Austrian GP 1999
JULY 25, 1999
Austrian GP, 1999
Two weeks after Michael Schumacher's crash in the British GP at Silverstone, Eddie Irvine arrived in Austria as Ferrari team leader, but at the A1 Ring the Ulsterman got a shock in qualifying when he was a second off the pace of the two McLaren-Mercedes. As usual Mika Hakkinen was on pole with David Coulthard second. Behind Irvine were Heinz-Harald Frentzen in his Jordan-Mugen and Rubens Barrichello in his Stewart-Ford. Michael Schumacher's Ferrari replacement - Mika Salo - qualified seventh.
Hakkinen took the lead at the start but at the second corner he was tipped into a spin by Coulthard. The Scotsman took the lead - and later the blame. In the confusion that followed Barrichello got ahead of Irvine. Further back Salo ran into the Stewart of Johnny Herbert.
Coulthard seemed to have the race sewn up as he pulled away with Irvine stuck behind Barrichello, but after his pit stop David struggled with the car and when Irvine pitted the Ferrari driver was able to get into the lead. The McLaren improved as the fuel burned off but Coulthard was stuck behind the Ferrari and stayed there until the finish, the two crossing the line separated by only 0.313s. Hakkinen drove a brilliant recovery to finish third but he was angry as his lead in the World Championship had been cut from eight points to two.
|4||8||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Jordan-Mugen Honda||71||52.803||1m12.266||4|
|7||19||Jarno Trulli||Prost-Peugeot||70||1 Lap||1m12.999||13|
|8||7||Damon Hill||Jordan-Mugen Honda||70||1 Lap||1m12.901||11|
|9||3||Mika Salo||Ferrari||70||1 Lap||1m12.514||7|
|10||18||Olivier Panis||Prost-Peugeot||70||1 Lap||1m13.457||18|
|11||21||Marc Gene||Minardi-Ford||70||1 Lap||1m14.363||22|
|12||9||Giancarlo Fisichella||Benetton-Supertec||68||3 Laps||1m12.924||12|
|13||20||Luca Badoer||Minardi-Ford||68||3 Laps||1m13.606||19|
|14||17||Johnny Herbert||Stewart-Ford||67||4 Laps||1m12.488||6|
|15||23||Ricardo Zonta||BAR-Supertec||63||8 Laps||1m13.172||15|
|r||15||Pedro de la Rosa||Arrows||38||Brakes||1m14.139||21|