San Marino GP - lap by lap

The San Marino Grand Prix - lap by lap

San Marino GP - lap by lap

Start - Hakkinen (McLaren) blasts away, while the cars behind him smoke their tyres and lose ground.
Schumacher aggressively pulls over to stop Coulthard (McLaren) going past, and loses a place to Barrichello.

Barrichello (Ferrari) lets Schumacher (Ferrari) past, and begins to hold Coulthad up.

Ralf Schumacher was balked as his brother pulled over on Coulthard, and dropped back to 9th.

Lap 2 - Schumacher clawing onto the back of Hakkinen - at the end of the lap he is quicker.

Gaston Mazzacane's Minardi spins and gets away after being turned around by marshalls. Jacques Villeneuve, meanwhile, has climbed to fifth.

Lap 3 - Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher pulls even further away from the field. Hakkinen does fastest first sector.

Frentzen (Jordan) slows from 7th and retires.

Michael Schumacher sets fastest lap. Button skates across the gravel after an engine failure at Villeneuve chicane, into retirement.

Lap 6 - positions:
Hakkinen, Schumacher, Barrichello, Coulthard, Villeneuve (BAR), Trulli (Jordan), Irvine (Jaguar)

Frentzen's retirement is attributed to a gear selection problem. The leading two are now a full 12 seconds ahead of 3rd place man Rubens Barrichello.

Lap 9 - Mika Hakkinen completes 2 consecutive fastest laps. The gap between himself and Michael Schumacher is now 1.6seconds.

Lap 12 - Jos Verstappen into the pits changing his nose, front wing and having suspension inspected.

Lap 13 - Hakkinen sets another fastest first sector time, and completes the lap fastest. Meanwhile, Coulthard has closed a little on Barrichello, to around half a second.

Lap 15 - positions:
Hakkinen.
Schumacher,
Barrichello,
Coulthard,
Villeneuve,
Trulli,
Irvine,
Ralf Schumacher,
Salo,
Zonta

Lap 16 - Retirements:
Frentzen - 1 lap, Gene (Minardi) - 12 laps, Button (Williams) - 12 laps

Lap 17 - Jacques Villeneuve starts to come under serious pressure from the Jordan of Jarno Trulli. The gap is just 0.3 seconds.

Lap 21 - Eddie Irvine slows, and is passed by R Schumacher and Mika Salo. The Ulsterman continues rather than pitting, though the Jaguar mechanics have appeared in the pit lane.

Lap 22 - Jean Alesi stops for fuel and tyres, the first scheduled stop of the day.

A blocking penalty is announced for the Arrows of Jos Verstappen.

Lap 23 - Verstappen comes in for his stop.

Lap 24 - Jarno Trulli pits, the stop is timed at 9.3 seconds. The stop elevates Ralf Schumacher to 6th.

Heidfeld retires with mechanical failure.

Irvine is at 9th - his earlier problem is attributed to an intermintent misfire.

Hakkinen sets another fastest lap, a 1m27.381

Lap 25 - David Coulthard pits, timed at 11 seconds.

Lap 26 - Alesi slows past the pit straight, and continues round the lap at reduced pace, his arm aloft.

Salo pits, 8.5 seconds.

Hakkinen pits, and Schumacher follows him. Hakkinen gets away much quicker, but Schumacher puts much more fuel on board for a longer second stint.

Lap 28 - Rubens Barrichello pits, and gets away after 7.7 seconds - ahead of David Coulthard. Ralf Schumacher sneaks ahead of the pair of them, but the Williams driver has not stopped - the Williams crew are out, though.

Lap 29 - Ralf Schumacher pits, and gets out just behind Jacques Villeneuve.

After the first pit stops -
1 Hakkinen
2 Schumacher
3 Barrichello
4 Coulthard
5 Villeneuve
6 R Schumacher

Lap 32 - Jaguar mechanics out in the pits for Johnny Herbert. The stop is 12 seconds long, consistent with a one stop strategy.

Lap 33 - Pedro Diniz (Sauber) overtakes Ricardo Zonta, but gets a wheel on the grass and loses the place (10th) again.

Mika Hakkinen loses 0.9 seconds to Schumacher in traffic, but then actually gains by the end of the lap.

Lap 36 - Hakkinen 4.7 seconds up on Schumacher

Lap 38 - Zonta succumbs to the pressure from Diniz at Villeneuve chicane, and skates over the gravel, though he is able to continue.

Lap 41 - Michael Schumacher sets fastest lap, 1.4 seconds faster than the 1999 fastest lap.

Lap 42 - Diniz held up both Hakkinen and Schumacher - the incident costs Schumacher 1.7 seconds.

Lap 43 - Mika Hakkinen pits, and Schumacher leads. The stop is 8.3 seconds long.

Schumacher has a clear track, and stil going quickly.

Trulli and Irvine nearly collide in the pit, and spend the next lap dicing, with the outcome in favour of Trulli.

The Ferrari mechanics come out for Barrichello, and the McLaren mechanics for Coulthard.

Lap 46 - Coulthard just scrapes out ahead of Barrichello.

Ralf Schumacher retires.

Lap 47 - Ferrari mechanics out for Schumacher, the crucial stop to decide the race

Lap 48 - Schumacher sets fastest first sector on his in lap. The stop is just over 6 seconds long, gaining him track position over Hakkinen.

Lap 51 - Pedro de la Rosa crashes at Acqua Minerale, from 13th place - suspected suspension failure.

Lap 52 - Hakkinen has closed the gap to Schumacher, from 3.7 seconds to 2.5 seconds.

Lap 55 - Schumacher and Hakkinen approach the battling BAR and Sauber of Villeneuve and Salo.

Lap 56 - both get past both cars but Hakkinen is held up slightly more.

Lap 57 - Mika Hakkinen responds to a fast lap from Schumacher with fastest lap of the race.

Lap 58 - Hakkinen again sets fastest lap.

Lap 60 - Trulli off the track -, into retirement

Lap 61 - Verstappen lets Schumacher through. Hakkinen on the next lap.

Lap 62 - Schumacher completes last lap, and wins San Marino Grand Prix, from Hakkinen and Coulthard. Barrichello is 4th, nearly a lap behind.

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