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Japan  1999 Japanese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 16 of 16 in the 1999 Formula One season
Suzuka International Racing Course (last modified in 1991)
Suzuka International Racing Course (last modified in 1991)
Date October 31, 1999
Official name XXV Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix
Location Suzuka, Mie, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
5.864 km (3.644 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 310.792 km (193.117 mi)
Weather Overcast, mild, dry
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:37.470
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:41.319 on lap 31
Podium
First Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Second Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Third United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari

The 1999 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on October 31, 1999 at the Suzuka International Racing Course in Suzuka, Japan. It was the sixteenth and final race of the 1999 Formula One season, and the final race of former World Champion Damon Hill.

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Report

Mika Häkkinen and Eddie Irvine were battling for the drivers title. Eddie Irvine was leading by four points, meaning that if Häkkinen won the race then he would be Champion, regardless of where Irvine finished. However, if Häkkinen had finished second, Irvine would only have needed fourth to take the title.

In qualifying, Irvine's Ferrari team mate, Michael Schumacher took pole position, with Häkkinen second, David Coulthard, Häkkinen's McLaren team mate, third. Jordan's Heinz-Harald Frentzen was fourth, with Irvine fifth, and Prost's Olivier Panis sixth. If the result of qualifying had been the result of the race, Häkkinen would have been the champion. However, as it was considered likely that Irvine would finish higher in the race, Häkkinen would almost certainly have to beat Schumacher to win the title.

At the start of the race, Häkkinen took the lead from Schumacher, while Irvine passed Frentzen and Coulthard, all three were overtaken by Panis. The Häkkinen, Schumacher, Panis, Irvine, Coulthard, Frentzen order remained for the first part of the race, until lap 16 when Panis pitted. Three laps later Panis retired with a broken alternator drive. Schumacher briefly took the lead when Häkkinen pitted on lap 19, but Häkkinen retook the lead when Schumacher pitted on lap 22. Coulthard also pitted on lap 22, and when Irvine made his stop the following lap, Coulthard was able to pass him. The Häkkinen, Schumacher, Coulthard, Irvine order stood until lap 34, when Coulthard spun into the wall and lost his nose. He pitted for a new one and rejoined just in front of Schumacher. Coulthard deliberately held up Schumacher, costing him several seconds. Schumacher later criticized Coulthard's behaviour. Coulthard retired a few laps later with a hydraulic failure. There were no major changes up front after that, Häkkinen won the race and the drivers title.

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:37.470
2 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.820 +0.350
3 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:38.239 +0.769
4 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:38.696 +1.226
5 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:38.975 +1.505
6 18 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:39.623 +2.153
7 19 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:39.644 +2.174
8 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Stewart-Ford 1:39.706 +2.236
9 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec 1:39.717 +2.247
10 11 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:39.721 +2.251
11 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Supertec 1:39.732 +2.262
12 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:40.140 +2.670
13 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:40.140 +2.670
14 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:40.261 +2.791
15 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:40.303 +2.833
16 5 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Williams-Supertec 1:40.403 +2.933
17 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1:40.740 +3.270
18 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Supertec 1:40.861 +3.391
19 15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Arrows 1:41.067 +3.597
20 21 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Ford 1:41.529 +4.059
21 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 1:41.708 +4.238
22 20 Italy Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 1:42.515 +5.045

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 53 1:31:18.785 2 10
2 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 +5.015 1 6
3 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 53 +1:35.688 5 4
4 8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 53 +1:38.635 4 3
5 6 Germany Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec 53 +1:39.494 9 2
6 11 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 10 1
7 17 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Stewart-Ford 52 +1 Lap 8  
8 16 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 52 +1 Lap 13  
9 22 Canada Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Supertec 52 +1 Lap 11  
10 10 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 52 +1 Lap 15  
11 12 Brazil Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 52 +1 Lap 17  
12 23 Brazil Ricardo Zonta BAR-Supertec 52 +1 Lap 18  
13 14 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 51 +2 Laps 21  
14 9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 47 Engine 14  
Ret 15 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Arrows 43 Gearbox 19  
Ret 20 Italy Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 43 Engine 22  
Ret 2 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 39 Hydraulics 3  
Ret 21 Spain Marc Gené Minardi-Ford 31 Gearbox 20  
Ret 7 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 21 Fatigue 12  
Ret 18 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 19 Alternator 6  
Ret 19 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 3 Engine 7  
Ret 5 Italy Alessandro Zanardi Williams-Supertec 0 Electrical 16  

Standings after Grand Prix

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 76
2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 74
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 54
4 United Kingdom David Coulthard 48
5 Germany Michael Schumacher 44
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Italy Ferrari 128
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 124
3 Republic of Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 61
4 Italy Stewart-Ford 36
5 United Kingdom Williams-Supertec 35
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Notes

References

Report
"Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix - 1999". Grand Prix Racing. http://www.gpracing.net192.com/races/reports/646.cfm. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 

Classification
"1999 Japanese Grand Prix". The Official Formula 1 Website. http://www.formula1.com/results/season/1999/83/. Retrieved 2007-07-30. 
"1999 Japanese GP: Classification". ChicaneF1.com. http://www.chicanef1.com/race.pl?year=1999&gp=Japanese%20GP&type=res. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 

Notes, Race details
"1999 Japanese GP: Overview". ChicaneF1.com. http://www.chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=1999&gp=Japanese%20GP. Retrieved 2007-08-02. 

Footnotes

Previous race:
1999 Malaysian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1999 season
Next race:
2000 Australian Grand Prix
Previous race:
1998 Japanese Grand Prix
Japanese Grand Prix Next race:
2000 Japanese Grand Prix







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