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The 1998 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at the A1-Ring on 26 July 1998. It was the tenth round of the 1998 FIA Formula One World Championship. A wet-dry qualifying session resulted in a mixed-up grid order, with Giancarlo Fisichella taking the first pole position of his career. The 71-lap race was won by Mika Häkkinen for McLaren, with teammate David Coulthard recovering to finish second, having been involved in two collisions during the race, and Michael Schumacher finishing third for Ferrari.

1998 Austrian Grand Prix
Race 10 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One World Championship
Circuit A1 Ring.svg
Race details
Date 26 July 1998
Official name XXII Grosser Preis von Österreich
Location A1-Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.326 km (2.684 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 307.146 km (190.564 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Benetton-Playlife
Time 1:29.598
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:12.878 on lap 30
Podium
First McLaren-Mercedes
Second McLaren-Mercedes
Third Ferrari

ReportEdit

QualifyingEdit

It was an unusual grid due to a wet qualifying which dried out towards the end, with Fisichella taking his first ever pole with Alesi alongside him in the Sauber.

RaceEdit

At the start Häkkinen got a brilliant getaway to lead into the first corner but behind them was carnage when several cars collided at the first corner, with Takagi's car ending up stranded; Olivier Panis in the Prost did not even get off the line with clutch failure.

At the second corner another accident happened with both Arrows drivers colliding, swiping David Coulthard in the progress, knocking off his wing after the Scot had qualified a lowly 14th.

Coulthard pitted for a new nose but luckily for him a safety car was deployed due to clean up all the debris from the collisions, and Coulthard was able to catch up to the back of the field.

At the restart Häkkinen led away again with Schumacher right up behind him, Schumacher attempted to pass Häkkinen but ran wide, allowing Fisichella in the Benetton through and almost Rubens Barrichello in the Stewart.

Unfortunately for Barrichello, he was to drop out soon after with brake problems, while Schumacher got back past Fisichella and set off after Häkkinen again.

Schumacher's race was already hurt with him on a two-stop strategy, and Häkkinen was on just one, but worse was to follow when Schumacher ran very wide, bouncing violently through the gravel trap and ripping off his front wing. He was able to get back to the pits and fit a new wing, but when he re-joined he was almost a lap behind.

Around the same time Frentzen in the Williams had a huge engine failure where it caught fire; luckily he was able to hop out.

The amateur hour continued when Fisichella and Alesi clashed and both retired at the second corner; that left Coulthard's task of climbing through the field a lot easier.

Michael Schumacher was storming back through the field also, but he had a lot of trouble passing his brother Ralf in the Jordan; for lap after lap his brother refused to yield before Michael nailed him.

Michael Schumacher then started to reel in Eddie Irvine, his teammate, but Irvine was slowing; he said after it was due to marginal brakes, but many people in the paddock suspected he was asked to move over for his team leader.

Häkkinen cruised to an easy victory, with his teammate Coulthard a superb second after being last at the start; Michael Schumacher took third aided by his teammate Eddie Irvine

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 5   Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:29.598
2 14   Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:30.317 +0.719
3 8   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.517 +0.919
4 3   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:30.551 +0.953
5 18   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:31.005 +1.407
6 17   Mika Salo Arrows 1:31.028 +1.430
7 2   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 1:31.515 +1.917
8 4   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:31.651 +2.053
9 10   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:31.917 +2.319
10 11   Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:32.081 +2.483
11 1   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 1:32.083 +2.485
12 19   Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford 1:32.099 +2.501
13 16   Pedro Diniz Arrows 1:32.206 +2.608
14 7   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.399 +2.801
15 9   Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:32.718 +3.120
16 12   Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:32.906 +3.308
17 6   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:33.185 +3.587
18 15   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:33.205 +3.607
19 23   Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 1:33.399 +3.801
20 21   Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 1:34.090 +4.492
21 22   Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 1:34.536 +4.938
22 20   Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 1:34.910 +5.312
107% time: 1:35.870
Source:[1]
  • This was the last pole position of Benetton in Formula One

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 71 1:30:44.086 3 10
2 7   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 71 +5.289 14 6
3 3   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 71 +39.092 4 4
4 4   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 71 +43.976 8 3
5 10   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 +50.654 9 2
6 1   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 71 +53.202 11 1
7 9   Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 +1:13.624 15  
8 15   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 70 +1 lap 18  
9 6   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 70 +1 lap 17  
10 12   Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 70 +1 lap 16  
11 22   Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 70 +1 lap 21  
12 20   Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 69 +2 laps 22  
Ret 19   Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford 51 Engine 12  
Ret 23   Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 30 Spun off 19  
Ret 5   Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 21 Collision 1  
Ret 14   Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 21 Collision 2  
Ret 2   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 16 Engine 7  
Ret 18   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 8 Brakes 5  
Ret 16   Pedro Diniz Arrows 3 Collision 13  
Ret 17   Mika Salo Arrows 1 Collision 6  
Ret 11   Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 0 Clutch 10  
Ret 21   Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 0 Collision 20  
Source:[2]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ F1, STATS. "Austria 1998 - Qualifications • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  2. ^ "1998 Austrian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Austria 1998 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 7 March 2019.


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