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The 1999 Australian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LXIV Qantas Australian Grand Prix, was the opening round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia, on the 7 March 1999.[1] The race would see Eddie Irvine sweep to a maiden victory for Ferrari, as all of his major rivals were hit by mechanical strife.[1]

The winter of 1998 had seen a few changes on the driver front, although Mika Häkkinen remaining at McLaren-Mercedes to defend his maiden crown.[1] Michael Schumacher had likewise stayed at Ferrari, while 1997 Champion Jacques Villeneuve left Williams after a poor season to join the new BAR-Supertec squad.[1]

Indeed, BAR-Supertec were a new entry, after British American Tobacco had bought out Tyrrell, ending the former squad's thirty year involvement in F1.[1] They hired Villeneuve the headline a big-budget squad, partnering the Canadian with reigning FIA GT1 Champion Ricardo Zonta, who had tested for McLaren in 1998.[1]

Elsewhere, Goodyear had quit F1 at the end of the 1998 season, leaving Bridgestone as the sole tyre supplier.[1] There would also be a change to the tyres themselves, with a fourth groove added to the front tyres, while tethers intended to keep wheels attached to the chassis were made compulsory.[1]

Qualifying at the opening round saw Häkkinen and teammate David Coulthard dominate, with the Finn sweeping to pole ahead of the Scot.[1] Schumacher was best of the rest in third ahead of Rubens Barrichello, while Irvine could only muster sixth behind Heinz-Harald Frentzen.[1]

Irvine's luck changed on race day, with the both Stewart-Ford Cosworths suffering engine fires on the grid as the field came to start.[1] That removed Barrichello, who started from the back in the spare, and Johnny Herbert from the field, before Schumacher stalled on the second formation lap.[1]

The German would also start from the back of the field, leaving the entire second row empty for the second attempted start.[1] This time there were no issues as Häkkinen pulled smartly ahead of Coulthard, while Irvine scrambled ahead of Frentzen to secure third.[1]

The top six would remain unchanged during the early stages, while Schumacher carved his way up into the top half of the field after starting from the back.[1] The two McLarens, meanwhile, would work together to establish an eighteen second lead over Irvine before the end of lap thirteen.[1]

Moments later, however, and the imperious McLarens saw their advantage demolished, with the first drama seeing Coulthard drop out with a gearbox failure.[1] The, Villeneuve lost his rear-wing a lap later, a failure which sent the BAR into a series of high-speed spins, and resulted in the first appearance of the season for the Safety Car.[1]

Häkkinen's advantage was gone, and when he came to restart the race his car failed him, a throttle issue causing him to back up the field.[1] He peeled off to hand the lead to Irvine, while, further back, Barrichello accidentally passed Schumacher before the start/finish line, handing himself a penalty as the field tried to avoid tripping over one-another.[1]

A lap later and the safety car was back out, with Alex Zanardi smashing into the wall all on his own.[1] Irvine again aced the restart to claim the lead six laps later, with several drivers opting to make their first stops.[1]

The order behind Irvine would shift dramatically as the field made their stops, with Schumacher dropping down the field again after picking up a front wing destroying vibration.[1] Elsewhere, Frentzen shuffled back up to second ahead of Ralf Schumacher, while Giancarlo Fisichella found himself fighting Barrichello and debutante Pedro de la Rosa.[1]

Out front, meanwhile Irvine controlled his pace and tyre wear to claim an impressive victory, although Frentzen was only a second shy when the chequered flag fluttered.[1] Ralf Schumacher completed the podium ahead of Fisichella, while Barrichello and de La Rosa secured the remaining points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1999 Australian Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/14 Mercedes FO110H 3.0 V10 B
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/14 Mercedes FO110H 3.0 V10 B
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F399 Ferrari 048 3.0 V10 B
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F399 Ferrari 048 3.0 V10 B
5 Italy Alessandro Zanardi United Kingdom Winfield Williams Williams FW21 Supertec FB01 3.0 V10 B
6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Winfield Williams Williams FW21 Supertec FB01 3.0 V10 B
7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan 199 Mugen-Honda MF-301HD 3.0 V10 B
8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan 199 Mugen-Honda MF-301HD 3.0 V10 B
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B199 Playlife FB01 3.0 V10 B
10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B199 Playlife FB01 3.0 V10 B
11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C18 Petronas SPE-03A 3.0 V10 B
12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C18 Petronas SPE-03A 3.0 V10 B
14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Repsol Arrows F1 Team Arrows A20 Arrows T2-F1 3.0 V10 B
15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi United Kingdom Repsol Arrows F1 Team Arrows A20 Arrows T2-F1 3.0 V10 B
16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom HSBC Stewart Ford Stewart SF3 Ford Cosworth CR-1 3.0 V10 B
17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom HSBC Stewart Ford Stewart SF3 Ford Cosworth CR-1 3.0 V10 B
18 France Olivier Panis France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP02 Peugeot A18 3.0 V10 B
19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP02 Peugeot A18 3.0 V10 B
20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Fondmetal Minardi Team Minardi M01 Ford Cosworth VJM1 Zetec-R 3.0 V10 B
21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Fondmetal Minardi Team Minardi M01 Ford Cosworth VJM1 Zetec-R 3.0 V10 B
22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom British American Racing BAR 01 Supertec FB01 3.0 V10 B
23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom British American Racing BAR 01 Supertec FB01 3.0 V10 B
Source:[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1999 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.462 210.997 km/h
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.946 +0.484s 209.874 km/h
3 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:31.781 +1.319s 207.965 km/h
4 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:32.148 +1.686s 207.136 km/h
5 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:32.276 +1.814s 206.849 km/h
6 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:32.289 +1.827s 206.820 km/h
7 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:32.540 +2.078s 206.259 km/h
8 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:32.691 +2.229s 205.923 km/h
9 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:32.695 +2.233s 205.914 km/h
10 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:32.789 +2.327s 205.705 km/h
11 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:32.888 +2.426s 205.486 km/h
12 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 1:32.971 +2.509s 205.303 km/h
13 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:32.991 +2.529s 205.259 km/h
14 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:33.374 +2.912s 204.417 km/h
15 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:33.549 +3.087s 204.034 km/h
16 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:33.910 +3.448s 203.250 km/h
17 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 1:34.182 +3.720s 202.663 km/h
18 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 1:34.244 +3.782s 202.530 km/h
19 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:34.412 +3.950s 202.169 km/h
20 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:35.068 +4.606s 200.774 km/h
21 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:35.316 +4.854s 200.252 km/h
107% Time: 1:36.794[3]
NC* 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:37.013 +6.551s 196.749 km/h
Source:[4][3]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.
  • * Gené was allowed to start the race at the stewards' discretion.[3]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 2
______________ David Coulthard
Row 2 3 ______________
Michael Schumacher* 4
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 3 5 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 4 7 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 8
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 5 9 ______________
Damon Hill 10
______________ Alexander Wurz
Row 6 11 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 12
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 7 13 ______________
Johnny Herbert 14
______________ Pedro Diniz
Row 8 15 ______________
Alex Zanardi 16
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 9 17 ______________
Tora Takagi* 18
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 10 19 ______________
Ricardo Zonta 20
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 11 21 ______________
Luca Badoer 22
______________ Marc Gené
  • * Schumacher and Takagi started from the back of the grid after stalling on the formation lap.[3]
  • Barrichello started the race from the pitlane after taking his spare car for the restart.[3]
  • Herbert was unable to start after a fire on the grid.[3]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1999 Australian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 57 1:35:01.659 6 10
2 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 57 +1.027s 5 6
3 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 57 +7.012s 8 4
4 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 57 +33.418s 7 3
5 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 57 +54.698s 4 2
6 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 57 + 1:24.317 18 1
7 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 57 + 1.26.288 17
8 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 56 + 1 Lap 3
Ret 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 48 Gearbox 19
Ret 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 42 Gearbox 21
Ret 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 28 Suspension 10
Ret 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 27 Transmission 14
Ret 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 25 Collision 22
Ret 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 25 Collision 12
Ret 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 23 Wheel 20
Ret 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 21 Throttle 1
Ret 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 19 Spun off 15
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 15 Hydraulics 2
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 14 Wing failure 11
Ret 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 9
Ret 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 0 Gearbox 16
DNS* 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Herbert was unable to start the race after a fire on the grid.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Eddie Irvine unsurprisingly left the opening round at the head of the Championship hunt, leaving Australia with ten points to his name. Heinz-Harald Frentzen was second ahead of Ralf Schumacher, four and six behind the Brit after the first race. The other scorers after the opening race were Giancarlo Fisichella, Rubens Barrichello and Pedro de la Rosa.

Ferrari left Australia at the head of the Constructors Championship, holding a four point lead over Jordan-Mugen-Honda. Williams-Supertec were next ahead of Benetton-Playlife, while Stewart-Ford Cosworth and Arrows completed the scorers. Defending Champions McLaren-Mercedes, meanwhile, failed to score.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 10
2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6
3 Germany Ralf Schumacher 4
4 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 3
5 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 2
6 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 10
2 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 6
3 United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 4
4 Italy Benetton-Playlife 3
5 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 2
6 United Kingdom Arrows 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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V T E Australia Australian Grand Prix
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V T E 1999 Formula One Season
Teams McLaren • Ferrari • Williams • Jordan • Benetton • Sauber • Arrows • Stewart • Prost • Minardi • BAR
Engines Arrows • Ferrari • Ford • Mercedes • Mugen-Honda • Petronas • Peugeot • Playlife • Supertec
Drivers Häkkinen • 2 Coulthard • 3 M. Schumacher • 3 Salo • 4 Irvine • 5 Zanardi • 6 R. Schumacher • 7 Hill • 8 Frentzen • 9 Fisichella • 10 Wurz • 11 Alesi • 12 Diniz • 14 De la Rosa • 15 Takagi • 16 Barrichello • 17 Herbert • 18 Panis • 19 Trulli • 20 Badoer • 20 Sarrazin • 21 Gené • 22 Villeneuve • 23 Zonta • 23 Salo
Other Drivers Heidfeld • Nakano • Verstappen
Cars Ferrari F399 • McLaren MP4/14 • Jordan 199 • Stewart SF3 • Williams FW21 • Benetton B199 • Prost AP02 • Sauber C18 • Arrows A20 • Minardi M01 • BAR 01
Tyres Bridgestone
Races Australia • Brazil • San Marino • Monaco • Spain • Canada • France • Britain • Austria • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Europe • Malaysia • Japan
See also 1998 Formula One Season • 2000 Formula One Season • Category
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