San Marino GP 1999
MAY 2, 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.
|3||16||Rubens Barrichello||Stewart-Ford||61||1 Lap||1m27.409||6|
|4||7||Damon Hill||Jordan-Mugen Honda||61||1 Lap||1m27.708||8|
|5||9||Giancarlo Fisichella||Benetton-Supertec||61||1 Lap||1m28.750||16|
|6||11||Jean Alesi||Sauber-Petronas||61||1 Lap||1m28.253||13|
|7||23||Ricardo Zonta||BAR-Supertec||61||1 Lap||1m29.451||19|
|8||20||Luca Badoer||Minardi-Ford||59||3 Laps||1m30.945||22|
|9||21||Marc Gene||Minardi-Ford||59||3 Laps||1m30.035||21|
|10||17||Johnny Herbert||Stewart-Ford||58||4 Laps||1m28.246||12|
|11||5||Alessandro Zanardi||Williams-Supertec||58||4 Laps||1m28.142||10|
|r||8||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Jordan-Mugen Honda||46||Spin||1m27.708||7|
|r||15||Pedro de la Rosa||Arrows||5||Accident||1m29.293||18|