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1999 European Grand Prix

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1999 European Grand Prix
Race 14 of 16 in the 1999 Formula One World Championship
The Nürburgring in its 1999 configuration
The Nürburgring in its 1999 configuration
Race details
Date 26 September 1999
Official name Warsteiner Grand Prix of Europe
Location Nürburgring
Nürburg, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.556 km (2.831 mi)
Distance 66 laps, 300.696 km (186.852 mi)
Scheduled distance 67 laps, 305.252 km (189.684 mi)
Weather Wet/Dry
Pole position
Driver Jordan-Mugen-Honda
Time 1:19.910
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:21.282 on lap 64
First Stewart-Ford
Second Prost-Peugeot
Third Stewart-Ford

The 1999 European Grand Prix (formally the Warsteiner Grand Prix of Europe[1]) was a Formula One motor race held on 26 September 1999 at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany. It was the fourteenth race of the 1999 FIA Formula One World Championship. The 66-lap race was won by Johnny Herbert, driving a Stewart-Ford, with Jarno Trulli second in a Prost-Peugeot and Herbert's teammate Rubens Barrichello third.

It was considered to be one of the most eventful and exciting races of the 1999 season. Going into the race Mika Häkkinen, Eddie Irvine, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and David Coulthard were all harbouring World Championship aspirations. Häkkinen and Irvine were tied for the points lead, with Frentzen 10 points behind them and Coulthard a further two points back. In the previous round at Monza, Häkkinen had made an unforced error while leading, Coulthard and Irvine finished only 5th and 6th and Frentzen took his second race win of the season.

In the race, a high number of retirements saw Marc Gené take 6th place for the Minardi team, their first points since Pedro Lamy's at the 1995 Australian Grand Prix. The Stewart cars took first and third, with Prost's Jarno Trulli finishing second. As a consequence of the race, Häkkinen moved into the lead in the World Drivers' Championship, two points ahead of Irvine, with Frentzen a further twelve behind. In the World Constructors Championship, McLaren extended their lead to twelve points over Ferrari. It would prove to be Johnny Herbert's 3rd and final F1 victory, also his 7th and final podium in what was the only victory for the Stewart Grand Prix team as well as their only double podium.

This would be the last time until the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix that both Ferraris in the race would fail to score points.



Heading into the race, McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen and Ferrari driver Eddie Irvine were tied for the lead of the World Drivers' Championship on 60 points each. Jordan driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen was third on 50, followed by Häkkinen's team-mate David Coulthard on 48. In the Constructors' Championship, McLaren led Ferrari by six points, 108 to 102, with Jordan third on 57.

Following the Italian Grand Prix on 12 September, four teams (McLaren, Williams, Jordan, Stewart) conducted testing sessions at the Magny-Cours circuit on 14–16 September. Coulthard set the fastest time on all three days of testing. Williams, Jordan and Stewart ran for only two days at Magny-Cours. Ferrari ran their pairing Irvine and Mika Salo at the team's test circuit of Mugello. Ferrari test driver and Minardi driver Luca Badoer performed engine development work at their test track at Fiorano with Irvine performing shakedown runs. Benetton performed aerodynamic mapping tests at RAF Kemble with Arrows and Minardi electing not to test.[2]

Practice and qualifying

Two practice sessions were held before the Sunday race—one on Friday from 11:00 to 14:00 local time, and a second on Saturday morning between 09:00 and 11:00. The first practice session took place in dry conditions. The ambient temperature was 19 °C (66 °F) and the track temperature was 25 °C (77 °F) during the hour-long period.[3]

Saturday afternoon's qualifying session was held from 13:00 to 14:00 local time. Each driver was limited to twelve laps with the implementation of a 107% rule to exclude slow drivers from competing in the Sunday race. The session was held on a wet track – the result of previous rainfall with isolated showers a few hours before qualifying. The ambient temperature ranged between 14 and 15 °C (57 and 59 °F), while the track temperature ranged between 15 and 18 °C (59 and 64 °F).[4] Frentzen clinched second pole position of his career, in his Jordan 199, with a time of 1:19.910. Although he was dissatisfied with earlier problems finding the ideal setup during practice—he said that he felt fantastic to be on pole position—he believed he could have made a faster lap, as he was carrying five laps worth of fuel on board.[5] Frentzen was joined on the front row by Coulthard who was two-tenths of a second slower.


On race day the track was dry but the start was delayed when Zanardi and Gené lined up out of sequence on the grid, necessitating another formation lap. As the start was aborted during the start lights' sequence, the top five qualifiers and Alesi actually jumped the start but were not penalised due to the aborting of the start. When the race finally got under way, Frentzen led from Häkkinen, but further back there was trouble at the first corner. Hill's Jordan suffered an electrical failure in the middle of the pack which caused Wurz to swerve into Diniz, sending the Sauber into a barrel roll. The safety car was deployed while Diniz was helped uninjured from his car – a fortunate end result as it was later revealed that the Sauber's rollbar had failed when it hit the ground.

The race settled down with the top six Frentzen, Häkkinen, Coulthard, Ralf Schumacher, Fisichella and Irvine. On lap 17, Irvine passed Fisichella after pressuring the Italian into running wide at turn 8. Whilst further back Alessandro Zanardi was an unfortunate victim to the collision between Diniz and Wurz as his car was damaged from this incident earlier on and would eventually retire on lap 11 when his Supertec engine stalled. Just moments later the rain began to fall and Ralf Schumacher took advantage of the damp track to pass Coulthard. End of lap 20 Häkkinen pitted for wet tyres, which proved to be premature as the rain quickly blew over and the track dried. The following lap Irvine pitted for dry tyres but the stop lasted 28 seconds with the right-rear mechanics seemingly confused over a last minute change in tyre choice. Team mate Salo had damaged his wing the previous lap leaving the Ferrari pitcrew unprepared for Irvine. On lap 24 Häkkinen on wet tyres was lapping around seven seconds slower than the leaders and was overtaken by Irvine over the start-finish straight dropping to 13th position. Soon afterwards, with his tyres clearly overheating, Häkkinen pitted again to change back to dry tyres emerging just in front of Fisichella who was in fact a full lap ahead of the championship leader.

Ralf Schumacher pitted from 2nd position at the end of lap 27 for his scheduled first stop leaving Frentzen and Coulthard battling at the front followed by Fisichella twelve seconds behind the leaders in 3rd place. At the end of lap 32 both Frentzen and Coulthard pitted for their first scheduled stops with both Jordan and McLaren mechanics impeccably turning their cars around in 7 seconds, and both returning comfortably ahead of Schumacher. At this point in the race both Irvine and Häkkinen were well out of the points, meaning that if the order stayed the same Frentzen, Irvine, and Häkkinen would have all been tied for the points lead with two races to go, with Coulthard six points behind them.

What followed was a series of retirements. The first to fall was Frentzen, who ground to a halt at the first corner after his pitstop because he had forgotten to disable the car's anti-stall system. The team claimed it was an "electrical issue" in order to protect Frentzen.[6] Coulthard inherited the lead and stayed out front until the rain came back with a vengeance. The Scot chose to stay out on dry tyres while most pitted for wets, which ultimately proved to be a costly mistake, as he slid off the road and out of the race on the 38th lap as the conditions worsened. Within a handful of laps two Championship contenders had seen their hopes of winning the title fall by the wayside. Ralf (still on dry tyres) then inherited the lead which he held until his pitstop six laps later. This allowed Fisichella (also on dry tyres) to take the lead with Ralf in second, as the rain stopped. Meanwhile, Herbert had quietly moved up the order after changing to wet tyres just at the right time. Mika Salo would soon be forced to retire with brake problems.

The heartbreak then reached new levels. On lap 49, Fisichella spun out of the lead like Coulthard before him leaving him like Coulthard (emotionally distressed), giving the lead back to Ralf. But then Ralf too lost the lead (and probable first win) when his right rear tyre punctured, allowing Herbert to take the lead which he would not lose. Further back the Minardis were taking full advantage of the unpredictable nature of the race with Badoer in fourth and Gené in seventh. But with just 13 laps to go, Badoer's gearbox failed, denying the Ferrari test driver his first ever Formula 1 points and leaving him in tears. Gené was promoted to 6th, which became 5th when Jacques Villeneuve's car failed with a broken clutch, robbing the BAR team of a chance to get their first-ever point before 2000. Behind him, Irvine and Häkkinen had fought their way back into contention for points, with Irvine holding 6th ahead of Häkkinen. After cruising for most of the race, Häkkinen turned up the pressure, eventually forcing Irvine into a mistake and taking 6th place. At the front Barrichello tried everything to pass Trulli for 2nd and make it a Stewart 1–2, but ultimately had to settle for 3rd. Meanwhile, Häkkinen caught and passed Gené for 5th to earn 2 invaluable points, but the Spaniard held onto 6th ahead of Irvine to give Minardi their first point in four seasons.


It was the only race ever won by the Stewart Grand Prix team, as well as being the only time Stewart had two drivers finish on the podium. It was also the last Grand Prix victory for Johnny Herbert, and the last podium finish for the Prost Grand Prix team. Jackie Stewart considered the race greater than any of his own race wins. This was the final time that both Ferrari cars failed to score until the 2003 Brazilian Grand Prix.

Marc Gené's performance, in finishing 6th ahead of championship contender Irvine, is considered by many as the deciding factor in the Drivers' Championship, for it is often believed that had Irvine passed Gené for sixth, he would have had the extra point to win the title (with Schumacher letting Irvine pass him during the race in Japan).



Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:19.910  
2 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.176 +0.266
3 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.376 +0.466
4 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec 1:20.444 +0.534
5 18 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:20.638 +0.728
6 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:20.781 +0.871
7 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:20.818 +0.908
8 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Supertec 1:20.825 +0.915
9 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:20.842 +0.932
10 19 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:20.965 +1.055
11 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:21.144 +1.234
12 3 Finland Mika Salo Ferrari 1:21.314 +1.404
13 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1:21.345 +1.435
14 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Stewart-Ford 1:21.379 +1.469
15 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:21.490 +1.580
16 11 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:21.634 +1.724
17 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Supertec 1:22.267 +2.357
18 5 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Williams-Supertec 1:22.284 +2.374
19 20 Italy Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 1:22.631 +2.721
20 21 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Ford 1:22.760 +2.850
21 15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Arrows 1:23.401 +3.491
22 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 1:23.698 +3.788
107% time: 1:25.504
Source: [7]


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Stewart-Ford 66 1:41:54.314 14 10
2 19 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 66 + 22.619 10 6
3 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 66 + 22.866 15 4
4 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec 66 + 39.508 4 3
5 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 66 + 1:02.950 3 2
6 21 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Ford 66 + 1:05.154 20 1
7 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 66 + 1:06.683 9
8 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Supertec 65 + 1 Lap 17
9 18 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 65 + 1 Lap 5
10 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Supertec 61 Clutch 8
Ret 20 Italy Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 53 Gearbox 19
Ret 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 52 Gearbox 22
Ret 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 48 Spun Off 6
Ret 3 Finland Mika Salo Ferrari 44 Brakes 12
Ret 15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Arrows 42 Accident 21
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 37 Spun Off 2
Ret 11 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 35 Halfshaft 16
Ret 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 32 Electrical 1
Ret 5 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Williams-Supertec 10 Collision 18
Ret 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Electrical 7
Ret 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 0 Collision 11
Ret 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 13

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.


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  2. ^ "This week's testing activity". 20 September 1999. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Johnny Herbert Website: Race News, European GP". The Johnny Herbert Website. Archived from the original on 28 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  4. ^ "Frentzen on Pole". Gale Force F1. Archived from the original on 10 December 2006. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  5. ^ Lupini, Michele (25 September 1999). "Hometown Heinz Forces the Door Open". Atlas F1.
  6. ^ "UNCOVERED: Jordan insider explains real reason Frentzen retired from the '99 European GP". Retrieved 29 April 2020.
  7. ^ F1, STATS. "Europe 1999 - Qualifications • STATS F1". Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  8. ^ "1999 European Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Europe 1999 - Championship • STATS F1". Retrieved 15 March 2019.

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1999 Italian Grand Prix
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