1999 Italian Grand Prix
|Race 13 of 16 in the 1999 Formula One season|
Autodromo Nazionale Monza (last modified in 1995)
|Date||September 12, 1999|
|Official name||LXX Gran Premio Campari d'Italia|
|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)|
|Time||1:25.579 on lap 48|
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) 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.
Championship standings after the race
- 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.
- "1999 Italian GP: Overview". ChicaneF1.com. Retrieved 2007-08-02.
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