German GP: Rubens Barrichello sheds tears after Germany win

By Murray WalkerFormula 1 Analyst, BBC Sport
Murray's Memories: Ruben Barrichello's tears of joy

Legendary F1 commentator Murray Walker will be providing a series of archive-based videos and written articles for every race of the 2013 season.

'Murray's Memories' are his personal recollections of some of the most dramatic moments in the history of F1 - the ninth in the series is the 2000 German Grand Prix.

One way and another, Ferrari were at the centre of things at the 2000 German Grand Prix, one of the most dramatic races I can remember.

The excitement began at the very start, when championship leader Michael Schumacher's Ferrari collided with the Benetton of Giancarlo Fisichella and was immediately out of the race.

That left Ferrari honour down to Rubens Barrichello, who had started way down at 18th on the grid but, driving brilliantly, forced his way up to fourth place.

But the drama was only beginning...

Then a protester burst on to the track, forcing a safety car. That promoted Barrichello to third behind Mika Hakkinen's McLaren and Jarno Trulli's Jordan, as David Coulthard's McLaren, which had been second, dropped back because of a pit delay.

Trulli was given a penalty for overtaking while yellow caution flags were out, and then Barrichello's path to victory truly opened up thanks to it starting to rain.

Classic F1 - German Grand Prix 2000

While Hakkinen came in for wet-weather tyres, Barrichello stayed out on slicks.

The 4.2 miles of Hockenheim were drier in some parts than others, so Hakkinen gained on Barrichello around part of the lap and then lost ground again on others.

But Barrichello hung on to take his maiden victory - at his 123rd grand prix.

For an emotional Rubens it was tears of joy on the podium - and fully justified after a stunning drive and the greatly deserved end to a very long wait.

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