San Marino GP 1999

San Marino GP, 1999

McLaren drivers Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard fought for pole position but Ferrari's magic powers came back after a lackluster Friday and Michael Schumacher was only a tenth off the McLaren pace on Saturday. It all looked rather fishy. The fact that Irvine (the World Championship leader) was fourth quickest, half a second behind Schumacher, suggested that Ferrari really had found some pace during their endless miles of testing after the Brazilian GP three weeks earlier. Fifth on the grid was Jacques Villeneuve in the BAR, the new team hoping this would mark the start of its much-heralded success. It did not, Villeneuve stalled at the start.

Hakkinen went rocketing off by himself. The Finn - on a different strategy to Coulthard - had a 13 second advantage at the end of lap 17 when he hit the kerb at the exit of the final corner. The car turned to the left and ploughed straight into the concrete wall. Coulthard and Schumacher were left to fight it out for victory. David, led by Michael, played the traffic better and got ahead during the pits stops. Eddie Irvine's Ferrari retired with engine failure and so third place went to Rubens Barrichello. Damon Hill had a good day for Jordan, finishing fourth although he would have been behind his team-mate Heinz-Harald Frentzen if the German had not slid off on oil from Irvine's engine.

Michael Schumacher Ferrari  62 1h33m44.792  1m26.538 
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes  62 4.265  1m26.384 
16 Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford  61 1 Lap  1m27.409 
Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen Honda  61 1 Lap  1m27.708 
Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Supertec  61 1 Lap  1m28.750 16 
11 Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas  61 1 Lap  1m28.253 13 
23 Ricardo Zonta BAR-Supertec  61 1 Lap  1m29.451 19 
20 Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford  59 3 Laps  1m30.945 22 
21 Marc Gene Minardi-Ford  59 3 Laps  1m30.035 21 
10 17 Johnny Herbert Stewart-Ford  58 4 Laps  1m28.246 12 
11 Alessandro Zanardi Williams-Supertec  58 4 Laps  1m28.142 10 
12 Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas  49 Spin 1m28.599 15 
18 Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot  48 Engine 1m28.205 11 
Eddie Irvine Ferrari  46 Engine 1m26.993 
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen Honda  46 Spin 1m27.708 
14 Toranosuke Takagi Arrows  29 Hydraulics 1m29.451 20 
Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec  28 Engine 1m27.770 
Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes  17 Accident 1m26.362 
10 Alexander Wurz Benetton-Supertec  Accident 1m28.765 17 
15 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows  Accident 1m29.293 18 
22 Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Supertec  Gearbox 1m27.313 
19 Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot  Spin 1m28.403 14