The ’99 in this car’s name reflected the year it was built – the same criterion used back in 1953 and 1955 – while the 3 referred to its displacement. It wasn’t a revolutionary model but a clever development of the F300 with the same high exhausts, a third front shock absorber to control roll, electronically-controlled power steering and newly designed rear suspension. The engine was the 048 which was lighter than the 047 with a bit more horse power thrown in for good measure. The engineers had further refined the aerodynamics, improving the relationship between drag and downforce, which was equivalent to increasing the horse power even further, and placing less stress on the by now enviably reliable engine. This brought results at long, long last.

In 1999 Ferrari won the Constructors’ title for the first time in 16 years, courtesy of Michael Schumacher, Eddie Irvine and Mika Salo. The Finnish driver replaced the German for six races after the latter injured his leg in an accident at Silverstone. Schumacher, who had made a triumphant start to the season at Imola and Monte Carlo, came to the aid of his team and Eddie Irvine by returning for the last two Grands Prix. The Irishman was still in the running for the Drivers’ title, after a successful season opener at Australia and wins in Austria, Germany and Malaysia, but unfortunately, Ferrari lost out on the Driver’s title (to Mika Hakkinen for McLaren) in the last race at Suzuka for the third season in a row.

Type rear, longitudinal 80° V10
Bore/stroke 96 x 41.4 mm
Unitary displacement 299.66 cc
Total displacement 2996.62 cc
Compression ratio 12.5: 1
Maximum power 581 kW (790 hp) at 16,300 rpm
Power per litre 264 hp/l
Maximum torque -
Valve actuation twin overhead camshafts per bank, four valves per cylinder
Fuel feed Magneti Marelli electronic indirect injection
Ignition electronic, single spark plug per cylinder
Lubrication dry sump
Clutch multi-plate
Frame honeycomb and carbon-fibre composite monocoque
Front suspension independent push-rod, twin wishbones, torsion bar springs, telescopic shock absorbers
Rear suspension independent push-rod, twin wishbones, torsion bar springs, telescopic shock absorbers
Brakes carbon-carbon composite discs
Transmission electro-hydraulic 7-speed + reverse
Steering mechanical power-assisted rack-and-pinion
Fuel tank -
Front tyres 13”, Bridgestone
Rear tyres 13”, Bridgestone