Sao Paulo, April/ 11/ 1999 1999 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE Mika Hakkinen chased to an exciting finish by Michael Schumacher With only nine of the 21 cars that started the race getting to the finish, the Brazilian Grand Prix saw...
Sao Paulo, April/ 11/ 1999 1999 BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX - RACE
Mika Hakkinen chased to an exciting finish by Michael Schumacher
With only nine of the 21 cars that started the race getting to the finish, the Brazilian Grand Prix saw many disappointments. For the enthusiastic local crowd the worst moment was the retirement of Rubens Barrichello, whose Stewart-Ford was forced out after leading the early stages. However, there was entertainment from start to finish after Mika Hakkinen's McLaren stumbled on lap four with a momentary gearbox problem which allowed Barrichello and the Ferrari of Michael Schumacher to take over the leading positions. Hakkinen immediately fought back and was able to re-take the lead during the pit stops.
Yoshihiko Ichikawa, Bridgestone Motorsport Technical Manager: "After so many difficulties in practice and qualifying it was most encouraging to see such a close and exciting race today. It was good to see Mika and Michael in such close competition again! With the weather staying quite hot today, the Medium spec tyre was more suitable, and some of the drivers using the Soft specification suffered from a certain amount of degradation, though not a lot. However, the Medium tyre worked very consistently today and in the warm conditions offered as much grip as the other choice. It did not really affect the race result."
Rubens Barrichello, Driver, Stewart Grand Prix: "The front tyres were gripping a lot more today than yesterday, which gave me a little too much oversteer, and the track was busy with lots of yellow flags. When I passed Irvine, I would say that I probably had an advantage in traction and I got out of the last corner better than he did. I have no regrets about anything today except having to retire. There was no way I could have held on to Hakkinen and Schumacher, but I could so easily have finished third."
Wet tyre test at Fiorano
In collaboration with Ferrari, Bridgestone will be continuing development of future wet tyres for F1 racing purposes at Fiorano this week (April 16-17). The track will be deliberately flooded to allow the test to take place. McLaren has decided not to take part in the test.
TEMPERATURES AIR TRACK WEATHER Morning 21:-22: 27:-33: Sunny - dry Afternoon 26:-24: 40:-36: Sunny - dry