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The 1999 Austrian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXIII Großer Preis von Österreich, was the ninth round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the A1 Ring in Spielberg, Austria, on the 25 July 1999.[1] The race would see Eddie Irvine claim victory for Ferrari, after David Coulthard tipped title challenging teammate Mika Häkkinen into a spin.[1]

The two McLaren-Mercedes had been on their own during qualifying, with Häkkinen sweeping to pole ahead of Coulthard.[1] Irvine was next, almost a full second off the pace, with new teammate Mika Salo, standing in for Michael Schumacher, secured seventh.[1]

The start of the race saw the two McLarens start with some formation flying, with Häkkinen sprinting away ahead of Coulthard.[1] Behind, Irvine gave chase ahead of a fast starting Rubens Barrichello, with the rest of the field making it into the first corner without issue.[1]

Instead it was the third corner where things unravelled for McLaren, with Coulthard lunging inside of Häkkinen on the brakes for Remus.[1] However, while Häkkinen left the Scot room Coulthard contrived to clamber over the kerb and tap the back of the #1 car, tipping the Finn into a spin.[1]

Coulthard duly escaped with the lead, while Barrichello got ahead of Irvine as they found their way past the pirouetting McLaren.[1] Elsewhere, Salo damaged his car on the back of Johnny Herbert, while Häkkinen would recover at the back of the field, having miraculously emerged without damage.[1]

The Finn quickly began carving his way back up the order, while Coulthard did his best to build a lead, knowing that Irvine was stuck behind Barrichello.[1] Indeed, the race seemed to be in the Scot's hands well before the pitstops, with the Scot one of the earliest pit callers.[1]

It was at that point that Coulthard's bid for victory collapsed, for he simply lacked any real pace with a heavy fuel load.[1] Irvine, meanwhile, would be released by Barrichello when the Brazilian peeled off to make his stop, and duly delivered a series of strong laps to get ahead of the Scot after his stop.[1]

With the #4 Ferrari emerging ahead of the #2 McLaren Coulthard's hopes were severely hampered, for overtaking in F1 had become increasingly hard, particularly with cars running at a similar pace.[1] Häkkinen was somewhat proving this, having stormed into the top ten in the early stages, before slowly chipping his way up into the points over the rest of the race.[1]

Coulthard eventually rediscovered his early pace once a fair amount of fuel had burned off, although the McLaren never looked likely to pass the Ferrari.[1] Indeed, while the Scot managed to tuck himself right under the rear wing of Irvine's car in the closing stages, the Ulsterman would only have to make a couple of defensive manoeuvres.[1]

With that the race was effectively over, with Irvine holding onto a 0.313s lead over Coulthard through to the chequered flag.[1] Behind, Häkkinen ended up in a lonely and frustrated third, having set a series of fastest laps, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Alexander Wurz and Pedro Diniz completed the points.[1]

BackgroundEdit

It was status quo at the head of the Championship as a result of the British Grand Prix, for neither Mika Häkkinen nor Michael Schumacher had scored. That meant that the Finn held an eight point lead, although with Schumacher set to miss most of the season the German ace was no longer the Finn's biggest threat. Instead, it was Eddie Irvine who left Silverstone as the main pretender to Häkkinen's throne, sitting eight behind the Finn at the halfway point in the season.

In the Constructors Championship, however, there had been some changes, for McLaren-Mercedes had managed to all but eliminate Ferrari's lead at the halfway point. Indeed, the Anglo-German alliance ended the weekend just two behind the Scuderia, with those two the only realistic contenders for the title. Indeed, third placed Jordan-Mugen-Honda had lost ground, holding half the points of McLaren, while Williams-Supertec and Benetton-Playlife completed the top five.

Entry ListEdit

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

No. Driver Entreat 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 Finland Mika Salo 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 Alex 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-301 HD 3.0 V10 B
8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan 199 Mugen-Honda MF-301 HD 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 Arrows A20 Arrows T2-F1 3.0 V10 B
15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Repsol Arrows 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 Minardi M01 Ford Cosworth Zetec-R 3.0 V10 B
21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Fondmetal Minardi Minardi M01 Ford Cosworth 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 Austrian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:10.954 219.134 km/h
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:11.153 +0.199s 218.521 km/h
3 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:11.973 +1.019s 216.031 km/h
4 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:12.266 +1.312s 215.155 km/h
5 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:12.342 +1.388s 214.929 km/h
6 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:12.488 +1.534s 214.496 km/h
7 3 Finland Mika Salo Italy Ferrari 1:12.514 +1.560s 214.419 km/h
8 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:12.515 +1.561s 214.416 km/h
9 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:12.833 +1.879s 213.480 km/h
10 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:12.850 +1.896s 213.430 km/h
11 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:12.901 +1.947s 213.281 km/h
12 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:12.924 +1.970s 213.214 km/h
13 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 1:12.999 +2.045s 212.995 km/h
14 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:13.101 +2.147s 212.697 km/h
15 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:13.172 +2.218s 212.491 km/h
16 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:13.223 +2.269s 212.343 km/h
17 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:13.226 +2.272s 212.334 km/h
18 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:13.457 +2.503s 211.667 km/h
19 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:13.606 +2.652s 211.238 km/h
20 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 1:13.641 +2.687s 211.138 km/h
21 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 1:14.139 +3.185s 209.720 km/h
22 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:14.363 +3.409s 209.088 km/h
107% Time: 1:15.921[3]
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.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 2
______________ David Coulthard
Row 2 3 ______________
Eddie Irvine 4
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 3 5 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 6
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 4 7 ______________
Mika Salo 8
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 5 9 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 10
______________ Alexander Wurz
Row 6 11 ______________
Damon Hill 12
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 7 13 ______________
Jarno Trulli 14
______________ Alex Zanardi
Row 8 15 ______________
Ricardo Zonta 16
______________ Pedro Diniz
Row 9 17 ______________
Jean Alesi 18
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 10 19 ______________
Luca Badoer 20
______________ Tora Takagi
Row 11 21 ______________
Pedro de la Rosa 22
______________ Marc Gené

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 71 1:28:12.438 3 10
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +0.313s 2 6
3 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +22.282s 1 4
4 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 +52.803s 4 3
5 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 71 +1:06.358 10 2
6 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 71 +1:10.933 16 1
7 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 70 +1 Lap 13
8 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 70 +1 Lap 11
9 3 Finland Mika Salo Italy Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 7
10 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 70 +1 Lap 18
11 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 70 +1 Lap 22
12* 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 68 Engine 12
13 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 68 +3 Laps 19
14 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 67 +4 Laps 6
15* 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 63 Clutch 15
Ret 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 55 Engine 5
Ret 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 49 Out of fuel 17
Ret 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 38 Spin 21
Ret 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 35 Out of fuel 14
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 34 Halfshaft 9
Ret 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 25 Engine 20
Ret 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 8 Spin 8
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Fisichella and Zonta were still classified despite retiring as they had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

The early collision between Mika Häkkinen and teammate David Coulthard may have proved crucial to the outcome of the Championship, for it had ensured that the Finn's Championship lead had been almost completely wiped out. Indeed, race winner Eddie Irvine had closed to within two points of Häkkinen at the head of the field, ten points clear of the injured Michael Schumacher in third. Elsewhere, Heinz-Harald Frentzen had closed up on his absent compatriot, while Coulthard completed the top five.

In the Constructors Championship it had been an even day for Ferrari and McLaren-Mercedes at the head of the hunt, meaning the gap between them remained at two points. Behind, Jordan-Mugen-Honda had lost more ground in third, but with Williams-Supertec having failed to score the Irish squad were still in a fairly secure position. Elsewhere, Benetton-Playlife completed the top five, three behind Williams, with Stewart-Ford Cosworth in sixth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 44
2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 42 ▲1
3 Germany Michael Schumacher 32 ▼1
4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 29
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 28
6 Germany Ralf Schumacher 19
7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 13
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 10
9 United Kingdom Damon Hill 5
10 Austria Alexander Wurz 3 ▲4
11 Brazil Pedro Diniz 3
12 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 2 ▼2
13 Italy Jarno Trulli 1 ▼1
14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1 ▼1
15 France Olivier Panis 1
16 France Jean Alesi 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 74
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 72
3 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 34
4 United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 19
5 Italy Benetton-Playlife 16
6 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 12
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 4
8 France Prost-Peugeot 2
9 United Kingdom Arrows 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Austria 1999: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/autriche/engages.aspx, (Accessed 28/08/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Austria 1999: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/autriche/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 28/08/2019)
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  5. 5.0 5.1 'Austria 1999: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/autriche/classement.aspx, (Accessed 28/08/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 '9. Austria 1999', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/autriche.aspx, (Accessed 28/08/2019)
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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
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