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The 1999 French Grand Prix, otherwise advertised as the LXXXV Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France, was the seventh round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in Magny-Cours, France, on the 27 June 1999.[1] The race would see Heinz-Harald Frentzen claim a surprise victory for Jordan-Mugen-Honda, who gambled on an ambitious fuel strategy in worsening conditions.[1]

Qualifying would also produce a shock result, with heavy rain opening the door for Rubens Barrichello to claim the first pole position for Stewart-Ford Cosworth.[1] Jean Alesi was second ahead of Olivier Panis, while title contenders Mika Häkkinen and Michael Schumacher could only muster fourteenth and sixth respectively.[1]

It was dry on race day but with dark clouds on the horizon, with Barricello sprinting into an early lead.[1] Alesi, in contrast, made a poor start and ensured that the field got rather compressed, allowing David Coulthard to challenge for second.[1]

Häkkinen was also the move early on, carving his way into the top ten before the end of the opening lap.[1] Further overtakes carried him past Johnny Herbert and Panis to secure sixth, before catching fifth placed Schumacher on lap nine.[1]

Häkkinen made his move around the outside of the German at the Adelaide hairpin, only for the Ferrari to hold on with the inside line.[1] A lap later and Häkkinen tried the same move, only to sell Schumacher a dummy and scythe across to the inside of the hairpin, and duly exited the corner ahead of the German.[1]

Out front, meanwhile, Coulthard had managed to grab the lead from Barrichello with a lunge at the hairpin, only for an electrical failure to end his race on lap ten.[1] Häkkinen, meanwhile, would drop Schumacher and attack Heinz-Harald Frentzen, and duly took third, before latching onto the back of Alesi to challenge for second.[1]

It took several laps for Häkkinen to get past the Sauber-Petronas, allowing Barrichello to increase his lead up ahead.[1] Yet, once the Finn broke clear it was only a matter of time until the Stewart was caught, with the McLaren-Mercedes looking ominously quick.[1]

It was at that moment that rain began to fall, with Eddie Irvine coming in so early that Ferrari were caught out, costing him three quarters of a minute.[1] Yet, the rest of the field would stay out on their grooved slicks, until Giancarlo Fisichella spun, with a downpour following as the leaders swept into the pits together.[1]

The order remained unchanged after the stops, before Alesi spun out of the race to bring out the Safety Car, which stayed out as rain continued to pound the circuit.[1] Indeed, it was only when the rain eased that the Mercedes slipped back into the pits, with Barrichello coming under immediate pressure from Häkkinen.[1]

Ultimately, Häkkinen's attempted lunge into the Adelaide Hairpin at the first attempt failed, with the Finn clambering over the kerb and sending himself into a pirouette.[1] He recovered having slipped to seventh, and would be well placed to see rival Schumacher ease past Frentzen up ahead.[1]

A few laps later and Schumacher was attacking Barrichello for the lead, and duly made an aggressive lunge at Adelaide, only for the Brazilian to cut back inside as the German slid wide.[1] He subsequently made the move stick on the following lap, only for an electrical failure a few laps later to end his hopes of the win.[1]

Häkkinen picked his way through to the lead on lap 60, before he and Barrichello peeled off into the pits for a quick splash-and-dash.[1] Frentzen, meanwhile, would stay out having saved fuel during the safety car period, with the Jordan suddenly holding a fair lead.[1]

Ultimately Frentzen would cross the line to claim victory, his advantage over Häkkinen enough to ensure that he could save more fuel in the closing stages.[1] Barrichello, meanwhile, was a distant third ahead of Ralf Schumacher, while Michael Schumacher claimed fifth ahead of teammate Irvine, still suffering from electrical issues.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:38.441 155.423 km/h
2 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:38.881 +0.440s 154.731 km/h
3 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:40.400 +1.959s 152.390 km/h
4 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.403 +1.959s 152.386 km/h
5 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:40.690 +2.249s 151.952 km/h
6 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:41.127 +2.686s 151.295 km/h
7 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:41.825 +3.384s 150.258 km/h
8 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 1:42.096 +3.655s 149.859 km/h
9 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:42.199 +3.758s 149.708 km/h
10 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:42.228 +3.787s 149.665 km/h
11 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:42.942 +4.501s 148.627 km/h
12 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:43.748 +5.307s 147.473 km/h
13 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:44.319 +5.878s 146.666 km/h
14 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:44.368 +5.927s 146.597 km/h
15 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:44.912 +6.471s 145.837 km/h
16 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:45.189 +6.748s 145.452 km/h
17 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:45.218 +6.777s 145.412 km/h
107% Time: 1:45.332*[3]
NC 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:45.334 +6.893s 145.252 km/h
NC 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:46.324 +7.883s 143.900 km/h
NC 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:46.784 +8.343s 143.280 km/h
NC 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 1:48.215 +9.774s 141.385 km/h
NC 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 1:48.322 +9.881s 141.246 km/h
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.
  • * The 107% Rule was not enforced due to the conditions, although the bottom five were instead ordered on practice times.[1]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 72 1:58:24.343 5 10
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 72 +11.092s 14 6
3 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 72 +43.432s 1 4
4 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 72 +45.475s 16 3
5 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 72 +47.881s 6 2
6 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 72 +48.901s 17 1
7 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 72 +57.771s 8
8 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 72 +58.531s 3
9 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 72 +1:28.764 10
10 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 71 +1 Lap 21
11 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 71 +1 Lap 19
DSQ* 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 71 Disqualified 20
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 42 Spin 7
Ret 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 31 Electrical 18
Ret 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 26 Engine 15
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 25 Spin 12
Ret 10 Austria Gerhard Berger Italy Benetton-Playlife 25 Spin 13
Ret 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 25 Spin 22
Ret 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 24 Spin 2
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 9 Electrical 4
Ret 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 6 Transmission 11
Ret 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 4 Gearbox 9
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Takagi was disqualified from the race after using an illegal set of tyres.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Mika Häkkinen extended his Championship lead over Michael Schumacher after his podium finish, leaving France with an eight point advantage. The German himself had reduced the damage by limping across the line in fifth, with teammate Eddie Irvine losing more ground in third. Behind Heinz-Harald Frentzen had moved onto the Brit's tail after his second win, while Ralf Schumacher completed the top five.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had just held onto their lead, leaving France on 58 points and with a six point lead. McLaren-Mercedes were their closest challengers, having chipped away at the Scuderia's lead, with those two both holding double the points of Jordan-Mugen-Honda in third. The Irish squad themselves were in a lonely third after claiming victory, as Williams-Supertec moved ahead of Benetton-Playlife in the latest round of leap-frog between the two former Champions.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 40
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 32
3 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 26
4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 23
5 Germany Ralf Schumacher 15 ▲2
6 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 13 ▼1
7 United Kingdom David Coulthard 12 ▼1
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 10
9 United Kingdom Damon Hill 3
10 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 2
11 Austria Alexander Wurz 1
12 Italy Jarno Trulli 1
13 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1
14 France Olivier Panis 1
15 France Jean Alesi 1
16 Brazil Pedro Diniz 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 58
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 52
3 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 26
4 United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 15 ▲1
5 Italy Benetton-Playlife 14 ▼1
6 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 12
7 France Prost-Peugeot 2
8 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 2
9 United Kingdom Arrows 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
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