On this day in 1999, Eddie Irvine won his second race of the season after David Coulthard spun his teammate Mika Hakkinen in the second corner of the first lap.

Austria was the ninth of the 16 races of the championship while at the previous race at Silverstone Michael Schumacher had an accident in the first lap when his rear brakes failed, after which he hit the tyre wall at Stowe and broke his leg.

Schumacher was replaced by the Finn Mika Salo, and in qualifying, the McLarens were second ahead of the third placed Irvine in Ferrari and everyone was expecting a dominant win for the silver cars.

That was not the idea of ​​David Coulthard, who in the second corner went too late on the brakes, touched and spun Hakkinen who was last after the accident.

Irvine won with three tenths in front of Coulthard while Hakkinen was third after recovering from his first lap accident with his team mate.

Irvine was only two points behind Hakkinen in the overall standings after Austria, while Ferrari had two more points than McLaren.

“I knew qualifying did not represent our real performance and for that I managed to win the real strategy,” Irvine commented after the race.

“I’ve proved that I can do my job. In the early stages of the race I had to save fuel, but then I made up for it before entering the pits.”

“The smoke from my car before the end of the race was probably coming from my brain because I had to think about so many things, fuel, brakes, tyres, it was not just a ride.”

“Last week on Monza testing we made a big step forward on high speed tracks, so I’m confident ahead of Hockenheim.”

STARTING GRID

1 1 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 1:10.954
2 2 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:11.153 0.199
3 4 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:11.973 1.019
4 8 H-H.Frentzen Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:12.266 1.312
5 16 R.Barrichello Stewart/Ford 1:12.342 1.388
6 17 Johnny Herbert Stewart/Ford 1:12.488 1.534
7 3 Mika Salo Ferrari 1:12.514 1.560
8 6 Ralf Schumacher Williams/Supertec 1:12.515 1.561
9 22 J.Villeneuve BAR/Supertec 1:12.833 1.879
10 10 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 1:12.850 1.896
11 7 Damon Hill Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:12.901 1.947
12 9 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 1:12.924 1.970
13 19 Jarno Trulli Prost/Peugeot 1:12.999 2.045
14 5 A.Zanardi Williams/Supertec 1:13.101 2.147
15 23 Ricardo Zonta BAR/Supertec 1:13.172 2.218
16 12 Pedro Diniz Sauber/Petronas 1:13.223 2.269
17 11 Jean Alesi Sauber/Petronas 1:13.226 2.272
18 18 Olivier Panis Prost/Peugeot 1:13.457 2.503
19 20 Luca Badoer Minardi/Ford 1:13.606 2.652
20 15 T.Takagi Arrows 1:13.641 2.687
21 14 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 1:14.139 3.185
22 21 Marc Gené Minardi/Ford 1:14.363 3.409

RACE RESULTS

1 4 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 71 1:28:12.438
2 2 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 71 1:28:12.751 0.313
3 1 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 71 1:28:34.720 22.282
4 8 H-H.Frentzen Jordan/Mugen-Honda 71 1:29:05.241 52.803
5 10 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 71 1:29:18.796 1:06.358
6 12 Pedro Diniz Sauber/Petronas 71 1:29:23.371 1:10.933
7 19 Jarno Trulli Prost/Peugeot 70 1:28:28.541 1 lap
8 7 Damon Hill Jordan/Mugen-Honda 70 1:28:29.690 1 lap
9 3 Mika Salo Ferrari 70 1:28:35.747 1 lap
10 18 Olivier Panis Prost/Peugeot 70 1:28:40.035 1 lap
11 21 Marc Gené Minardi/Ford 70 1:29:25.126 1 lap
12 9 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 68 1:25:51.478 Engine
13 20 Luca Badoer Minardi/Ford 68 1:28:58.188 3 laps
14 17 Johnny Herbert Stewart/Ford 67 1:29:20.589 4 laps
15 23 Ricardo Zonta BAR/Supertec 63 1:19:59.481 Clutch
(4) 16 R.Barrichello Stewart/Ford 55 1:09:00.915 Engine
(6) 11 Jean Alesi Sauber/Petronas 49 1:01:43.944 Out of fuel
(16) 14 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 38 49:06.267 Spun off
(13) 5 A.Zanardi Williams/Supertec 35 44:38.464 Out of fuel
(12) 22 J.Villeneuve BAR/Supertec 34 43:20.616 Halfshaft
(15) 15 T.Takagi Arrows 25 32:08.513 Engine
(6) 6 Ralf Schumacher Williams/Supertec 8 10:27.914 Spun off

Fastest lap: Mika Hakkinen – 1:12.107 (lap 39)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 9/16 RACES

1 Mika Häkkinen 44 10 4 10 10 6 4
2 Eddie Irvine 42 10 2 6 3 4 1 6 10
3 Michael Schumacher 32 6 10 10 4 2
4 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 29 6 4 3 10 3 3
5 David Coulthard 28 6 6 10 6
6 Ralf Schumacher 19 4 3 2 3 3 4
7 Giancarlo Fisichella 13 3 2 2 6
8 Rubens Barrichello 10 2 4 4
9 Damon Hill 5 3 2
10 Alexander Wurz 3 1 2
11 Pedro Diniz 3 1 1 1
12 Johnny Herbert 2 2
13 Pedro de la Rosa 1 1
14 Olivier Panis 1 1
15 Jean Alesi 1 1
16 Jarno Trulli 1 1

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 74 10 8 10 16 7 4 3 6 10
2 McLaren/Mercedes 72 10 6 4 16 10 6 10 10
3 Jordan/Mugen-Honda 34 6 4 3 3 10 5 3
4 Williams/Supertec 19 4 3 2 3 3 4
5 Benetton/Playlife 16 3 2 3 6 2
6 Stewart/Ford 12 2 4 2 4
7 Sauber/Petronas 4 1 1 1 1
8 Prost/Peugeot 2 1 1
9 Arrows 1 1
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