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The 1999 Belgian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LVII Foster's Grand Prix de Belgique, was the twelfth round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium, on the 29 August 1999.[1] The race would see McLaren-Mercedes resist the temptation to swap their drivers late on, as David Coulthard claimed victory ahead of title pretending teammate Mika Häkkinen.[1]

Häkkinen had, as ever, been the man to beat in qualifying, with the Finn securing his tenth pole position of the campaign.[1] Coulthard duly lined-up in second, ahead of the two Jordan-Mugen-Hondas, while Championship leader Eddie Irvine could only muster sixth behind Ralf Schumacher.[1]

Raceday dawned dry and warm, a stark contrast to the horrendous conditions twelve months before that had proved the catalyst for the huge first lap accident.[1] The two McLarens were in a league of their own, while Irvine barely on the pace of the Jordans.[1]

Yet, when it came to the race itself it seemed as if Häkkinen had lost a bit of focus, for a poor start would gift Coulthard the chance to joust with his teammate for the lead into La Source.[1] The Scot duly elbowed his way past, Häkkinen not expecting his teammate to fight to hard, with the Finn furious for being attacked by his wingman.[1]

Regardless, the two McLarens quickly disappeared up the road from the rest of the field, in a race which proved rather tepid in spite of some early promise.[1] Indeed, Irvine would find himself in an intense fight with Frentzen, the two Williams-Supertecs and Hill, although that group would quickly spread apart during the early stages.[1]

The pit stops came and went without issue, with Häkkinen losing more time behind Ralf Schumacher, while Coulthard pitted without dropping out of the lead.[1] Indeed, so lack lustre was the Finn's pace in the second half of the race that the McLaren crew signalled "Push" on his pitboard, although Häkkinen continued to lap a few tenths of a second slower than his teammate.[1]

Likewise, there was very little action behind, with Frentzen able to keep Irvine at bay, while Schuamcher had dropped out of the fight having opted for a one-stop.[1] Hill also lost time battling with Mika Salo in the second Ferrari, who had already caused a stir by deliberately blocking Schumacher when the German was attempting to pass his teammate Irvine.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Coulthard would cruise across the line to claim victory, while an unusually angry Häkkinen claimed second, refusing to shake his teammate's hand.[1] Frentzen was a distant third ahead of Irvine, while Schumacher and Hill secured the remaining points.[1]

The results meant that Häkkinen moved into the lead of the Championship by a single point, while McLaren-Mercedes overhauled Ferrari in the Constructors.[1]

BackgroundEdit

A fourth win of the season for Mika Häkkinen ensured that the Finnish ace left Hungary with his title hopes greatly enhanced, having carved into the gap between himself and the Championship leader. Indeed, Eddie Irvine had seen his advantage cut to just two points after his late relegation down the field, with the Ulsterman also beginning to show the strains of fighting for the title. Behind, David Coulthard had moved up into third ahead of Heinz-Harald Frentzen, bumping Michael Schumacher down to fifth.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had delivered another strong blow to Ferrari, with their one-two enhancing their tally to 90 points. Only Irvine's third place finish kept the Scuderia ahead, with Ferrari holding onto the remains of a four point lead over their Anglo-German rivals. Behind, Jordan-Mugen-Honda were in an increasingly lonely third ahead of Williams-Supertec, while Benetton-Playlife completed the top five.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1999 Belgian 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 Belgian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:50.329 227.364 km/h
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:50.484 +0.155s 227.045 km/h
3 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:51.332 +1.003s 225.315 km/h
4 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:51.372 +1.043s 225.234 km/h
5 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:51.414 +1.085s 225.149 km/h
6 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:51.895 +1.566s 224.182 km/h
7 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:51.974 +1.645s 224.023 km/h
8 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:52.014 +1.685s 223.943 km/h
9 3 Finland Mika Salo Italy Ferrari 1:52.124 +1.795s 223.724 km/h
10 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:52.164 +1.835s 223.644 km/h
11 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:52.235 +1.906s 223.502 km/h
12 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 1:52.644 +2.315s 222.691 km/h
13 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:52.762 +2.433s 222.458 km/h
14 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:52.840 +2.511s 222.304 km/h
15 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:52.847 +2.518s 222.290 km/h
16 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:52.921 +2.592s 222.145 km/h
17 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:53.148 +2.819s 221.699 km/h
18 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:53.778 +3.449s 220.471 km/h
19 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 1:54.099 +3.770s 219.851 km/h
20 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:54.197 +3.868s 219.663 km/h
21 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:54.557 +4.228s 218.972 km/h
22 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 1:54.579 +4.250s 218.930 km/h
107% Time: 1:58.052[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
2 Mika Häkkinen
David Coulthard ______________
Row 2 ______________ 3
4 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Damon Hill ______________
Row 3 ______________ 5
6 Ralf Schumacher
Eddie Irvine ______________
Row 4 ______________ 7
8 Rubens Barrichello
Alex Zanardi ______________
Row 5 ______________ 9
10 Mika Salo
Johnny Herbert ______________
Row 6 ______________ 11
12 Jacques Villeneuve
Jarno Trulli ______________
Row 7 ______________ 13
14 Giancarlo Fisichella
Ricardo Zonta ______________
Row 8 ______________ 15
16 Alexander Wurz
Jean Alesi ______________
Row 9 ______________ 17
18 Olivier Panis
Pedro Diniz ______________
Row 10 ______________ 19
20 Tora Takagi
Luca Badoer ______________
Row 11 ______________ 21
22 Marc Gené
Pedro de la Rosa ______________

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44 1:25:43.057 2 10
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 44 +10.469s 1 6
3 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 44 +33.433s 3 4
4 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 44 +44.948s 6 3
5 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 44 +48.067s 5 2
6 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 44 +54.916s 4 1
7 3 Finland Mika Salo Italy Ferrari 44 +56.249s 9
8 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 44 +1:07.022 8
9 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 44 +1:13.848 16
10 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 44 +1:20.742 7
11 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 44 +1:32.195 13
12 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 44 +1:36.154 12
13 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 44 +1:41.543 17
14 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 44 +1:57.745 15
15 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 43 +1 Lap 11
16 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 43 +1 Lap 21
Ret 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 35 Transmission 22
Ret 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 33 Suspension 20
Ret 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 33 Gearbox 14
Ret 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 27 Brakes 10
Ret 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 19 Spin 18
Ret 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 0 Clutch 19
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Mika Häkkinen moved to the top of the Championship with second place in Belgium, although the Finn believed he should have won had it not been for his teammate's barge at the start. Regardless, he would leave Spa with a one point advantage over former leader Eddie Irvine, who had minimised the damage to his title hopes by finishing fourth. Those two were thirteen clear of David Coulthard in third, with the Scot an outside shot for the crown alongside Heinz-Harald Frentzen, twenty behind in fourth.

In the Constructors Championship a second one-two for McLaren-Mercedes in as many races had carried them to the top of the pack, leaving Spa on 106 points. That translated into a nine point lead over Ferrari, who were pushing lead driver Michael Schumacher to return as they battled for their first crown since 1983. Behind, third placed Jordan-Mugen-Honda were still mathematically in the hunt, although with 50 points between themselves and Ferrari their realistic hopes were non-existent.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 60 ▲1
2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 59 ▼1
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard 46
4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 40
5 Germany Michael Schumacher 32
6 Germany Ralf Schumacher 24
7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 13
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 12
9 United Kingdom Damon Hill 7 ▲1
10 Finland Mika Salo 6 ▼1
11 Austria Alexander Wurz 3
12 Brazil Pedro Diniz 3
13 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 2
14 France Olivier Panis 2
15 Italy Jarno Trulli 1
16 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1
17 France Jean Alesi 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 106 ▲1
2 Italy Ferrari 97 ▼1
3 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 47
4 United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 24
5 Italy Benetton-Playlife 16
6 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 14
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 4
8 France Prost-Peugeot 3
9 United Kingdom Arrows 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  2. 'Belgium 1999: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/belgique/engages.aspx, (Accessed 28/08/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Belgium 1999: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/belgique/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 28/08/2019)
  4. '1999 Foster's Belgian Grand Prix - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1999/races/698/belgium/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 28/08/2019)
  5. 'Belgium 1999: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/belgique/classement.aspx, (Accessed 28/08/2019)
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  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 '12. Belgium 1999', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/belgique.aspx, (Accessed 28/08/2019)
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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
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