Michael Schumacher broke his leg on Silverstone during the first lap in 1999 British GP after brake failure on his Ferrari F399 at the end of the Hangar straight, for which he missed six races and a chance to fight for the title.

After the first seven races of the championship the situation was very open because Hakkinen led with 40 points ahead of Michael Schumacher who was the second with 32 points, Irvine was third with 26 points, and Frentzen in Jordan fourth with 23 points.

Hakkinen won the sixth pole position in the first eight races on Saturday, ahead of 0.419 seconds ahead of Schumacher and 0.790 seconds ahead of Coulthard.

The McLarens went well off the line after Coulthard overtook Schumacher, just like Irvine did on the outside of the first Copse corner.

But the decisive moment of the race and the championships occurred in the first lap when Schumacher had a brake failure ahead of the Stowe bend braking after Hangar Direction. Telemetry showed that at the time of the failure, the German was traveling at 307.5 km/h, he locked the wheels at 204 km/h and hit the barrier at 108 km/h.

“The accident was caused by a sudden loss of pressure in the rear braking circuit,” said a statement from Ferrari.

“The data did not show anything strange in the warm up lap either in the first half of the first lap.”

Although disappointed, Schumacher was happy to remain alive.

“I understand that now I have absolutely no chance of the championship,” said Schumacher.

“But I am happy to be alive. I am grateful for the safety improvements that have been made in the last few years.”

Hakkinen later also experienced an accident after loose rear left wheel, but escaped without injury.

Coulthard celebrated on his home GP in front of Irvine and Ralf Schumacher, Frentzen and Hill in Jordan, and Diniz in Sauber.

STARTING GRID

1 1 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 1:24.804
2 3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:25.223 0.419
3 2 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:25.594 0.790
4 4 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:25.677 0.873
5 8 H-H.Frentzen Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:25.991 1.187
6 7 Damon Hill Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:26.099 1.295
7 16 R.Barrichello Stewart/Ford 1:26.194 1.390
8 6 Ralf Schumacher Williams/Supertec 1:26.438 1.634
9 22 J.Villeneuve BAR/Supertec 1:26.719 1.915
10 11 Jean Alesi Sauber/Petronas 1:26.761 1.957
11 17 Johnny Herbert Stewart/Ford 1:26.873 2.069
12 12 Pedro Diniz Sauber/Petronas 1:27.196 2.392
13 5 A.Zanardi Williams/Supertec 1:27.223 2.419
14 19 Jarno Trulli Prost/Peugeot 1:27.227 2.423
15 18 Olivier Panis Prost/Peugeot 1:27.543 2.739
16 23 Ricardo Zonta BAR/Supertec 1:27.699 2.895
17 9 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 1:27.857 3.053
18 10 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 1:28.010 3.206
19 15 T.Takagi Arrows 1:28.037 3.233
20 14 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 1:28.148 3.344
21 20 Luca Badoer Minardi/Ford 1:28.695 3.891
22 21 Marc Gené Minardi/Ford 1:28.772 3.968

RACE RESULTS

1 2 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 60 1:32:30.144
2 4 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 60 1:32:31.973 1.829
3 6 Ralf Schumacher Williams/Supertec 60 1:32:57.555 27.411
4 8 H-H.Frentzen Jordan/Mugen-Honda 60 1:32:57.933 27.789
5 7 Damon Hill Jordan/Mugen-Honda 60 1:33:08.750 38.606
6 12 Pedro Diniz Sauber/Petronas 60 1:33:23.787 53.643
7 9 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 60 1:33:24.758 54.614
8 16 R.Barrichello Stewart/Ford 60 1:33:38.734 1:08.590
9 19 Jarno Trulli Prost/Peugeot 60 1:33:42.189 1:12.045
10 10 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 60 1:33:42.267 1:12.123
11 5 A.Zanardi Williams/Supertec 60 1:33:47.268 1:17.124
12 17 Johnny Herbert Stewart/Ford 60 1:33:47.853 1:17.709
13 18 Olivier Panis Prost/Peugeot 60 1:33:50.636 1:20.492
14 11 Jean Alesi Sauber/Petronas 59 1:33:12.794 1 Lap
15 21 Marc Gené Minardi/Ford 58 1:32:41.812 2 Laps
16 15 T.Takagi Arrows 58 1:33:15.047 2 Laps
(14) 23 Ricardo Zonta BAR/Supertec 41 1:05:19.054 Suspension
(16) 1 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 35 56:39.055 Wheel
(10) 22 J.Villeneuve BAR/Supertec 29 45:33.631 Halfshaft
(20) 20 Luca Badoer Minardi/Ford 6 10:31.457 Gearbox
14 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 0 Gearbox
3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 0 Brakes/Crash

Fastest lap: Mika Hakkinen – 1:28.309 (lap 28)

Hakkinen tyre failure British GP F1 1999 Photo Twitter

SCHUMACHER’S CRASH

Coulthard leads Schumacher British GP F1 1999 Photo Twitter

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