The Champion on the Track – The Official Review of the 1999 FIA Formula 1 World Championship Season
VHS, © 1999 DUKE
For the most comprehensive ‘as-it-happened’ story of F1 you can’t beat the FIA’s official, end-of-season video reviews.
The 1999 season proved to be a thriller in more ways than one: you had some sensational driving from the championship contenders, surprise performances from the Jordan and Stewart teams, Michael Schumacher’s leg-breaking shunt, and controversy, thrills and spills aplenty. All of this is captured across two hours of this season’s official video review…
Showcasing the very best of the action from each race using digital TV footage previously only available on pay-per-view television, the review includes a detailed season preview, post-race analysis from every round, exclusive driver interviews and feature pieces.
This was the championship that no-one seemed to want to win and the review video suitably captures all of the action.
One curious anomaly is the commentary style in this review. Each round seems to include up to three features focusing on different talking points of the respective events. While this serves to highlight some otherwise-overlooked stories of the year, it sometimes feels repetitive when the same footage is used in a short period of time.
HITS: Great focus on the battles at the front of the field, particularly the rise of the Stewart and Jordan teams;
MISSES: Unimaginative packaging and false, almost forced, commentary sometimes wastes what is generally great material;
BEST BITS: The crazy European Grand Prix, which saw Stewart claim its only win, Minardi nearly claim a podium, and Ferrari’s farical ‘three wheels on my wagon’ pit stop for Eddie Irvine.
Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award the 1999 Formula One World Championship Review…
OUT OF A POSSIBLE FIVE.
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