General data  
Grand Prix season/s 1999
Racing drivers Michael Schumacher, Eddie Irvine, Mika Salo
Race numbers Michael Schumacher: 3 Eddie Irvine: 4 Mika Salo: 3
VIN span 190 – 197
Number produced 8
Presentation 30 January 1999 in Maranello
Technical Specifications  
Chassis Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Length 4387 mm
Width 1795 mm
Height 960 mm
Wheelbase 3052 mm
Front track 1490 mm
Rear track 1405 mm
Front suspension Independent wheel suspension, double delta wishbones at the top, lower wishbones mounted on mono-keel, inside mounted torsion springs operated by traction struts, anti-roll bar, Push-Rod-System
Rear suspension Independent wheel suspension, double delta wishbones, inside mounted torsion springs operated by traction struts and deflection levers, anti-roll bar, Push-Rod-System
Front tyres 13“, Width minimum: 305 mm Width maximum: 355 mm
Rear tyres 13“, Width minimum: 365 mm Width maximum: 380 mm
Tyres Bridgestone Potenza slicks with four grooves
Wheels BBS alloy rims
Front brakes Brembo ventilated and drilled carbon-fibre disc brakes, 6-pod aluminium callipers
Rear brakes Brembo ventilated and drilled carbon-fibre disc brakes, 6-pod aluminium callipers
Weight 600 kg, including oil, water and driver
Fuel tank Approx. 141 litres
Body material Carbon-fibre
Type 048, 048B, 048C – mid-engine
Number of cylinders V10 – 80°
Displacement 2998 ccm
Bore and stroke 95 x 42,3 mm
Camshaft 2 overhead per cylinderbank
Valves 4 per cylinder
Valve control Pneumatic valve control
Compression ratio Approx. 13,2:1
Lubrication Dry sump
Ignition Magneti Marelli electronic coil ignition
Fuel management Magneti Marelli digital fuel injection, Shell fuel
Maximum power Approx. 775 hp –  800 hp – 17.500 rpm
Gearbox 7 gears + rev., semiautomatic sequential electronically controlled gearbox, activated by steering wheel paddles, longitudinal installed, limited-slip differential Gesarbox material: Titan and Carbon-fibre
Clutch Carbon-fibre multi disc clutch, activated by steering wheel paddles
Engine weight Approx. 114 kg
Engine measures  L x W x H 625 x 542 x 380 mm
Director of Gestione Sportiva Jean Todt
Tecnical Director Ross Brawn
Design engineer/s Rory Byrne
Engine Paolo Martinelli
  190, 191, 192, 193, 194, 195, 196, 197
Good to know:

  • Heavy accindent of  Michael Schumacher during the first lap of the British Grand Prix
  • Replaced by Mika Salo
  • 9. Constructors World Championship for Ferrari with 128 points.
  • 2nd place Drivers World Championship by Eddie Irvine with 74 points.
  • 4 Grand Prix victories for Eddie Irvine
  • 2 Grand Prix victories for Michael Schumacher
  • 85 engines were built for this F1 season
Ferrari Press releases:
Source: Ferrari

30.01.1999: The New F399 Is Presented At Fiorano

Maranello, 30th January – The F399, Ferrari’s car for this year’s Formula One World Championship, was presented today at the Fiorano track. The Chairman of Ferrari, Luca di Montezemolo, welcomed the top management of Fiat – Honourary Chairman Gianni Agnelli, Chairman Paolo Fresco and Managing Director Paolo Cantarella – and all the representatives of the sponsoring firms and suppliers of the Scuderia. The task of lifting the veil (an enormous flag with the Scuderia Ferrari emblem) covering the car was entrusted to the 450 members of the Sports Management, who were thanked by the Chairman, Mr Montezemolo and by the Sporting Director, Mr Jean Todt, for the work carried out in the last few years, which has twice brought the team very close to winning the World Championship. Mr Todt promised an even greater effort for the season which is about to begin: “We shall be even more determined because we want to lead from the first race, not from the sixth on.” Technical Director Ross Brawn outlined the car’s general features. “The F300 was the first car built in Maranello by the new working group: it was very good but not perfect. During last season we strengthened the team, enlarging the aerodynamics and R&D groups. Moreover, we began to use the new wind tunnel. The F399 is an evolved model with many innovations. The integration between chassis and engine and the relation with the new technical partners, in particular with Bridgestone, were crucial in the designing stage. We made important changes to the original project on the basis of the results of the tests carried out in Suzuka last November.” Car designer Rory Byrne described its technical aspects: “Although it’s an evolution, the F399 is a completely new car. We’ve improved aerodynamic efficiency and stability but, most importantly, we’ve worked on enhancing all its components and have managed to reduce its total weight by about 20 kg. Suspension was revised after the tests with Bridgestone, while the engine air vents, diffuser, rear aerodynamics and front suspension are new. The car’s centre of gravity has been lowered and power steering is now controlled electronically. I’m confident we’ll be immediately competitive.” Engine engineer Paolo Martinelli spoke of the new 048 Engine: “It’s an evolution of its predecessor: the base was good so we worked on correcting all of its components with the aim of achieving better driveability and improved performance, while maintaining reliability levels. The centre of gravity is lower and we obtained a weight loss of about 5%, thanks also to the use of new alloys and materials. Two stages of development have already been planned: the first will coincide with the first European race of the World Championship, the San Marino Grand Prix of 2 May. I hope the writing on the Bridgestone tyres – Potenza, which is the Italian word for power – is a good omen for the season.” After the technical staff it was the drivers’ turn to speak. “I’m proud of being part of the team for the second consecutive year” – said Luca Badoer – “not only from the technical but also from the human point of view. I hope to be able to help Michael and Eddie give satisfaction to all our fans.” Eddie Irvine was optimistic: “It’s my fourth year with Ferrari and each season has been better than the last. I want to do even better in 1999 and I think this car will give me the opportunity to do so. My aim is to win a few Grand Prix and to be on the podium even more often.” “Being with Ferrari is like belonging to a family” ” said Michael Schumacher – “This year I feel very motivated but I don’t feel greater pressure. Actually, I feel better than in the past. “The German driver is not worried about the delay with which the season is beginning: “The car is very solid: a week’s delay doesn’t make much difference. And anyway there’s someone who’s even Later changed over to, McLaren.” Chairman Montezemolo ended the ceremony. “We wanted to bring all our world together here in Fiorano. I thank our shareholders and sponsors, without whose support we would not have been able to build chassis, engine and gearbox alone. In particular, I would like to thank and welcome the newcomers: Bridgestone – with whom we immediately established an excellent technical, human and professional relationship; two major Italian companies such as TIM and Ferrero, and the world’s largest courier, Federal Express. I wish to greet the Mayors of Modena, Maranello and Fiorano and fans throughout the world. I would like to promise them that we will make an even greater effort than in the past. The team is stable, determined and motivated. I hope the days of losing the title at the last race are over. The test programme will begin at the end of next week on the Fiorano circuit and will then continue on the Mugello track. A second F399 will be ready by the end of the month. Meanwhile, the F300 will be used, equipped with components used on the new car.

05.02.1999: F399 shakedown

Maranello, February 5th – The new F399 has made its debut on the Fiorano track at 5.45 pm. Michael Schumacher completed 5 laps without any problem. Tomorrow the German driver will test the car on the same circuit. Luca Badoer will also be at Fiorano driving an F300.

11.07.1999: British Grand Prix Second place for Irvine

Silverstone, 11th July Eddie Irvine: second at 1.829, 60 laps Michael Schumacher: accident, lap 1 Jean Todt “Michael Schumacher had an accident on the opening lap because of a problem with the rear brakes. We are investigating the cause. Michael has broken the tibia and fibula of the right leg. He is currently undergoing an operation in Northampton General Hospital.” Eddie Irvine “I am sorry if my remarks in the press conference about Michael’s accident were misunderstood, but I was unaware, until after the conferences that he had been injured. I wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing him back in the car as soon as possible. I got a good start. Then Michael came flying past me with the front brakes locked up. I was driving flat out every lap. In the morning we tried a different set-up to help the tyres, but it did not work and we oversteer all the time. Any chance I had of winning was lost because of my long first pit-stop. When I came down the pit lane, the McLaren crew were also out and this unsighted me. The result was that I over-shot my mark for the refuelling and that was the race gone.” Chassis: Schumacher 192, Irvine 191 Temperatures: air 23 C, track 40 C

13.07.1999: On Schumacher’s accident

Maranello, 13th July Following the accident of Michael Schumacher at the British Grand Prix, Ferrari are conducting a full and urgent investigation. What has been established so far, is that the accident was caused by a sudden loss of pressure in the rear brake circuit. This was due to the loosening of a brake bleed nipple on the left rear caliper. The reason for this loosening of the nipple has not yet been established. This component had been checked as part of the Saturday evening race preparation and there had been no subsequent servicing of that part. The data shows no problem either in the warm up or indeed in the braking manoeuvres for the first half lap of the race. Ferrari will continue to try to establish the reasons for this failure.