/1999 - Michael Schumacher

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1999

ABOUT THIS SEASON

1999 Favourite For The Title and Injury

It was like nothing had happened. In the first Formula 1 qualifying in history in Malaysia, Michael Schumacher convincingly collected the pole position – being one second faster than his team mate Eddie Irvine on second position.

After that he indisputably led the first Grand Prix in Sepang. But three laps before the end Michael let Eddie pass, who has still chances to win the title and after this easy victory he took the lead in the drivers standings. In the last race of the season, the Japanese Grand Prix, he failed because of Mika Häkkinen, Michael’s old rival.

The first Constructor’s Championship since 1983

Michael Schumacher said after the race that he not only drives for himself but also for the team. But on that Sunday everybody saw who the real winner of the Malaysia GP 1999 was, who probably could have been the real world champion in the year 1999. With a one-two finish and the second place in Suzuka Michael helped Ferrari to win the first constructors title since 1983.

At the beginning of the season he was considered to be a favourite for the driver’s title, it would have been the first for Ferrari since Jody Scheckter 1979. Ferrari used Bridgestone tyres for the first time, but the new year started like the old year ended: with a problem at the start, the last starting position and additional technical problems. More than position 8 was not possible and Eddie Irvine, in the second F399, won.

Michael became second in Brazil and won in San Marino and Monaco and took the lead in the drivers standings. In Spain he only became third, in Canada he crashed into the notorious Wall of Champions. What followed was position five in Magny Cours and July 11th.

The end of dreaming about the title

Silverstone, 14:03. Zanardi and Villeneuve stranded on the grid. The race was stopped. Michael’s radio was defective, but he did not notice it. He overtook his team mate Irvine in the Stowe-corner and after 38 seconds the race was over for him. “Suddenly the brake was not working any more“, he explained afterwards. “You want to brake, the pedal travel gets longer and longer. You know instantly what is going on. You desperately try to steer but it does not work because the front wheels lock.”

With more than 200 km/h the Ferrari drove into a gravel shoulder. “I see the wall of tyres – and know: That is going to be bad, it is going to hurt.” The Ferrari crashed into the piles of tyres still being 107 km/h fast. Michael instantly felt the pain in his leg, he wanted to get out of the car but failed. “It is a horrible feeling.” The right fibula and shin-bone were broken, the ankle was bruised and there was a four centimetres long cut in his heel. Michael’s first thought: “Okay, you are still alive.” The second one was about his injuries. “You suddenly think: The world championship is over. It is kind of weird, you are hurt but you still think about the championship, despite the fact that there are other things to worry about.” Michael’s dreams about the title were gone – at least for the year 1999. During the winter he had the chance to get over another futile attempt to win the championship.

Courtesy by motorsport-magazin.com

STATS

1999 Saison Figures

5

DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP

2

GRAND PRIX WINS

6

PODIUM POSITIONS

44

POINTS TOTAL

5

FASTEST LAPS

3

POLE POSITION

THE CAR

Ferrari F-399

F-399

ALL GRAND PRIX

The races of 1999

MELBOURNE

07.03.1999

MELBOURNE

Australia

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 3

Rennen 8

SAO PAULO

11.04.1999

SAO PAULO

Brazil

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 4

Rennen 2

IMOLA

02.05.1999

IMOLA

San Marino

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 3

Rennen 1

MONTE CARLO

16.05.1999

MONTE CARLO

Monaco

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 2

Rennen 1

BARCELONA

30.05.1999

BARCELONA

Spain

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 4

Rennen 3

MONTREAL

13.06.1999

MONTREAL

Canada

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 1

Rennen DNF

MAGNY-COURS

27.06.1999

MAGNY-COURS

France

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 6

Rennen 5

SILVERSTONE

11.07.1999

SILVERSTONE

Great Britain

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 2

Rennen DNF

SPIELBERG

25.07.1999

SPIELBERG

Austria

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. DNS

Rennen DNS

HOCKENHEIM

01.08.1999

HOCKENHEIM

GERMANY

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. DNS

Rennen DNS

BUDAPEST

15.08.1999

BUDAPEST

Hungary

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. DNS

Rennen DNS

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

29.08.1999

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS

Belgium

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. DNS

Rennen DNS

MONZA

12.09.1999

MONZA

Italy

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. DNS

Rennen DNS

NÜRBURGRING

26.09.1999

NÜRBURGRING

EUROPEAN GP

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. DNS

Rennen DNS

SEPANG

17.10.1999

SEPANG

Malaysia

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 1

Rennen 2

SUZUKA

31.10.1999

SUZUKA

Japan

PLATZIERUNG

Quali. 1

Rennen 2

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