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 report[edit | edit source]

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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.

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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 Drivers[edit | edit source]

Outlined below is the full list of teams and drivers for the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship:

Constructor Chassis Tyre No. Driver Rounds Test/Reserve Drivers
Team Engine
McLaren-Mercedes MP4/14 B 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen All Brazil Mário Haberfeld
Germany Nick Heidfeld
United Kingdom Andrew Kirkaldy
United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes Mercedes FO110H 3.0 V10 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard All
Ferrari F399 B 3 Germany Michael Schumacher 1–8, 15–16 Italy Luca Badoer
Italy Max Biaggi
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 048 3.0 V10 3 Finland Mika Salo 9–14
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine All
Williams-Supertec FW21 B 5 Italy Alessandro Nannini All Brazil Bruno Junqueria
United Kingdom Darren Manning
Germany Jörg Müller
Brazil Antônio Pizzonia
United Kingdom Winfield Williams Supertec FB01 3.0 V10 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher All
Jordan-Mugen-Honda 199 B 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill All United Kingdom Martin Brundle
Czech Republic Tomáš Enge
Ireland David Kennedy
Japan Shinji Nakano
Netherlands Jos Verstappen
Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Mugen-Honda MF-301 HD 3.0 V10 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen All
Benetton-Playlife B199 B 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella All France Laurent Rédon
Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Playlife FB01 3.0 V10 10 Austria Alexander Wurz All
Sauber-Petronas C18 B 11 France Jean Alesi All Brazil Enrique Bernoldi
Germany Jörg Müller
Switzerland Red Bull Sauber-Petronas Petronas SPE-03A 3.0 V10 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz All
Arrows A20 B 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa All Netherlands Tom Coronel
Finland Mika Salo
Australia Mark Webber
United Kingdom Repsol Arrows F1 Team Arrows T2-F1 3.0 V10 15 Japan Tora Takagi All
Stewart-Ford Cosworth SF3 B 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello All Brazil Luciano Burti
United Kingdom HSBC Stewart Ford Ford Cosworth CR-1 3.0 V10 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert All
Prost-Peugeot AP02 B 18 France Olivier Panis All France Stéphane Sarrazin
France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Peugeot A18 3.0 V10 19 Italy Jarno Trulli All
Minardi-Ford Cosworth M01 B 20 Italy Luca Badoer 1, 3–16 Spain Fernando Alonso
Argentina Norberto Fontana
Argentina Gastón Mazzacane
Sweden Peter Sundberg
Italy Fondmetal Minardi Team Ford Cosworth VJM Zetec-R 3.0 V10 20 France Stéphane Sarrazin 2
21 Spain Marc Gené All
BAR-Supertec 01 B 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve All France Jean-Christophe Boullion
France Patrick Lemarié
France Nicolas Minassian
United Kingdom British American Racing Supertec FB01 3.0 V10 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta 1–2, 6–16
23 Finland Mika Salo 3–5

Driver Changes[edit | edit source]

Exiting Formula One from 1998[edit | edit source]

  • 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 1999[edit | edit source]

  • 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 One[edit | edit source]

  • 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 1999[edit | edit source]

  • 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 Changes[edit | edit source]

  • 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 Changes[edit | edit source]

Calendar[edit | edit source]

Calendar Changes:[edit | edit source]

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 Statistics[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

Standings and Statistics[edit | edit source]

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

Drivers[edit | edit source]

Drivers' World Championship
Pos Driver Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Japan.svg Pts
1st Finland Mika Häkkinen Ret 1st Ret 3rd 1st 1st 2nd Ret 3rd Ret 1st 2nd Ret 5th 3rd 1st 76
2nd United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 1st 5th Ret 2nd 4th 3rd 6th 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 4th 6th 7th 1st 3rd 74
3rd Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2nd 3rd Ret 4th Ret 11th* 1st 4th 4th 3rd 4th 3rd 1st Ret 6th 4th 54
4th United Kingdom David Coulthard Ret Ret 2nd Ret 2nd 7th Ret 1st 2nd 5th 2nd 1st 5th Ret Ret Ret 48
5th Germany Michael Schumacher 8th 2nd 1st 1st 3rd Ret 5th DNS INJ INJ INJ INJ INJ INJ 2nd 2nd 44
6th Germany Ralf Schumacher 3rd 4th Ret Ret 5th 4th 4th 3rd Ret 4th 9th 5th 2nd 4th Ret 5th 35
7th Brazil Rubens Barrichello 5th Ret 3rd 9th* DSQ Ret 3rd 8th Ret Ret 5th 10th 4th 3rd 5th 8th 21
8th United Kingdom Johnny Herbert DNS Ret 10th* Ret Ret 5th Ret 12th 14th 11th* 11th Ret Ret 1st 4th 7th 15
9th Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 4th Ret 5th 5th 9th 2nd Ret 7th 12th Ret Ret 11th Ret Ret 11th 14th* 13
10th Finland Mika Salo 7th* Ret 8th 9th 2nd 12th 7th 3rd Ret 10
11th Italy Jarno Trulli Ret Ret Ret 7th 6th Ret 7th 9th 7th Ret 8th 12th Ret 2nd DNS Ret 7
12th United Kingdom Damon Hill Ret Ret 4th Ret 7th Ret Ret 5th 8th Ret 6th 6th 10th Ret Ret Ret 7
13th Austria Alexander Wurz Ret 7th Ret 6th 10th Ret Ret 10th 5th 7th 7th 14th Ret Ret 8th 10th 3
14th Brazil Pedro Diniz Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6th Ret 6th 6th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11th 3
15th France Jean Alesi Ret Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret Ret 14th* Ret 8th 16th* 9th 9th Ret 7th 6th 2
16th France Olivier Panis Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret 9th 8th 13th 10th 6th 10th 13th 11th 9th Ret Ret 2
17th Spain Pedro de la Rosa 6th Ret Ret Ret 11th Ret 11th Ret Ret Ret 15th Ret Ret Ret Ret 13th 1
18th Spain Marc Gené Ret 9th 9th Ret Ret 8th Ret 15th 11th 9th 17th 16th Ret 6th 9th Ret 1
NC Italy Alex Zanardi Ret Ret 11th 8th Ret Ret Ret 11th Ret Ret Ret 8th 7th Ret 10th Ret 0
NC Japan Tora Takagi 7th 8th Ret Ret 12th Ret DSQ 16th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
NC Canada Jacques Villeneuve Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 15th 8th 10th* Ret 9th 0
NC Brazil Ricardo Zonta Ret DNQ INJ INJ INJ Ret 9th Ret 15th* Ret 13th Ret Ret 8th Ret 12th 0
NC Italy Luca Badoer Ret INJ 8th Ret Ret 10th 10th Ret 13th 10th 14th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 0
NC France Stéphane Sarrazin Ret 0

Constructors[edit | edit source]

Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team No. Flag of Australia.svg Flag of Brazil.svg Flag of San Marino.svg Flag of Monaco.svg Flag of Spain.svg Flag of Canada.svg Flag of France.svg Flag of Great Britain.png Flag of Austria.svg Flag of Germany.svg Flag of Hungary.svg Flag of Belgium.svg Flag of Italy.svg Flag of Europe.svg Flag of Malaysia.svg Flag of Japan.svg Pts
1st Italy Ferrari 3 8th 2nd 1st 1st 3rd Ret 5th DNS 9th 2nd 12th 7th 3rd Ret 2nd 2nd 128
4 1st 5th Ret 2nd 4th 3rd 6th 2nd 1st 1st 3rd 4th 6th 7th 1st 3rd
2nd United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 Ret 1st Ret 3rd 1st 1st 2nd Ret 3rd Ret 1st 2nd Ret 5th 3rd 1st 124
2 Ret Ret 2nd Ret 2nd 7th Ret 1st 2nd 5th 2nd 1st 5th Ret Ret Ret
3rd Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 7 Ret Ret 4th Ret 7th Ret Ret 5th 8th Ret 6th 6th 10th Ret Ret Ret 61
8 2nd 3rd Ret 4th Ret 11th* 1st 4th 4th 3rd 4th 3rd 1st Ret 6th 4th
4th United Kingdom Stewart-Ford 16 5th Ret 3rd 9th DSQ Ret 3rd 8th Ret Ret 5th 10th 4th 3rd 5th 8th 36
17 DNS Ret 10th Ret Ret 5th Ret 12th 14th 11th 11th Ret Ret 1st 4th 7th
5th United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 5 Ret Ret 11th 8th Ret Ret Ret 11th Ret Ret Ret 8th 7th Ret 10th Ret 35
6 3rd 4th Ret Ret 5th 4th 4th 3rd Ret 4th 9th 5th 2nd 4th Ret 5th
6th Italy Benetton-Playlife 9 4th Ret 5th 5th 9th 2nd Ret 7th 12th Ret Ret 11th Ret Ret 11th 14th 16
10 Ret 7th Ret 6th 10th Ret Ret 10th 5th 7th 7th 14th Ret Ret 8th 10th
7th France Prost-Peugeot 18 Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret 9th 8th 13th 10th 6th 10th 13th 11th 9th Ret Ret 9
19 Ret Ret Ret 7th 6th Ret 7th 9th 7th Ret 8th 12th Ret 2nd DNS Ret
8th Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 11 Ret Ret 6th Ret Ret Ret Ret 14th Ret 8th 16th 9th 9th Ret 7th 6th 5
12 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6th Ret 6th 6th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 11th
9th United Kingdom Arrows 14 6th Ret Ret Ret 11th Ret 11th Ret Ret Ret 15th Ret Ret Ret Ret 13th 1
15 7th 8th Ret Ret 12th Ret DSQ 16th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret
10th Italy Minardi-Ford 20 Ret Ret 8th Ret Ret 10th 10th Ret 13th 10th 14th Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 1
21 Ret 9th 9th Ret Ret 8th Ret 15th 11th 9th 17th 16th Ret 6th 9th Ret
11th United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 22 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 15th 8th 10th Ret 9th 0
23 Ret DNQ 7th Ret 8th Ret 9th Ret 15th Ret 13th Ret Ret 8th Ret 12th
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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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