2000 Rubens Barrichello Arai race used visor Hockenheim GP
Rubens Barrichello Arai visor used during the 2000 German GP
Very affordable piece of memorabilia. Hand signed and dated.
On 30th July 2000, Rubens Barrichello won the German Grand Prix at Hockenheim. It was the Brazilian’s first Formula 1 victory and he came out on top at the end of a what has to be said was a fairly unusual race: it was neutralised three times, once because of a track invasion and then the final stages were run in the rain. Starting from eighteenth, Rubens staged a great climb up the order and did an amazing job of keeping the F1-2000 on track in the wet over the final laps, having chosen to stay out on track on slicks, while the two McLarens of Hakkinen and Coulthard opted to switch to rain tyres. This win proved highly useful in slowing the Finn’s pursuit of Schumacher for the title, the German having had to retire right from the start, after being immediately hit by Fisichella.
The race was also memorable for Rubens’ tears on the podium, where in his excitement, he did an entertaining dance. “I still don’t believe it!” he said. “What happened is amazing. I’d been told that, when you are in the lead, the final lap is the longest and now I can tell you it’s really true.”