Formula 1, Frentzen was not only Corinna Schumacher’s ex: he dreamed of the world championship in Monza.

Formula 1, Frentzen was not only Corinna Schumacher’s ex: he dreamed of the world championship in Monza.


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Heinz–Harald Frentzen often mentioned in rumours from System 1 like Corinna’s ex-boyfriend Bitchwho later married Michael Schumacher. In the collective mind is a friend whose boyfriend Schumi stole. But he also had a very good career. He was born on May 18, 1967 in Mönchengladbach in Germany and grew up as a driver in the Mercedes school. Frentzen started in System 1 in 1994. 3 wins from 159 races, 2 the pole, 18 podiums, 174 points, 2nd and 3rd place in the drivers’ world championship in ten years in the first class. Let’s see the highlights together.

Frentzen, Sauber

Frentzen, the first match in Formula 1

In 1993, driving for Nova The team in System 3000, Frentzen he was recognized by Sauber who hired him System 1 for the season of 1994. It was a sad year for the death in Imola of Seine And Ratzenberger and two weeks later Wendlinger he went into a coma after a crash in Monte Carlo. Frank Williamsafter the tragedy of Ayrton, given to Frentzen the post but the German refused, he was not yet ready to collect such a large inheritance. He remained at Sauber, between lights and shadows, until 1996, until he agreed to move to Williams the following year.

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Villeneuve-Schumacher-1997*
Villeneuve-Schumacher-1997*

Frentzen, vice-champion of the world in 1997

Here is a big break in 1997; Frentzen this time he signed Williams, the queen of the 90s System 1. His first and only victory with the British team came in the fourth race, placing at Imola in the San Marino GP. In the continuation he skated another six platforms, qualifying vice-champion of the world behind comrade Jaques Villeneuve for Williams’ two-time world championship. In Jerez la rotated Of Schumacher to French-Canadian it cost Michael the the world and lost all championship points to his old friend Heinz-Herald. A partial prize for Corinna?

Frentzen, Magny-Cours 1999*
Frentzen, Magny-Cours 1999*

Frentzen, that time won with a broken leg

Eddie Jordan employed Frentzen for the 1999 season of The system 1, the German got off to a good start by finishing second in Australia and third at Interlagos. From a bad accident in Canada due to a brake problem, he was hit but did not seem to be seriously affected. Although to limpinside of the weekend following in France at Magny-Cours, Heinz qualified fifth on the grid. During the race it started to rain, he put on wet tires and filled up with petrol.

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While Ferrari, McLaren and Williams chose to stop twice, the driver from Mönchengladbach tried one stop strategy and he was right to win with a big party like Jordan. At the finish line, however, he still felt great pain, took an X-ray, unbelieving doctors they couldn’t even count how many fractures were present in it leg. Frentzen he left smiling and kept the plate as a souvenir.

Mika Hakkinen, Flying Finn
Mika Hakkinen, Flying Finn

Frentzen, the dream of the 1999 World Cup

After the first victory in System 1 together with a broken leg, Frentzen continued the streak of results in the 1999 season with 3 fourth places in Silverstone, Austria and Hungary and 2 podiums in Hockenheim and Spa, entering the battle for the title. the world pilots in between Irvine and Hakkinen and began to caress dream win the title. Then came the Italian GP a Monza and it will be one day Specialof those who have not been forgotten.

Barrichello-Stewart*
Barrichello-Stewart*

Frentzen, Monza at the end of the millennium

FOR Monza 1999 of circus Of System 1 he came with Micah Hakkinen over the leading McLaren for the world for sure in Eddie’s Ferrari Irvinewhich was at the starting point, the pad the arrival of Rubens in Maranello was definitely in 2000 Barrichello. Schumacher he was still out with a broken tibia and fibula in the Silverstone crash. There Red for Monza had additional problems, Hakkinen i got pole positionbefore Frentzen, Coulthard And Zanardi. Micah Saloinstead of Wealthwas the first of the Ferraris and the sixth fastest time, Irvine even the eighth.

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Hakkinen he flew like a rocket, taking everyone away, Zanardi he had a good pace and smelled the podium for 17 laps but at the command of the team he pulled away, letting Ralf pass. Schumacher. At the same time Barrichello on Stewart, pushed by fans who already thought of him at Ferrari, launched a comeback. On lap 30, twist; in the brake part of the first variant, Hakkinenusually cool and perfect, he downshifted, went into first instead of second, causing the rear wheels to spin and finally spin McLaren went into the gravel.

Stage-Monza-1999*
Stage-Monza-1999*

Frentzen was invited to the Monza party

The audience cheered loudly, Monza It’s brutal and the Italian doctor puts a lot of pressure on it forever. Hakkinen he burst into tears on the edge of the track behind the bushes; the ice man had melted. Frentzen he took the opportunity to win a historic victory with Jordan, in the second of the season after Magny-Cours. Behind him Ralf Schumacher and Micah Salo third, who enjoyeddrunkenness of the podium dressed in red overalls above the cushion of fans who had invaded the track, as was customary at the Brianza stadium. You can read that on his face preference The Finns enjoyed it to the fullest.

At the same time Frentzenbreathing party unrivaled by Monzathey tasted the excitement of the struggle for the world pilots. The air at the top had a unique smell, especially when running with Jordan, a small team not used to the altitude, for the first time in the iris race. The German was ten points in the standings behind the tandem HakkinenIrvine, are paired at 60 e differences Coulthard 48 hours.

Eddie Irvine-Ferrari-1999*
Eddie Irvine-Ferrari-1999*

Frentzen, the Nurburgring dream

Two weeks after System 1 stopped at Nurburgring for the European GP, Frentzen he proved himself with good looks and with the spirit of 1000 because he got pole position for a good flying circuit, paying McLaren and Ferrari a premium. At the start of the race voltage in Jordan it was cut to pieces, a win would mean survival in the final 2 selections in Malaysia and Japan and what it takes to win the championship. the dream of the world.

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The German led and held the lead for more than half of the race. Lap 32 was decisive, Frentzen And Coulthardseparated by more than 1 second, entered together with box for pit stop. The boy from Mönchengladbach he held his breath, the oil filling and tire change went well and he resumed the lead. Take it pit holeThe German felt he had it victory in your pocketthe technicians hugged each other for the good work done despite the intense pressure.

Nurburgring circuit
Nurburgring circuit

Cold water came a few hundred meters later; of the leader of the race yes he was arrested suddenly, no smoke from the engine, no accident, but what is going on? Frentzen parked on the side of the road, got out of one seat with the steering wheel in hand, dream it was finished, dissolved, disappeared. The reason? A puzzle. In a press release after the race, the withdrawal was due to an unspecified electrical problem.

Frenzen at the Nurburgring *
Frentzen at Nurburgring *

Frentzen, anti-shop murder

Mark it GallagherDirector Markets of Jordan, admitted many years later, the car was driven in a strange way. The problem was that i the team using an electronic system fight the store to prevent the engine from stalling when it was stationary, the plant had to be turned on and off manually. Engineer of FrentzenSam Michaelhe always reminded the pilot over the radio disable system after pit stopbut in that event, he was caught in the hustle and bustle of the race that deserved to win the title the worldtogether Coulthard who was giving in the past, he closed himself by informing him of the advantage over the Scotsman.

Frentzen then he forgot to disable itfight the store come out box. Omelette was done. Heinz–Harald had won two Doctors of Health, the the team he loved her, on Saturday he had found the pole, was in his prime. After the race, in order not to blame him, the team decided to leave the details. The dream it was over, however third place in the world pilots and builders it was the best results to the stable of Ireland.

Eddie Jordan*
Eddie Jordan*

Frentzen, better to hear than to boil

Heinz’s career in System 1 ended Sauber in 2004where it started, having also driven Prost and Arrows. Frentzen he raced with Opel and Audi for three years in the DTM series and, at the wheel of an Aston Martin GT, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But he was no longer getting the results he was used to, he felt to boil. And then he returned to deal with the funeral home family. For Kolner Express He said: “I am helping my sister Nicole, in the business started by our father, as a car driver to hear at the funeral”. It seems that i the dead they feel safe with him behind the wheel.