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Nurburgring, September/ 26/ 1999 Stewart drivers pick up the prizes In an enthralling race which had five different leaders as fortunes changed in variable weather conditions, Johnny Herbert brought home a popular first victory for the ...

Nurburgring, September/ 26/ 1999 Stewart drivers pick up the prizes

In an enthralling race which had five different leaders as fortunes changed in variable weather conditions, Johnny Herbert brought home a popular first victory for the Stewart-Ford team. The British driver took over in front after Ralf Schumacher was forced to go to the pit when a rear tyre on his Williams was punctured by a metallic object. It was not a good day for championship contenders Mika Hakkinen, Eddie Irvine, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and David Coulthard, all of whom retired or were seriously delayed in some of the day's many incidents. In the most serious of these the Brazilian driver Pedro-Paulo Diniz escaped with his life after his Sauber rolled off the circuit on the first lap.

Yoshihiko Ichikawa, Bridgestone Motorsport Technical Manager: "It is good to see that occasionally the smaller teams have their day of glory, and I wish to pass the congratulations of everyone at Bridgestone to the Stewart, Prost and Minardi teams on their hard-won success today. We were encouraged to see what Rubens Barrichello achieved using only the harder of the two available compounds, especially since he decided not to change to wets and completed the distance after just one pit stop."

Gary Anderson, Technical Director, Stewart Ford Grand Prix: "After qualifying yesterday we had been feeling rather disappointed because we thought the track would stay wetter for longer and we had chosen the harder Bridgestone compound for the race. After the start of the race today we spent a lot of time on the radio with the drivers, who agreed to go for a one-stop strategy which left us with a bigger window of opportunity in which to make the important decisions. As it happened, we ended up with Johnny on wets and Rubens on dries, but Rubens paid too big a penalty when the track was still wet. That's how Johnny was able to get the winning advantage and go ahead of Rubens. It proves that however carefully you think about the consequences of your strategy, in the end it can depend on circumstances outside your control. Today, though, we can hardly complain about that!"

Vincent Gaillardot, Chief Track Engineer, Prost Grand Prix: "Using information gained by satellite and from radio links with Prost GP staff stationed at different points around the circuit, we were able to play with the dry and wet conditions. Unfortunately, the rain did not last long enough to give Panis any advantage when he was on wet tyres. On the other hand, everything worked perfectly for Trulli, who was always on the right tyres at the right moments. Step by step he improved his position. We also had an efficient setup which performed well in both dry and wet conditions."

TEMPERATURES    AIR             TRACK           WEATHER 
Morning         12:-13:         13:-14:         Cloudy - dry    
Afternoon       15:-15:         22:-21:         Wet to dry 

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Eddie Irvine , Ralf Schumacher , Johnny Herbert , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Rubens Barrichello , David Coulthard , Mika Hakkinen , Gary Anderson
Teams Sauber , Williams , Minardi