Welcome to nicheforSpeed.com

Current Motorsport Status and History including Formula 1 (F1), World Endurance and GT (WEC, IMSA, Weathertech), IndyCar (NTT), and NASCAR (Monster Cup) racing. Please explore and enjoy your niche for speed.

Prior Season

1999 FIA Formula 1 Season

Next Season

1999 FIA Formula 1 Season
Photo Credit: Sutton Images.
Champion Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT,9,21)
Putative Constructor: Scuderia Ferrari (IT)
Champion Driver: Mika Häkkinen (FI,2,2)
Putative Driver: Mika Häkkinen (FI)
Putative Constructor Entry Specification: Model F399, 2.99-liter, ten-cylinder vee, aluminum alloy engine, DOHC, fuel injection, seven-speed sequential semi-automatic, ventilated carbon disc brakes, carbon fibre/carbon fibre composite honeycomb monocoque, double wishbone-pushrod independent suspension, 755 horsepower (Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne).

The FIA in 1999 mandates tethers for all entry wheel assemblies. The 1999 season battle comes down to the season finale at Suzuka in October where a 2-3 finish by Scuderia Ferrari earns the racing house its first constructors' title since 1983. A clutch victory by McLaren driver Mika Häkkinen in the same contest provides just enough scoring margin to snare his second consecutive drivers' crown. F1 makes its inaugural visit to Sepang, Malaysia in October.

HeM applies the Putative Model to all racing seasons for two primary purposes: First, to effectively normalize all racing seasons for empirical comparison across the decades, and second, to step clear of series organizers which score season championships primarily out of commercial interest or to attract manufacturer participation. The Putative Model simply scores all seasons in the same fashion as a standard track and field meeting, with the only purpose of tracking what takes place at the finishing stripe If the Putative Champion differs from the nominal Series Champion, please note the (SC) notation below.

Scuderia Ferrari157     Hakkinen104
McLaren Mercedes153     Irvine89
Jordan Mugen72     Frentzen68
Stewart Ford41     Coulthard60
Williams Supertec39     Schumacher M58
Benetton Playlife18     Schumacher R39

Noteworthy 1999 Races

1999 LVII Grand Prix de Monaco Monte Carlo1999 1999 LVII Grand Prix de Monaco At Monaco for the Grand Prix (262.5 kilometers) in May, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari F399 under Michael Schumacher (DE) takes race honors in 1:49:31.8 (average 89.39 mph), under thirty-one seconds ahead of a companion Ferrari entry. Schumacher leads the contest from wire-to-wire and wins at Monte Carlo for second consecutive season as well as the fourth time overall. Photo Credit: Attribution Unascertained.
1999 Grand Prix of Europe Nürburg, Germany1999 1999 Grand Prix of Europe At the Nürburgring for the Grand Prix of Europe (300.5 kilometers) in September, a Stewart SF3 Ford under Johnny Herbert (GB) unexpectedly takes race honors in rainy conditions in 1:41:54.3 (average 111.68 mph), under twenty-three seconds ahead of a Prost entry. Beginning with Lap 37 of 66, midfielder Herbert can only watch in amazement as frontrunners David Coulthard in his McLaren slides off in the wet on Lap 37, Ralf Schumacher stops to repair a puncture on Lap 44, and Giancarlo Fisichella in his Benetton spins out on Lap 48, leaving Herbert to pick up the pieces for a surprising cross, his third and final career victory. Photo Credit: Sutton Images.
1999 I Malaysian Grand Prix Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia1999 1999 I Malaysian Grand Prix At Sepang for the inaugural Malaysian Grand Prix (310.5 kilometers) in October, an Italian Scuderia Ferrari F399 under Eddie Irvine (GB) takes the flag in 1:36:38.5 (average 119.73 mph), under two seconds ahead of a companion Ferrari driven by Michael Schumacher. Working to assist his teammate to the championship, Schumacher runs slow interference for Irvine over the distance until finally waving Irvine by into the lead with only four laps remaining. The race stewards three hours later summarily disqualify the Ferrari entries on grounds of running with illegal aerodynamic devices, thus promoting Mika Häkkinen of McLaren as the winner and virtually ending any title hopes for Irvine. The FIA subsequently overrules the stewards and reinstates Irvine and Schumacher to their original finishing positions, leaving the drivers’ title down to the season finale at Suzuka. Schumacher makes a heady return after recovering from a broken leg inflicted in a shunt three months prior during the British Grand Prix. Photo Credit: Scuderia Ferrari.