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1999 Brazilian Grand Prix

1999 Brazilian Grand PrixDescription : The 1999 Brazilian Grand Prix (formally the XXVIII Grande Prêmio Malboro do Brasil) was a Formula One motor race held on 11 April 1999 at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil. It was the second race of the 1999 Formula One season. The race, contested over 71 laps, was won by McLaren drive Mika Häkkinen after starting from pole position. Michael Schumacher finished second in a Ferrari with Heinz-Harald Frentzen third for the Jordan team.Ricardo Zonta did not qualify for the race... Page:1304

Brazil  1999 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 16 in the 1999 Formula One season
Autódromo José Carlos Pace(last modified in 1997)
Autódromo José Carlos Pace
(last modified in 1997)
DateApril 11, 1999
Official nameXXVIII Grande Prêmio Marlboro do Brasil
LocationInterlagos, São Paulo, Brazil
CoursePermanent racing facility
Course length4.292 km (2.667 mi)
Distance72 laps, 309.024 km (192.019 mi)
WeatherSunny, hot, dry during race
Rain during practice
Pole position
Driver
  • Finland Mika Häkkinen
McLaren-Mercedes
Time1.16.568
Fastest lap
DriverFinland Mika HäkkinenMcLaren-Mercedes
Time1:18.448 on lap 70
Podium
First
  • Finland Mika Häkkinen
McLaren-Mercedes
Second
  • Germany Michael Schumacher
Ferrari
Third
  • Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Jordan-Mugen-Honda

The 1999 Brazilian Grand Prix (formally the XXVIII Grande Prêmio Malboro do Brasil) was a Formula One motor race held on 11 April 1999 at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil. It was the second race of the 1999 Formula One season. The race, contested over 71 laps, was won by McLaren drive Mika Häkkinen after starting from pole position. Michael Schumacher finished second in a Ferrari with Heinz-Harald Frentzen third for the Jordan team.

Ricardo Zonta did not qualify for the race, after he had injured his left foot in a big crash during Saturday's practice.


Report

Background

Driver Changes

The race marked the debut for Stéphane Sarrazin, who drove the Minardi for an injured Luca Badoer. Badoer had injured his hand in a testing accident, and Sarrazin - then the test driver for Prost - was drafted in to Minardi.

As Luca Badoer returned for the following race, and he was still the test driver for Prost, it was Stéphane Sarrazin's only entry in Formula One.

Race

At the start of the race, pole sitter Mika Häkkinen raced off with the lead, while his McLaren teammate David Coulthard stalled on the grid. McLaren at this point had been reeling from a double-DNF at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix, and Coulthard's failure raised eyebrows at the team. Coulthard's car was pushed into the pit lane, where it was restarted as the leaders began lap 4.

On lap 4, local hero Rubens Barrichello took the lead of the race from Mika Häkkinen after Häkkinen's car suffered a temporary transmission malfunction and was unable to select any gears. Häkkinen was also passed by Michael Schumacher before his car regained the ability to select gears. Barrichello was able to stay in front until he pitted on lap 27. It was the first time a Stewart car had led a race. The crowd of roughly 80,000 cheered wildly as "Rubinho" built a lead of about 5 seconds over Schumacher.

Alexander Wurz and Damon Hill collided on lap 10, ending Hill's race. Rubens Barrichello fell to fourth place after his pit stop, and Michael Schumacher took over the lead. David Coulthard's day ended when he pulled off the track with a mechanical failure. Stéphane Sarrazin had a massive crash on the pit straight on lap 31 after suffering a wing failure, with him spinning more than six times. On lap 35, Barrichello passed Eddie Irvine under braking into the first corner to take third place.

Michael Schumacher came in for a pit stop on lap 38, allowing Mika Häkkinen past. Häkkinen had been held up by Schumacher, so he began trying to build up enough of a gap so he could come out ahead of Schumacher after his own pit stop. Lap traffic delayed his progress at first, but after one lap he was able to turn in a couple of fast laps. He pitted on lap 42, and his fast laps combined with quick work by his pit crew allowed him to easily retain the lead over Schumacher.

On lap 42, Pedro Diniz spun off and beached his car after trying to pass another car to the inside. Rubens Barrichello's race ended on the same lap with a blown engine. Eddie Irvine came in for an unscheduled pit stop on lap 55 to clear the radiators of his overheating Ferrari, dropping him back to fifth.

Mika Häkkinen won the race, with Michael Schumacher second. Heinz-Harald Frentzen was classified third despite running out of fuel on the final lap, as the next car was a lap down. Ralf Schumacher finished fourth after being closely pursued by Eddie Irvine for the last few laps.

Classification

Qualifying

PosNoDriverConstructorTimeGap
11Finland Mika HäkkinenMcLaren-Mercedes1:16.568 
22United Kingdom David CoulthardMcLaren-Mercedes1:16.715+0.147
316Brazil Rubens BarrichelloStewart-Ford1:17.305+0.737
43Germany Michael SchumacherFerrari1:17.578+1.010
59Italy Giancarlo FisichellaBenetton-Playlife1:17.810+1.242
64United Kingdom Eddie IrvineFerrari1:17.843+1.275
77United Kingdom Damon HillJordan-Mugen-Honda1:17.884+1.316
88Germany Heinz-Harald FrentzenJordan-Mugen-Honda1:17.902+1.334
910Austria Alexander WurzBenetton-Playlife1:18.334+1.766
1017United Kingdom Johnny HerbertStewart-Ford1:18.374+1.806
116Germany Ralf SchumacherWilliams-Supertec1:18.506+1.938
1218France Olivier PanisProst-Peugeot1:18.636+2.068
1319Italy Jarno TrulliProst-Peugeot1:18.684+2.116
1411France Jean AlesiSauber-Petronas1:18.716+2.148
1512Brazil Pedro DinizSauber-Petronas1:19.194+2.626
165Italy Alessandro ZanardiWilliams-Supertec1:19.452+2.884
1720France Stéphane SarrazinMinardi-Ford1:20.016+3.448
1814Spain Pedro de la RosaArrows1:20.075+3.507
1915Japan Toranosuke TakagiArrows1:20.096+3.528
2021Spain Marc GenéMinardi-Ford1:20.710+4.142
2122Canada Jacques VilleneuveBAR-Supertec Penalty
DNS23Brazil Ricardo ZontaBAR-Supertec Injured
1.^ Qualified 16th, stripped of time due to illegal fuel.

Race

PosNoDriverConstructorLapsTime/RetiredGridPoints
11Finland Mika HäkkinenMcLaren-Mercedes721:36:03.785110
23Germany Michael SchumacherFerrari72+4.92546
38Germany Heinz-Harald FrentzenJordan-Mugen-Honda71Out of fuel84
46Germany Ralf SchumacherWilliams-Supertec71+1 Lap113
54United Kingdom Eddie IrvineFerrari71+1 Lap62
618France Olivier PanisProst-Peugeot71+1 Lap121
710Austria Alexander WurzBenetton-Playlife70+2 Laps9 
815Japan Toranosuke TakagiArrows69+3 Laps19 
921Spain Marc GenéMinardi-Ford69+3 Laps20 
Ret14Spain Pedro de la RosaArrows52Hydraulics17 
Ret22Canada Jacques VilleneuveBAR-Supertec49Hydraulics21 
Ret5Italy Alessandro ZanardiWilliams-Supertec43Gearbox16 
Ret16Brazil Rubens BarrichelloStewart-Ford42Engine3 
Ret12Brazil Pedro DinizSauber-Petronas42Collision15 
Ret9Italy Giancarlo FisichellaBenetton-Playlife38Clutch5 
Ret20France Stéphane SarrazinMinardi-Ford31Accident18 
Ret11France Jean AlesiSauber-Petronas27Gearbox14 
Ret2United Kingdom David CoulthardMcLaren-Mercedes22Gearbox2 
Ret19Italy Jarno TrulliProst-Peugeot21Gearbox13 
Ret17United Kingdom Johnny HerbertStewart-Ford15Hydraulics10 
Ret7United Kingdom Damon HillJordan-Mugen-Honda10Collision7 
DNQ23Brazil Ricardo ZontaBAR-SupertecNot qualified 

Standings after Grand Prix

Drivers' Championship standings
PosDriverPoints
1United Kingdom Eddie Irvine12
2Finland Mika Häkkinen10
3Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen10
4Germany Ralf Schumacher7
5Germany Michael Schumacher6
Constructors' Championship standings
PosConstructorPoints
1Italy Ferrari18
2United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes10
3Republic of Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda10
4United Kingdom Williams-Supertec7
5Italy Benetton-Playlife3
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
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