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The 1999 Spanish Grand Prix, otherwise officially advertised as the XLI Gran Premio Marlboro de España, was the fifth round of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship, held on the 30 May 1999 at the Circuit de Catalunya near Barcelona, Spain.[1] The race would see Mika Häkkinen secure an impressive victory for McLaren-Mercedes, in what would be among the duller races of F1 history.[1]

The Finn had gained the advantage in qualifying, sweeping to his fifth straight pole position of the campaign.[1] Eddie Irvine provided the biggest threat to Häkkinen and hence ended up in second, with David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher completing the second row.[1]

Häkkinen duly aced his start to secure an early lead, while Coulthard got the jump on Irvine to secure second behind his teammate.[1] Irvine himself, meanwhile, would be bumped back to fifth, as Jacques Villeneuve blasted through to third from sixth in the BAR-Supertec, with Schumacher following him through.[1]

Elsewhere, Olivier Panis and Marc Gené stalled on the grid, although while Panis would get back into the fray, Gené's race was over by a gearbox failure.[1] Otherwise the start was fairly tame, with the only action coming as Irvine and Schumacher squabbled behind Villeneuve.[1]

The two McLaren-Mercedes quickly pulled clear at the head of the field, with Villeneuve proving to be an excellent road-block for the two Ferraris.[1] Indeed, it quickly became clear that the only way the scarlet cars would pass the BAR would be in the pitstops, with Irvine opening the pit window on lap 23.[1]

Häkkinen stopped on the following lap, rejoining behind teammate Coulthard, while Villeneuve and Schumacher came in on lap 25.[1] A quick stop for Ferrari saw the German ace leave ahead of the Canadian, while Irvine used his brief spell in clear air after his stop to jump ahead of the #22 BAR as well.[1]

Coulthard was the last to stop and rejoined in second, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen, yet to stop, in between himself and Schumacher.[1] The German racer himself would first have to force his way past his compatriot, before hunting down Coulthard prior to their second stops.[1]

Schumacher would close to within a second of the Scot on lap 41, before bailing on his charge to make his second stop of the afternoon.[1] Häkkinen and Coulthard then came in on the following laps, with Coulthard's later stop ensuring that he spent less time in the pits, and therefore emerged ahead of the German.[1]

With that the fight for the podium was over, with the two McLarens once again easing clear from Schumacher.[1] Elsewhere, Villeneuve's race was ruined by a wing and gearbox failure, releasing Irvine, while Rubens Barrichello was battling Jarno Trulli and Damon Hill for the final point behind Ralf Schumacher.[1]

That, ultimately, was that for the race, with Häkkinen cruising across the line to secure his second win of the season.[1] Coulthard was next ahead of Schumacher, while Irvine and Ralf Schumacher were a distant fourth and fifth respectively.[1] Trulli duly came home in sixth ahead of Barrichello, with the Brazilian later disqualified from the race for using an illegal undertray.[1]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 1999 Spanish Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant 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 Alessandro 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-301HD 3.0 V10 B
8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan 199 Mugen-Honda MF-301HD 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 F1 Team Arrows A20 Arrows T2-F1 3.0 V10 B
15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi United Kingdom Repsol Arrows F1 Team 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 Team Minardi M01 Ford Cosworth VJM1 Zetec-R 3.0 V10 B
21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Fondmetal Minardi Team Minardi M01 Ford Cosworth VJM1 Zetec-R 3.0 V10 B
22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom British American Racing BAR 01 Supertec FB01 3.0 V10 B
23 Finland Mika Salo 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 Spanish Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.088 207.304 km/h
2 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:22.219 +0.131s 206.974 km/h
3 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.244 +0.156s 206.911 km/h
4 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:22.277 +0.189s 206.828 km/h
5 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:22.388 +0.300s 206.550 km/h
6 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:22.703 +0.615s 205.763 km/h
7 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:22.920 +0.832s 205.224 km/h
8 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:22.938 +0.850s 205.180 km/h
9 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 1:23.194 +1.106s 204.548 km/h
10 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:23.303 +1.215s 204.281 km/h
11 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:23.317 +1.229s 204.246 km/h
12 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:23.331 +1.243s 204.212 km/h
13 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:23.333 +1.245s 204.207 km/h
14 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:23.505 +1.417s 203.787 km/h
15 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:23.559 +1.471s 203.655 km/h
16 23 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 1:23.683 +1.595s 203.353 km/h
17 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 1:23.703 +1.615s 203.305 km/h
18 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:23.824 +1.736s 203.011 km/h
19 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 1:24.619 +2.531s 201.104 km/h
20 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 1:25.280 +3.192s 199.545 km/h
21 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:25.672 +3.584s 198.632 km/h
22 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:25.833 +3.745s 198.259 km/h
107% Time: 1:27.834[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
______________ Eddie Irvine
Row 2 3 ______________
David Coulthard 4
______________ Michael Schumacher
Row 3 5 ______________
Jean Alesi 6
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 4 7 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 8
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 5 9 ______________
Jarno Trulli 10
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 6 11 ______________
Damon Hill 12
______________ Pedro Diniz
Row 7 13 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 14
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 8 15 ______________
Olivier Panis 16
______________ Mika Salo
Row 9 17 ______________
Alex Zanardi 18
______________ Alexander Wurz
Row 10 19 ______________
Pedro de la Rosa 20
______________ Tora Takagi
Row 11 21 ______________
Marc Gené 22
______________ Luca Badoer

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65 1:34:14.665 1 10
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 65 +6.238s 3 6
3 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 65 +10.845s 4 4
4 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 65 +30.182s 2 3
5 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 65 +1:27.208 10 2
6 19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 64 +1 Lap 9 1
7 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 64 +1 Lap 11
8 23 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 64 +1 Lap 16
9 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 64 +1 Lap 13
10 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 64 +1 Lap 18
11 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Arrows 63 +2 Laps 19
12 15 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Arrows 62 +3 Laps 20
DSQ* 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 64 Disqualified 7
Ret 20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 50 Spin 22
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom BAR-Supertec 40 Gearbox 6
Ret 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 40 Transmission 12
Ret 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 40 Transmission 14
Ret 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 35 Halfshaft 8
Ret 11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 27 Transmission 5
Ret 5 Italy Alex Zanardi United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 24 Gearbox 17
Ret 18 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 24 Gearbox 15
Ret 21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 0 Gearbox 21
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.
  • * Barrichello was disqualified from the results after using an illegal undertray mounting.[5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Mika Häkkinen moved into second in the Championship after his second win of the season, leaving Spain six behind the leader. Michael Schumacher had therefore retained his lead in the hunt, although his advantage had been reduced by the Finn severely after his win. Behind, Eddie Irvine had lost ground in third, as had Heinz-Harald Frentzen at the head of the next group of drivers in fourth.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a positive day for McLaren-Mercedes, who cut the gap between themselves and Ferrari to fifteen points. The Scuderia still led the way, leaving Spain on 51, although McLaren-Mercedes had the advantage in raw pace with a third of the season gone. Elsewhere, Jordan-Mugen-Honda seemed to already be out of the fight in third, with Williams-Supertec and Benetton-Playlife completing the top five.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Germany Michael Schumacher 30
2 Finland Mika Häkkinen 24 ▲1
3 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 21 ▼1
4 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 13
5 United Kingdom David Coulthard 12 ▲2
6 Germany Ralf Schumacher 9 ▼1
7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 7 ▼1
8 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 6
9 United Kingdom Damon Hill 3
10 Austria Alexander Wurz 1
11 Italy Jarno Trulli 1 ▲5
12 Spain Pedro de la Rosa 1 ▼1
13 France Olivier Panis 1 ▼1
14 France Jean Alesi 1 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 51
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 36
3 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 16
4 United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 9 ▲1
5 Italy Benetton-Playlife 8 ▼1
6 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 6
7 France Prost-Peugeot 2 ▲1
8 United Kingdom Arrows 1 ▼1
9 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 'Spanish GP, 1999', grandprix.com, (Inside F1 Inc., 2014), https://www.grandprix.com/gpe/rr635.html, (Accessed 27/08/2019)
  2. 'Spain 1999: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/espagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 27/08/2019)
  3. 3.0 3.1 'Spain 1999: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/espagne/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 27/08/2019)
  4. 'Gran Premio Marlboro de España 1999 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2019), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1999/races/691/spain/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 27/08/2019)
  5. 5.0 5.1 'Spain 1999: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/espagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 27/08/2019)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 '5. Spain 1999', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1999/espagne.aspx, (Accessed 27/08/2019)
V T E Spain Spanish Grand Prix
Circuits Pedralbes (1951, 1954), Jarama (1967-1968, 1970, 1972, 1974, 1976-1981), Montjuïc (1969, 1971, 1973, 1975), Jerez (1986-1990), Catalunya (1991-Present)
Catalunya2007
Races 19511952–195319541955–1967196819691970197119721973197419751976197719781979198019811982–19871986198719881989199019911992199319941995199619971998199920002001200220032004200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Non-Championship Races 19231924–1925192619271928–192919301931–19321933193419351936–196619671968–19791980
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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