On this day in 1999, Michael Schumacher won his first race of the season in Imola after Mika Hakkinen crashed from the leading position in lap 18 when he had 13 seconds advantage over his team mate David Coulthard.

Irvine celebrated in the first race in Australia, Hakkinen struck back in Brazil, but Frentzen was second and third and third in the championship.

McLaren drivers locked out the front row for the third time in a row in 1999. when Hakkinen won another pole in front of Coulthard and Schumacher who was only 0.176 seconds behind Hakkinen.

But when lights went out, it was not that close because Hakkinen pulled out an incredible lead, increasing it almost for a second per lap. Finn had 13.4 seconds in front of Coulthard and 16.9 seconds ahead of Schumacher, but at the end of lap 17 Hakkinen crashed in the final chicane and retired immediately.

Hakkinen Imola 1999 Daniele Amaduzzi photo
Photo: Daniele Amaduzzi

Coulthard took the lead, but Schumacher was first to pit due to his two stop strategy. German driver continued to drive very fast on lighter fuel load and fresh tyres and managed to pull out 22 seconds lead to get ahead of one stopping Coulthard.

It was first victory for Ferrari in San Marino GP since 1983. and first in 1999. Coulthard finished second and Barrichello in Sewart third. Only 11 drivers were classified at the end of the race from 22 starts.

“We were fast during the whole weekend so it seems that we managed to close a gap a little bit,” said Schumacher after the race.

“But we still to develop the car to be really fastest of all. We are leading both championships which is a lot better than last year.”

Schumacher was leading the championship with 16 points, Irvine had 12 and Hakkinen and Frentzen 10. Ferrari led the constructors with 28 points, McLaren had 16 and Jordan 13.

It was also 100th race for Sauber team.

STARTING GRID

1 1 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 1:26.362
2 2 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:26.384 0.022
3 3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:26.538 0.176
4 4 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:26.993 0.631
5 22 J.Villeneuve BAR/Supertec 1:27.313 0.951
6 16 R.Barrichello Stewart/Ford 1:27.409 1.047
7 8 H-H.Frentzen Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:27.613 1.251
8 7 Damon Hill Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:27.708 1.346
9 6 Ralf Schumacher Williams/Supertec 1:27.770 1.408
10 5 A.Zanardi Williams/Supertec 1:28.142 1.780
11 18 Olivier Panis Prost/Peugeot 1:28.205 1.843
12 17 Johnny Herbert Stewart/Ford 1:28.246 1.884
13 11 Jean Alesi Sauber/Petronas 1:28.253 1.891
14 19 Jarno Trulli Prost/Peugeot 1:28.403 2.041
15 12 Pedro Diniz Sauber/Petronas 1:28.599 2.237
16 9 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 1:28.750 2.388
17 10 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 1:28.765 2.403
18 14 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 1:29.293 2.931
19 23 Mika Salo BAR/Supertec 1:29.451 3.089
20 15 T.Takagi Arrows 1:29.656 3.294
21 21 Marc Gené Minardi/Ford 1:30.035 3.673
22 20 Luca Badoer Minardi/Ford 1:30.945 4.583

RACE RESULTS

1 3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 62 1:33:44.792
2 2 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 62 1:33:49.057 4.265
3 16 R.Barrichello Stewart/Ford 61 1:33:46.721 1 Lap
4 7 Damon Hill Jordan/Mugen-Honda 61 1:33:47.629 1 Lap
5 9 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 61 1:34:27.002 1 Lap
6 11 Jean Alesi Sauber/Petronas 61 1:34:33.056 1 Lap
7 23 Mika Salo BAR/Supertec 59 1:32:08.096 3 Laps
8 20 Luca Badoer Minardi/Ford 59 1:33:53.344 3 Laps
9 21 Marc Gené Minardi/Ford 59 1:34:16.112 3 Laps
10 17 Johnny Herbert Stewart/Ford 58 1:29:37.619 Engine
11 5 A.Zanardi Williams/Supertec 58 1:29:45.043 Spun off
(12) 12 Pedro Diniz Sauber/Petronas 49 1:19:53.188 Spun off
(10) 18 Olivier Panis Prost/Peugeot 48 1:15:55.648 Throttle
(3) 4 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 46 1:09:57.831 Engine
(4) 8 H-H.Frentzen Jordan/Mugen-Honda 46 1:10:27.090 Spun off
(15) 15 T.Takagi Arrows 29 46:16.071 Fuel pressure
(4) 6 Ralf Schumacher Williams/Supertec 28 42:52.208 Throttle
(1) 1 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 17 25:25.912 Spun off
(17) 14 Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 5 8:00.812 Spun off
(18) 10 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 5 8:01.536 Spun off
22 J.Villeneuve BAR/Supertec 0 Gearbox
19 Jarno Trulli Prost/Peugeot 0 Spun off

Fastest lap: Michael Schumacher – 1:28.547 (lap 45)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Michael Schumacher 16   6 10
2 Eddie Irvine 12   10 2
3 Mika Häkkinen 10   10
4 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 10   6 4
5 Ralf Schumacher 7   4 3
6 David Coulthard 6   6
7 Rubens Barrichello 6   2 4
8 Giancarlo Fisichella 5   3 2
9 Damon Hill 3   3
10 Pedro de la Rosa 1   1
11 Olivier Panis 1   1
12 Jean Alesi 1   1

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 28   10 8 10
2 McLaren/Mercedes 16   10 6
3 Jordan/Mugen-Honda 13   6 4 3
4 Williams/Supertec 7   4 3
5 Stewart/Ford 6   2 4
6 Benetton/Playlife 5   3 2
7 Arrows 1   1
7 Prost/Peugeot 1   1
7 Sauber/Petronas 1   1

1999 SAN MARINO GP FULL RACE


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