On this day in 1999, Rubens Barrichello led his home race at Interlagos, but Ford V10 engine did not survive and race was won by Hakkinen who previously had problems with the gearbox.

After the first race of the season in Australia, where both McLaren retired from leading position due to a engine and hydraulics failures and Michael Schumacher finished eighth, silver cars were again leading the pack from the front row.

Brazilian GP F1 1999 podium Hakkinen Schumacher Frentzen Foto Twitter
Hakkinen, Schumacher i Frentzen on the podium for the 1999 Brazilian GP (Photo: Twitter)

Hakkinen took the pole position (1:16.558), 0.147 seconds ahead of Coulthard, 0.737 seconds ahead of Barrichello in Stewart Ford and 1.010 seconds ahead of Michael Schumacher in Ferrari.

Coulthard stalled on the grid and couldn’t continue while Hakkinen took the lead ahead of Barrichello and Schumacher. Finn was two seconds ahead of Brazilian and almost four seconds ahead of Schumacher at the end of lap three, but then he had some gearbox issues which enabled Barrichello and Schumacher to overtake him easily.

Hakkinen soon resumed with his chase with four seconds behind the leading Barrichello who entered the pits in lap 27 when it became obvious he was on a two stop strategy.

Schumacher entered the pits in lap 38, while Barrichello retired in lap 42 from the third place due to an engine failure. Hakkinen pitted in the same lap and returned in front of Schumacher and then nursed his McLaren home to clinch his 10th victory in his F1 career.

Frentzen finished third in Jordan and latter became an unlikely tittle contender after Schumacher broke his leg in Silverstone and Hakkinen lost a lot of points due to mechanical failures and odd mistakes when leading in Imola and Monza.

1999 BRAZILIAN GP RESULTS

1 1 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 72 1:36:03.785
2 3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 72 1:36:08.710 4.925
3 8 H-H.Frentzen Jordan/Mugen-Honda 71 1:35:56.877 1 Lap
4 6 Ralf Schumacher Williams/Supertec 71 1:36:22.860 1 Lap
5 4 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 71 1:36:23.103 1 Lap
6 18 Olivier Panis Prost/Peugeot 71 1:37:13.368 1 Lap
7 10 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 70 1:36:12.021 2 Laps
8 15 T.Takagi Arrows 69 1:36:10.072 3 Laps
9 21 Marc Gené Minardi/Ford 69 1:37:02.116 3 Laps
(8) 14 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 52 1:12:15.709 Hydraulics
(9) 22 J.Villeneuve BAR/Supertec 49 1:08:09.488 Hydraulics
(12) 5 A.Zanardi Williams/Supertec 43 1:01:32.436 Gearbox
(3) 16 R.Barrichello Stewart/Ford 42 56:45.095 Engine
(7) 12 Pedro Diniz Sauber/Petronas 42 57:37.329 Collision
(6) 9 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 38 51:40.942 Clutch
(11) 20 S.Sarrazin Minardi/Ford 31 42:50.145 Spun off
(9) 11 Jean Alesi Sauber/Petronas 27 37:15.031 Gearbox
(18) 2 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 22 34:20.981 Gearbox
(18) 19 Jarno Trulli Prost/Peugeot 21 30:20.768 Gearbox
(19) 17 Johnny Herbert Stewart/Ford 15 22:57.879 Hydraulics
(20) 7 Damon Hill Jordan/Mugen-Honda 10 14:17.096 Collision

Fastest lap: Mika Hakkinen: 1:18.488 (lap 70)

Leaders: 3 (Hakkinen 38 laps, Barrichello 23, Schumacher 11)

Top speed: Hakkinen (311.6 km/h)

Pitstops: 27

Overtakes: 26

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Eddie Irvine 12
2 Mika Häkkinen 10
3 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 10
4 Ralf Schumacher 7

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 18
2 McLaren/Mercedes 10
3 Jordan/Mugen-Honda 10
4 Williams/Supertec 7

1999 BRAZILIAN GP

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