1999 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Malaysia  1999 Malaysian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 15 of 16 in the 1999 Formula One season
Sepang International Circuit (new circuit)
Date 17 October 1999
Official name I Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
Location Sepang, Malaysia
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.542 km (3.444 mi)
Distance 56 laps, 310.352 km (192.853 mi)
Weather Cloudy, hot, dry
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:39.688
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:40.267 on lap 25
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third McLaren-Mercedes

The 1999 Malaysian Grand Prix (formally the I Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix) was a Formula One race held on 17 October 1999 at the Sepang International Circuit near Sepang, Malaysia. It was the fifteenth race of the 1999 Formula One season. The race, contested over 56 laps, was won by Eddie Irvine driving a Ferrari car from a second position start. Michael Schumacher, in his first race back since breaking his leg during that season's British Grand Prix at Silverstone, and who started from pole position, finished second with Mika Häkkinen finishing third driving for McLaren.

Report[edit]

This was the first Malaysian Grand Prix since a Formula Holden event in 1995, but the first time at Formula One world championship level.

Ferrari F399's bargeboard

Michael Schumacher returned to Formula One having recovered from his broken leg, and replaced Mika Salo at Ferrari. The German took pole position by nearly a second, won the start with Irvine in second and Coulthard in third, and went off in the lead with Irvine having trouble keeping Coulthard, Häkkinen and Barrichello behind him. On lap four Schumacher slowed and allowed Irvine to pass him and then proceeded to block Coulthard and the others. But on the next lap he forced his way past the Ferrari and went off in pursuit of Irvine. He was challenging for the lead when his car broke down.

Back in second place, Schumacher slowed down again to allow Irvine to get an advantage. Then, needing to stay ahead of Häkkinen during the pit stops, Michael accelerated the pace in order to build a lead. Realising this, McLaren took a risk. They gave Häkkinen half a tank of fuel and hoped it would be enough to get him out of the pits ahead of Schumacher.

The gamble failed. Schumacher blocked Häkkinen again and the gap to Irvine went up to around 20secs. Irvine did not have a big enough advantage to stay ahead at his second stop but Ferrari was sure that Häkkinen would have to stop again. He did, emerging in fourth place behind Herbert. Schumacher slowed again to allow Irvine to take the lead. Häkkinen could do no more than force his way past Herbert to take third place.[1] Immediately after the race the two Ferraris were disqualified due to an infringement on their bargeboards. This meant that Mika Häkkinen was effectively handed the championship by default. However, Ferrari appealed against the FIA's decision in court and both drivers were subsequently reinstated.[2]

As a consequence of the race, Irvine regained the lead of the Drivers' Championship over Häkkinen and extended the gap to four points with their nearest rival Heinz-Harald Frentzen out of the championship chase as he was nineteen points behind Irvine. In the constructors championship, Ferrari passed McLaren for the lead with a gap of four points.


Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Nat Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:39.688  
2 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:40.635 +0.947
3 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.806 +1.118
4 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.866 +1.178
5 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Stewart-Ford 1:40.937 +1.249
6 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:41.351 +1.663
7 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:41.444 +1.756
8 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec 1:41.558 +1.870
9 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:42.050 +2.362
10 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Supertec 1:42.087 +2.399
11 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:42.110 +2.422
12 18 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:42.208 +2.520
13 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Supertec 1:42.310 +2.622
14 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:42.380 +2.692
15 11 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:42.522 +2.834
16 5 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Williams-Supertec 1:42.885 +3.197
17 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1:42.933 +3.245
18 19 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:42.948 +3.260
19 21 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Ford 1:43.563 +3.875
20 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 1:43.579 +3.891
21 20 Italy Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 1:44.321 +4.633
22 15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Arrows 1:44.637 +4.949

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 56 1:36:38.494 2 10
2 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 56 +1.040 1 6
3 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 56 +9.743 4 4
4 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Stewart-Ford 56 +17.538 5 3
5 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 56 +32.296 6 2
6 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 56 +34.884 14 1
7 11 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 56 +54.408 15  
8 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 56 +1:00.934 7  
9 21 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Ford 55 +1 Lap 19  
10 5 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Williams-Supertec 55 +1 Lap 16  
11 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 52 +4 Laps 11  
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Supertec 48 Hydraulics 10  
Ret 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 44 Spun off 17  
Ret 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 30 Engine 20  
Ret 20 Italy Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 15 Spun off 21  
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 14 Fuel pressure 3  
Ret 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec 7 Spun off 8  
Ret 15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Arrows 7 Transmission 22  
Ret 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Supertec 6 Engine 13  
Ret 18 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 5 Engine 12  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Collision 9  
DNS 19 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 0 Engine 18  

Standings after Grand Prix[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.

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Classification
Qualifying
"1999 Malaysian GP: Qualification". ChicaneF1.com. Retrieved 31 July 2007. 
"Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix - 1999: Startgrid". The Formula One Database. Retrieved 1 August 2007. 
Race
"1999 Malaysian Grand Prix". The Official Formula 1 Website. Retrieved 30 July 2007. 
"1999 Malaysian GP: Classification". ChicaneF1.com. Retrieved 1 August 2007. 

Notes, Race details
"1999 Malaysian GP: Overview". ChicaneF1.com. Retrieved 1 August 2007. 

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ "Ferrari wins F1 appeal". [GrandPrix.com]. 17 October 1999. Archived from the original on 2 December 2010. Retrieved 6 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "GRAND PRIX RESULTS: MALAYSIAN GP, 1999". BBC. 23 October 1999. Archived from the original on 28 February 2008. Retrieved 21 February 2008. 


Previous race:
1999 European Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1999 season
Next race:
1999 Japanese Grand Prix
Previous race:
1995 Malaysian Grand Prix
Malaysian Grand Prix Next race:
2000 Malaysian Grand Prix
Awards
Preceded by
1998 San Marino Grand Prix
Formula One Promotional Trophy
for Race Promoter

1999
Succeeded by
2000 United States Grand Prix