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The 1999 Canadian Grand Prix[2] was a Formula One motor race held on 13 June 1999 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was the sixth race of the 1999 Formula One season. The race was notable for the four crashes that occurred in turn 13 and for the number of times the safety car was deployed. Turn 13, the final chicane, had four separate crashes in which a driver either went wide or spun into the wall. Three of the drivers who crashed there had previously won the Drivers' Championship, leading to the wall becoming known as the "Wall of Champions". The safety car was deployed four times in the race, a record at the time, and was the first F1 race to finish behind the safety car following Heinz-Harald Frentzen's massive crash with four laps to go.[3]

1999 Canadian Grand Prix
Race 6 of 16 in the 1999 Formula One World Championship
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (last modified in 1996)
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve (last modified in 1996)
Race details
Date 13 June 1999
Official name XXXVII Grand Prix Air Canada
Location Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Course Temporary street circuit
Course length 4.421 km (2.747 mi)
Distance 69 laps, 305.049 km (189.549 mi)
Weather Hot with temperatures approaching 31 °C (88 °F); wind speeds up to 5.1 kilometres per hour (3.2 mph)[1] Track 41–43 °C (106–109 °F)
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:19.298
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari
Time 1:20.382 on lap 62
Podium
First McLaren-Mercedes
Second Benetton-Playlife
Third Ferrari

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RaceEdit

 
The race was won by Mika Häkkinen for McLaren.

The front runners got off the line cleanly, with Michael Schumacher maintaining first place after starting on pole for the first time in 1999. Jarno Trulli, starting ninth, went off the track trying to pass Heinz-Harald Frentzen up the inside into turn one. Trulli spun across turn one, collecting Jean Alesi and Rubens Barrichello. Trulli and Alesi retired, and the safety car was deployed. Alexander Wurz also retired with transmission problems.[4]

 
Eddie Irvine posted his only career fastest lap in this race.

Ricardo Zonta retired on lap 3 after spinning into the wall at turn 13. He stopped just off the track, missing his right rear wheel, which brought the safety car out again. Zonta was the first of four drivers to hit the "Wall of Champions" in this race. On lap 15, Damon Hill became the second driver to hit the turn 13 wall. Hill was able to pull off the track in a safe location, and the safety car was not deployed. Michael Schumacher hit the wall on lap 30, giving the lead to Mika Häkkinen. The fourth and final driver to hit to wall was Jacques Villeneuve on lap 35, bringing the safety car out for the third time. Hill, Schumacher, and Villeneuve were three of the four Formula 1 Drivers' Champions competing in the race.[5]

On the lap 41 restart following Villeneuve's crash, David Coulthard tried to go around the outside of Eddie Irvine into turn one, then the inside on turn two. They touched, and both spun off. Both were able to rejoin, though Coulthard had to pit for a new nose. The fourth and final safety car of race came out on lap 66 after Heinz-Harald Frentzen, running in second place, suffered a brake failure and had a massive crash. He was uninjured. The safety car pulled in at the end of the final lap, and Mika Häkkinen won the race.[4] Eddie Irvine scored his first fastest lap[6] and finished third behind Giancarlo Fisichella.

ClassificationEdit

Jacques Villeneuve (BAR) (top), Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) (center), and Damon Hill (Jordan) (bottom) all became victims of the outside wall at the exit of the final chicane. Because all three of them were former World Champions, their collisions with that wall (which all happened on separate occasions) resulted in it being nicknamed the "Wall of Champions".

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 3   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:19.298
2 1   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.327 +0.029
3 4   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:19.440 +0.142
4 2   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.729 +0.431
5 16   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:19.930 +0.632
6 8   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:20.158 +0.860
7 9   Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:20.378 +1.080
8 11   Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:20.459 +1.161
9 19   Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:20.557 +1.259
10 17   Johnny Herbert Stewart-Ford 1:20.829 +1.531
11 10   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:21.000 +1.702
12 5   Alessandro Zanardi Williams-Supertec 1:21.076 +1.778
13 6   Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec 1:21.081 +1.783
14 7   Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:21.094 +1.796
15 18   Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:21.252 +1.954
16 22   Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Supertec 1:21.302 +2.004
17 23   Ricardo Zonta BAR-Supertec 1:21.467 +2.169
18 12   Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 1:21.571 +2.273
19 15   Toranosuke Takagi Arrows 1:21.693 +2.395
20 14   Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 1:22.613 +3.315
21 20   Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 1:22.808 +3.510
22 21   Marc Gené Minardi-Ford 1:23.387 +4.089
107% time: 1:24.849
Source:[7]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 69 1:41:35.727 2 10
2 9   Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 69 +0.782 7 6
3 4   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 69 +1.797 3 4
4 6   Ralf Schumacher Williams-Supertec 69 +2.392 13 3
5 17   Johnny Herbert Stewart-Ford 69 +2.805 10 2
6 12   Pedro Diniz Sauber-Petronas 69 +3.711 18 1
7 2   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 69 +5.004 4  
8 21   Marc Gené Minardi-Ford 68 +1 Lap 22  
9 18   Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 68 +1 Lap 15  
10 20   Luca Badoer Minardi-Ford 67 +2 Laps 21  
11 8   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Jordan-Mugen-Honda 65 Brakes/accident 6  
Ret 5   Alessandro Zanardi Williams-Supertec 50 Brakes 12  
Ret 15   Toranosuke Takagi Arrows 41 Transmission 19  
Ret 22   Jacques Villeneuve BAR-Supertec 34 Accident 16  
Ret 3   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 29 Accident 1  
Ret 14   Pedro de la Rosa Arrows 22 Transmission 20  
Ret 7   Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 14 Accident 14  
Ret 16   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 14 Steering/accident 5  
Ret 23   Ricardo Zonta BAR-Supertec 2 Spun off 17  
Ret 11   Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 0 Collision 8  
Ret 19   Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 0 Collision 9  
Ret 10   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 0 Transmission 11  
Sources:[2][8]

NotesEdit

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1999 Canadian GP: Weather". The Old Farmers' Almanac. Retrieved 26 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b "1999 Canadian Grand Prix". The Official Formula 1 Website. Archived from the original on 9 January 2015. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  3. ^ "Formula One Safety Car". F1 Technical. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Grand Prix of Canada Review". Autosport. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Murray's Memories: F1 Canadian GP 1999: 'The Wall of Champions'". BBC Sport. 5 June 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  6. ^ "1999 Canadian GP: Overview". ChicaneF1.com. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  7. ^ "1999 Canadian GP". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  8. ^ "1999 Canadian GP". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 17 February 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Canada 1999 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 14 March 2019.

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