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The 1999 Japanese Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXV Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix (XXV フジテレビ日本グランプリ in Japanese), was the sixteenth and final round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Suzuka Circuit in Mie Prefecture, Japan, on the 31 October 1999.[1] The race would see Eddie Irvine and Mika Häkkinen duel for the title, having arrived in Japan just four points apart.[1]

Michael Schumacher, Irvine's Ferrari teammate, would claim pole position during qualifying, although Häkkinen delivered a crucial blow by securing second.[1] Irvine, meanwhile, would only manage to secure fifth behind David Coulthard and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, meaning he would likely have to rely on Schumacher finishing ahead of the Finn.[1]

Ultimately, however, Schumacher would not get the chance to keep Häkkinen behind, for the Finn aced his start and sprinted ahead of the German to claim the lead.[1] Irvine, meanwhile, would manage ahead of both Coulthard and Frentzen off the grid, only to wind up in fourth behind a fast starting Olivier Panis.[1]

Out front, Häkkinen would ease clear of Schumacher, with the German ace unable to match the Finn's out right pace.[1] Behind, Irvine found himself hounded by Coulthard in his attempts to pass Panis, knowing that his title hopes relied on getting on terms with Häkkinen out front.[1]

Yet, Irvine would only manage to claim third when Panis retired with an alternator failure, although he made no progress in catching Häkkinen nor Schumacher.[1] Furthermore, the Brit would slip behind Coulthard during the first round of pit stsops, leaving Häkkinen on the verge of the title.[1]

Indeed, Irvine would need a lot of good fortune to claim the crown, and fate seemed to be swinging his way when Coulthard spun into the wall on lap 34.[1] The Scot would recover, however, and pit for a new nose, before rejoining the race a lap behind teammate Häkkinen.[1]

Coulthard's influence on the race, and ultimately Championship, was made during this point, with the Scot allegedly holding Schumacher up for several laps when the German came to lap him.[1] Indeed, the German ace lost several seconds to Häkkinen as Coulthard refused to let him pass, before the Scot's race was ended by a hydraulic failure.[1] Schumacher would criticise Coulthard's actions after the race.[1]

Deliberate or not the Scot's intervention ensured that Häkkinen had a big enough lead to make his second stop and retain a healthy lead.[1] Schumacher, meanwhile, would spend the rest of the race slowly catching the Finn, while Irvine seemed to have given up hope in third.[1]

Indeed, that was how the race would finish, with Häkkinen sweeping across the line to claim victory and the Championship, five seconds clear of Schumacher.[1] Irvine appeared in third, over a minute and a half behind, and had lost the Championship by two points.[1] Frentzen, meanwhile, would finish fourth to secure third in the Championship, with Ralf Schumacher and Jean Alesi scoring the final points of the season.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Thanks to the efforts of Michael Schumacher it was Eddie Irvine who left Sepang at the head of the Championship, overhauling a two point deficit to claim a four point lead. Mika Häkkinen hence headed into the finale in Japan on the back foot, with the title likely to come down to who won the race. Behind, Heinz-Harald Frentzen had slipped out of the fight, and would instead duel with David Coulthard to claim third.

Ferrari moved back to the top of the Constructors Championship as a result of Schumacher's return, with the Scuderia leaving Malaysia on 118 points. McLaren-Mercedes had made way for them, slipping four behind, with the pair set to duel for the crown at the finale. Behind, Jordan-Mugen-Honda had already been credited with third in the Championship, while Stewart-Ford Cosworth had moved ahead of Williams-Supertec.

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1999 Japanese 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 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 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 VJ Zetec-R 3.0 V10 B
21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Fondmetal Minardi Minardi M01 Ford Cosworth VJ 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 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:37.470 216.584 km/h
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.820 +0.350s 215.809 km/h
3 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.239 +0.769s 214.888 km/h
4 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:38.696 +1.226s 213.893 km/h
5 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:38.975 +1.505s 213.290 km/h
6 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:39.623 +2.153s 211.903 km/h
7 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 1:39.644 +2.174s 211.858 km/h
8 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:39.706 +2.236s 211.726 km/h
9 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:39.717 +2.247s 211.703 km/h
10 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:39.721 +2.251s 211.695 km/h
11 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:39.732 +2.262s 211.671 km/h
12 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:40.140 +2.670s 210.809 km/h
13 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:40.140 +2.670s 210.809 km/h
14 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:40.261 +2.791s 210.554 km/h
15 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:40.303 +2.833s 210.466 km/h
16 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:40.403 +2.933s 210.257 km/h
17 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:40.740 +3.270s 209.553 km/h
18 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:40.861 +3.391s 209.302 km/h
19 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 1:41.067 +3.597s 208.875 km/h
20 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:41.529 +4.059s 207.925 km/h
21 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 1:41.708 +4.238s 207.559 km/h
22 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:42.515 +5.045s 205.925 km/h
107% Time: 1:44.293[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 ______________
Michael Schumacher 2
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 2 3 ______________
David Coulthard 4
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 3 5 ______________
Eddie Irvine 6
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 4 7 ______________
Jarno Trulli 8
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 5 9 ______________
Ralf Schumacher 10
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 6 11 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 12
______________ Damon Hill
Row 7 13 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 14
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 8 15 ______________
Alexander Wurz 16
______________ Alex Zanardi
Row 9 17 ______________
Pedro Diniz 18
______________ Ricardo Zonta
Row 10 19 ______________
Tora Takagi 20
______________ Marc Gené
Row 11 21 ______________
Pedro de la Rosa 22
______________ Luca Badoer

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 1:31:18.785 2 10
2 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 53 +5.015s 1 6
3 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 53 +1:35.688 5 4
4 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 53 +1:38.635 4 3
5 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 53 +1:39.494 9 2
6 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 10 1
7 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 8
8 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 52 +1 Lap 13
9 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 52 +1 Lap 11
10 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 52 +1 Lap 15
11 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 17
12 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 52 +1 Lap 18
13 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 51 +2 Laps 21
14* 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 47 Engine 14
Ret 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 43 Gearbox 19
Ret 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 43 Engine 22
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 39 Hydraulics 3
Ret 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 31 Gearbox 20
Ret 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 21 Spin 12
Ret 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 19 Alternator 6
Ret 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 3 Engine 7
Ret 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 0 Electrical 16
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Fisichella was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Mika Häkkinen would claim his second World Championship on the final day of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, ending the campaign on 76 points. Eddie Irvine ended the season in the runner-up spot, two points behind Häkkinen, having lost the title on the final day. Behind, Heinz-Harald Frentzen completed the top three on 54 points, with David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher rounding out the top five.

In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who claimed the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship for Constructors crown, ending the season on 128 points. McLaren-Mercedes would hence end the season in second, four points off with 124 points, while Jordan-Mugen-Honda were a distant third on 61. Stewart-Ford Cosworth, meanwhile, ended their F1 stint in fourth on 36 points, one ahead of Williams-Supertec in fifth.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 76 ▲1
2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 74 ▼1
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 54
4 United Kingdom David Coulthard 48
5 Germany Michael Schumacher 44
6 Germany Ralf Schumacher 35
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 21
8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 15
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 13
10 Finland Mika Salo 10
11 Italy Jarno Trulli 7
12 United Kingdom Damon Hill 7
13 Austria Alexander Wurz 3
14 Brazil Pedro Diniz 3
15 France Jean Alesi 2 ▲2
16 France Olivier Panis 2 ▼1
17 Spain Marc Gené 1 ▼1
18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 128
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 124
3 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 61
4 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 36
5 United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 35
6 Italy Benetton-Playlife 16
7 France Prost-Peugeot 9
8 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 5
9 United Kingdom Arrows 1
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
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See also Pacific Grand Prix
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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