll tell you this is such a finely balanced motor race it's really fantastic both mika hackett and michael schumacher pushing to the limit and hacking is going to need all of these four and a half seconds because i reckon he's going to stop around about that 43 but i think michael schumacher has the fuel to go for about five or possibly even six laps more and of course his second stop will be shorter in terms of time because they're putting less fuel in that hacking and so unless hacking can get a few more seconds lead this race
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will be won on the second fuel stop could be very interesting well he's not getting it at the moment james thanks for that they're on lap 48 30 uh 38 so there's another five laps before we expect michael heckington to come in uh another 11 laps before we expect michael schumacher to come in so it looks as though it's going to be a mighty close finish to the san marino grand prix of this circuit which has seen so much excitement and drama over the years pedro dennis still chasing ricardo zonta
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as they plunge down to the rivets a break from 185 miles an hour down to about 18 miles an hour alexander works not closing fizzy keller has been lapped in now in the benetton he's 13 seconds behind this fight that you're seeing now but hacking is closing on all of them now zonta and denise and verts are occupied with each other denise is trying to get past santa woods is trying to catch the news and none of them will be paying much attention to their mirrors they'll be cl
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they'll be watching the car ahead and this could enable michael schumacher to close that gap on mickahacken and this this it could be absolutely critical one of those benettons has got to come in for a stop soon neither benetton have yet stopped remember they went 51 laps into the brazilian grand prix demonstrating both the size of their fuel tank and the economy of their super tech engine and michael has put a sprint on he took eight tenths of a second there's a lot of gravel somebody's been off the road it's zonta finally outbreak himself and mika hakkanen uh is through and
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michael schumacher now has to clear those two before hertel is on to going off in vilna he's been looking like an accident looking for somewhere to happen for a few laps and there it finally is well maybe that's turned to mkhitaryan's advantage there is the finn on his 39th flap four laps to go before he stops if we are right now he's up to alexander wurtz who is in uh 11th at 12th position [Applause] with santa ahead so schumacher is passed
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yes michael only lost four tenths of a second in the middle sector there uh passing the yellow car but he still yet has to clear zontas onto still sideways everywhere and moves stays right let's michael schumacher through good bit of driving there he spotted the scarlet ferrari in his mirrors and now he's got mezza kenney but mezzacana is a lap behind him so not a danger in terms of track position in comes alexander burns good news for hacking and verts was his next target to be lapped so that makes it slightly easier for
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hacking and through the traffic and now effectively they've cleared all of those three that were having a squabble the gap is up the gap is up to nearly five seconds hacking and has benefited [Applause] that 41 out of 62 no changes at the front at the present moment it is still mclaren ferrari ferrari mclaren hecarim schumacher barrichello coupon but there could be because we're getting towards the point when mr heckin heckinen there who has just passed pedro denise
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and lacked the 10th place man is coming in yes for michael schumacher a full one second faster on the last lap you can see it for yourself now a new fastest lap of 1.4 seconds faster than last year's best lap so schumacher now putting in a charge you could see the traffic ahead of him and the benetton having had two stabs and getting away they're physically michael now beginning to apply in traditional late race pressure but as we've seen before mecca is usually more than up to it
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yeah ross braun will probably who is the ferrari technical director and the strategic or guru will probably have told michael schumacher that vicar hacken and his dude are coming soon so loud pedal michael and lots of it cut the gap and you could take the lead after your second stop in six laps time after mika heckerman that's my surmise we'll wait for time to tell whether i'm right or wrong no change third barrichello no change for david coulthard the nerve is still fifth
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for eight tenths of a second behind him is ralph schumacher in the williams bmw six silo is seven twenty is eight eddie irvine jaguar his ninth pedro de nies is tenth and has been lapped yes i would think coulthard he's yo-yoing up and uh up to the back of barack hello from time to time but with the turbulent air coming off the back of the ferrari that's just about as close as you can get around here and what's going to frustrate coulthard when he sees the video of this racing all of the drivers study the videos very very carefully to see what they can learn of the opposition what's going to frustrate him
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is it was michael schumacher's tardy wheel spinning start that ended up putting him behind rubens barrichello and look how close now michael schumacher is to mikka hakkanen mikka hakkinen's lost a lot of time in the first section here just about three seconds he clearly had to follow danitz for an awful long time and michael schumacher's now got to follow denise is the brazilian gonna move over oh did he make a mistake he passed denise on the previous lap didn't you deny and there's michael having to lock a
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break as well but did hacker make a mistake or has he got a little drama well i don't know but you're absolutely right that gap is a lot less than three point four seconds and remember vicar heckinen is going to be coming in very shortly michael schumacher will be staying out and he will be really applying the pressure then to increase the gap over himself and michael hecken and enough to enable him to hold the lead when he comes out of the pits after his second stop we're on left 43. yes that uh locking up his wheels trying
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not to run into the back of denits cost michael schumacher 1.1 seconds in the middle of the lap that they're currently on right packing it over the line 129.7 michael schumacher still seven tenths of a second faster the gap down to 2.6 i'd like to see a replay and see if hacking just made a mistake his car looks fine sounds fine but i don't know why he lost so much time on the last lap neither do i but it could be the thing that decided the race i say it could be we've still got some time to go
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this is lap 44 62 lap race you're looking at the two leaders who are 43 seconds ahead of the battle for third position and it is still hacking and mclaren schumacher ferrari barrichello ferrari david coulthard who is very close indeed to the ferrari as he exits and starts another lap and comes up towards the tamburello it's a strange thing but when you follow a car like this for so long as coulthard now has for 43 laps they're on their 44th you get mesmerized you end up
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just matching your pace to the car in front sometimes you drop back and try and get out of that bad rhythm that you're into and and mclaren mechanics are out in the pit line looking out of the window here so mclaren mechanics getting ready for what i would imagine should be a second scheduled stop for one of their two drivers yeah and uh fishy keller is about to be lapped by the flying cars behind them actually in the pits murray hacking in the pits the crowd are going mad out
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here michael schumacher takes the lead of the race hackenin now looks like a regular stop as james pointed out the ferrari had more fuel in it the car goes down very very quickly and away ago so uh great great pit stop there eight point three seconds for mika hakkinen 8.3 seconds now we're into the bit of the race that really matters as nikka heckin and sprints out of the pit lane michael schumacher has taken the lead michael schumacher will know that
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ferrari will have told him not that he'll need trelling because he's a master tactician himself that he's got to keep going as fast as he possibly can in the remaining laps before he comes in for his second pit stop so there is fizzy keller about to be lapped by barry kellow and by coulthard mesa kane is there and he's two laps down yes this could be cool for his best chance of the race now while while barack hello's attention is held up in front of him with the well he's moving out of the way very very nicely so no problems there no
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opportunities for coulthard barack barrichello keeping his head now he's got the benetton ahead of him to lap also nice bit of marshalling you saw the marshall waving the blue flag there and that means move over there is a driver behind you who is going faster and has the right to pass in comes gianno trudy from sixth position in behind him comes eddie irvine from seventh position absolutely together terrifically exciting now is truly gonna get out and hold his position yeah
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no my goodness it's close yes but look now irvine is much closer to him than he was it was two seconds when they came in and it's virtually nothing now i tell you you never look left in that situation when you when the lollipop goes up you go you have no visibility all you can if you looked in your mirrors all you see is all of your own mechanics and uh that was so close to being uh contact in the pit lane fighting for track position eddie irvine in the jaguar going extremely well holding the jordan of yano trolley yes
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irvine will have a half a chance but uh truly get to get uh too good attraction out of the vilna of chicane there truly now should just about hold his position truly was a long time getting into first gear looked like they went dog to dog and just could not get the first gear to connect meantime up at the front of the san marino grand prix michael schumacher is 20.5 seconds ahead of mika hakkinen who has had his second stop michael schumacher has not now schumacher
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the the conventional wisdom is that a circuit like this the driver in front has to be at least 20 seconds ahead of the driver behind in order to be able to get into the pit lane stop take on new tires that's ralph schumacher going off ferrari are getting ready to come out i don't think 20 seconds is enough it needs to be 24 25 seconds to enable michael schumacher to hold that lead he's coming in earlier than i expected him to because he must be coming in on the next lap the mechanics have to come out on the
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lap that their driver is coming in yes barack hello's in the pits this time around you can see for yourself michael schumacher remains on track so yes you're right if there was a stop now then michael schumacher would come out still in the lead of this race he's 21.5 seconds ahead of hacking and that time over the line well if michael schumacher wins this race it is going to be he's right up with veal nerve now who is in sixth position let me correct that he would not come out in front of mikahana i'm sorry correct uh mickey hacking
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would remain in the lead so michael schumacher's got to put another five or that's ralph schumacher retiring from the race and the barricallos in and so is cool that that's the scrap for third place you've been watching all afternoon who's going to get away for the ferrari should be easily away first and it is oh that is so well done amazing stop there from the mclaren boys and just well barracallow did well to avoid an incident there and uh surely now coulthard's got the faster car that should give him
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the podium opportunity michael schumacher's gonna have to stay out for at least another five or six laps if he's going to get track position there's raul schumacher walking back to the pitch he saw his car pulling off a moment too back coulthard definitely getting his thing up his first gear hooked up this time and barack hello just having to yield simple as that yeah a lovely bit of driving by david coulthard you want track position here rubens well you're not going to get it he needs any slots and now as martin has pointed out and
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i've had the suspicion all along ah here we are this is it this is going to be the stop that decides the race the ferrari mechanics are now coming out for michael schumacher and the gap is 21.6 seconds as brother ralph walks in leaving the stricken williams bmw behind him now david kulfar ahead of barry keller and look you see there's a gap extending all the time it's beginning to look like
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question mark first question mark second david coulthard third rubens barrichello four because at last the bung has been released from the bottle that was holding up david coulthard and he is fairly streaking away from reuben's barrichello undoubtedly a very frustrated man yeah it's cool that we want to show now just how fast he would have been without the problems at the start but there's little point in throwing it off the road because he needs to uh he will not catch hacking or michael schumacher schumacher on a
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whole lap murray yeah very hot indeed faster than he's ever been in the first sector fastest of all in the second sector michael schumacher as i expected is extending his lead over michael schumacher and the ferrari mechanics are ready for him james james yes he's going to put less fuel in of course than mika hakkinen did in his stop and of course the mclaren mechanics did a fantastic job for coulthard which is where the race is going to be won and lost 6-2 he's going to do it by the second murray sensational two seconds advantage of the pit stop there is michael schumacher exiting the
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pit lane where is micka hacking and there he is in the background the crowd rises the crowd rises they can see a chance for their hero michael schumacher to make it three wins in a row to do the hat trick for his team ferrari and to beat nikka hacking fair and square on the track now that we're on lap 49 now there are 13 laps to go including the one that he is on he's on fresh tars ferrari will have judged the fuel to
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perfection he's on a lighter car than he might have been and nikka hakkinen is down in second place it looks like yet another bit of brilliant tactical thinking by ross braun on the circuit and vicar and uh michael schumacher at the wheels i'm trying to work out the mathematics of all of that because he didn't just pip hacking out of the out of the pit lane did he what it was positively the pit straight ahead of him absolutely amazing he he's done what we've seen him do before he was on a real
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flyer in that lap you see he's there's past there's part of the answer the 126.8 on his in lap so michael schumacher there putting in one of his uh classic sprints when he most needs to does it make a huge difference nearly two seconds faster than last year's fastest lap left 49 then schumacher leads when he continued to do so hacking and down to second place coulthard up to third barrichello down to four field nerve is fifth ahead of nicosalo in the south are up into sixth position
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jano trolley is seventh in the jordan eddie irvine is eighth denis is ninth and alexander vorz is 10. yes i think silo is probably the driver of the race for me at the moment he's chasing villeneuve just four tenths of a second behind him this is fifth and sixth place you're looking at silo looking particularly menacing to what is one of his best mates actually and it's a repeat of what happened in australia but if you remember he had a tremendous battle with jack field nerve only to be excluded because of a
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technical infringement of the rules no fault of his it was a fault of the teams but it cost him precious points but that sauber is very very much improved this year new chassis and it has last year's ferrari engine vegged as badged as a patronus and they're looking at jack field nerve fifth vicar solo sixth down to the revenger meantime michael schumacher three point seven seconds ahead of mikka hakkinen after his second stop but what matters is what are the
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relative times going to be on this the 50th lap with 12 to go after it has been completed but at the present moment michael schumacher looking strong for 10 world championship points for the third race in succession and i was saying earlier on if ferrari beat mclaren in this race it's going to be very depressing for the working concern they lost the first two races not because of speed but because of reliability and we've never really had the chance yet to see
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on the track the comparative performance of the ferrari and the mclaren we've seen it today aided by a brilliant mastery strategy and michael schumacher is on lap 51 and there is mr heckin and cutting his way through the traffic strategy is good on the ferrari but actually i think it's a hot lapse he did just before he came in plus the stunning in lap that michael just trying to work out the mathematics it's clearly that stunning in-lap the 6.2 second stop and michael
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maximized the speed limit through the pit lane we're going to take a quick break we'll be back shortly welcome back james we talked to the top of the show or you did about about sumacra and the value of a bloke like ross braun well i mean it's it's formula one daz isn't it it's the it's the chain and they've got some very very strong links in that chain ross braun doing the tech the technical side of it and the strategy but being able to utilize the talents i
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keep saying this at michael schumacher i mean putting in that quick lap before he came into refuel i mean if you're a tactician and you've got someone like shoemaker to work with you can take a few liberties or you can and and it invariably comes out in your favor i mean hacking i must be thinking what have i got to do to beat this bloke you know i've got the quickest car of all times but now he's in front of me brilliant stuff yeah great pit stop and tremendous work all right let's go back to murray [Music] which uh itself is
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some two seconds faster than the previous fastest lap last year michael schumacher in the ferrari but anyway this is the story of the race another two tenths of a second faster that time hacking into the gap the lead now down to 2.4 seconds for michael schumacher there it is on your screen 2.440 traffic ahead of them now on a sprint i would think he'll be scratching his head to see that ferrari ahead of him just like i was after the pit stop because the mathematics are amazing there and he's
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going to be thinking how did that ferrari get out ahead of me buy so far and michael schumacher's going to be thinking i'm closing up on mcasalo sauber which is in sixth place and battling with jack field nerves b-a-r i hope they see me coming realize who i am and know from the red color of my car that is my ferrari and move over and let me through because there is mika hacking and getting closer all the time on lap 54 out of 62 the gap is down to 2.4 seconds
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field nerve and sarlo go into the rivets and now out of it now i'm sorry they're coming up towards the end of the lap down to the traguado this michael's actually uh quicker on this lap so far through the middle section comes over the line now with a 27-3 there's hackerton coming over with a 27-7 so the gap now up to two point seven seconds but this is it now just watch there the white car is the nerve in fifth position the other one
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behind is sarlo salva which has got michael schumacher getting closer and closer all the time on lap 55 out of 62 in what's turned out as we expected to be an absolutely riveting race in the closing stages because of the different strategies of the ferrari and mclaren teams michael schumacher took the lead as a result of that from mkhitaryan now he's solo yes well done mikasaro he moves over and lets michael schumacher through and doesn't delay the ferrari ferrari engine of course in the back of that
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sauber but i think mick asalo is a straight player straight guy and uh he will not mess around with these two leaders even though it's left him really falling oh look how far he's falling off the back of vilnerv now but uh i'm sure he got a pretty early call to say michael's coming up behind you yeah 10 out of ten to make about silo that was a very selfless move of his because he's lost a lot of track time and space to jack fielder ahead of him who's now been passed by michael schumacher and michael has got
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the b.a.r and the sauber between him and micka hackman's mclaren so it's going to depend on how sallow and fielder treat vicar hackenan when he comes up to pass them i've no reason to doubt that they'll be any less generous to him than they were to michael schumacher and the gap between the ferrari and the mclaren is down to 2.4 seconds on that 56 out of 62 i think micka was actually delayed momentarily there and every moment is going to matter
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yes salah was looking in his mirrors saying well go on then go go down that side i'm giving you some space so mika did get delayed but i don't think it was intentional on salo's part that was a crucial stage of the race michael certainly got the spring on that one 14 points potentially for ferrari in the constructors championship 10 points potentially for mclaren so if they stay where they are ferrari will extend their already massive lead over mclaren in the constructors championship
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and of course if they stay where they are michael schumacher is going to extend his already massive lead over nickahacken which is uh 20 points to 24 points but there's many a slip twix cap and loop lap 56 62 that race well we've been saying all afternoon we thought the mclaren we're sure the mclaren actually on outright pace is slightly faster but here we are both mclaren's running albeit one delayed earlier on coulthard and really michael's got the
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legs on them hasn't yeah he needs to be just looking at the sector times he's just done the fastest first sector of the race is coming through to complete the lap and uh the gap goes up to 3.2 seconds despite a stirring last sector by mikka hackman that you're looking at just put a wheel over the curb onto the dust there's grass creeks there on the inside what looks like grass is actually perforated concrete blocks
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which the grass grows through and therefore offers some grip to the tars if you go over the curb we're on lap 57 so laps 58 9 61 and 2 5 laps to go michael schumacher in what has got a mythical uh reputation for reliability his ferrari is in a very very strong position indeed because charges make a hakken and
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may he's actually lost a bit of time some of that may have been due to traffic but they've got a clear track now that 58 coming up it always amazes me every year how close the cars are if you compare the mclaren and ferrari the philosophies for example the ferrari with a very very high nose on it and the detail through the car is so different different teams different drivers different mentality of the teams and yet there's nothing to choose between them 57 laps into this race there is michael
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schubacher completing the lap now he was 3.2 seconds ahead and he's now 2.8 seconds ahead as a result of liquor hacking and making the fastest lap of the race 126. mika knows it's he's he's really got i won't say to throw caution to the winds he's a very calm methodical bloke but he knows he's got to dig dig dig as he did yesterday to get the fastest lap in qualifying to close the gap on michael schumacher and even then he's got to get past him now the order schumacher leads hacking
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and you can see coulthard is 46 seconds behind them but 23 seconds ahead of barry keller i suspect has got a problem jack kneelner has been lapped in his fifth picasarlo is six half a second behind neil nerve seventh is gianno truly jordan eight is eddie irvine still in the running in the jaguar ninth is pedro denise and tenth is alex johnny herbert in the second jaguar still running 11th place the next person from michael to lap who's some 20 seconds down the road actually
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his own teammate rubens barrichello gives you some idea of the pace of these two drivers up front that is incredible rumors barrichello is 77.00 seconds behind michael schumacher and schumacher is lapping at the present moment in about one minute 26 so 127 so another few laps and as you rightly point out martin the ferrari would be lapping its teammates and it goes through now hacking
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is uh 2.6 seconds behind he certainly isn't giving up i certainly wouldn't expect him to mclaren can do nothing to help except keep their fingers crossed and pray for the finn who is giving it his everything on lap 59 you can see the gap visually the gap in terms of time at the end of the lap was 2.6 seconds and it is decreasing yes a new fastest lap there again from mick hacking in 26 604 you can see it on your screen you're watching
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a battle royal between two supreme sportsmen who are absolutely on top of their cars and on top of their sport absolutely thrilling stuff 14 wins for mikash hackerton in his career michael schumacher has won 37 times the outstanding driver of his age already a double world champion as is mika hakkinen who's actually got more pole positions now 24 than michael schumacher 23 and there are plenty of people who are now saying in their view
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michael heckinen is as good a driver as michael schumacher that's a contentious point of view but uh they hold it very strongly indeed he is the double reigning world champion so he's got a bit of a head start on that argument i would have thought and uh is he going to win this race michael schumacher coming through now right at the end of a lap where he started 2.6 seconds behind he's into his uh 60 he's 2.5 seconds he's holding the gap
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he's on lap 60 now this one the next one the one after and michael if he wins this race will have 30 world championship points and remember he joined ferrari in 1996 from benetton as double world champion because he wanted a challenge and he could think of no greater challenge than trying to get ferrari back into the position they were when jodie schechter last won the world championship for drivers driving a
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ferrari in 1979. that's how hard they've been trying but mikka hakkinen there is doing everything he can to stop him he's faster than michael schumacher in the first sector by two tenths of a second and the ferrari mechanic sitting there can only do as their mclaren rivals are in their garage watch and hope and pray there's a arrow there's an arrow who's about to come into play with the drivers have been excellent this afternoon and getting out of the way michael's quicker in the middle section
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he has been all through the afternoon if micka can close the gap down i don't see where he's going to overtake him but he needs those 10 points more than michael schumacher does schumacher's got 20 already he's in for a triple here if he can finish these last few laps and win this matter race he won here last year the third he'll be the third driver to uh have a double win here in imola and uh michael schumacher looking extremely strong but mike mika really does need those ten points down comes the gap to 2.1 seconds out
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goes yano trolley or is he just off the track he's making his way back very carefully to protect the nose wing but joss verstappen is the man in the arrows who is two laps down ahead of michael schumacher he needs to move over to let the german through cleanly he does so i'm sure he'll do the same thing for mikahaka this is lap 61. just one lap to go after that i can't see even maker hacking and catching and then getting past michael schumacher
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but stranger things have happened in this world truly is out of the race uh we're getting the information truly has actually stopped but that doesn't affect the top six eddie irvine now moves up into seventh place and there's jano truly being escorted out of the gravel trap rock rotten day for jordan both their drivers out heights harold fredson the first one to retire other retirements mark gennady jensen button nick hunt john alasey ralph schumacher de la rosa verstappen mezza kenney santa and now yano trolley and michael
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schumacher pursued by batman vikka hakkinen is very surely going to start the 62nd and last lap of the san marino grand prix and he does so now and the ferrari the ferraristas the tifosi and the grandstands are holding their breaths they're gonna go mad if michael schumacher wins this race for the second year in succession followed by a mclaren this year driven by vicar hackenan last
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year the second place car was the mclaren of david coulthard the ferrari mechanics are on the pit lane and hackerman is climbing up from from the toaster pursuing michael schumacher 1.8 seconds was the gap at the end of the previous lap the crowd is rising they're going down to the aqua mineral it bends the lowest point of the circuit where it starts to climb again to the variant to alta up to 180 miles an hour
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race leader schumacher second place make a hacker and he can do it i don't think he'll i don't think he will but he can if michael schumacher makes a mistake which is more than unlikely we're gonna see a dramatic change unless there's a car ahead but it's the sister ferrari of barack hello and it's far enough ahead not to come into play in any way and there's absolutely no way michael schumacher will make a stake a mistake to the end of this lap it's just a question of cruising home now providing us no silly mechanical dramas through the last corner murray down to
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the trocardo and out of it and michael schumacher wins the san marino grand prix by 1.1 seconds from what a sensational race this has been and the third successive victory for michael schumacher and for ferrari puts him on 30 world championship points to michael hackens 10 to nicker hacking and six as david coulthard comes down
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to the rivets to finish a stirring third he's going to be some 35 seconds ahead of reuben's barrichello if only it had been better at the start for david coulthard this race could have been very different so now he's finished first second and third in three successive years so no doubt about it michael schumacher very strong indeed look at him you can see how pleased he is as ever
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i've said before that's barry keller coming home to finish fourth so both mclaren's home one ferrari home the second one about to come home jack neil nerve is going has been lapped already so he's finished fifth he finished fourth in australia nicosalo takes a justified point this time provided there's no car problem as there was in brazil and uh it is points for mclaren for ferrari for bar what a wonderful year they're having
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in comparison with last year and salva will be very pleased indeed and over to james allen well ross murray is going absolutely ballistic as you can imagine that was a very audacious switcher strategy well it wasn't a switch is what we planned i mean we knew from that position that we had to do certain things and uh it worked i mean luckily i think he had a little bit of a problem in his pit stop but this even without that i think it could we could have done it [Applause] i think what we've got to think about is what happened with rubens because that was so close to an accident and i think
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we've got to have a think all the teams about how we handle that situation i don't know criticizing mclaren but yeah that was so close to an accident and it's going to end up with a lot of mess in the pit lane so we're gonna have a think about what we do with those sort of situations thanks so much ross i have to tell you i don't know if you know martin i have to tell you i don't know what ross braun is talking about yes i do he's talking about when uh they released coulthard as baroquello uh was just rejoining the fast lane of the pit lane but i believe they're entitled to uh release coulthard
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i i it rust is right if they touch they're gonna spin off and there's mechanics there it is an issue quite how you fix it i don't know because the man on the lollipop can't be too polite this is a motor race well it's been a pretty bitter separating [Music] i got through an hour on the podium there he is stand by the national anthem
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[Music] [Music] [Music] oh [Music] [Applause] so so i got srimaka they're taking that massive applause the flags of ferrari flags where we are in italy but jean taught there wasn't great to see the emotion on his face i mean he's had a pretty tough time at ferrari
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well he has but he's put the hard yards in there and it's all paying off now and they came well i believe michael probably would have taken it off last year had he not crashed at silverstone um but yeah they've regrouped they went back over the winter period and designed a new car and got themselves organized and i mean the results speaking for themselves i believe mclaren still has the faster car i said that at the beginning of the show mickey hacking and that mclaren has got more raw speed but i just think michael in actual as a racer and and uh and ross braun doing the uh
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strategy damn hard team to beat obviously yeah well david cool thought i mean he you could see how how once he got past barrichello how how quick he was so he would be frustrated just getting bogged off the line like that i think that's really something that has to be addressed in formula one i really do i mean i think it's ridiculous that a car should get stuck behind another car for that amount of time and then as soon as it gets into clear air it whizzes off into the distance it's something like a second lap you know i think they really should address uh
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the technical aspect of this and make them a little bit easier to pass so they're not upset by the car in front so much we want to see cars passing not just following each other totally agree plenty of champagne as public guy there between uh mega hacker and of course and schumacher massive crowd i mean they just love it over there and i mean three in a row boy there'll be a party in the right throughout italy tonight well they're not too far from the factory they're only down the road from uh you know where the things are built and so all
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the rallies will be there no dad so they'll be getting into it 100 000 plus in the stadium and uh goodness knows how many outside i mean when we were there we just couldn't believe that everywhere you went there was a television on people just stop it just stops the nation

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