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The 1999 Italian Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the LXX Gran Premio Campari d'Italia, was the twelfth round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy, on the 12 September 1999.[1] The race would see Heinz-Harald Frentzen sweep to victory, after Championship leader Mika Häkkinen crashed out while leading.[1]

Häkkinen had arrived in Monza as the overwhelming favourite to claim the race win, for the McLaren-Mercedes was well suited to a power circuit such as Monza.[1] Furthermore, the Finn had convinced McLaren to force David Coulthard into helping his title bid, with Eddie Irvine a point behind for Ferrari with four races to go.[1]

Häkkinen duly showed his expected dominance in qualifying claiming his eleventh pole position of the campaign.[1] Heinz-Harald Frentzen would, however, manage to split the two McLarens in his Jordan-Mugen-Honda, while Irvine was a disappointing eighth in the his Ferrari, two places behind temporary teammate Mika Salo.[1]

The start of the race, which was one of the hotter days of the season, saw Häkkinen sprint away to claim an early lead, while Italian born Alex Zanardi shot through to second for Williams-Supertec.[1] Behind, Coulthard contrived to run off circuit and damage his McLaren, while Irvine made little progress and remained in eighth.[1]

With Zanardi behind him, Häkkinen was able to build an impressive lead during the early stages, for the Italian simply lacked the pace of the McLaren and dropped back.[1] However, the Williams did have enough pace to keep Frentzen, Ralf Schumacher, Salo, Rubens Barrichello, Coulthard and Irvine at bay, and hence made Häkkinen's race all the more simple.[1]

Indeed, it was only when Zanardi damaged his car on a kerb that his resistance was broken, the Italian racer damaging the floor.[1] Frentzen, Schumacher and Salo quickly scrambled past to chase after Häkkinen, although the #1 McLaren was still able to eek out its lead.[1]

Then, on lap 30 of 53, Häkkinen made his costly mistake, riding the kerb at the Rettifilo chicane only to make a mistake while down shifting.[1] That combination of factors caused the McLaren to suddenly snap sideways, with the Finn duly sliding into the gravel and out of the race.[1] Häkkinen subsequently burst into tears, a rare show of emotion that showed just how costly that the accident had been.[1]

Yet, his title rival was in no position to celebrate, for even with the Finn's demise Irvine was only in sixth, and hence not scoring enough points.[1] Frentzen, meanwhile, claimed the lead over Schumacher and Salo, with the top three making their stops without the order shifting.[1]

Indeed, there would be no major changes to the order during the second half of the race, with Frentzen duly cruising across the line to claim his second victory for the campaign.[1] Schumacher was a frustrated second ahead of Salo, while Barrichello, Coulthard and Irvine all managed to force their way past Zanardi in the closing stages.[1]

Irvine's lone point moved him level with Häkkinen at the head of the Championship, although the Finn remained the leader due to his four wins to the Brit's three.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Mika Häkkinen moved to the top of the Championship with second place in Belgium, although the Finn believed he should have won had it not been for his teammate's barge at the start. Regardless, he would leave Spa with a one point advantage over former leader Eddie Irvine, who had minimised the damage to his title hopes by finishing fourth. Those two were thirteen clear of David Coulthard in third, with the Scot an outside shot for the crown alongside Heinz-Harald Frentzen, twenty behind in fourth.

In the Constructors Championship a second one-two for McLaren-Mercedes in as many races had carried them to the top of the pack, leaving Spa on 106 points. That translated into a nine point lead over Ferrari, who were pushing lead driver Michael Schumacher to return as they battled for their first crown since 1983. Behind, third placed Jordan-Mugen-Honda were still mathematically in the hunt, although with 50 points between themselves and Ferrari their realistic hopes were non-existent.

Entry ListEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.432 251.990 km/h
2 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:22.926 +0.494s 250.488 km/h
3 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:23.177 +0.745s 249.732 km/h
4 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:23.432 +1.000s 248.969 km/h
5 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:23.636 +1.204s 248.362 km/h
6 3 Finland Mika Salo Italy Ferrari 1:23.657 +1.225s 248.300 km/h
7 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:23.739 +1.307s 248.056 km/h
8 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:23.765 +1.333s 247.979 km/h
9 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:23.979 +1.547s 247.348 km/h
10 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:24.016 +1.584s 247.239 km/h
11 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:24.188 +1.756s 246.733 km/h
12 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 1:24.293 +1.861s 246.426 km/h
13 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:24.591 +2.159s 245.558 km/h
14 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:24.593 +2.161s 245.552 km/h
15 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:24.594 +2.162s 245.549 km/h
16 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:24.596 +2.164s 245.544 km/h
17 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:24.862 +2.430s 244.774 km/h
18 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:25.114 +2.682s 244.049 km/h
19 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:25.348 +2.916s 243.380 km/h
20 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:25.695 +3.263s 242.395 km/h
21 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 1:26.383 +3.951s 240.464 km/h
22 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 1:26.509 +4.077s 240.114 km/h
107% Time: 1:28.202[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
______________ Alex Zanardi
Row 3 5 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 6
______________ Mika Salo
Row 4 7 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 8
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 5 9 ______________
Damon Hill 10
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 6 11 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 12
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 7 13 ______________
Jean Alesi 14
______________ Alexander Wurz
Row 8 15 ______________
Johnny Herbert 16
______________ Pedro Diniz
Row 9 17 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 18
______________ Ricardo Zonta
Row 10 19 ______________
Luca Badoer 20
______________ Marc Gené
Row 11 21 ______________
Pedro de la Rosa 22
______________ Tora Takagi

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 53 1:17:02.923 2 10
2 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 53 +3.272s 5 6
3 3 Finland Mika Salo Italy Ferrari 53 +11.932s 6 4
4 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 53 +17.630s 7 3
5 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +18.142s 3 2
6 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 53 +27.402s 8 1
7 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 53 +28.047s 4
8 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 53 +41.797s 11
9 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 53 +42.198s 13
10 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 53 +56.259s 9
11* 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 52 Engine 10
Ret 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 40 Clutch 15
Ret 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 35 Spin 22
Ret 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 35 Retired 21
Ret 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 29 Spin 1
Ret 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 29 Overheating 12
Ret 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 25 Wheel bearing 18
Ret 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 23 Collision 19
Ret 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 11 Electrical 14
Ret 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1 Spin 16
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1 Spin 17
Ret 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 0 Collision 20
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Panis was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

With Mika Häkkinen throwing away an almost certain victory the Finn had seen his lead in the Championship completely wiped out, although he still led on countback. Indeed, Eddie Irvine had failed to take advantage of Häkkinen's mistake, meaning his sole point in Italy was only enough to bring him level with the Finn on 60 points. Behind, most of the damage had been done by Heinz-Harald Frentzen, who sat just ten points off in third, with David Coulthard twelve off the lead in fourth.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a better day for Ferrari, as they closed the gap to leaders McLaren-Mercedes to six points. The Anglo-German effort themselves still had the advantage, however, with those two set to duel for the title with 48 points left to fight for across the remaining three rounds. Indeed, Jordan-Mugen-Honda were now mathematically out of the fight despite claiming their second win of the campaign, leaving Italy 51 points behind McLaren.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 60
2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 60
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 50 ▲1
4 United Kingdom David Coulthard 48 ▼1
5 Germany Michael Schumacher 32
6 Germany Ralf Schumacher 30
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 15 ▲1
8 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 13 ▼1
9 Finland Mika Salo 10 ▲1
10 United Kingdom Damon Hill 7 ▼1
11 Austria Alexander Wurz 3
12 Brazil Pedro Diniz 3
13 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 2
14 France Olivier Panis 2
15 Italy Jarno Trulli 1
16 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1
17 France Jean Alesi 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 108
2 Italy Ferrari 102
3 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 57
4 United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 30
5 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 17 ▲1
6 Italy Benetton-Playlife 16 ▼1
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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  2. 'Italy 1999: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/italie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 28/08/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Italy 1999: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/italie/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 29/08/2019)
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  5. 5.0 5.1 'Italy 1999: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/italie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 29/08/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 '13. Italy 1999', statsf1.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/italie.aspx, (Accessed 29/08/2019)
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