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The 1998 Argentine Grand Prix (formally the XXI Gran Premio Marlboro Argentina) was a Formula One motor race held at Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Buenos Aires, on 12 April 1998. The race is (to date) the last Argentine Grand Prix. It was the third race of the 1998 FIA Formula One World Championship. The 72-lap race was won by Michael Schumacher for the Ferrari team, from a second position start. Mika Häkkinen finished second in a McLaren, with Eddie Irvine third in the other Ferrari car.

1998 Argentine Grand Prix
Race 3 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One World Championship
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Race details
Date 12 April 1998
Official name XXI Gran Premio Marlboro Argentina
Location Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.259 km (2.646 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 306.6 km (190.6 mi)
Weather Cloudy with variable levels of dryness; temperatures reaching up to 19 °C (66 °F)[1]
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:25.852
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife
Time 1:28.179 on lap 39
Podium
First Ferrari
Second McLaren-Mercedes
Third Ferrari

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Race summaryEdit

At the start of the race, Michael Schumacher was caught out by Mika Häkkinen, while David Coulthard maintained his first place. Schumacher passed Häkkinen at the start of the second lap. On the same lap Eddie Irvine overtook Heinz-Harald Frentzen. By lap 4, Schumacher caught up with Coulthard, and on the next lap the Scotsman took the wrong line, and Schumacher went past. The two cars touched, and Coulthard slid off the track, and rejoined in sixth place. The race then became one between Schumacher, stopping twice, and Häkkinen, on a one-stop strategy. Schumacher's plan proved to be the right one, as he emerged in front following his second stop, after Häkkinen lost time behind Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Behind Häkkinen and the two Ferraris, Jacques Villeneuve was under attack from Jean Alesi and Coulthard. When Esteban Tuero came into the pits, one of his tyres was missing. Eventually, one of the mechanics found it in the garage. Coulthard was slowed by gearbox problems and lost further ground when he tangled with Jacques Villeneuve, putting the Canadian out, while the Scot collected the solitary point for sixth place behind Häkkinen, Eddie Irvine, Alexander Wurz, and Sauber's Jean Alesi. In the lead, Schumacher collected the victory.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Time Gap
1 7   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.852
2 3   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:26.251 +0.399
3 8   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.632 +0.780
4 4   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:26.780 +0.928
5 10   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:26.827 +0.975
6 2   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 1:26.876 +1.024
7 1   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 1:26.941 +1.089
8 6   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:27.196 +1.344
9 9   Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:27.483 +1.631
10 5   Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:27.836 +1.984
11 14   Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:27.839 +1.987
12 15   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:28.016 +2.164
13 21   Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 1:28.811 +2.959
14 18   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:29.249 +3.397
15 11   Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:29.320 +3.468
16 12   Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:29.352 +3.500
17 17   Mika Salo Arrows 1:29.617 +3.765
18 16   Pedro Diniz Arrows 1:30.022 +4.170
19 22   Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 1:30.054 +4.202
20 23   Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 1:30.158 +4.306
21 20   Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 1:30.437 +4.585
22 19   Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:31.178 +5.326
107% time: 1:31.862
Source: [2]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 72 1:48:36.175 2 10
2 8   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 72 +22.898 3 6
3 4   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 72 +57.745 4 4
4 6   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 72 +1:08.134 8 3
5 14   Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 72 +1:18.286 11 2
6 7   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 72 +1:19.751 1 1
7 5   Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 72 +1:28.437 10  
8 9   Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 +1 Lap 9  
9 2   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 71 +1 Lap 6  
10 18   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 70 +2 Laps 14  
11 12   Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 70 +2 Laps 16  
12 21   Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 70 +2 Laps 13  
13 22   Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 69 +3 Laps 19  
14 20   Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 68 +4 Laps 21  
15 11   Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 65 Engine 15  
Ret 23   Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 63 Spun off 20  
Ret 1   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 52 Collision 7  
Ret 15   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 46 Collision 12  
Ret 10   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 22 Suspension 5  
Ret 17   Mika Salo Arrows 18 Gearbox 17  
Ret 19   Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 17 Transmission 22  
Ret 16   Pedro Diniz Arrows 13 Gearbox 18  
Source:[3]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

NotesEdit

  • Fastest lap: Alexander Wurz 1m 28.179s
  • Alexander Wurz's only fastest lap
  • This was the last Formula 1 Argentine Grand Prix.
  • The two Saubers collided en route to the grid.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Weather info for the 1998 Argentine Grand Prix at Weather Underground
  2. ^ F1, STATS. "Argentina 1998 - Qualifications • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  3. ^ "1998 Argentine Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Argentina 1998 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 6 March 2019.


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