The 1999 Hungarian Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XV Marlboro Magyar Nagydij, was the eleventh round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Hungaroring near Budapest, Hungary, on the 15 August 1999. The race would see Mika Häkkinen sweep to a dominant victory for McLaren-Mercedes, leaving David Coulthard and Championship leader Eddie Irvine to fight for second.
The Finn had started the weekend much like he had throughout 1999, claiming pole position during qualifying. Irvine duly claimed second ahead of Häkkinen's teammate David Coulthard, while Giancarlo Fisichella secured fourth for Benetton-Playlife.
The start saw Häkkinen gain an instant lead, leaving Irvine to fight for second with Coulthard. However, the Ferrari would flash through turn one unopposed, for Coulthard had made a mess of his start, and hence slipped behind both Fisichella and Heinz-Harald Frentzen.
Häkkinen duly established an early lead over Irvine, with the Ulsterman himself able to escape from Fisichella early on. Coulthard, meanwhile, would find himself stuck behind Frentzen's Jordan-Mugen-Honda, with the Hungaroring providing very few overtaking options.
Indeed, the Scot would have to wait until the pitwindow to finally rid himself of the Jordan and Benetton, with those two peeling off early for fuel and tyres. Coulthard used the clear track ahead of him to produce a series of quick laps prior to his stop, and duly emerged ahead of Fisichella's Benetton when he rejoined.
With that Coulthard was off the chase Irvine, although his attack would be interrupted by Rubens Barrichello in the Stewart-Ford Cosworth. The Brazilian, on a one-stop strategy, did all he could to keep the #2 McLaren at bay, and hence forced Coulthard to wait until he made his only stop.
With that the #2 McLaren swept onto the back of Irvine, whose pace was not at all strong in the closing stages. Indeed, with fifteen laps to go Coulthard was in position to strike, only for Irvine to hand him second place by sliding wide when looking for the McLaren in his mirrors.
Out front, meanwhile, Häkkinen would cruise across the line to claim a dominant victory, with Coulthard ten seconds behind in second. Irvine finished a distant third but held onto his Championship lead, with Frentzen, Barrichello and Damon Hill picking up the rest of the points.
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.
The full entry list for the 1999 Hungarian Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 1999 Hungarian Grand Prix are outlined below:
|1||1||Mika Häkkinen||McLaren-Mercedes||1:18.156||—||182.773 km/h|
|2||4||Eddie Irvine||Ferrari||1:18.263||+0.107s||182.523 km/h|
|3||2||David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes||1:18.384||+0.228s||182.241 km/h|
|4||9||Giancarlo Fisichella||Benetton-Playlife||1:18.515||+0.359s||181.937 km/h|
|5||8||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Jordan-Mugen-Honda||1:18.664||+0.508s||181.593 km/h|
|6||7||Damon Hill||Jordan-Mugen-Honda||1:18.667||+0.511s||181.586 km/h|
|7||10||Alexander Wurz||Benetton-Playlife||1:18.733||+0.577s||181.433 km/h|
|8||16||Rubens Barrichello||Stewart-Ford Cosworth||1:19.095||+0.939s||180.603 km/h|
|9||22||Jacques Villeneuve||BAR-Supertec||1:19.127||+0.971s||180.530 km/h|
|10||17||Johnny Herbert||Stewart-Ford Cosworth||1:19.389||+1.233s||179.934 km/h|
|11||11||Jean Alesi||Sauber-Petronas||1:19.390||+1.234s||179.932 km/h|
|12||12||Pedro Diniz||Sauber-Petronas||1:19.782||+1.626s||179.048 km/h|
|13||19||Jarno Trulli||Prost-Peugeot||1:19.788||+1.632s||179.034 km/h|
|14||18||Olivier Panis||Prost-Peugeot||1:19.841||+1.685s||178.916 km/h|
|15||5||Alex Zanardi||Williams-Supertec||1:19.924||+1.768s||178.730 km/h|
|16||6||Ralf Schumacher||Williams-Supertec||1:19.945||+1.789s||178.683 km/h|
|17||23||Ricardo Zonta||BAR-Supertec||1:20.060||+1.904s||178.426 km/h|
|18||3||Mika Salo||Ferrari||1:20.369||+2.213s||177.740 km/h|
|19||20||Luca Badoer||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:20.961||+2.805s||176.441 km/h|
|20||14||Pedro de la Rosa||Arrows||1:21.328||+3.172s||175.644 km/h|
|21||15||Tora Takagi||Arrows||1:21.675||+3.519s||174.898 km/h|
|22||21||Marc Gené||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:21.867||+3.711s||174.488 km/h|
|107% Time: 1:23.627|
- 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.
|______________||Pedro de la Rosa|
The full results for the 1999 Hungarian Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- * Alesi was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.
- 500th entry for a car using #18 as its race number.
- 250th individual entry for a car using a Mugen-Honda engine.
- Fifteenth Hungarian Grand Prix to be staged.
- Mika Häkkinen claimed the 30th pole position for a Mercedes engine.
- Häkkinen scored his thirteenth career victory.
- 121st win for McLaren as a constructor.
- David Coulthard claimed the 300th podium finish for a McLaren chassis.
A fourth win of the season for Mika Häkkinen ensured that the Finnish ace left Hungary with his title hopes greatly enhanced, having carved into the gap between himself and the Championship leader. Indeed, Eddie Irvine had seen his advantage cut to just two points after his late relegation down the field, with the Ulsterman also beginning to show the strains of fighting for the title. Behind, David Coulthard had moved up into third ahead of Heinz-Harald Frentzen, bumping Michael Schumacher down to fifth.
In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had delivered another strong blow to Ferrari, with their one-two enhancing their tally to 90 points. Only Irvine's third place finish kept the Scuderia ahead, with Ferrari holding onto the remains of a four point lead over their Anglo-German rivals. Behind, Jordan-Mugen-Honda were in an increasingly lonely third ahead of Williams-Supertec, while Benetton-Playlife completed the top five.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
Images and Videos:
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- 'Hungary 1999: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/hongrie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 28/08/2019)
- 'Hungary 1999: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/hongrie/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 28/08/2019)
- 'Marlboro Magyar Nagydíj 1999 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019),https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1999/races/697/hungary/qualifying-0.html , (Accessed 28/08/2019)
- 'Hungary 1999: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/hongrie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 28/08/2019)
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- '11. Hungary 1999', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/hongrie.aspx, (Accessed 28/08/2019)
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