Heinz Harald Frentzen took his greatest F1 victory #OnThisDay during the 1999 French grand prix. Qualifying itself was chaos, a huge rain shower made the track very slippery. Rubens Barrichello, known for his wet weather abilities put it on pole ahead of another great rain driver, Jean Alesi. Panis and Coulthard locked out the 2nd row with Frentzen and Schumacher locking out the 3rd. However there was some trouble, Hakkinen only qualified 14th, Irvine just got in the 107% time by qualifying 17th. Hill, Gene, Badoer, De La Rosa and Takagi failed to make the 107% but they were allowed to start. The race start was dry, Barrichello got a great start leading into turn 1. Alesi would be overtaken by the McLaren of Coulthard on the 2nd lap, the other Mclaren of Hakkinen was flying, overtaking 5 cars in the first few laps. On lap 5 he was already behind Schumacher who defended hard against the Finn. Barrichello got overtaken for the lead on lap 6 while Hakkinen kept trying to push Schumacher into a mistake. It was only on lap 10 that he got past by overtaking him into the hairpin. Coulthard suddenly stopped after an electronical failure put him out of the race giving the lead back to Rubens. Hakkinen continued to March forward overtaking, Frentzen and Alesi. Chaos ensued when rain hit the track on lap 20, Alesi spun and beached his car, the safetycar was called out because of the rain, Villeneuve, Wurz Gene and Zanardi all spun out under the safetycar due to the standing water. The safetycar came in on lap 35 releasing the field once again. Hakkinen's epic March came to an end when he tried to pass Barrichello which resulted in a spin dropping him to 7th. Schumacher meanwhile came into his element, overtaking both Frentzen and Barrichello after mutiple attempts. Schumacher looked to be on his way to another victory until electrical problems saw him pit for a new steering wheel. Hakkinen now led again after passing Barrichello and Frentzen. However Barrichello and Hakkinen needed to pit for fuel which gave the lead to HHF. Frentzen would win the race ahead of Hakkinen and Barrichello, Ralf would overtake Michael in the final stages to take 4th.