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The 1999 Malaysian Grand Prix, otherwise officially known as the I Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, was the fifteenth and penultimate round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, on the 17 October 1999.[1] The race, which was the first ever Malaysian Grand Prix to be staged, would see Eddie Irvine claim victory, after he and teammate Michael Schumacher were initially disqualified from the results.[1]

The Malaysian Grand Prix would prove to be popular addition to the F1 calendar in 1999, with a new circuit based near Sepang designed by Hermann Tilke created specifically for F1.[1] The inaugural Malaysian race would also mark the return of Michael Schumacher to the field for Ferrari, the German ace having been absent since breaking his leg at the British Grand Prix.[1]

Schumacher would show that he had fully recovered from his accident during qualifying, claiming a stunningly quick pole position.[1] Indeed, title pretending teammate Irvine was almost a full second off in second, while Mika Häkkinen, Championship leader, could only muster fourth behind his teammate David Coulthard.[1]

Schumacher duly aced his start to claim an early lead, while Irvine managed to fend off both McLarens to secure second.[1] The top four were then chased by Rubens Barrichello, with the rest of the field making it through the first corner without issue.[1]

The two Ferraris quickly built a small lead at the head of the field, before Schumacher did the unthinkable.[1] Indeed, on lap four the German ace moved aside to allow teammate Irvine pass for the lead, before immediately slamming the door in Coulthard's face.[1]

Irvine quickly sprinted clear, with Schumacher deliberately driving slowly to allow the Ulsterman to escape.[1] Coulthard, however, was in no mood to sit back and let the German ruin his race, and duly barged his way past the Ferrari on lap five to chase Irvine.[1]

Yet, Coulthard would be unable to catch the #4 Ferrari, for his McLaren would fail him on lap fifteen after losing fuel pressure.[1] Schumacher therefore moved back into second, although he would continue to block Häkkinen's half-hearted attempts to pass.[1]

Schumacher kept up his delaying tactics through to the first pitstops, with McLaren trying an ambitious fuel strategy to get Häkkinen ahead.[1] Unfortunately for them even half-filling Häkkinen's tank did not work, for the #1 McLaren would get caught behind a backmarker on his out-lap, and hence allow Schumacher to make a full stop and remain ahead.[1]

Once again the German would drive within himself to keep Häkkinen at bay, while Irvine's lead grew to 20 seconds.[1] That gave Ferrari the option to pit the Brit and give him fresh tyres and fuel, which they duly took believing that Häkkinen had to stop again.[1]

When Häkkinen did come in again the Finn's fight was over, with Schumacher, on a one-stop, once again moving aside to allow Irvine through.[1] Häkkinen, meanwhile, would quickly deal with Johnny Herbert, who had moved ahead of him as a result of his stop, before trying to get back on terms with Schumacher.[1]

Yet, it was not to be for the Finn, for Schumacher remained tucked under Irvine's wing for the rest of race, trailing the Brit by a second as they crossed the line.[1] Häkkinen crossed the line in third ahead of Herbert, Rubens Barrichello and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, before post-race scrutineering played out.[1]

Post-race inspections of the Ferraris showed that the two scarlet cars were using illegal bargeboards, and were therefore disqualified from the results.[1] Ferrari appealed and given an FIA Court of Appeal date, which duly ruled in favour of the Scuderia in the week ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix.[1]

As such, Irvine was reinstated as the race winner ahead of Schumacher, and hence headed to the finale with a four point lead over Häkkinen.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Mika Häkkinen had somehow managed to extend his Championship lead after the chaotic European Grand Prix, leaving the Nürburgring with a two point advantage. Eddie Irvine remained his closest challenger despite having failed to score, with a similar story ensuring that Heinz-Harald Frentzen had also lost ground in third. Indeed, the German, as well as Häkkinen's teammate David Coulthard would slip out of the fight if they failed to finish ahead of the Finn and in the points in Malaysia.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes had eeked out their lead, leaving Germany with an eight point advantage. That meant that the Anglo-German squad could win the Championship in Malaysia if they out-scored second placed Ferrari by eight points, while the Scuderia would likely have to out-score McLaren to keep their title hopes alive. Behind, Jordan-Mugen-Honda were guaranteed third ahead of Williams-Supertec, while Stewart-Ford Cosworth had secured fifth.

Entry ListEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:39.688 200.136 km/h
2 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:40.635 +0.947s 198.253 km/h
3 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.806 +1.118s 197.917 km/h
4 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.866 +1.178s 197.799 km/h
5 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:40.937 +1.249s 197.660 km/h
6 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:41.351 +1.663s 196.853 km/h
7 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:41.444 +1.756s 196.672 km/h
8 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:41.558 +1.870s 196.451 km/h
9 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:42.050 +2.362s 195.504 km/h
10 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:42.087 +2.399s 195.433 km/h
11 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:42.110 +2.422s 195.389 km/h
12 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:42.208 +2.520s 195.202 km/h
13 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:42.310 +2.622s 195.007 km/h
14 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:42.380 +2.692s 194.874 km/h
15 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:42.522 +2.834s 194.604 km/h
16 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:42.885 +3.197s 193.917 km/h
17 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:42.933 +3.245s 193.827 km/h
18 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 1:42.948 +3.260s 193.799 km/h
19 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:43.563 +3.875s 192.648 km/h
20 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 1:43.579 +3.891s 192.618 km/h
21 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:44.321 +4.633s 191.248 km/h
22 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 1:44.637 +4.949s 190.671 km/h
107% Time: 1:46.666[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
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 2 3 ______________
David Coulthard 4
______________ Mika Häkkinen
Row 3 5 ______________
Johnny Herbert 6
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 4 7 ______________
Alexander Wurz 8
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 5 9 ______________
Damon Hill 10
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 6 11 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 12
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 7 13 ______________
Ricardo Zonta 14
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 8 15 ______________
Jean Alesi 16
______________ Alex Zanardi
Row 9 17 ______________
Pedro Diniz 18
______________ Jarno Trulli*
Row 10 19 ______________
Marc Gené 20
______________ Pedro de la Rosa
Row 11 21 ______________
Luca Badoer 22
______________ Tora Takagi
  • * Trulli was unable to start the race after an engine failure on the formation lap.[5]

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 56 1:36:38.494 2 10
2 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 56 +1.040s 1 6
3 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 +9.743s 4 4
4 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 56 +17.538s 5 3
5 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 56 +32.296s 6 2
6 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 56 +34.884s 14 1
7 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 56 +54.408s 15
8 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 56 +1:00.934 7
9 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 55 +1 Lap 19
10 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 55 +1 Lap 16
11 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 52 +4 Laps 11
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 48 Hydraulics 10
Ret 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 44 Spin 17
Ret 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 30 Engine 20
Ret 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 15 Spin 21
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 14 Fuel pressure 3
Ret 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 7 Spin 8
Ret 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 7 Transmission 22
Ret 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 6 Engine 13
Ret 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 5 Engine 12
Ret 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 9
DNS* 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Trulli was unable to start the race after an engine failure on the formation lap.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 70 ▲1
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen 66 ▼1
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 51
4 United Kingdom David Coulthard 48
5 Germany Michael Schumacher 38 ▲1
6 Germany Ralf Schumacher 33 ▼1
7 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 21
8 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 15 ▲1
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 13 ▼1
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 Olivier Panis 2
16 Spain Marc Gené 1
17 France Jean Alesi 1
18 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 118 ▲1
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 114 ▼1
3 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 58
4 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 36 ▲1
5 United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 33 ▼1
6 Italy Benetton-Playlife 16
7 France Prost-Peugeot 9
8 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 4
9 United Kingdom Arrows 1
10 Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

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V T E Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix
Circuits Sepang International Circuit (1999–present)
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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
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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