The 2000 Formula One season was the 51st season of FIAFormula One motor racing. It featured the 2000 FIA Formula One World Championship which commenced on March 12, 2000, and ended on October 22 after seventeen races. Michael Schumacher became Ferrari's first World Drivers Champion for 21 years having clinched the drivers' title at the penultimate race of the season, the Japanese Grand Prix. Ferrari successfully defended their Constructors' title.
The season was marred by one death: a race marshal, Paolo Ghislimberti, was killed at the 2000 Italian Grand Prix at Monza. The two Jordans collided on the approach to the Variante della Roggia chicane and slid into the cars ahead of them. The marshal was struck by a loose tyre from one of the Jordans. Michael Schumacher considered quitting the sport as this was the first death in F1 since driver Ayrton Senna's in 1994.