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The 1999 European Grand Prix, officially known as the XLIII Warsteiner Grand Prix of Europe, was the fourteenth round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, held at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany, on the 26 September 1999.[1] The race would see Johnny Herbert claim a shock victory for Stewart-Ford Cosworth, as the major title contenders Mika Häkkinen, Eddie Irvine and Heinz-Harald Frentzen all hit trouble.[1]

Qualifying had seen Frentzen, the outsider for the Championship, claim pole position for Jordan-Mugen-Honda, which was notably strong on power circuits.[1] David Coulthard secured second ahead of his Championship leading teammate Häkkinen, while Irvine could only secure ninth.[1]

The start saw Frentzen make a strong getaway, while Häkkinen managed to squeeze ahead of Coulthard to secure second.[1] However, the race would be instantly interrupted by the Safety Car, as a huge accident tore through the midfield.[1]

The cause was Damon Hill in the #7 Jordan, who slowed dramatically as the field poured into the second corner.[1] Alexander Wurz took instant avoiding action, only to slam into the side of Pedro Diniz, which tipped the Sauber-Petronas into a barrel roll.[1] Diniz duly landed upside down with the roll-hoop of his Sauber torn off the car, resulting in a few anxious moments before the Brazilian could be extracted from the car by the marshals.[1]

When the safety car withdrew Frentzen was left to build a lead over Häkkinen, with Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher, Giancarlo Fisichella and Irvine giving chase.[1] The order would remain fairly stable until lap seventeen, when Irvine finally managed to pass Fisichella for fifth.[1]

At that moment rain began to fall across the circuit, which appeared to distract Coulthard as the Scot suddenly found Schumacher's Williams scything past him.[1] Häkkinen, meanwhile, would opt for an early switch for wet tyres on lap 20, believing the rain was going to stay, while Ferrari brought Irvine in a lap later.[1]

Irvine's stop proved to be a disaster, with the Ferrari team not expecting Irvine in, having been prepared to receive Mika Salo, who had damaged his front wing.[1] Irvine lost a lot of time as he waited for the crew to sort themselves out, with the Brit rejoining in thirteenth, a long way off the leaders.[1]

Things got worse for Irvine a few laps later, for the rain soon blew away and the circuit began to dry, forcing himself and Häkkinen back into the pits.[1] Out front, meanwhile, Schumacher closed in on Frentzen to briefly challenge for the lead, before peeling off to make his scheduled stop on lap 27.[1]

Frentzen and Coulthard stopped a few laps later, rejoining in first and second ahead of Schumacher, while Irvine and Häkkinen were still a long way from the points.[1] However, Frentzen's race to be ended in heart breaking circumstances, his electrical systems failing as he was beginning to ease away from the Scot.[1]

Coulthard hence inherited the lead, although he would be caught out by the return of the rain, and duly slid out of the race on lap 38.[1] Schumacher inherited the lead before making his stop six laps later, handing the lead to Giancarlo Fisichella, only for the Italian to spin out at the exact same place as Coulthard.[1]

Schumacher duly moved back into the lead, although his hopes of a maiden win on home soil were ruined by a puncture, dumping him back down the field.[1] Johnny Herbert hence moved through into the lead, while Luca Badoer in the lowly Minardi-Ford Cosworth was almost up onto the podium, until his gearbox failed late on.[1]

Further retirements would dictate the finishing order as, out front, Herbert slithered across the line to claim victory.[1] Rubens Barrichello, meanwhile, threw everything he had at Jarno Trulli to try and claim second in the closing stages, only for the Italian to resist in the Prost-Peugeot.[1] Schumacher, meanwhile, would finish in a lonely fourth ahead of Häkkinen, while Marc Gené kept just out of reach of Irvine to secure the final point in sixth.[1]

The results meant that Häkkinen left the Nürburgring with a two point lead over Irvine, while Frentzen slipped twelve off the lead. It would also be the last Grand Prix not to feature a Ferrari on the podium until the 2003 Australian Grand Prix, and the Scuderia's last non-score until the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix.

BackgroundEdit

With Mika Häkkinen throwing away an almost certain victory the Finn had seen his lead in the Championship completely wiped out, although he still led on countback. Indeed, Eddie Irvine had failed to take advantage of Häkkinen's mistake, meaning his sole point in Italy was only enough to bring him level with the Finn on 60 points. Behind, most of the damage had been done by Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who sat just ten points off in third, with David Coulthard twelve off the lead in fourth.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a better day for Ferrari, as they closed the gap to leaders McLaren-Mercedes to six points. The Anglo-German effort themselves still had the advantage, however, with those two set to duel for the title with 48 points left to fight for across the remaining three rounds. Indeed, Jordan-Mugen-Honda were now mathematically out of the fight despite claiming their second win of the campaign, leaving Italy 51 points behind McLaren.

Entry ListEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:19.910 205.251 km/h
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.176 +0.266s 204.570 km/h
3 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.376 +0.466s 204.061 km/h
4 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:20.444 +0.534s 203.888 km/h
5 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:20.638 +0.728s 203.398 km/h
6 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:20.781 +0.871s 203.038 km/h
7 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:20.818 +0.908s 202.945 km/h
8 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:20.825 +0.915s 202.927 km/h
9 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:20.842 +0.932s 202.885 km/h
10 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 1:20.965 +1.055s 202.576 km/h
11 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:21.144 +1.234s 202.130 km/h
12 3 Finland Mika Salo Italy Ferrari 1:21.314 +1.404s 201.707 km/h
13 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:21.345 +1.435s 201.630 km/h
14 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:21.379 +1.469s 201.546 km/h
15 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:21.490 +1.580s 201.271 km/h
16 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:21.634 +1.724s 200.916 km/h
17 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:22.267 +2.357s 199.370 km/h
18 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:22.284 +2.374s 199.329 km/h
19 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:22.631 +2.721s 198.492 km/h
20 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:22.760 +2.850s 198.183 km/h
21 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 1:23.401 +3.491s 196.660 km/h
22 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 1:23.698 +3.788s 195.962 km/h
107% Time: 1:25.504[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 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2
______________ David Coulthard
Row 2 3 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 4
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 3 5 ______________
Olivier Panis 6
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 4 7 ______________
Damon Hill 8
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 5 9 ______________
Eddie Irvine 10
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 6 11 ______________
Alexander Wurz 12
______________ Mika Salo
Row 7 13 ______________
Pedro Diniz 14
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 8 15 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 16
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 9 17 ______________
Ricardo Zonta 18
______________ Alessandro Zanardi
Row 10 19 ______________
Luca Badoer 20
______________ Marc Gené
Row 11 21 ______________
Toranosuke Takagi 22
______________ Pedro de la Rosa

RaceEdit

Pre-raceEdit

ReportEdit

On race day the track was dry but the start was delayed when Zanardi and Gené lined up out of sequence on the grid, necessitating another formation lap. As the start was aborted during the start lights' sequence the top five qualifiers and another car actually jumped the start but were not penalised due to the aborting of the start. When the race finally got under way, Frentzen led from Häkkinen, but further back there was trouble at the first corner. Hill's Jordan suffered an electrical failure in the middle of the pack which caused Wurz to swerve into Diniz, sending the Sauber into a barrel roll. The safety car was deployed while Diniz was helped uninjured from his car; a fortunate end result as it was revealed that the Sauber's rollbar had failed when it hit the ground.

The race settled down with the top six Frentzen, Häkkinen, Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher, Fisichella and Irvine. A few laps into the race rain began to fall, and Häkkinen pitted for wet tyres. The rest of the frontrunners stayed out on dry tyres, which proved to be the correct decision as the rain quickly blew over and the track dried. Ralf Schumacher took advantage of the damp track to pass Coulthard, and Irvine passed Fisichella. However, things would quickly turn sour for the Ferrari driver, as he had a disastrous pitstop. Team mate Salo had damaged his wing the previous lap leaving the Ferrari pitcrew unprepared for Irvine. Added to this, the team made a late decision to stay on dry tyres and the pitcrew could only find three of them. Almost half a minute passed before the fourth was put on the car and Irvine was able to rejoin. Soon afterwards, Häkkinen pitted again to change back to dry tyres.

At the front Frentzen and Coulthard continued on dry tyres until their scheduled pit stops which they made together (Schumacher had pitted several laps earlier). Frentzen rejoined ahead of Coulthard, with both comfortably ahead of Schumacher. At this point in the race both Irvine and Häkkinen were well out of the points, meaning that if the order stayed the same Frentzen, Irvine, and Häkkinen would have all been tied for the points lead with two races to go, with Coulthard six points behind them.

What followed was a series of heartbreaking retirements. The first to fall was Frentzen, who ground to a halt at the first corner after his pitstop with the same electrical problem that had befallen his teammate. Coulthard inherited the lead and stayed out front until the rain came back with a vengeance. The Scot chose to stay out on dry tyres while most pitted for wets, which ultimately proved to be a costly mistake, as he slid off the road and out of the race on the 38th lap as the conditions worsened. Within a handful of laps two Championship contenders had seen their hopes of winning the title fall by the wayside. Ralf (still on dry tyres) then inherited the lead which he held until his pitstop six laps later. This allowed Fisichella (also on dries) to take the lead with Ralf in second, as the rain stopped. Meanwhile, Herbert had quietly moved up the order after changing to wet tyres just at the right time.

The heartbreak then reached new levels. On lap 49, Fisichella spun out of the lead like Coulthard before him, giving the lead back to Ralf. But then he too lost the lead (and probable first win) when his right rear tyre punctured, allowing Herbert to take the lead which he would not lose. Further back the Minardis were taking full advantage of the unpredictable nature of the race with Badoer in fourth and Gené in seventh. But with just 13 laps to go, Badoer's gearbox failed, denying the Ferrari test driver his first ever Formula 1 points and leaving him in tears. Gené was promoted to 6th, which became 5th when Jacques Villeneuve's car failed, robbing the BAR team of their first-ever point. Behind him, Irvine and Häkkinen had fought their way back into contention for points, with Irvine holding 6th ahead of Häkkinen. After cruising for most of the race, Häkkinen turned up the pressure, eventually forcing Irvine into a mistake and taking 6th place. At the front Barrichello tried everything to pass Trulli for 2nd and make it a Stewart 1-2, but ultimately had to settle for 3rd. Meanwhile, Häkkinen caught and passed Gené for 5th to earn 2 invaluable points, but the Spaniard held onto 6th ahead of Irvine to give Minardi their first point for four seasons.

Post-raceEdit

It was the only race ever won by the Stewart Grand Prix team, as well as being the only time Stewart had two drivers finish on the podium. It was also the last Grand Prix victory for Johnny Herbert, and the last podium finish for the Prost Grand Prix team. Jackie Stewart considered the race greater than any of his own race wins.

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 66 1:41:54.314 14 10
2 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 66 +22.619s 10 6
3 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 66 +22.866s 15 4
4 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 66 +39.508s 4 3
5 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 66 +1:02.950 3 2
6 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 66 +1:05.154 20 1
7 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 66 +1:06.683 9
8 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 65 +1 Lap 17
9 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 65 +1 Lap 5
10* 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 61 Clutch 8
Ret 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 53 Gearbox 19
Ret 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 52 Gearbox 22
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 48 Spin 6
Ret 3 Finland Mika Salo Ferrari 44 Brakes 12
Ret 15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 42 Accident 21
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 37 Spin 2
Ret 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 35 Halfshaft 16
Ret 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 32 Electrical 1
Ret 5 Italy Alessandro Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 10 Collision 18
Ret 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Electrical 7
Ret 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 0 Collision 11
Ret 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 13
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Villeneuve was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Mika Häkkinen had somehow managed to extend his Championship lead after the chaotic European Grand Prix, leaving the Nürburgring with a two point advantage. Eddie Irvine remained his closest challenger despite having failed to score, with a similar story ensuring that Heinz-Harald Frentzen had also lost ground in third. Indeed, the German, as well as Häkkinen's teammate David Coulthard would slip out of the fight if they failed to finish ahead of the Finn and in the points in Malaysia.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had eeked out their lead, leaving Germany with an eight point advantage. That meant that the Anglo-German squad could win the Championship in Malaysia if they out-scored second placed Ferrari by eight points, while the Scuderia would likely have to out-score McLaren to keep their title hopes alive. Behind, Jordan-Mugen-Honda were guaranteed third ahead of Williams-Supertec, while Stewart-Ford Cosworth had secured fifth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 62
2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 60
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 50
4 United Kingdom David Coulthard 48
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher 33 ▲1
6 Germany Michael Schumacher 32 ▼1
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 19
8 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 13
9 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 12 ▲4
10 Finland Mika Salo 10 ▼1
11 Italy Jarno Trulli 7 ▲4
12 United Kingdom Damon Hill 7 ▼2
13 Austria Alexander Wurz 3 ▼2
14 Brazil Pedro Diniz 3 ▼2
15 France Olivier Panis 2 ▼1
16 Spain Marc Gené 1 ▲4
17 France Jean Alesi 1 ▼1
18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 110
2 Italy Ferrari 102
3 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 57
4 United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 33
5 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 31
6 Italy Benetton-Playlife 16
7 France Prost-Peugeot 9 ▲1
8 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 4 ▼1
9 United Kingdom Arrows 1
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1 ▲1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

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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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