The 1999 Monaco Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LVII Grand Prix Automobile de Monaco, was the fourth round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on the 16 May 1999. The race would see Michael Schumacher secure victory for Ferrari, leading from start to finish having beaten Mika Häkkinen off the line.
The Finn had struck the first blow of the weekend, claiming pole position during qualifying ahead of the German. Their respective teammates David Coulthard and Eddie Irvine shared the second row, while Rubens Barrichello secured fifth.
The two Ferraris proved to be the cars to beat in the warm-up, although many believed that the two McLaren-Mercedes were sandbagging. Regardless the field lined-up on the grid for the start without issue, with no threat of rain.
At the start it was Schumacher who showed that Ferrari truly had the pace to beat McLaren, with the German ace pulling ahead of the Finnish ace into Sainte Devote. It was a similar story in the battle of the number twos, Irvine jumping Coulthard, while Damon Hill surged ahead of Barrichello to claim fifth.
Unsurprisingly the top four quickly pulled clear at the head of the field, leaving Hill to be barged out of the race by Ralf Schumacher. Yet, the narrow Monegasque streets proved as restrictive to overtaking as possible, meaning there were no changes to the order.
Indeed, it was only when Coulthard dramatically lost pace on lap 35 that the order changed, the Brit suffering the early stages of a gearbox failure. He duly retired a lap later, swiftly followed by Tora Takagi, whose engine failure ultimately proved crucial to the final race order.
The Japanese racer's expiring Arrows engine left oil at Mirabeau, which caused the circuit to become treacherous at that area. Schumacher tiptoed through without issue while Häkkinen, on maximum attack before his stop, hit the slick and slid down the escape road. He rejoined just in time to see Irvine sweep past, with the Finn making his single stop a few laps later.
The second half of the race saw Häkkinen hunt down Irvine, who would drop further and further away from Schumacher the closer the Finn got. As such, the fight for victory was over, with Häkkinen looking likely to run out of time to force a move on Irvine.
Indeed, the race would finish without Häkkinen launching an attack, with the defending World Champion having to settle for third behind the Brit. Out front, meanwhile, Schumacher would cruise across the line half a minute clear to claim victory, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen, Giancarlo Fisichella and Alexander Wurz securing the remaining points.
Michael Schumacher left San Marino with victory and the Championship lead, holding a four point advantage at the head of the hunt. Eddie Irvine had made way for his teammate, while Mika Häkkinen slipped to third, having been set to win the race prior to his accident. Heinz-Harald Frentzen had also lost ground in fourth, while Ralf Schumacher completed the top five.
In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who left their de jure home race with an enhanced lead, moving onto 28 points with two wins. That translated to a twelve point advantage over McLaren-Mercedes, with the two set to duel for the crown between themselves for the rest of the campaign. Elsewhere, Jordan-Mugen-Honda had inched closer to the McLaren squad, while Williams-Supertec and Stewart-Ford Cosworth completed the early top five.
The full entry list for the 1999 Monaco Grand Prix is outlined below:
The full qualifying results for the 1999 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:
|1||1||Mika Häkkinen||McLaren-Mercedes||1:20.547||—||150.486 km/h|
|2||3||Michael Schumacher||Ferrari||1:20.611||+0.064s||150.367 km/h|
|3||2||David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes||1:20.956||+0.409s||149.726 km/h|
|4||4||Eddie Irvine||Ferrari||1:21.011||+0.464s||149.624 km/h|
|5||16||Rubens Barrichello||Stewart-Ford Cosworth||1:21.530||+0.983s||148.672 km/h|
|6||8||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Jordan-Mugen-Honda||1:21.556||+1.009s||148.624 km/h|
|7||19||Jarno Trulli||Prost-Peugeot||1:21.769||+1.222s||148.237 km/h|
|8||22||Jacques Villeneuve||BAR-Supertec||1:21.827||+1.280s||148.132 km/h|
|9||9||Giancarlo Fisichella||Benetton-Playlife||1:21.938||+1.391s||147.931 km/h|
|10||10||Gerhard Berger||Benetton-Playlife||1:21.968||+1.421s||147.877 km/h|
|11||5||Alex Zanardi||Williams-Supertec||1:22.152||+1.605s||147.546 km/h|
|12||23||Mika Salo||BAR-Supertec||1:22.241||+1.694s||147.386 km/h|
|13||17||Johnny Herbert||Stewart-Ford Cosworth||1:22.248||+1.701s||147.374 km/h|
|14||11||Jean Alesi||Sauber-Petronas||1:22.354||+1.807s||147.184 km/h|
|15||12||Pedro Diniz||Sauber-Petronas||1:22.659||+2.112s||146.641 km/h|
|16||6||Ralf Schumacher||Williams-Supertec||1:22.719||+2.172s||146.535 km/h|
|17||18||Damon Hill||Jordan-Mugen-Honda||1:22.832||+2.285s||146.335 km/h|
|18||7||Olivier Panis||Prost-Peugeot||1:22.916||+2.369s||146.187 km/h|
|19||15||Tora Takagi||Arrows||1:23.290||+2.743s||145.530 km/h|
|20||20||Luca Badoer||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:23.765||+3.218s||144.705 km/h|
|21||14||Pedro de la Rosa||Arrows||1:24.260||+3.713s||143.855 km/h|
|22||21||Marc Gené||Minardi-Ford Cosworth||1:24.914||+4.367s||142.747 km/h|
|107% Time: 1:26.185|
- 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.
|22||Pedro de la Rosa|
The full results for the 1999 Monaco Grand Prix are outlined below:
- T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
- Twentieth Grand Prix entry for Tora Takagi.
- Mika Häkkinen secured the 25th pole position for a Mercedes engine.
- Michael Schumacher claimed his 35th career victory.
- 122nd win for Ferrari as a constructor and engine supplier.
Michael Schumacher extended his Championship lead with his second straight victory of the campaign, leaving Monte Carlo with an eight point advantage. Eddie Irvine remained his closest challenger, and had inched further away from Mika Häkkinen in third. Heinz-Harald Frentzen had also slipped further back in fourth, while Ralf Schumacher retained his top five status.
In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had managed to claim a perfect score, meaning their Championship lead had been greatly enhanced. They left Monaco on 44 points, 24 more than second placed rivals McLaren-Mercedes, whom kept throwing away points with mistakes and poor reliability. Behind Jordan-Mugen-Honda had retained third ahead of Benetton-Playlife, while Williams-Supertec completed the top five.
Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.
Images and Videos:
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- 'Monaco 1999: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/monaco/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 27/08/2019)
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