2000: MICHAEL SCHUMACHER

Model produced by: Mattel (Hot Wheels Elite)

Year: 2000
Driver: Michael Schumacher (Germany)
Team: Scuderia Ferrari
Car: Ferrari F2000
Results: 9 wins, 12 podiums, 9 poles, 2 fastest laps

Schumacher won his third World Championship in 2000 after a year-long battle with Häkkinen. Schumacher won the first three races of the season and five of the first eight. Mid-way through the year, Schumacher’s chances suffered with three consecutive non-finishes, allowing Häkkinen to close the gap in the standings. Häkkinen then took another two victories, before Schumacher won at the Italian Grand Prix. At the post race press conference, after equalling the number of wins (41) won by his idol, Ayrton Senna, Schumacher broke into tears.The championship fight would come down to the penultimate race of the season, the Japanese Grand Prix. Starting from pole position, Schumacher lost the lead to Häkkinen at the start. After his second pit-stop, however, Schumacher came out ahead of Häkkinen and went on to win the race and the championship. Michael Schumacher became Ferrari’s first World Drivers Champion for 21 years having clinched the drivers’ title, Ferrari successfully defended their Constructors’ title, and Italians went mad …

(Source: Wikipedia)

See for youself

Or if you want it in German

See Schumacher breaking into tears when equaling Senna’s number of wins

See the official FIA Gala 2000 season review

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