1999 Italian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 13 of 16 in the 1999 Formula One season
Autodromo Nazionale Monza (last modified in 1995)
Autodromo Nazionale Monza (last modified in 1995)
Date September 12, 1999
Official name LXX Gran Premio Campari d'Italia
Location Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.770 km (3.585 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 305.810 km (190.022 mi)
Weather Hot and dry with temperatures reaching up to 30 °C (86 °F)[1]
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:22.432
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec
Time 1:25.579 on lap 48
First Jordan-Mugen-Honda
Second Williams-Supertec
Third Ferrari

The 1999 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on September 12, 1999 at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza near Monza, Italy. It was the thirteenth race of the 1999 Formula One season.

As a close championship moved towards its conclusion, points leader and defending champion Mika Häkkinen spun off on lap 30 after selecting too low a gear (first instead of second)[2] while comfortably leading the race; this being a virtual repeat of his unforced error at the San Marino Grand Prix earlier in the year. In a rare show of emotion from the Finn, he later burst into tears at the side of the track. The victory was thus inherited by Jordan's Heinz-Harald Frentzen, in what would prove to be the only race the team ever won in dry conditions, as well as being Frentzen's last win in Formula One. Frentzen held off Ralf Schumacher in the less powerful Williams, with Mika Salo giving the home crowd some cheer with third place in his Ferrari. Rubens Barrichello drove a great race in his Stewart, overtaking and holding David Coulthard behind him in a race-long battle, a few days after signing with Ferrari for 2000. Häkkinen's closest title challenger Eddie Irvine could only manage sixth, but his lone point allowed him to draw level with Häkkinen in the championship.

The race started with Häkkinen getting away well, with Zanardi shooting up to second place. Meanwhile, at the back, many cars went wide, just before Marc Gené collided with an Arrows, taking Gené out of the race. Later in the race, Toranosuke Takagi hit the back of the remaining Minardi of Badoer at the second chicane. Takagi pitted to repair his front wing, while Badoer retired on the spot.


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 53 1:17:02.923 2 10
2 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec 53 +3.272 5 6
3 3 Finland Mika Salo Ferrari 53 +11.932 6 4
4 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 53 +17.630 7 3
5 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 53 +18.142 3 2
6 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 53 +27.402 8 1
7 5 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Williams-Supertec 53 +28.047 4  
8 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Supertec 53 +41.797 11  
9 11 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 53 +42.198 13  
10 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 53 +56.259 9  
11 18 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 52 Engine 10  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Stewart-Ford 40 Clutch 15  
Ret 15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Arrows 35 Spun off 22  
Ret 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 35 Withdrew 21  
Ret 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 30 Spun off 1  
Ret 19 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 29 Overheating 12  
Ret 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Supertec 25 Wheel bearing 18  
Ret 20 Italy Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 23 Collision 19  
Ret 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 11 Electrical 14  
Ret 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1 Spun off 16  
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1 Spun off 17  
Ret 21 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Ford 0 Collision 20  

Championship standings after the race[edit]

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


  1. ^ Weather info for the 1999 Italian Grand Prix at Weather Underground
  2. ^ F1 Racing. October 1999.
  3. ^ "1999 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "1999 Italian GP: Classification". ChicaneF1.com. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 

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