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The 1999 German Grand Prix, officially advertised as the LXI Großer Mobil 1 Preis von Deutschland, was the tenth round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Hockenheimring near Hockenheim, Germany, on the 1 August 1999.[1] The race would see Eddie Irvine and Mika Salo score a one-two for Ferrari, as the two McLaren-Mercedes hit trouble.[1]

Qualifying had seen Mika Häkkinen secure pole position as usual, although there was a surprise appearance for Heinz-Harald Frentzen in second, with the Jordan-Mugen-Honda particularly competitive.[1] David Coulthard hence started from third ahead of Salo, while Irvine claimed fifth behind his new teammate.[1]

The start saw Häkkinen translate pole into an early lead, blasting away at the head of the field as Frentzen and Coulthard comparatively crawled off the grid.[1] That allowed Salo to streak past the pair of them to secure second, while Irvine got caught behind them and duly slipped behind Rubens Barrichello.[1]

Yet, Irvine's hopes were not lost, for Barrichello, who could not match the lead group's pace, would retire early on with a hydraulic failure.[1] That put the Brit back into fifth, just in time to see Coulthard begin an attack on Salo, the Scot having already passed Frentzen.[1]

Ultimately Coulthard would cause a second accident in as many races, smashing into the back of Salo and destroying his front wing.[1] He duly limped back to the pits for a new nose, while Salo carried on in second with no signs of significant damage.[1]

Irvine duly battled past Frentzen to claim third during the pit window, a period which ultimately settled the race.[1] Indeed, Häkkinen was the big loser as a failure in his refuelling rig cost him a lot of time, dumping the Finn back down to fourth behind Frentzen.[1]

With Salo and Irvine now running one-two, and with a healthy gap back to Frentzen, the Ferrari team played their familiar hand, ordering Salo to allow Irvine through.[1] The Finn duly did so before settling into the Brit's shadow, with the duo running nose-to-tail for the rest of the afternoon.[1]

Behind Frentzen would run in third, while Häkkinen's race was to be ended prematurely by a spectacular tyre failure on lap 25.[1] Indeed, fresh out of the pits the Finn was hurtling down the back straight at 200 mph, only for the left-rear tyre to fail and send the McLaren spinning across the gravel trap at the entry to the Stadium.[1]

Häkkinen fortunately clambered out uninjured, although would later appear furious in the McLaren pitbox.[1] On track, meanwhile, Frentzen tried his best to stay with the two Ferraris, while Coulthard battled his way up into the points having picked up a ten-second time penalty for passing Olivier Panis off track.[1]

Ultimately, however, there was no stopping Irvine, who duly swept across the line to claim victory a second ahead of teammate Salo.[1] Frentzen was a happy third at his home race ahead of Ralf Schumacher, while Coulthard recovered to fifth ahead of Panis, a quarter of a minute off the leader.[1]

BackgroundEdit

The early collision between Mika Häkkinen and teammate David Coulthard may have proved crucial to the outcome of the Championship, for it had ensured that the Finn's Championship lead had been almost completely wiped out. Indeed, race winner Eddie Irvine had closed to within two points of Häkkinen at the head of the field, ten points clear of the injured Michael Schumacher in third. Elsewhere, Heinz-Harald Frentzen had closed up on his absent compatriot, while Coulthard completed the top five.

In the Constructors Championship it had been an even day for Ferrari and McLaren-Mercedes at the head of the hunt, meaning the gap between them remained at two points. Behind, Jordan-Mugen-Honda had lost more ground in third, but with Williams-Supertec having failed to score the Irish squad were still in a fairly secure position. Elsewhere, Benetton-Playlife completed the top five, three behind Williams, with Stewart-Ford Cosworth in sixth.

Entry ListEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:42.950 238.590 km/h
2 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:43.000 +0.050s 238.474 km/h
3 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:43.288 +0.338s 237.809 km/h
4 3 Finland Mika Salo Italy Ferrari 1:43.577 +0.627s 237.145 km/h
5 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:43.769 +0.819s 236.707 km/h
6 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:43.938 +0.988s 236.322 km/h
7 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:43.979 +1.029s 236.228 km/h
8 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:44.001 +1.051s 236.178 km/h
9 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 1:44.209 +1.259s 235.707 km/h
10 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:44.338 +1.388s 235.416 km/h
11 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:44.468 +1.518s 235.123 km/h
12 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:44.508 +1.558s 235.033 km/h
13 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:44.522 +1.572s 235.001 km/h
14 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:45.034 +2.084s 233.856 km/h
15 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:45.331 +2.381s 233.196 km/h
16 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:45.335 +2.385s 233.187 km/h
17 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:45.454 +2.504s 232.924 km/h
18 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:45.460 +2.510s 232.911 km/h
19 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:45.917 +2.967s 231.906 km/h
20 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 1:45.935 +2.985s 231.867 km/h
21 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:45.962 +3.012s 231.808 km/h
22 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 1:46.209 +3.259s 231.269 km/h
107% Time: 1:50.157[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 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 2
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 2 3 ______________
David Coulthard 4
______________ Mika Salo
Row 3 5 ______________
Eddie Irvine 6
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 4 7 ______________
Olivier Panis 8
______________ Damon Hill
Row 5 9 ______________
Jarno Trulli 10
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 6 11 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 12
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 7 13 ______________
Alexander Wurz 14
______________ Alex Zanardi
Row 8 15 ______________
Marc Gené 16
______________ Pedro Diniz
Row 9 17 ______________
Johnny Herbert 18
______________ Ricardo Zonta
Row 10 19 ______________
Luca Badoer 20
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 11 21 ______________
Jean Alesi 22
______________ Tora Takagi

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 45 1:21:58.594 5 10
2 3 Finland Mika Salo Italy Ferrari 45 +1.007s 4 6
3 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 45 +5.195s 2 4
4 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 45 +12.809s 11 3
5 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 45 +16.823s 3 2
6 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 45 +29.879s 7 1
7 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 45 +33.333s 13
8 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 45 +1:11.291 21
9 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 45 +1:48.318 15
10 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 44 +1 Lap 19
11* 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 40 Gearbox 17
Ret 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 37 Accident 20
Ret 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 25 Tyre 1
Ret 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 21 Differential 14
Ret 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 20 Engine 18
Ret 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 15 Engine 22
Ret 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 13 Brakes 8
Ret 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 10 Engine 9
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 7 Suspension 10
Ret 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 6 Hydraulics 6
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 0 Collision 12
Ret 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 16
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Herbert was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Eddie Irvine used his third win of the season to establish himself at the head of the Championship, leaving Hockenheim with an eight point advantage. Mika Häkkinen was his closest challenger having lost the lead, with the Finn still the favourite as the battle for the Championship entered its final third. Behind, Heinz-Harald Frentzen had moved into third, nineteen off the lead, with Michael Schumacher hanging onto fourth ahead of David Coulthard.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a very good afternoon for Ferrari, with a one-two finish ensuring they scored maximum points. That took their tally up to 90 points for the campaign, which translated to a sixteen point advantage over McLaren-Mercedes in second, who had arrived in Hockenheim just two behind the Scuderia. Behind, Jordan-Mugen-Honda had reinforced their grip on third ahead of Williams-Supertec, with nine constructors on the board.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 52 ▲1
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen 44 ▼1
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 33 ▲1
4 Germany Michael Schumacher 32 ▼1
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 30
6 Germany Ralf Schumacher 22
7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 13
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 10
9 Finland Mika Salo 6 ▲8
10 United Kingdom Damon Hill 5 ▼1
11 Austria Alexander Wurz 3 ▼1
12 Brazil Pedro Diniz 3 ▼1
13 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 2 ▼1
14 France Olivier Panis 2 ▲1
15 Italy Jarno Trulli 1 ▼2
16 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1 ▼2
17 France Jean Alesi 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 90
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 74
3 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 38
4 United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 22
5 Italy Benetton-Playlife 16
6 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 12
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 4
8 France Prost-Peugeot 3
9 United Kingdom Arrows 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
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