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The 1999 Brazilian Grand Prix, otherwise officially advertised as the XXVIII Grande Prêmio Marlboro do Brasil, was the second round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil, on the 11 April 1999.[1] The race would see Mika Häkkinen secure an impressive victory for McLaren-Mercedes, recovering from an early gearbox glitch.[1]

The Finn proved to be the man to beat in qualifying, beating teammate David Coulthard to pole position in a private duel.[1] Rubens Barrichello produced another strong result to secure best-of-the-rest status in third ahead of Michael Schumacher, with four seconds covering the field.[1]

The start saw Häkkinen sprint away to claim an early lead, while teammate Coulthard stalled, causing chaos as the field tried to squeezed past the stranded McLaren.[1] Miraculously everyone managed to avoid the Scot, with the #2 car dragged into the pitlane to be restarted by his pitcrew.[1]

On track, meanwhile, Barrichello secured second ahead of Schumacher, although neither were able to keep pace with the #1 McLaren.[1] Indeed, it looked as if Häkkinen had already sown up the race victory, so it came as a huge shock when Barrichello appeared at the end of lap four in the lead.[1]

Häkkinen had been the victim of a gearbox glitch, which had left the Finn stuck in neutral around the back of the circuit and unable to get into gear.[1] Barrichello and Schumacher both flashed past as the Finn tried to get a gear, with Häkkinen eventually getting back up to speed a few moments later.[1]

An 80,000 strong home crowd cheered Barrichello on, with the Brazilian soon establishing a five second lead over Schumacher.[1] The Stewart-Ford Cosworth pilot duly led through to his stop on lap 27, with Schumacher inheriting the lead.[1]

Schumacher spent ten laps in the lead before making his stop, and would be harassed throughout by Häkkinen, who was being severely held up by the Ferrari.[1] The Finn duly showed his true pace once the German pulled off, setting a series of fastest laps before making his stop.[1]

Ultimately that brief run in clear air did the damage, with Häkkinen emerging from his stop a few seconds ahead of Schumacher.[1] Barrichello, by rights, should have appeared ahead of the Finn, although he was to left heartbroken at the side of the circuit by an engine failure on the same lap.[1]

With that Häkkinen was away, easing clear of Schumacher before pacing himself against the German with around five seconds between them.[1] Behind, Heinz-Harald Frentzen moved into the top three, after Eddie Irvine, who had been fighting Barrichello prior to the Brazilian's engine failure, made an unexpected stop to clear his radiators.[1]

Häkkinen duly flashed across the line to claim victory ahead of Schumacher, opening his account for the season.[1] Frentzen ran out of fuel on the final lap but still completed the podium, for fourth placed Ralf Schumacher was a lap down.[1] The German racer himself was lucky to claim fourth, having been hunted down late on by Irvine, while Olivier Panis claimed the final point.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1999 Brazilian 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
France Stéphane Sarrazin
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]
  • * Sarrazin was a late entry for Minardi after Badoer was ruled out of the weekend due to injury.[2]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.568 201.797 km/h
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.715 +0.147s 201.410 km/h
3 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:17.305 +0.737s 199.873 km/h
4 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:17.578 +1.010s 199.170 km/h
5 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:17.810 +1.242s 198.576 km/h
6 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:17.843 +1.275s 198.492 km/h
7 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:17.884 +1.316s 198.387 km/h
8 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:17.902 +1.334s 198.341 km/h
9 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:18.334 +1.766s 197.248 km/h
10 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:18.374 +1.806s 197.147 km/h
11 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:18.506 +1.938s 196.816 km/h
12 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:18.636 +2.068s 196.490 km/h
13 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 1:18.684 +2.116s 196.370 km/h
14 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:18.716 +2.148s 196.290 km/h
15 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:19.194 +2.626s 195.106 km/h
16 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:19.452 +2.884s 194.472 km/h
17 20 France Stéphane Sarrazin Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:20.016 +3.448s 193.101 km/h
18 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 1:20.075 +3.507s 192.959 km/h
19 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 1:20.096 +3.528s 192.908 km/h
20 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:20.710 +4.142s 191.441 km/h
107% Time: 1:21.928[3]
EXC* 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:19.377 +2.809s 194.656 km/h
NC 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec
WD 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth Withdrawn
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.
  • * Villeneuve was excluded from the results of qualifying for providing an illegal fuel sample.[3]
  • Zonta failed to set a time during qualifying.[3]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 72 1:36:03.785 1 10
2 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 72 +4.925s 4 6
3* 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 Out of fuel 8 4
4 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 71 +1 Lap 11 3
5 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 71 +1 Lap 6 2
6 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 71 +1 Lap 12 1
7 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 70 +2 Laps 9
8 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 69 +3 Laps 19
9 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 69 +3 Laps 20
Ret 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 52 Hydraulics 17
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 49 Hydraulics 21
Ret 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 43 Gearbox 16
Ret 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 42 Engine 3
Ret 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 42 Collision 15
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 38 Clutch 5
Ret 20 France Stéphane Sarrazin Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 31 Throttle 18
Ret 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 27 Gearbox 14
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 22 Gearbox 2
Ret 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 21 Gearbox 13
Ret 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 15 Hydraulics 10
Ret 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 10 Damage 7
DNQ 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec
WD 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Frentzen was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Eddie Irvine retained the lead in the Championship after the second round of the season, leaving Brazil with twelve points to his name. Defending Champion Mika Häkkinen, meanwhile, had shot up to second, leaving Brazil level with Heinz-Harald Frentzen, but ahead of the German on countback due to his race win. Behind Ralf Schumacher found himself a point ahead of brother Michael Schumacher, with nine drivers on the score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who still led the charge after the second round, and had managed to extend their lead. Indeed, the Scuderia left Interlagos with an eight point lead over rivals McLaren-Mercedes, with Jordan-Mugen-Honda joining their Anglo-German counterparts on ten points. Williams-Supertec were next ahead of Benetton-Playlife, with eight constructors on the board.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 12
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen 10 ▲6
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 10 ▼1
4 Germany Ralf Schumacher 4 ▼1
5 Germany Michael Schumacher 6 ▲3
6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 3 ▼2
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 2 ▼2
8 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1 ▼2
9 France Olivier Panis 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 18
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 10 ▲5
3 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 10 ▼1
4 United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 7 ▼1
5 Italy Benetton-Playlife 3 ▼1
6 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 2 ▼1
7 United Kingdom Arrows 1 ▼1
8 France Prost-Peugeot 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 'Brazilian GP, 1999', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr632.html, (Accessed 25/08/2019)
  2. 2.0 2.1 'Brazil 1999: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/bresil/engages.aspx, (Accessed 25/08/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 'Brazil 1999: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/bresil/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 25/08/2019)
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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
Races Australia • Brazil • San Marino • Monaco • Spain • Canada • France • Britain • Austria • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Europe • Malaysia • Japan
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