Hungarian GP 1999

Hungarian GP, 1999

Mika Hakkinen wanted a win in Hungary to close the gap on Eddie Irvine in the World Championship and he qualified on pole position as usual. Irvine was second on the grid with the second McLaren of David Coulthard third.

At the start the Scotsman did not do well and was overtaken by Giancarlo Fisichella's Benetton and by Heinz-Harald Frentzen in the Jordan-Mugen. Hakkinen built a healthy lead while Coulthard had to wait until he had some clear road after Fisichella and Frentzen pitted. When he stopped he was able to emerge ahead of both of them. Rubens Barrichello was on a one-stop strategy in his Stewart-Ford and so held Coulthard behind him for some laps, but when he pitted David was able to chase after Irvine.

In the closing laps he was right on Irvine's tail. The Ferrari driver cracked under the pressure on lap 62 and slid wide. With Hakkinen winning the race, Coulthard took second leaving Irvine a disappointed third. Frentzen again collected points in fourth place and Barrichello ended the day fifth, just ahead of an on-form Damon Hill in his Jordan-Mugen.

Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes  77 1h46m23.536  1m18.156 
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes  77 9.706  1m18.384 
Eddie Irvine Ferrari  77 27.228  1m18.263 
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen Honda  77 31.815  1m18.664 
16 Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford  77 43.808  1m19.095 
Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen Honda  77 55.726  1m18.667 
10 Alexander Wurz Benetton-Supertec  77 1m01.012  1m18.733 
19 Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot  76 1 Lap  1m19.788 13 
Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec  76 1 Lap  1m19.945 16 
10 18 Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot  76 1 Lap  1m19.841 14 
11 17 Johnny Herbert Stewart-Ford  76 1 Lap  1m19.389 10 
12 Mika Salo Ferrari  75 2 Laps  1m20.369 18 
13 23 Ricardo Zonta BAR-Supertec  75 2 Laps  1m20.060 17 
14 20 Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford  75 2 Laps  1m20.961 19 
15 15 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows  75 2 Laps  1m21.328 20 
16 11 Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas  74 3 Laps  1m19.390 11 
17 21 Marc Gene Minardi-Ford  74 3 Laps  1m21.867 22 
22 Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Supertec  60 Clutch 1m19.127 
Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Supertec  52 Electronics 1m18.515 
14 Toranosuke Takagi Arrows  26 Driveshaft 1m21.675 21 
12 Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas  19 Spin 1m19.782 12 
Alessandro Zanardi Williams-Supertec  10 Differential 1m19.924 15