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The 1999 Canadian Grand Prix, otherwise advertised as the XXXVII Grand Prix Air Canada, was the sixth round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, on the 13 June 1999.[1] The race would see Mika Häkkinen claim victory, as three World Champions smashed into the wall at the final chicane, leading it to be named the "Wall of Champions".[1]

For the first time in 1999 someone other than Häkkinen would start a Grand Prix from pole position, with Michael Schumacher beating the Finn by 0.029s during qualifying.[1] Their teammates Eddie Irvine and David Coulthard would share the second row, while Rubens Barrichello secured a strong fifth for Stewart-Ford Cosworth.[1]

The start saw Häkkinen get a better initial launch than Schumacher, prompting the German racer to sweep across the nose of the Finn to prevent him from charging ahead.[1] The ploy worked with Schumacher holding the lead, while Coulthard found himself behind Giancarlo Fisichella.[1]

Behind, Jarno Trulli was forced to cut across the grass into the first corner, fighting with Heinz-Harald Frentzen into the first corner.[1] The Italian duly spun and smashed into Jean Alesi and Rubens Barrichello, resulting in the Safety Car being called out.[1]

The race restarted at the start of lap three, with Schumacher leaping clear of Häkkinen, while Irvine watched on in third.[1] Yet, as the field came to end of the lap the safety car would be called out again, with Ricardo Zonta spinning into the wall at the final chicane in his BAR-Supertec.[1]

The second restart came and went without issue, with the race finally getting underway properly on lap six.[1] Once again, Schumacher eased clear of Häkkinen, while Coulthard squabbled with Irvine, having moved ahead of Fisichella in between to two safety car periods.[1]

Indeed, the race remained green through the second accident of the day at turn fourteen, with Damon Hill slapping the wall before pulling off in an escape road.[1] He duly walked across the circuit and back to the Jordan-Mugen-Honda garage without issue, with Schumacher easing away from Häkkinen out front.[1]

That was, until Schumacher contrived to hit the wall himself on lap 30, pushing too hard having been on the verge of making his stop.[1] Jacques Villeneuve then followed him into the wall on lap 35 to break the hearts of the home fans, resulting in the safety car being called out for the third time.[1]

All that left Häkkinen leading from Irvine and Coulthard, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen now in fourth.[1] Yet, that all changed again as the race restarted on lap 41, with Coulthard trying to lunge around the outside of Irvine into turn one, only to touch the Ferrari and send both cars spinning.[1]

Both would rejoin, albeit down the field, with Coulthard requiring a new nose.[1] They would spend the rest of the afternoon fighting their way back up the order, only for the race to be effectively ended late on by the fourth and final appearance of the safety car.[1]

The cause this time would be Frentzen, who suffered a brake failure on lap 66 and had a massive accident at turn three.[1] The safety peeled off at the end of the final lap, with Häkkinen sweeping across the line to claim victory ahead of Fisichella, while Irvine recovered well to complete the podium.[1]

The 1999 Canadian Grand Prix hence set the record for the most safety cars in a Grand Prix, as well as the first ever F1 race to finish behind the safety car.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Mika Häkkinen moved into second in the Championship after his second win of the season, leaving Spain six behind the leader. Michael Schumacher had therefore retained his lead in the hunt, although his advantage had been reduced by the Finn severely after his win. Behind, Eddie Irvine had lost ground in third, as had Heinz-Harald Frentzen at the head of the next group of drivers in fourth.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a positive day for McLaren-Mercedes, who cut the gap between themselves and Ferrari to fifteen points. The Scuderia still led the way, leaving Spain on 51, although McLaren-Mercedes had the advantage in raw pace with a third of the season gone. Elsewhere, Jordan-Mugen-Honda seemed to already be out of the fight in third, with Williams-Supertec and Benetton-Playlife completing the top five.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:19.298 200.706 km/h
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.327 +0.029s 200.633 km/h
3 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:19.440 +0.142s 200.347 km/h
4 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.729 +0.431s 199.621 km/h
5 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:19.930 +0.632s 199.119 km/h
6 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:20.158 +0.860s 198.553 km/h
7 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:20.378 +1.080s 198.009 km/h
8 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:20.459 +1.161s 197.810 km/h
9 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 1:20.557 +1.259s 197.569 km/h
10 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:20.829 +1.531s 196.905 km/h
11 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:21.000 +1.702s 196.489 km/h
12 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:21.076 +1.778s 196.305 km/h
13 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:21.081 +1.783s 196.293 km/h
14 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:21.094 +1.796s 196.261 km/h
15 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:21.252 +1.954s 195.879 km/h
16 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:21.302 +2.004s 195.759 km/h
17 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:21.467 +2.169s 195.363 km/h
18 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:21.571 +2.273s 195.113 km/h
19 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 1:21.693 +2.395s 194.822 km/h
20 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 1:22.613 +3.315s 192.652 km/h
21 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:22.808 +3.510s 192.199 km/h
22 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:23.387 +4.089s km/h
107% Time: 1:24.849[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 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 2 3 ______________
Eddie Irvine 4
______________ David Coulthard
Row 3 5 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 6
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 4 7 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 8
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 5 9 ______________
Jarno Trulli 10
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 6 11 ______________
Alexander Wurz 12
______________ Alex Zanardi
Row 7 13 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 14
______________ Damon Hill
Row 8 15 ______________
Olivier Panis 16
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 9 17 ______________
Ricardo Zonta 18
______________ Pedro Diniz
Row 10 19 ______________
Tora Takagi 20
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 11 21 ______________
Luca Badoer 22
______________ Marc Gené

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 69 1:41:35.727 2 10
2 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 69 +0.782s 7 6
3 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 69 +1.797s 3 4
4 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 69 +2.392s 13 3
5 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 69 +2.805s 10 2
6 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 69 +3.711s 18 1
7 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 69 +5.004s 4
8 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 68 +1 Lap 22
9 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 68 +1 Lap 15
10 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 67 +2 Laps 21
11* 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 65 Brakes 6
Ret 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 50 Brakes 12
Ret 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 41 Transmission 19
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 34 Accident 16
Ret 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 29 Accident 1
Ret 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 22 Transmission 20
Ret 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 14 Accident 14
Ret 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 14 Steering 5
Ret 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 2 Spin 17
Ret 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 8
Ret 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 0 Collision 9
Ret 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 0 Transmission 11
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

Mika Häkkinen overturned a six point deficit with victory to leave Canada with a four point lead, with the Finn holding 34 points at the end of the weekend. Indeed, had Michael Schumacher not crashed out the German would still have led the Championship, but would instead leave Canada in second, four off the leader. Eddie Irvine was still in third, nine behind the defending Champion, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Giancarlo Fisichella completed the top five.

In the Constructors Championship it was still Ferrari who led the way, although McLaren-Mercedes had done a lot of damage. Indeed, the Anglo-German squad left Canada nine behind the Scuderia, with those two set to duel for the crown for a second straight season. Elsewhere, Jordan-Mugen-Honda had retained third ahead of Benetton-Playlife, while Williams-Supertec completed the top five.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 34 ▲1
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 30 ▼1
3 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 25
4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 13
5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 13 ▲2
6 United Kingdom David Coulthard 12 ▼1
7 Germany Ralf Schumacher 12 ▼1
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 6
9 United Kingdom Damon Hill 3
10 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 2 ▲10
11 Austria Alexander Wurz 1 ▼1
12 Italy Jarno Trulli 1 ▼1
13 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1 ▼1
14 France Olivier Panis 1 ▼1
15 France Jean Alesi 1 ▼1
16 Brazil Pedro Diniz 1 ▲5
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 55
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 46
3 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 16
4 Italy Benetton-Playlife 14 ▲1
5 United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 12 ▼1
6 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 8
7 France Prost-Peugeot 2
8 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 2 ▲1
9 United Kingdom Arrows 1 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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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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