Sunday, September 12, 1999 Published at 14:58 GMT 15:58 UK
Frentzen wins after Hakkinen error
Heniz-Harald Frentzen: Rare victory for Jordan
Jordan's Heinz-Harald Frentzen has won the Italian Grand Prix after race leader Mika Hakkinen of McLaren spun out on lap 30 of the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.
In the other Ferrari, Eddie Irvine managed to keep his title hopes alive, taking a single point for sixth place to draw level with Hakkinen at the top of the drivers' championship.
Speaking after his win, Frentzen said: "I saw him [Hakkinen] spinning off and I said: 'I don't believe it'.
"I can't believe it and I'm absolutely delighted."
Ferrari underperformed in the lead up to Monza, with Salo qualifying sixth and Irvine eighth.
It was a massive disappointment for the tifosi - Ferrari's fanatical Italian fans - but by the end of the day they were given something to cheer about.
Hakkinen was enjoying an eight-second lead going into lap 30 when he made an uncharacteristic error and spun off into a gravel trap.
He suffered a similar fate during the San Marino Grand Prix, although this error could be considerably more costly.
'My mistake - I'm sorry'
Had Hakkinen won, he would have been eleven points clear of Irvine with just two races to go, virtually assuring him of the title.
Afterwards he said: "There was nothing wrong with the car. It's my mistake, I'm sorry.
"I selected the wrong gear. We could talk about it for hours and hours, but it would just make me feel more uncomfortable."
Irvine criticised himself for being "just a bit too cautious" at the outset of the race, when he could have perhaps moved up a few places and gained the championship lead.
"I just had to finish," he said, adding: "Hakkinen came off, which is nice. It makes me feel good."
David Coulthard came fifth in the other McLaren to leave him trailing in fourth in the drivers' championship behind Frentzen, who is third.
Ferrari are now only six points behind McLaren in the constructors' championship, with Jordan in third.
Italian Grand Prix result
1 H-H Frentzen (Ger) Jordan-Mugen Honda 1hr 17mins 02.923secs
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