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Brazil  1998 Brazilian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One season
Interlagos 1997.jpg
Date March 29, 1998
Location Autódromo José Carlos Pace
São Paulo, Brazil
Course Permanent racing facility
4.292 km (2.667 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 309.024 km (192.019 mi)
Weather Fine, 31 °C (88 °F)
Pole position
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:17.092
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:19.337 on lap 65
Podium
First Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Second United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Third Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari

The 1998 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Interlagos on March 29, 1998. Mika Häkkinen, won his third straight race, with McLaren, also securing their third straight one two finish.

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Race Summary

Before the race there was a furore surrounding McLaren as Ferrari had protested about its braking system - which enabled the drivers to apply the brakes on the rear wheels independently, and thus assist both turn in to corners and traction out of them. Effectively meaning that the system was a four wheel steering device, which was banned by the FIA. As a result of Ferrari's protest the team agreed not to use the system at any stage over the weekend. However team boss Ron Dennis was livid that the system had been approved on four occasions by the FIA technical delegate, Charlie Whiting, and was being declared illegal by the three stewards in office for the Brazilian Grand Prix. As soon as the race started, Mika Häkkinen stormed into the lead, and took off for a long and lonely drive, leading every lap of the Grand Prix. At the back of the grid the Arrows team had their worst weekend since Tom Walkinshaw took over with Mika Salo qualifying 20th, and Pedro Diniz qualifying last. On lap one Häkkinen led David Coulthard by over a second, and was three seconds ahead of Heinz-Harald Frentzen in third, Ralf Schumacher spun out on the first lap at the fourth corner, meaning that he had not finished a single lap, so far in the season. Eddie Irvine was ahead of the slow starting Michael Schumacher. On lap 18 Coulthard was 5 seconds behind Häkkinen. Frenzten and Schumacher, after getting past his team-mate, were 23 seconds behind the McLaren duo. Schumacher passed Frentzen at the first pit stop, but had to fight to make sure he was not lapped by the two McLarens. In this Grand Prix, the McLarens were totally dominant.

Classification

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Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Time
1 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.092
2 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.757
3 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 1:18.109
4 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:18.250
5 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:18.261
6 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:18.449
7 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:18.652
8 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:18.735
9 14 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:18.753
10 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 1:18.761
11 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:18.988
12 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:19.069
13 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:19.344
14 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:19.375
15 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:19.449
16 19 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:19.375
17 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 1:20.203
18 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 1:20.390
19 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 1:20.459
20 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 1:20.481
21 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 1:20.748
22 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 1:20.847

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 72 1:37:11.747 1 10
2 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 72 +1.102 2 6
3 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 72 +1:00.550 4 4
4 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 72 +1:07.453 5 3
5 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 71 +1 Lap 3 2
6 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 71 +1 Lap 7 1
7 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 71 +1 Lap 10  
8 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 71 +1 Lap 6  
9 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 71 +1 Lap 15  
10 19 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 70 +2 Laps 16  
11 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 67 Physical 14  
DSQ 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 70 Disqualified 11  
Ret 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 63 Engine 9  
Ret 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 56 Gearbox 13  
Ret 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 52 Gearbox 21  
Ret 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 44 Throttle 19  
Ret 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 26 Gearbox 22  
Ret 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 19 Engine 17  
Ret 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 18 Engine 20  
Ret 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 17 Fuel Pump 12  
Ret 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 3 Spun off 18  
Ret 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 0 Spun off 8  

Standings after Grand Prix

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 20
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 12
3 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6
4 Germany Michael Schumacher 4
5 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 3
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 32
2 United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 8
3 Italy Ferrari 7
4 Italy Benetton-Playlife 4
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Notes

  • Leaders: Mika Häkkinen 72 (1-72)
  • Damon Hill disqualified for a 8 kilogramme underweight car.
Previous race:
1998 Australian Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1998 season
Next race:
1998 Argentine Grand Prix
Previous race:
1997 Brazilian Grand Prix
Brazilian Grand Prix Next race:
1999 Brazilian Grand Prix

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