1999 Italian Grand Prix
As a close championship moved towards its conclusion, points leader and defending champion Mika Häkkinen spun off on lap 30 after selecting too low a gear (first instead of second) while comfortably leading the race; this being a virtual repeat of his unforced error at the San Marino Grand Prix earlier in the year. In a rare show of emotion from the Finn, he later burst into tears at the side of the track. The victory was thus inherited by Jordan's Heinz-Harald Frentzen, in what would prove to be the only race the team ever won in dry conditions, as well as being Frentzen's last win in Formula One. Frentzen held off Ralf Schumacher in the less powerful Williams, with Mika Salo giving the home crowd some cheer with third place in his Ferrari. Rubens Barrichello drove a great race in his Stewart, overtaking and holding David Coulthard behind him in a race-long battle, a few days after signing with Ferrari for 2000. Häkkinen's closest title challenger Eddie Irvine could only manage sixth, but his lone point allowed him to draw level with Häkkinen in the championship.
Standings after Grand Prix
- Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
Notes, Race details
"1999 Italian GP: Overview". ChicaneF1.com. Retrieved 2007-08-02.
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