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The Minardi M198 was the car with which the Minardi Formula One team used to compete in the 1998 FIA Formula One World Championship. It was driven by Shinji Nakano, who had moved from Prost, and rookie Esteban Tuero.

Minardi M198
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CategoryFormula One
ConstructorMinardi
Designer(s)Gustav Brunner
PredecessorM197
SuccessorM01
Technical specifications
Chassiscarbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front)double wishbones, pushrod with coaxial spring/damper and torsion bar
Suspension (rear)double wishbones, pushrod with coaxial spring/damper and torsion bar
EngineFord JD Zetec-R 3.0 72-degree V10
TransmissionMinardi six-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
FuelElf
TyresBridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrantsFondmetal Minardi Team
Notable drivers22. Japan Shinji Nakano
23. Argentina Esteban Tuero
Debut1998 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
16000
Constructors' Championships0
Drivers' Championships0

The M198 had a Ford V10 engine, allowing representative horsepower after several years using V8s, but many of the chassis component designs had not been changed from previous seasons, prompting former designer Gustav Brunner to start work on the team's 1999 car, the Minardi M01, within a month of rejoining the team. Despite their problems, the team was able to hang onto the rest of the field and was involved in a season-long battle with Tyrrell, beating the British team on occasion.

However, the team was still unclassified in the Constructors' Championship, with no points.

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1998 Minardi Ford V10 B AUS BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR AUT GER HUN BEL ITA LUX JPN 0 NC
Shinji Nakano Ret Ret 13 Ret 14 9 7 17 8 11 Ret 15 8 Ret 15 Ret
Esteban Tuero Ret Ret Ret 8 15 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret

ReferencesEdit

  • AUTOCOURSE 1998-99, Henry, Alan (ed.), Hazleton Publishing Ltd. (1998) ISBN 1-874557-43-8