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The 1998 French Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Magny-Cours on 28 June 1998. It was the eighth race of the 1998 FIA Formula One World Championship.

1998 French Grand Prix
Race 8 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One World Championship
Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours (1992-2002).svg
Race details
Date 28 June 1998
Official name Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France
Location Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours
Magny-Cours, France
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.250 km (2.641 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 301.750 km (187.499 mi)
Scheduled distance 72 laps, 306.000 km (190.140 mi)
Weather Sunny, warm
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:14.929
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:17.523 on lap 59
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third McLaren-Mercedes

The 71-lap race was won by German driver Michael Schumacher, driving a Ferrari. It was Schumacher's second victory of the season. Northern Irish teammate Eddie Irvine finished second, with Finn Mika Häkkinen third in a McLaren-Mercedes, having started from pole position.

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ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

The race was originally dropped due to a dispute over television broadcasting rights in France. Though TF1 had the rights, rival channel France 3 obtained a judgement from a French court to allow all channels to operate on the grounds of the circuit.[1][2]

Jos Verstappen replaced Jan Magnussen at the Stewart team for the remainder of the season.

QualifyingEdit

Mika Häkkinen of McLaren-Mercedes took pole position, beating Michael Schumacher by 0.2 seconds. David Coulthard qualified third, and Eddie Irvine took fourth place. Throughout the qualifying session, Schumacher and Häkkinen exchanged first place, until Häkkinen finally took the pole.

RaceEdit

At the beginning of the race, Verstappen stalled his Stewart, meaning that a restart was required. At the second start, Häkkinen was overtaken by Michael Schumacher and Irvine. Schumacher then began to pull away, sometimes at one second a lap, with Irvine holding both the McLarens behind him. On lap 20, Häkkinen tried an ambitious move on Irvine. His attempt failed, and he spun into the gravel trap. However, he managed to keep his car going, pitted for fresh tyres, and rejoined in fourth place. However, he regained third place when Coulthard had problems with his pit stop. Coulthard went into the pits, but due to a fuel filling problem, had to do another lap, and then go into the pits again. After this second set of pits, Häkkinen was back behind Irvine, and Schumacher was some way in front. On the final lap, on the final corner, Häkkinen made an attempt to overtake Irvine, after Irvine was very slow through the chicane before the final corner. Irvine just held off Häkkinen to take second, by only a tenth of a second. However, both drivers were 19 seconds behind Schumacher. After Coulthard's misfortune in the pitlane, he finished sixth, scoring one world championship point. It was Ferrari's first one-two for 8 years, the previous being at the 1990 Spanish Grand Prix, Alain Prost and Nigel Mansell scoring the one-two.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 8   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:14.929
2 3   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:15.159 +0.230
3 7   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:15.333 +0.404
4 4   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:15.527 +0.598
5 1   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 1:15.630 +0.701
6 10   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:15.925 +0.996
7 9   Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:16.245 +1.316
8 2   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 1:16.319 +1.390
9 5   Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:16.375 +1.446
10 6   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:16.460 +1.531
11 14   Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:16.627 +1.698
12 12   Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:16.892 +1.963
13 15   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:16.977 +2.048
14 18   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:17.024 +2.095
15 19   Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford 1:17.604 +2.675
16 11   Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:17.671 +2.742
17 16   Pedro Diniz Arrows 1:17.880 +2.951
18 20   Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 1:17.908 +2.979
19 17   Mika Salo Arrows 1:17.970 +3.041
20 21   Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 1:18.221 +3.292
21 22   Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 1:18.273 +3.344
22 23   Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 1:19.146 +4.217
107% time: 1:20.174
Source:[3]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 71 1:34:45.026 2 10
2 4   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 71 + 19.575 4 6
3 8   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 71 + 19.747 1 4
4 1   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 71 + 1:06.965 5 3
5 6   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 70 + 1 Lap 10 2
6 7   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 70 + 1 Lap 3 1
7 14   Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 70 + 1 Lap 11  
8 15   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 70 + 1 Lap 13  
9 5   Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 70 + 1 Lap 9  
10 18   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 69 + 2 Laps 14  
11 11   Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 69 + 2 Laps 16  
12 19   Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford 69 + 2 Laps 15  
13 17   Mika Salo Arrows 69 + 2 Laps 19  
14 16   Pedro Diniz Arrows 69 + 2 Laps 17  
15 2   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 68 Suspension 8  
16 10   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 68 + 3 Laps 6  
17 22   Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 65 Engine 21  
Ret 21   Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 60 Engine 20  
Ret 12   Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 55 Spun Off 12  
Ret 23   Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 41 Gearbox 22  
Ret 9   Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 19 Hydraulics 7  
Ret 20   Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 16 Hydraulics 18  
Source:[4]

Championship standings after the raceEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Motor Racing: Doubts over Belgian Grand Prix". The Independent. 13 December 1997. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  2. ^ "France dropped from F1 season". BBC News. 13 December 1997. Retrieved 8 December 2012.
  3. ^ "France 1998 - Qualifications". StatsF1. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  4. ^ "1998 French Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  5. ^ a b "France 1998 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 17 March 2019.


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