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Ferrari one-two in Australia

Michael Schumacher led home a Ferrari 1-2 to win the Australian Grand Prix at Melbourne.

The German finished 11.4s ahead of Rubens Barrichello to give the Italian team maximum points from the opening round of the season.

Ralf Schumacher (Williams) was third, with British American Racing's Jacques Villeneuve finishing fourth.

Fifth was Giancarlo Fisichella (Benetton) ahead of Sauber driver Mika Salo.

Early leader Mika Hakkinen retired on lap 18 after his McLaren-Mercedes engine blew.

His team-mate David Coulthard suffered a similar fate six laps earlier.

Jenson Button had an impressive debut, making up six places on the opening lap of the race.

However, he retired on lap 46 with engine trouble, when running sixth.

Jaguar duo Johnny Herbert and Eddie Irvine suffered a torrid time.

Herbert became the first driver to retire this season after colliding with a Sauber on lap one.

Irvine retired on lap six after losing control of his ill-handling Jaguar.






















































































































Pos


Driver


Team


Time


1


M Schumacher


Ferrari


1.34.01.987


2


R Barrichello


Ferrari


+0.11.415


3


R Schumacher


Williams


+0.20.009


4


J Villeneuve


BAR


+0.44.447


5


G Fisichella


Benetton


+0.45.165


6


M Salo


Sauber


+0.45.624


7


R Zonta


BAR


+0.46.468


8


A Wurz


Benetton


+0.46.915


9


M Gene


Minardi


+ 1 lap


10


N Heidfeld


Prost


+ 2 laps


11


J Button


Williams


+ 12 laps


12


P Diniz


Sauber


+ 17 laps


13


G Mazzacane


Minardi


+ 18 laps


14


H-H Frentzen


Jordan


+ 19 laps


15


J Trulli


Jordan


+ 23 laps


16


J Alesi


Prost


+ 31 laps


17


M Hakkinen


McLaren


+ 40 laps


18


J Verstappen


Arrows


+ 42 laps


19


D Coulthard


McLaren


+ 47 laps


20


P de la Rosa


Arrows


+ 52 laps


21


E Irvine


Jaguar


+ 52 laps


22


J Herbert


Jaguar


+ 57 laps



© 2000 Federation Internationale de l'Automobile, 2 Chemin Blandonnet, 1215 Geneva 15, Switzerland

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