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1999 Brazilian Grand Prix

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1999 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race 2 of 16 in the 1999 Formula One World Championship
Autódromo José Carlos Pace (last modified in 1997)
Autódromo José Carlos Pace
(last modified in 1997)
Race details
Date 11 April 1999
Official name XXVIII Grande Prêmio Marlboro do Brasil
Location Interlagos, São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.292 km (2.667 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 308.994 km (192.000 mi)
Weather Sunny, hot, dry 25 °C (77 °F)[1]
Attendance 80,000
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1.16.568
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:18.448 on lap 70
First McLaren-Mercedes
Second Ferrari
Third Jordan-Mugen-Honda

The 1999 Brazilian Grand Prix (formally the XXVIII Grande Prêmio Marlboro 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 71-lap race was won by McLaren driver 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.[2]



Driver Changes

The race marked the debut for Stéphane Sarrazin, who drove the Minardi for an injured Luca Badoer.[3] Badoer had injured his hand in a testing accident, and Sarrazin - then the test driver for Prost - was drafted in to Minardi.[3]

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.[3]


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.[2] 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.[2] 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.[4] Barrichello was able to stay in front until he pitted on lap 27.[5] It was the first time a Stewart car had led a race.[5] The crowd of roughly 80,000[5] cheered wildly as "Rubinho" built a lead of about 5 seconds over Schumacher.[2]

Alexander Wurz and Damon Hill collided on lap 10, ending Hill's race.[2] Rubens Barrichello fell to fourth place after his pit stop, and Michael Schumacher took over the lead.[4] 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.[3] 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.[4]

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.[2] 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.[4]

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.



Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap Grid
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.568   1
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.715 +0.147 2
3 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:17.305 +0.737 3
4 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:17.578 +1.010 4
5 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:17.810 +1.242 5
6 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:17.843 +1.275 6
7 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:17.884 +1.316 7
8 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:17.902 +1.334 8
9 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:18.334 +1.766 9
10 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Stewart-Ford 1:18.374 +1.806 10
11 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec 1:18.506 +1.938 11
12 18 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:18.636 +2.068 12
13 19 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:18.684 +2.116 13
14 11 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:18.716 +2.148 14
15 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1:19.194 +2.626 15
16 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Supertec  1:19.377 +2.809 21 1
17 5 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Williams-Supertec 1:19.452 +2.884 16
18 20 France Stéphane Sarrazin Minardi-Ford 1:20.016 +3.448 17
19 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 1:20.075 +3.507 18
20 15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Arrows 1:20.096 +3.528 19
21 21 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Ford 1:20.710 +4.142 20
107% time: 1:21.928
DNQ 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Supertec
1.^ Qualified 16th, stripped of time due to illegal fuel.[8]


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 72 1:36:03.785 1 10
2 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 72 +4.925 4 6
3 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 Out of fuel 8 4
4 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec 71 +1 Lap 11 3
5 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 71 +1 Lap 6 2
6 18 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 71 +1 Lap 12 1
7 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 70 +2 Laps 9  
8 15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Arrows 69 +3 Laps 19  
9 21 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Ford 69 +3 Laps 20  
Ret 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 52 Hydraulics 17  
Ret 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Supertec 49 Hydraulics 21  
Ret 5 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Williams-Supertec 43 Gearbox 16  
Ret 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 42 Engine 3  
Ret 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 42 Collision 15  
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 38 Clutch 5  
Ret 20 France Stéphane Sarrazin Minardi-Ford 31 Throttle/Accident 18  
Ret 11 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 27 Gearbox 14  
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 22 Gearbox 2  
Ret 19 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 21 Gearbox 13  
Ret 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Stewart-Ford 15 Hydraulics 10  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 10 Collision damage 7  
DNQ 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Supertec Injured in Qualifying  

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.



  1. ^ Weather info for the 1999 Brazilian Grand Prix at Weather Underground
  2. ^ a b c d e f [1] - article written by Ian Gordon. Published by Sporting Life. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 June 2011. Retrieved 22 February 2019.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ a b c d e Stéphane Sarrazin - Biography Archived 24 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d Car Enthusiast - Brazilian Grand Prix 1999
  5. ^ a b c d BBC News | Formula 1 | Hakkinen takes Brazilian Grand Prix
  6. ^ "1999 Brazilian GP: Qualification". Retrieved 1 August 2007.
  7. ^ "28o Grande Premio Marlboro do Brazil - 1999: Startgrid". The Formula One Database. Archived from the original on 8 October 2007. Retrieved 2 August 2007.
  8. ^ Brazil - Grid | Sporting Life - F1 News | Lewis Hamilton, McLaren, Renault, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Reports, Results & Standings Archived 30 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "1999 Brazilian Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  10. ^ "1999 Brazilian GP: Classification". Retrieved 1 August 2007.
  11. ^ a b "Brazil 1999 - Championship • STATS F1". Retrieved 13 March 2019.

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1999 Australian Grand Prix
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