It happened today – 16 May

It happened today – 16 May

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On 16th May 1999 the Monaco Grand Prix took place in Monte Carlo. In qualifying the two front rows are split between two teams, with Mika Hakkinen taking pole in the McLaren, beating Michael Schumacher’s F399 by just 68 thousandths of a second. On the second row, in the other Silver Arrow, David Coulthard beat the other Ferrari of Eddie Irvine by an equally small 55 thousandths.

At the start, the Scuderia cars got away better than the McLaren so that at Ste. Devote Schumacher was ahead of Hakkinen and Irvine led Coulthard. Michael managed to pull away, while Eddie was right on the tail of the Finnish world champion.

The passing move for second place came at the only run of pit stops, when Hakkinen overshot at Mirabeau on lap 39, sliding on oil spilt by Toranosuke Takagi’s Tyrrell, losing precious time which allowed Irvine to slip ahead. Hakkinen fought back, closing on the man from Northern Ireland but without managing to attack. The race thus finished with a fantastic one-two for Ferrari, its 44th, as Schumacher took his 35th win, his 16th at the wheel of a Ferrari, thus deposing Niki Lauda from the throne of drivers who had won the most in a Maranello car.

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