The Belgian Grand Prix has produced some truly iconic moments in F1 history, one of which took place on lap 41 of the 2000 race.
Mika Hakkinen took pole position for round 13 of the season, with Jarno Trulli and rookie Jenson Button next up. Michael Schumacher was fourth on the grid, ahead of David Coulthard, and was hoping to return to the top step of the podium after losing out on the win at the last race in Hungary.
Rain earlier in the day had drenched the Spa-Francorchamps circuit and forced the race to be started behind the safety car. When it pitted at the end of the opening lap, Hakkinen quickly pulled away from the battling Trulli and Button.
The Brit attempted a pass on lap three at La Source but failed to find a way through. He then left the door open for Schumacher to move ahead at the Bus Stop chicane, and then collided with Trulli at turn one on the next lap as he tried to follow Schumacher through.
A dry line soon started to develop, with Jean Alesi being the first driver to move onto the dry tyres. Hakkinen and Coulthard lost time in the pit stop phase after McLaren failed to call the drivers in immediately.
Hakkinen then suffered a spin at Stavelot just prior to his pit stop, allowing Schumacher – who had quickly closed in on the Finn and had been preserving his tyres more – to take the lead. However, his advantage soon decreased, with the McLaren being better suited to the drier conditions.
After being blocked on lap 40 on the Kemmel Straight, Hakkinen attempted to re-claim the lead on the following tour. Despite the added obstacle of Ricardo Zonta’s BAR, the 1998 and 1999 world champion eventually found his way through after a stunning move into Les Combes.
The Finn darted to the right as Schumacher went left to clear the backmarker, before then outbraking his rival into the corner to move into first place. It was a truly iconic overtake that will be remembered for many years to come.
The remaining four laps saw Hakkinen extend his lead to 1.1 seconds by the chequered flag, extending his championship lead and scoring his fourth win of the season. Schumacher finished 37 seconds clear of his brother Ralf, with Coulthard, Button and Frentzen completing the top six.