Exactly 18 years ago, Eddie Irvine emerged from the shadow of Michael Schumacher, becoming the main hope of Ferrari winning the championship title.
During the race weekend at Silverstone, the leader of the Italian team, Schumacher broke his leg in the accident and was out of action for four months.
A July 25, 1999, Irvine was able to win the Grand Prix of Austria. With this victory severoirlandtsev reduced the gap in the overall standings from Miki of Hakkinen to two points, after which Ferrari threw all their forces to the aid of Eddie in the battle for the championship.
Immediately after the success in Spielberg Irvine won in Hockenheim and took the lead in the standings, but hold the advantage over main rival and to win the title, he still failed. At the end of the season-1999 Hakkinen ahead of Eddie in the standings on two points.
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