The 1999 Formula One Season was the 50th World Championship Season. It started in Melbourne, Australia on March 7th and ended in Suzuka, Japan on October 31th, after sixteen races. The champion was Mika Häkkinen, and the runner-up was Eddie Irvine. This was the first season of the Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit.

Season reportEdit


Mika Häkkinen, who became the second Finn to win a World Championship last year, originally retained his World Championship in Malaysia after both Ferraris were disqualified. After the drivers were reinstated on appeal, Irvine retook the lead going into the final race. But Häkkinen won the race, which gave him the title by two points from Irvine, as he'd have won the title regardless of Irvine's position.

Schumacher 1999

Michael Schumacher missed six races in 1999 after an accident where he smashed into the tyre wall at the British Grand Prix and broke his leg. This meant he had to sit out of both his home races.

Mika Salo, who had replaced Ricardo Zonta for three races at the start of the season, took the German's place, with a best finish of second at Hockenheim, and repeated his podium with third in Italy. Schumacher returned at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Stewart took their first and only win at the European Grand Prix, courtesy of Johnny Herbert.

1999 saw the debuts of Spaniards Marc Gené and Pedro de la Rosa, both of whom would score points in their first season. French future WRC driver Stéphane Sarrazin would also make his only F1 appearance at the Brazilian Grand Prix substituting for Luca Badoer at Minardi. This was the final season for 1996 World Champion Damon Hill, who retired from the sport at the end of the year.

Teams and DriversEdit

Constructor Chassis Tyre No. Driver Rounds Test/Reserve Drivers
Team Engine
McLaren-Mercedes MP4/14 B 1 Finland Mika Hakkinen All Germany Nick Heidfeld
Brazil Mário Haberfeld
United Kingdom Andrew Kirkaldy
United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes Mercedes F0110H 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard All
Ferrari F399 B 3 Germany Michael Schumacher 1-8, 15-16 Italy Luca Badoer (official test driver)
Italy Max Biaggi
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 048 3 Finland Mika Salo 9-14
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine All
Williams-Supertec FW21 B 5 Italy Alessandro Zanardi All Brazil Bruno Junqueria
United Kingdom Darren Manning
Brazil Antônio Pizzonia
Germany Jörg Müller
United Kingdom Winfield Williams Supertec FB01 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher All
Jordan-Mugen-Honda 199 B 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill All
Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Mugen-Honda MF-301 HD 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen All
Benetton-Playlife B199 B 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella All France Laurent Rédon (official test driver)
Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Playlife FB01 10 Austria Alexander Wurz All
Sauber-Petronas C18 B 11 France Jean Alesi All Germany Jörg Müller
Brazil Enrique Bernoldi
Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Petronas SPE 03A 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz All
Arrows A20 B 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa All Finland Mika Salo (pre-season tests)
Netherlands Tom Coronel (post-season test)
Australia Mark Webber (post-season test)
United Kingdom Repsol Arrows Arrows T2-F1 15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi All
Stewart-Ford Cosworth SF3 B 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello All Brazil Luciano Burti
United Kingdom HSBC Stewart Ford Ford Cosworth CR-1 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert All
Prost-Peugeot AP02 B 18 France Olivier Panis All France Stéphane Sarrazin
France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Peugeot A18 19 Italy Jarno Trulli All
Minardi-Ford M01 B 20 Italy Luca Badoer 1, 3-16
Italy Fondmetal Minardi Team SpA Ford VJM1 Zetec-R
Ford VJM2 Zetec-R
20 France Stéphane Sarrazin 2
21 Spain Marc Gené All
BAR-Supertec 001 B 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve All France Patrick Lemarié(official test driver)
France Jean-Christophe Boullion (official test driver)
France Nicolas Minassian (one-off test)
United Kingdom Lucky Strike Reynard BAR Honda Supertec FB01 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta 1-2, 6-16
23 Finland Mika Salo 3-5

Driver ChangesEdit

Exiting Formula One from 1998Edit

  • After failing to retain his Minardi drive into 1999, Shinji Nakano was forced off the Formula One grid in 1999 being unable to find a drive. Nakano remained in Formula One in 1999 as a test driver for Jordan throughout the season.
  • After a dismal performance for the Tyrrell team in 1998, Ricardo Rosset was ousted from the team as soon as his contract expired by new owners BAR. Rosset negotiated with the Minardi team for a race seat in 1999. Upon failing to get the drive, Rosset retired from motor racing all together.
  • 1998 Arrows driver, Mika Salo was not retained heading into the 1999 season, Salo instead wishing to take a year off to assess his options for the 2000 season. Salo would get the opportunity to return to F1 in 1999 when he substituted for Ricardo Zonta and Michael Schumacher at BAR and Ferrari respectively. 
  • After a reasonably impressive first season in 1998, Minardi signed young Esteban Tuero to the team until the end of the 2000 season. This would later be reversed in January 1999 when Tuero announced his retirement from Formula One at the young age of 20 for unknown reasons. Tuero returned to his native Argentina to compete in touring cars.
  • After failing to impress Stewart to retain him for 1999, Jos Verstappen appeared out of work in F1 once again. He found solace as a test driver in the Honda F1 project, however this was short lived following the programme's termination in February 1999 following the death of its director Harvey Postlethwaite. Verstappen then found work as a Jordan test driver for the remainder of the season. 

Debutants for 1999Edit

  • After a season working as the Jordan test driver, Spanish driver Pedro de la Rosa made his debut in 1999 for the Arrows team. De la Rosa had impressed following a succesful evaluation test in pre-season testing.
  • Following succesful tests in December 1998, Marc Gené was signed for Minardi following the departure of Esteban Tuero. Gené had won the Open Fortuna by Nissan championship in 1998.
  • Whilst signed on for the season as the Prost test driver, Stéphane Sarrazin made his debut in Brazil for Minardi, substituting for the injured Luca Badoer. This was the only race Sarrazin competed in during his Formula One career.
  • After two years as test driver for Jordan and McLarenRicardo Zonta made his Formula One debut in 1999, joining the newly formed BAR team. 

Returning to Formula OneEdit

  • Italian driver, Luca Badoer made his return to Formula One racing in 1999, after serving two year's as test driver for Minardi and Ferrari. Whilst remaining the Ferrari test driver, Badoer rejoined his old team at Minardi on loan by Ferrari to compete as race driver in the 1999 season.
  • Alessandro Zanardi would make his return to Formula One for the first time since 1994. Since Zanardi's first stint in Formula One, he had competed in the USA in the CART series taking the 1997 and 1998 CART championships. Now considered a world class driver Zanardi was expected to be the lead driver in the renowned Williams F1 team for 1999.

Moved seats for 1999Edit

  • Brazilian driver Pedro Diniz joined the Sauber team for 1999, his sponsership and strong results in the Arrows during 1998 were enough for Sauber to take Diniz for the new season.
  • After being dropped by Williams in 1998, Heinz-Harald Frentzen had considered joining the IndyCar Series for the 1999 but opted to remain in F1 by joining the Jordan team, his old team from his Formula 3000 days back in 1990.
  • After being dropped by Sauber in 1998, Johnny Herbert signed a two year deal with the Stewart team starting in the 1999 season. 
  • Ralf Schumacher had made the switch to the Williams team after two years with Jordan. 
  • With the Tyrrell team being relaunched as BAR in 1999, Toranosuke Takagi found himself without a drive in the team, however his strong performances in 1999 assisted in him gaining a drive at the Arrows for the new season in 1999.
  • The 1997 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve opted to leave the Williams team for 1999 after disappointing results by the team in 1998. Villeneuve opted to join the new BAR team, working alongside his old manager, now team principal Craig Pollock, with the aim to turn the fledgling team into race winning material by the end of the season. 

Mid-Season ChangesEdit

  • When Luca Badoer fractured his hand in a testing accident ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix, he was replaced for the grand prix by Prost test driver Stéphane Sarrazin in the Minardi team, Sarrazin subsequently making his Formula One debut in Brazil. 
  • After injuring his foot during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, Ricardo Zonta, was forced to sit out the next three races in order for it to heal. Zonta was replaced by out of work driver Mika Salo in the team until Zonta was well enough to return.
  • When Ferrari driver Michael Schumacher broke his leg in the British Grand Prix, he was subsequently replaced by Mika Salo for the next six rounds in the championship until Schumacher was well enough to return at the Malaysian Grand Prix. 

Team ChangesEdit


Calendar Changes:Edit

The first Malaysian Grand Prix was held at the Sepang International Circuit, designed by Hermann Tilke. The race was eventually won by Ferraris Eddie Irvine, after his teammate, Michael Schumacher waved him through for the sake of the championship.

Results, Standings and StatisticsEdit


Standings and StatisticsEdit

Points system: 10, 6, 4, 3, 2, 1 from first to sixth.


Drivers' World Championship
Pos Driver Flag of Australia Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Spain Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Europe Flag of Malaysia Flag of Japan Pts
1st Finland Mika Häkkinen Ret1stRet3rd1st1st2ndRet3rdRet1st2ndRet5th3rd1st 76
2nd United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 1st5thRet2nd4th3rd6th2nd1st1st3rd4th6th7th1st3rd 74
3rd Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2nd3rdRet4thRet11th*1st4th4th3rd4th3rd1stRet6th4th 54
4th United Kingdom David Coulthard RetRet2ndRet2nd7thRet1st2nd5th2nd1st5thRetRetRet 48
5th Germany Michael Schumacher 8th2nd1st1st3rdRet5thDNSINJINJINJINJINJINJ2nd2nd 44
6th Germany Ralf Schumacher 3rd4thRetRet5th4th4th3rdRet4th9th5th2nd4thRet5th 35
7th Brazil Rubens Barrichello 5thRet3rd9th*DSQRet3rd8thRetRet5th10th4th3rd5th8th 21
8th United Kingdom Johnny Herbert DNSRet10th*RetRet5thRet12th14th11th*11thRetRet1st4th7th 15
9th Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 4thRet5th5th9th2ndRet7th12thRetRet11thRetRet11th14th* 13
10th Finland Mika Salo 7th*Ret8th9th2nd12th7th3rdRet 10
11th Italy Jarno Trulli RetRetRet7th6thRet7th9th7thRet8th12thRet2ndDNSRet 7
12th United Kingdom Damon Hill RetRet4thRet7thRetRet5th8thRet6th6th10thRetRetRet 7
13th Austria Alexander Wurz Ret7thRet6th10thRetRet10th5th7th7th14thRetRet8th10th 3
14th Brazil Pedro Diniz RetRetRetRetRet6thRet6th6thRetRetRetRetRetRet11th 3
15th France Jean Alesi RetRet6thRetRetRetRet14th*Ret8th16th*9th9thRet7th6th 2
16th France Olivier Panis Ret6thRetRetRet9th8th13th10th6th10th13th11th9thRetRet 2
17th Spain Pedro de la Rosa 6thRetRetRet11thRet11thRetRetRet15thRetRetRetRet13th 1
18th Spain Marc Gené Ret9th9thRetRet8thRet15th11th9th17th16thRet6th9thRet 1
NC Italy Alex Zanardi RetRet11th8thRetRetRet11thRetRetRet8th7thRet10thRet 0
NC Japan Tora Takagi 7th8thRetRet12thRetDSQ16thRetRetRetRetRetRetRetRet 0
NC Canada Jacques Villeneuve RetRetRetRetRetRetRetRetRetRetRet15th8th10th*Ret9th 0
NC Brazil Ricardo Zonta RetDNQINJINJINJRet9thRet15th*Ret13thRetRet8thRet12th 0
NC Italy Luca Badoer RetINJ8thRetRet10th10thRet13th10th14thRetRetRetRetRet 0
NC France Stéphane Sarrazin Ret 0


Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team No. Flag of Australia Flag of Brazil Flag of San Marino Flag of Monaco Flag of Spain Flag of Canada Flag of France Flag of Great Britain Flag of Austria Flag of Germany Flag of Hungary Flag of Belgium Flag of Italy Flag of Europe Flag of Malaysia Flag of Japan Pts
1st Italy Ferrari 3 8th2nd1st1st3rdRet5thDNS9th2nd12th7th3rdRet2nd2nd 128
4 1st5thRet2nd4th3rd6th2nd1st1st3rd4th6th7th1st3rd
2nd United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 Ret1stRet3rd1st1st2ndRet3rdRet1st2ndRet5th3rd1st 124
2 RetRet2ndRet2nd7thRet1st2nd5th2nd1st5thRetRetRet
3rd Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 7 RetRet4thRet7thRetRet5th8thRet6th6th10thRetRetRet 61
8 2nd3rdRet4thRet11th*1st4th4th3rd4th3rd1stRet6th4th
4th United Kingdom Stewart-Ford 16 5thRet3rd9thDSQRet3rd8thRetRet5th10th4th3rd5th8th 36
17 DNSRet10thRetRet5thRet12th14th11th11thRetRet1st4th7th
5th United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 5 RetRet11th8thRetRetRet11thRetRetRet8th7thRet10thRet 35
6 3rd4thRetRet5th4th4th3rdRet4th9th5th2nd4thRet5th
6th Italy Benetton-Playlife 9 4thRet5th5th9th2ndRet7th12thRetRet11thRetRet11th14th 16
10 Ret7thRet6th10thRetRet10th5th7th7th14thRetRet8th10th
7th France Prost-Peugeot 18 Ret6thRetRetRet9th8th13th10th6th10th13th11th9thRetRet 9
19 RetRetRet7th6thRet7th9th7thRet8th12thRet2ndDNSRet
8th Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 11 RetRet6thRetRetRetRet14thRet8th16th9th9thRet7th6th 5
12 RetRetRetRetRet6thRet6th6thRetRetRetRetRetRet11th
9th United Kingdom Arrows 14 6thRetRetRet11thRet11thRetRetRet15thRetRetRetRet13th 1
15 7th8thRetRet12thRetDSQ16thRetRetRetRetRetRetRetRet
10th Italy Minardi-Ford 20 RetRet8thRetRet10th10thRet13th10th14thRetRetRetRetRet 1
21 Ret9th9thRetRet8thRet15th11th9th17th16thRet6th9thRet
11th United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 22 RetRetRetRetRetRetRetRetRetRetRet15th8th10thRet9th 0
23 RetDNQ7thRet8thRet9thRet15thRet13thRetRet8thRet12th
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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
See also 1998 Formula One Season • 2000 Formula One Season • Category

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