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The 1998 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on 13 September 1998. The race was won by Michael Schumacher. This was also the last win for tyre manufacturer Goodyear in Formula One.

1998 Italian Grand Prix
Race 14 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One World Championship
Autodromo Nazionale Monza (last modified in 1995)
Autodromo Nazionale Monza (last modified in 1995)
Race details
Date 13 September 1998
Official name LIX Gran Premio Campari d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.770 km (3.585 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 305.810 km (190.022 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:25.298
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:25.139 on lap 45
Podium
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Jordan-Mugen-Honda

It was a dramatic race, Häkkinen got a blinding start pushing his way past Eddie Irvine and Michael Schumacher on the front row, at same time it was a dreadful start for Schumacher who fell down to 5th, soon after he passed Villeneuve for 4th then Irvine for 3rd.

Häkkinen was struggling with a developing brake issue soon after and he waved his teammate Coulthard through, but soon after Coulthard's engine blew and seconds later Schumacher, who had caught Häkkinen, passed the Finn when Häkkinen had adjusted his brake bias forwards to cope with the brake problem and ran wide due to the smoke from Coulthard's engine.

Villeneuve running very low downforce soon spun out of the race, and Häkkinen started catching Schumacher again. Häkkinen was just three seconds behind with a handful of laps remaining, but then his rear brakes failed, sending him into a wild spin at the Roggia chicane. He was able to keep his engine running and kept going, but at the beginning of the next lap he went off again at the first Rettifilo chicane, and Irvine reeled him in and took 2nd off him. Soon after Ralf Schumacher caught and over took Häkkinen who was able to limp home in 4th.

It was a jubilant scene for the Italian crowd as Michael Schumacher came home first and his Ferrari teammate Eddie Irvine took second with Ralf Schumacher third, meaning the Jordan team had finished on all three podium places in two races.

Michael Schumacher was now level on points with Mika Häkkinen going into the Nürburgring, the penultimate round.

This race was Scuderia Ferrari's 600th start in a World Championship event as a team.[1]

Contents

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 3   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:25.289
2 1   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 1:25.561 +0.272
3 8   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.679 +0.390
4 7   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.987 +0.698
5 4   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:26.159 +0.870
6 10   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:26.309 +1.020
7 6   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:26.567 +1.278
8 14   Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:26.637 +1.348
9 11   Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:26.681 +1.392
10 12   Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:26.794 +1.505
11 5   Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:26.817 +1.528
12 2   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 1:26.836 +1.547
13 18   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:27.247 +1.958
14 9   Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:27.362 +2.073
15 15   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:27.510 +2.221
16 17   Mika Salo Arrows 1:27.744 +2.455
17 19   Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford 1:28.212 +2.923
18 20   Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 1:28.286 +2.997
19 21   Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 1:28.346 +3.057
20 16   Pedro Diniz Arrows 1:28.387 +3.098
21 22   Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 1:29.101 +3.812
22 23   Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 1:29.417 +4.128
107% time: 1:31.259
Source:[2]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3   Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:17:09.672 1 10
2 4   Eddie Irvine Ferrari 53 +37.977 5 6
3 10   Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 53 +41.152 6 4
4 8   Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +55.671 3 3
5 14   Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 53 +1:01.872 8 2
6 9   Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 53 +1:06.688 14 1
7 2   Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 52 +1 Lap 12  
8 5   Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 52 +1 Lap 11  
9 21   Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 52 +1 Lap 19  
10 18   Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 52 +1 Lap 13  
11 23   Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 51 +2 Laps 22  
12 20   Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 51 +2 Laps 18  
13 12   Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 50 +3 Laps 10  
Ret 19   Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford 39 Gearbox 17  
Ret 1   Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 37 Spun off 2  
Ret 17   Mika Salo Arrows 32 Throttle 16  
Ret 6   Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 24 Gearbox 7  
Ret 7   David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 16 Engine 4  
Ret 11   Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 15 Vibrations 9  
Ret 22   Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 13 Engine 21  
Ret 15   Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 12 Spun off 15  
Ret 16   Pedro Diniz Arrows 10 Spun off 20  
Source:[3]

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.

NotesEdit

  • This was the last win for tyre manufacturer Goodyear in F1.
  • This marked the first time that brothers Michael and Ralf Schumacher stood on the podium together, as well as the first time in history that two brothers had shared a podium in F1.
  • McLaren's bad luck started when David Coulthard's engine blew whilst leading, Häkkinen in second was blinded by the smoke allowing Michael Schumacher to pass. Häkkinen slipped to 4th with brake trouble.
  • Johnny Herbert spun off owing to a spanner that had been left by one of the Sauber mechanics in his car that slipped beneath the pedals.
  • Tora Takagi was fourth fastest in the Warm-up session.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Privateer Ferrari entry in 1950 French Grand Prix, which is often a source of incorrect count for their races as a team (as opposed to as a manufacturer) doesn't count towards the team's participations.
  2. ^ "Italy 1998 - Qualifications". StatsF1. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  3. ^ "1998 Italian Grand Prix". formula1.com. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Italy 1998 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 18 March 2019.

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