Benetton B199

The Benetton B199 is a Formula One racing car with which the Benetton team competed in the 1999 Formula One season. It was driven by Giancarlo Fisichella and Alexander Wurz, who were both in their second full seasons with the team.

Benetton B199
Giancarlo Fisichella 1999 Canada.jpg
CategoryFormula One
Designer(s)Pat Symonds (Technical Director)
Nick Wirth (Chief Designer)
James Allison (Head of Aerodynamics)
Technical specifications
ChassisMoulded carbon fibre/honeycomb composite structure moulded in upper and lower halves, with four lateral bulkheads
Suspension (front)Double wishbones, pushrod
Suspension (rear)Double wishbones, pushrod
EnginePlaylife (Supertec/Renault) FB01, 71-degree V10
TransmissionBenetton six-speed longitudinal sequential semi-automatic
Competition history
Notable entrantsMild Seven Benetton Playlife
Notable drivers9. Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
10. Austria Alexander Wurz
Debut1999 Australian Grand Prix
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The B199 contained some sophisticated parts, such as a front-torque transfer system and a twin-clutch gearbox, but these proved troublesome. Furthermore, any performance advantage was negated by the corresponding weight gain and aerodynamic ineffiencies which resulted in a chronic lack of grip.

The team eventually took sixth place in the Constructors' Championship, but this was a major disappointment considering the much better position of the team over the last few seasons.

Benetton used 'Mild Seven' logos, except at the French, British and Belgian Grands Prix.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1999 Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Playlife FB01 V10* B AUS BRA SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR AUT GER HUN BEL ITA EUR MAL JPN 16 6th
Giancarlo Fisichella 4 Ret 5 5 9 2 Ret 7 12 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 11 14
Alexander Wurz Ret 7 Ret 6 10 Ret Ret 10 5 7 7 14 Ret Ret 8 10

* Denotes Supertec-built engines, badged as Playlife


  • AUTOCOURSE 1999-2000, Henry, Alan (ed.), Hazleton Publishing Ltd. (1999) ISBN 1-874557-34-9

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