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Hakkinen's Pass at Spa Voted 'Priceless' Moment of 2000

Monday February 5th, 2001

Mika Hakkinen's daring pass at the Belgian Grand Prix, a move which led to his fourth victory of the season, has been selected as the 'MasterCard Priceless Moment of the 2000 F1 season.'

More than 60 Formula One historians and journalists from around the world participated in the initiative created and implemented by MasterCard, an official global sponsor of the Jordan-Honda team.

Hakkinen's pass of Michael Schumacher, considered by many Formula One experts as one of the most exciting in the sport's history, was selected as MasterCard's Priceless moment from a list of 10 moments from the 2000 season as nominated by a panel of international Formula One historians and media.

With 63 ballots returned, the Belgian Grand Prix moment garnered a total of 200 points, nearly twice the point total of the second-placed moment. In addition, it appeared on the most ballots, an impressive 83% of those cast. It also received the most first place votes with 29. The selection process awarded five points for first place votes, three points for second and one point for third place votes.

In second place was Rubens Barrichello's emotional victory in Germany, the first of his Formula One career, receiving a total of 105 points, appearing on 39 ballots and receiving a total of 10 first place votes. Rounding out the top three was Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen's one-on-one duel for the championship at the Japanese Grand Prix, receiving a total of 83 points and appearing on 29 ballots.

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