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The 1999 European Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on September 26, 1999 at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany. It was the fourteenth race of the 1999 Formula One season.

Johnny Herbert took a surprise win for Stewart, after being conistently out-scored by his team-mate Rubens Barrichello. Finishing between the two Stewarts was the Prost of Jarno Trulli who finished on the podium for the first time. Rivals such as Heinz-Harald Frentzen, David Coulthard and Giancarlo Fisichella all retired while leading the race.

BackgroundEdit


Entry listEdit

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/14 Mercedes FO110H V10 3.0 B
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/14 Mercedes FO110H V10 3.0 B
3 Finland Mika Salo Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F399 Ferrari 048 V10 3.0 B
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F399 Ferrari 048 V10 3.0 B
5 Italy Alessandro Zanardi United Kingdom Winfield Williams Williams FW21 Supertec FB01 V10 3.0 B
6 Germany Ralf Schumacher United Kingdom Winfield Williams Williams FW21 Supertec FB01 V10 3.0 B
7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Benson and Hedges Jordan Jordan 199 Mugen-Honda MF-301 HD V10 3.0 B
8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Ireland Benson and Hedges Jordan Jordan 199 Mugen-Honda MF-301 HD V10 3.0 B
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B199 Playlife FB01 V10 3.0 B
10 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B199 Playlife FB01 V10 3.0 B
11 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C18 Petronas SPE-03A V10 3.0 B
12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C18 Petronas SPE-03A V10 3.0 B
14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa United Kingdom Repsol Arrows F1 Team Arrows A20 Arrows T2-F1 V10 3.0 B
15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi United Kingdom Repsol Arrows F1 Team Arrows A20 Arrows T2-F1 V10 3.0 B
16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom HSBC Stewart Ford Stewart SF3 Ford Cosworth CR-1 V10 3.0 B
17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert United Kingdom HSBC Stewart Ford Stewart SF3 Ford Cosworth CR-1 V10 3.0 B
18 France Olivier Panis France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP02 Peugeot A18 V10 3.0 B
19 Italy Jarno Trulli France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP02 Peugeot A18 V10 3.0 B
20 Italy Luca Badoer Italy Fondmetal Minardi Team Minardi M01 Ford Cosworth VJM1 Zetec-R V10 3.0 B
21 Spain Marc Gené Italy Fondmetal Minardi Team Minardi M01 Ford Cosworth VJM1 Zetec-R V10 3.0 B
22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom British American Racing BAR 01 Supertec FB01 V10 3.0 B
23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta United Kingdom British American Racing BAR 01 Supertec FB01 V10 3.0 B

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Starting GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Heinz-Harald Frentzen 2
______________ David Coulthard
Row 2 3 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 4
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 3 5 ______________
Olivier Panis 6
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 4 7 ______________
Damon Hill 8
______________ Jacques Villeneuve
Row 5 9 ______________
Eddie Irvine 10
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 6 11 ______________
Alexander Wurz 12
______________ Mika Salo
Row 7 13 ______________
Pedro Diniz 14
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 8 15 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 16
______________ Jean Alesi
Row 9 17 ______________
Ricardo Zonta 18
______________ Alessandro Zanardi
Row 10 19 ______________
Luca Badoer 20
______________ Marc Gené
Row 11 21 ______________
Toranosuke Takagi 22
______________ Pedro de la Rosa

RaceEdit

Pre-raceEdit

ReportEdit

On race day the track was dry but the start was delayed when Zanardi and Gené lined up out of sequence on the grid, necessitating another formation lap. As the start was aborted during the start lights' sequence the top five qualifiers and another car actually jumped the start but were not penalised due to the aborting of the start. When the race finally got under way, Frentzen led from Häkkinen, but further back there was trouble at the first corner. Hill's Jordan suffered an electrical failure in the middle of the pack which caused Wurz to swerve into Diniz, sending the Sauber into a barrel roll. The safety car was deployed while Diniz was helped uninjured from his car; a fortunate end result as it was revealed that the Sauber's rollbar had failed when it hit the ground.

The race settled down with the top six Frentzen, Häkkinen, Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher, Fisichella and Irvine. A few laps into the race rain began to fall, and Häkkinen pitted for wet tyres. The rest of the frontrunners stayed out on dry tyres, which proved to be the correct decision as the rain quickly blew over and the track dried. Ralf Schumacher took advantage of the damp track to pass Coulthard, and Irvine passed Fisichella. However, things would quickly turn sour for the Ferrari driver, as he had a disastrous pitstop. Team mate Salo had damaged his wing the previous lap leaving the Ferrari pitcrew unprepared for Irvine. Added to this, the team made a late decision to stay on dry tyres and the pitcrew could only find three of them. Almost half a minute passed before the fourth was put on the car and Irvine was able to rejoin. Soon afterwards, Häkkinen pitted again to change back to dry tyres.

At the front Frentzen and Coulthard continued on dry tyres until their scheduled pit stops which they made together (Schumacher had pitted several laps earlier). Frentzen rejoined ahead of Coulthard, with both comfortably ahead of Schumacher. At this point in the race both Irvine and Häkkinen were well out of the points, meaning that if the order stayed the same Frentzen, Irvine, and Häkkinen would have all been tied for the points lead with two races to go, with Coulthard six points behind them.

What followed was a series of heartbreaking retirements. The first to fall was Frentzen, who ground to a halt at the first corner after his pitstop with the same electrical problem that had befallen his teammate. Coulthard inherited the lead and stayed out front until the rain came back with a vengeance. The Scot chose to stay out on dry tyres while most pitted for wets, which ultimately proved to be a costly mistake, as he slid off the road and out of the race on the 38th lap as the conditions worsened. Within a handful of laps two Championship contenders had seen their hopes of winning the title fall by the wayside. Ralf (still on dry tyres) then inherited the lead which he held until his pitstop six laps later. This allowed Fisichella (also on dries) to take the lead with Ralf in second, as the rain stopped. Meanwhile, Herbert had quietly moved up the order after changing to wet tyres just at the right time.

The heartbreak then reached new levels. On lap 49, Fisichella spun out of the lead like Coulthard before him, giving the lead back to Ralf. But then he too lost the lead (and probable first win) when his right rear tyre punctured, allowing Herbert to take the lead which he would not lose. Further back the Minardis were taking full advantage of the unpredictable nature of the race with Badoer in fourth and Gené in seventh. But with just 13 laps to go, Badoer's gearbox failed, denying the Ferrari test driver his first ever Formula 1 points and leaving him in tears. Gené was promoted to 6th, which became 5th when Jacques Villeneuve's car failed, robbing the BAR team of their first-ever point. Behind him, Irvine and Häkkinen had fought their way back into contention for points, with Irvine holding 6th ahead of Häkkinen. After cruising for most of the race, Häkkinen turned up the pressure, eventually forcing Irvine into a mistake and taking 6th place. At the front Barrichello tried everything to pass Trulli for 2nd and make it a Stewart 1-2, but ultimately had to settle for 3rd. Meanwhile, Häkkinen caught and passed Gené for 5th to earn 2 invaluable points, but the Spaniard held onto 6th ahead of Irvine to give Minardi their first point for four seasons.

Post-raceEdit

It was the only race ever won by the Stewart Grand Prix team, as well as being the only time Stewart had two drivers finish on the podium. It was also the last Grand Prix victory for Johnny Herbert, and the last podium finish for the Prost Grand Prix team. Jackie Stewart considered the race greater than any of his own race wins.

ResultsEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Stewart-Ford 66 1:41:54.314 14 10
2 19 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 66 +22.619 10 6
3 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 66 +22.866 15 4
4 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec 66 +39.508 4 3
5 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 66 +1:02.950 3 2
6 21 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Ford 66 +1:05.154 20 1
7 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 66 +1:06.683 9
8 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Supertec 65 +1 lap 17
9 18 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 65 +1 lap 5
10 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Supertec 61 Clutch 8
Ret 20 Italy Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 53 Gearbox 19
Ret 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 52 Gearbox 22
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 48 Spun off 6
Ret 3 Finland Mika Salo Ferrari 44 Brakes 12
Ret 15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Arrows 42 Accident 21
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 37 Spun off 2
Ret 11 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 35 Halfshaft 16
Ret 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 32 Electrical 1
Ret 5 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Williams-Supertec 10 Collision 18
Ret 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Electrical 7
Ret 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 0 Collision 11
Ret 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 13

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

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NotesEdit

  1. Shortened from the scheduled 67 laps
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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