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1999 FF1M Season

Previous: 1998 Next: 2000
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MRD Racing replaced AquinoPlus in the series

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Olivier Panis rejoined Ajay Motorsports

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Mika Hakkinen rejoined FJR

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Jos Verstappen left FJR for Pedersen

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Mason became Talent Racing

The 1999 FF1M Season was the 12th Season of FF1M. It loosely followed the 1999 Formula One Season and was supported by the 1999 FF2M Season on the first day of all European Race Weekends.

Rule Changes

This season will be the first where driver contracts have been signed during the previous season's silly season. Also the Rookie Driver rules have been changed, with only drivers of ages 30 years and younger allowed to be classified as Rookie Drivers.

Season Review

The season began as 1998 had finished with FJR's Heinz Harald Frentzen winning the first two back to back fly away events and he looked set to dominate the season. But as the teams returned to Europe he was struck by reliability gremlins and would not win again until the British Grand Prix midway through the season. Another German struggling with reliability was reigning world champion Michael Schumacher, now driving for Gui Racing who failed to finish five of the first seven events, winning the two that he finished in Imola and Barcelona. His brother and team mate Ralf Schumacher meanwhile did not suffered the same unreliability and was able to build his points tally and took a fortunate win in Canada to put him in a championship challenging position by mid-season.

Meanwhile a resurgent Maestro Motorsport team led by Columbian Juan Pablo Montoya quietly and consistently took points and a couple of wins with the Columbian taking over the championship lead from Frentzen. Meanwhile new team MRD Racing had shown pace beyond its years and was quickly scoring points, pole positions and even wins but was severely hampered by several key mistakes by their drivers, one such mistake coming at the Spanish Grand Prix when Jarno Trulli, looking certain for his maiden victory in FF1M, ran into the back of a backmarker. The same thing also happened in Canada leading to the Italian being given a ten second post race penalty, but inbetween the two races Trulli was able to capitalise on Schumachers reliability woes and snatch that first win at the Portuguese Grand Prix at Estoril.

After Canada the teams returned to Europe following a week of testing and whilst Gui Racing dominated qualifying at the Nurburgring, Maestro Motorsport's Montoya dominated the race. Up to this point Montoya had finished every race, all but one of them in the points but disaster struck at Silverstone when an Engine problem ruined his record three laps from the finish. Montoya would fail to finish the next two races after a collision with team-mate David Coulthard in Austria and another collision this time with Alessandro Zanardi at Hockenheim. Jarno Trulli was also about to embark on a run of unreliability failing to finish four consecutive races from the European Grand Prix to the German Grand Prix, Trulli's team-mate Nick Heidfeld ensured that there was some cheer in the MRD Racing camp however, capitalising on Trulli's late retirement at the A1 Ring to win his first race. Meanwhile FJR had quietly returned to the front after a difficult second quarter of the season, Frentzen won brilliantly in Britain and Hakkinen followed this up with victory at the German Grand Prix.

In Hungary Jarno Trulli put his bad reliability behind him to dominate a race which saw many accidents on the dusty twisty track, he then followed it up by winning the Belgian and Singapore Grands Prix putting himself in contention for a surprise title. Mid season leaders Montoya and Ralf Schumacher had both inherited Trulli's bad luck and bad driving when dealing with backmarkers and soon the championship became a six horse race when Mika Hakkinen won the Italian Grand Prix after a race long battle with Ralf.

Montoya's bad luck continued in Singapore and Malaysia, both races he had led before retiring with mechanical problems and allowing Jarno Trulli to win both races putting him in prime position for the title. Montoya would go on to win the final race of the season in Japan, but it was too little too late as Trulli finished 2nd doing enough to win the title.

Teams and Drivers

The following Teams and Drivers competed in the 1999 FF1M Season.

Team Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers Test Driver/s
22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Gui Racing Ford (Works) Michelin 1 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Enrique Bernoldi
2 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Ralf Schumacher
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Dodgem Ferrari Bridgestone 3 22px-Flag of Canada.svg-1- Jacques Villeneuve 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Luca Badoer
4 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Rubens Barrichello
22px-Flag of Denmark.svg-1- MPR Mercedes (Works) Bridgestone 5

22px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg-1- Jos Verstappen

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22px-Flag of Denmark.svg-1- Jan Magnussen
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22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Giancarlo Fisichella

22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Mika Salo
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- FJR Peugeot (Works) Michelin 7 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Heinz-Harald Frentzen 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Pedro De La Rosa
8 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Mika Hakkinen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- VTR Supertec Bridgestone 9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Allan McNish 22px-Flag of None.svg-1-
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Johnny Herbert
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Willow Images Mugen Honda Michelin 11 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Alessandro Zanardi 22px-Flag of None.svg-1-
12 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Jorg Muller
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Talent Racing Ilmor Michelin 14 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Pedro Diniz 22px-Flag of None.svg-1-
15 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Ricardo Rossett
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Dark Wolf Peugeot (Works) Bridgestone 16 22px-Flag of Austria.svg-1- Alexander Wurz 22px-Flag of None.svg-1-
17 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Eddie Irvine
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Maestro Motorsport Ferrari Michelin 18 22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of France.svg-1- Franck Montagny
19 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- David Coulthard
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- MRD Racing Ferrari (Works) Michelin 20 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Bruno Junqueira

22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli

22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Bruno Junqueira

22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli
21 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Nick Heidfeld
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Ajay Motorsports Supertec Bridgestone 22 22px-Flag of France.svg-1- Olivier Panis 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Justin Wilson
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Justin Wilson
23 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg-1- Alex Yoong
22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-Ricardo Zonta

Team Changes

At the end of the 1998 FF1M Season AquinoPlus announced that they were withdrawing from FF1M with immediate effect[1]. The AFIA immediately announced that new team MRD Racing would be replacing them. During the Pre Season Entry Period doubts were also raised about J Racings continued participation in the series [2]. These doubts proved correct and as a result Ajay Motorsports took their place.

Driver Changes (During the season)

  • After impressing in pre-season testing Jarno Trulli was promoted to a race driver at MRD Racing from round two of the championship onwards replacing Bruno Junqueira.
  • A poor start to the season led MPR to fire Jos Verstappen and Giancarlo Fisichella after just four races. They were replaced by Mika Salo and Jan Magnussen.
  • It was announced after the Hungarian Grand Prix that Alex Yoong would be replaced at Ajay Motorsports by the winner of feeder series FF2M following the Italian Grand Prix. Whilst Olivier Panis was also replaced to give team test driver Justin Wilson his chance.

Results and Standings

Grands Prix

Round Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap
Race Winner
1 22px-Flag of Australia.svg-1- Australian GP 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Heinz Harald Frentzen (FJR) 22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya (Maestro Mspt) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Heinz Harald Frentzen (FJR)
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Brazilian GP 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Heinz Harald Frentzen (FJR)
3 22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1- San Marino GP 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Heinz Harald Frentzen (FJR) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher (Gui Racing) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher (Gui Racing)
4 22px-Flag of Monaco.svg-1- Monaco GP 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Mika Hakkinen (FJR) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Heinz Harald Frentzen (FJR) 22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya (Maestro Mspt)
5 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Spanish GP 22px-Flag of Canada.svg-1- Jacques Villeneuve (Dodgem) 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher (Gui Racing)
6 22px-Flag of Portugal.svg-1- Portuguese GP 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher (Gui) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher (Gui Racing) 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing)
7 22px-Flag of Canada.svg-1- Canadian GP 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing) 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing)
8 22px-Flag of Europe.svg-1- European GP 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing) 22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya (Maestro Mspt) 22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya (Maestro Mspt)
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- British GP 22px-Flag of Canada.svg-1- Jacques Villeneuve (Dodgem) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Heinz Harald Frentzen (FJR) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Heinz Harald Frentzen (FJR)
10 22px-Flag of Austria.svg-1- Austrian GP 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- David Coulthard (Maestro Mspt) 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Nick Heidfeld (MRD Racing)
11 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- German GP 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Nick Heidfeld (MRD Racing) 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Mika Hakkinen (FJR)
12 22px-Flag of Hungary.svg-1- Hungarian GP 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher (Gui Racing) 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing)
13 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgian GP 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Nick Heidfeld (MRD Racing) 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing) 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing)
14 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Italian GP 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Nick Heidfeld (MRD Racing) 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Mika Hakkinen (FJR) 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Nick Heidfeld (MRD Racing)
15 22px-Flag of Singapore.svg-1- Singapore GP 22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya (Maestro) 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing) 22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya (Maestro)
16 22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg-1- Malaysian GP 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing) 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing) 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing)
17 22px-Flag of Japan.svg-1- Japanese GP 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli (MRD Racing) 22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya (Maestro) 22px-Flag of Canada.svg-1- Jacques Villeneuve (Dodgem)

Apart from the Season Opener and Season Finale, none of the races were on specific days in 1999

Testing

Test Day Country Circuit Fastest Driver
Team
Pre Season
1 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Great Britain Silverstone Circuit 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Gui Racing - Ford
2 22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Maestro Motorsport - Ferrari
2 1 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza 22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Maestro Motorsport - Ferrari
2 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- MRD Racing - Ferrari
3 1 22px-Flag of Portugal.svg-1- Portugal Autodromo do Estoril 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Gui Racing - Ford
2 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Mika Hakkinen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- FJR - Peugeot
4 1 22px-Flag of Japan.svg-1- Japan Suzuka 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- MRD Racing - Ferrari
2 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Gui Racing - Ford
Mid Season
1 1 22px-Flag of France.svg-1- France Circuit Paul Ricard 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Gui Racing - Ford
2 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Ralf Schumacher 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Gui Racing - Ford
2 1 22px-Flag of the United States.svg-1- USA Indianapolis 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Heinz Harald Frentzen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- FJR - Peugeot
2 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- MRD Racing - Ferrari
3 1 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Germany Oschersleben 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Gui Racing - Ford
4 1 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Spain Circuito Permante de Jerez 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Gui Racing - Ford
2 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- MRD Racing - Ferrari

Qualifying Positions

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Championship Standings

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