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1998 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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Index: Races by country | Races by season
Mika Häkkinen won his first title with McLaren.
Michael Schumacher finished as runner-up with Ferrari.
Häkkinen's team-mate, David Coulthard (pictured in 2007), finished the season ranked third.

The 1998 Formula One season was the 49th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It commenced on March 8, 1998, and ended on November 1 after sixteen races.

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Season summary

The season had many rule changes, including the introduction of grooved tyres and making the cars narrower to reduce downforce. It was clear that McLaren had adapted to the new rule changes best as Mika Häkkinen comfortably won the first two races, with team-mate David Coulthard finishing second in both. With Goodyear making steps forward before Argentina, Michael Schumacher was able to win there and take second at Imola, both slow and twisty circuits. At Spain, however, the fast corners favoured McLaren and again they raced away to another 1-2 finish. A further win for Häkkinen in Monaco gave him a 17 point lead over Coulthard with Schumacher a further 5 points behind.

Schumacher fought back to win the next 3 races, while mistakes and bad luck cost both Häkkinen and Coulthard points. After the British Grand Prix Schumacher had closed the gap to Häkkinen to just 2 points, while Coulthard was 26 points behind his team mate and looking unlikely to be able to fight for the championship. Wins in Austria and Germany for Häkkinen proved that McLaren still had the strongest car, but a strategic master stroke in Hungary allowed Schumacher to take the win and close the gap to Häkkinen to just 7 points.

The start of the Belgian Grand Prix saw one of the worst accidents in F1, with over half the cars on the grid involved, and four drivers unable to take the restart almost an hour later due to lack of spare cars. An action packed race saw Häkkinen spin out at the restart, whilst Schumacher was leading comfortably before crashing into David Coulthard's McLaren whilst trying to lap the Scotsman. This led the way for Damon Hill to take Jordan's first win.

Schumacher bounced back to take a surprise victory at the Italian Grand Prix, and with Häkkinen finishing only fourth after brake problems the championship was level with 2 races to go. This result also brought Ferrari back into the constructors world championship, being just 10 points behind. However, Häkkinen managed to beat Schumacher in a straight fight in Luxembourg and win the final race in Japan, clinching his first world championship and the constructors championship for McLaren. Reigning champions Williams had a poor season overall, with only 3 podium finishes. However, in Japan they managed to secure 3rd in the constructors championship, ahead of Jordan and Benetton.

Drivers and constructors

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1998 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver Test driver(s)
United Kingdom Winfield Williams Williams FW20 Mecachrome GC37-01 G 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya
Brazil Max Wilson
2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F300 Ferrari 047 G 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Luca Badoer
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B198 Playlife GC37-01 B 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella n/a
6 Austria Alexander Wurz
United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-13 Mercedes FO110G B 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard Brazil Ricardo Zonta
Germany Nick Heidfeld
8 Finland Mika Häkkinen
Republic of Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan 198 Mugen-Honda MF-301 HC G 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Spain Pedro de la Rosa
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher
France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP01 Peugeot A16 B 11 France Olivier Panis France Stéphane Sarrazin
12 Italy Jarno Trulli
Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C17 Petronas SPE-01D G 14 France Jean Alesi Germany Jörg Müller
15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
United Kingdom Danka Zepter Arrows Arrows A19 Arrows T2-F1 B 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz France Emmanuel Collard
South Africa Stephen Watson
17 Finland Mika Salo
United Kingdom HSBC Stewart Ford Stewart SF02 Ford VJ Zetec-R B 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Netherlands Jos Verstappen
19 Denmark Jan Magnussen
Netherlands Jos Verstappen
United Kingdom PIAA Tyrrell Tyrrell 026 Ford JD Zetec-R G 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset n/a
21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi
Italy Fondmetal Minardi Team SpA Minardi M198 Ford JD Zetec-R B 22 Japan Shinji Nakano France Laurent Redon
23 Argentina Esteban Tuero

All engines were 3.0 litre, V10 configuration.

Season review

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Grands Prix

Round Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Constructor Report
1 Australia Australian Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen Finland Mika Häkkinen Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen Finland Mika Häkkinen Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
3 Argentina Argentine Grand Prix United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Alexander Wurz Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
4 San Marino San Marino Grand Prix United Kingdom David Coulthard Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
5 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen Finland Mika Häkkinen Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen Finland Mika Häkkinen Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
7 Canada Canadian Grand Prix United Kingdom David Coulthard Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
8 France French Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom David Coulthard Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
9 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
10 Austria Austrian Grand Prix Italy Giancarlo Fisichella United Kingdom David Coulthard Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
11 Germany German Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom David Coulthard Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
12 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
13 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix Finland Mika Häkkinen Germany Michael Schumacher United Kingdom Damon Hill Republic of Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda Report
14 Italy Italian Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Finland Mika Häkkinen Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari Report
15 Luxembourg Luxembourg Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Finland Mika Häkkinen Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
16 Japan Japanese Grand Prix Germany Michael Schumacher Germany Michael Schumacher Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report

1998 Constructors Championship final standings

The results of the 1998 FIA Formula One World Championship for Constructors were determined by awarding points on a 10-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six finishers in each championship race.

Pos Constructor Chassis Tyre Points Wins Podiums Poles
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13 B 156 9 20 12
2 Italy Ferrari F300 G 133 6 19 3
3 United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome FW20 G 38 3
4 Republic of Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 198 G 34 1 3
5 Italy Benetton-Playlife B198 B 33 2 1
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas C17 G 10 1
7 United Kingdom Arrows A19 B 6
8 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford SF02 B 5
9 France Prost-Peugeot AP01 B 1
10 Italy Minardi-Ford M198 B
11 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 026 G

1998 Drivers Championship final standings

The results of the 1998 FIA Formula One World Championship for Drivers were determined by awarding points on a 10-6-4-3-2-1 basis to the top six finishers in each championship race.

Pos Driver AUS
Australia
BRA
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
SMR
San Marino
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
AUT
Austria
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
LUX
Luxembourg
JPN
Japan
Points
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 1 1 2 Ret 1 1 Ret 3 2 1 1 6 Ret 4 1 1 100
2 Germany Michael Schumacher Ret 3 1 2 3 10 1 1 1 3 5 1 Ret 1 2 Ret 86
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard 2 2 6 1 2 Ret Ret 6 Ret 2 2 2 7 Ret 3 3 56
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 4 8 3 3 Ret 3 3 2 3 4 8 Ret Ret 2 4 2 47
5 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 5 7 Ret 4 6 5 10 4 7 6 3 3 Ret Ret 8 6 21
6 United Kingdom Damon Hill 8 DSQ 8 10 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 4 4 1 6 9 4 20
7 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 3 5 9 5 8 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 9 5 4 7 5 5 17
8 Austria Alexander Wurz 7 4 4 Ret 4 Ret 4 5 4 9 11 16 Ret Ret 7 9 17
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 6 7 Ret Ret 2 2 9 5 Ret 7 8 Ret 8 6 8 16
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ret Ret Ret 7 11 Ret Ret 16 6 5 6 9 2 3 Ret Ret 14
11 France Jean Alesi Ret 9 5 6 10 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret 10 7 3 5 10 7 9
12 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Ret Ret 10 Ret 5 Ret 5 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS 10 11 Ret 4
13 Finland Mika Salo Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 4 Ret 13 Ret Ret 14 Ret DNS Ret 14 Ret 3
14 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 9 14 Ret Ret Ret 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 3
15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 6 11 Ret Ret 7 7 Ret 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 10 1
16 Italy Jarno Trulli Ret Ret 11 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 12 Ret 6 13 Ret 12 1
17 Denmark Jan Magnussen Ret 10 Ret Ret 12 Ret 6 1
NC Japan Shinji Nakano Ret Ret 13 Ret 14 9 7 17 8 11 Ret 15 8 Ret 15 Ret 0
NC Argentina Esteban Tuero Ret Ret Ret 8 15 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret 11 NC Ret 0
NC Brazil Ricardo Rosset Ret Ret 14 Ret DNQ DNQ 8 Ret Ret 12 DNQ DNQ DNS 12 Ret DNQ 0
NC Japan Toranosuke Takagi Ret Ret 12 Ret 13 11 Ret Ret 9 Ret 13 14 Ret 9 16 Ret 0
NC France Olivier Panis 9 Ret 15 11 16 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 12 DNS Ret 12 11 0
NC Netherlands Jos Verstappen 12 Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 13 Ret 0
Pos Driver AUS
Australia
BRA
Brazil
ARG
Argentina
SMR
San Marino
ESP
Spain
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
AUT
Austria
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
LUX
Luxembourg
JPN
Japan
Points

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Simple English

The 1998 Formula One season was the 47th edition of the championship. The champion was Mika Häkkinen in a close battle. Mclaren won the constructor's championship.

Contents

Drivers and constructors

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1998 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyres No Driver Test driver(s)
Winfield Williams Williams FW20 Mecachrome GC37-01 3.0 L V10 G 1 Jacques Villeneuve Juan Pablo Montoya
Max Wilson
2 Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F300 Ferrari 047 3.0 L V10 G 3 Michael Schumacher Luca Badoer
4 Eddie Irvine
Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B198 Playlife GC37-01 3.0 L V10 B 5 Giancarlo Fisichella n/a
6 Alexander Wurz
West Mclaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-13 Mercedes FO110G 3.0 L V10 B 7 David Coulthard Ricardo Zonta
Nick Heidfeld
8 Mika Häkkinen
Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan 198 Mugen-Honda MF-301 HC 3.0 L V10 G 9 Damon Hill Pedro De La Rosa
10 Ralf Schumacher
Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP01 Peugeot A16 3.0 L V10 B 11 Olivier Panis Stephane Sarrazin
12 Jarno Trulli
Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C17 Petronas SPE-01D 3.0 L V10 G 14 Jean Alesi Jörg Müller
15 Johnny Herbert
Danka Zepter Arrows Arrows A19 Arrows T2-F1 3.0 L V10 B 16 Pedro Diniz Emmanuel Collard
Stephen Watson
17 Mika Salo
Stewart Ford Stewart SF02 Ford VJ Zetec-R 3.0 L V10 B 18 Rubens Barrichello n/a
19 Jan Magnussen
Jos Verstappen
Tyrrell Tyrrell 026 Ford JD Zetec-R 3.0 L V10 G 20 Ricardo Rosset n/a
21 Toranosuke Takagi
Fondmetal Minardi Team Minardi M198 Ford JD Zetec-R 3.0 L V10 B 22 Shinji Nakano Laurent Redon
23 Esteban Tuero

Season review

Grands Prix

Round Race Date Location Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 Australian Grand Prix March 8 Melbourne Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Report
2 Brazilian Grand Prix March 29 Interlagos Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Report
3 Argentine Grand Prix April 12 Oscar Gálvez Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
4 San Marino Grand Prix April 26 Imola David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes Report
5 Spanish Grand Prix May 10 Catalunya Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Report
6 Monaco Grand Prix May 24 Monaco Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Report
7 Canadian Grand Prix June 7 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
8 French Grand Prix June 28 Magny-Cours Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
9 British Grand Prix July 12 Silverstone Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
10 Austrian Grand Prix July 26 A1-Ring Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Report
11 German Grand Prix August 2 Hockenheimring Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Report
12 Hungarian Grand Prix August 16 Hungaroring Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
13 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgian Grand Prix August 30 Spa-Francorchamps Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda Report
14 Italian Grand Prix September 13 Monza Michael Schumacher Ferrari Report
15 Luxembourg Grand Prix September 27 Nürburgring Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Report
16 Japanese Grand Prix November 1 Suzuka Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes Report

1998 Constructors Championship final standings

Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Points Wins Podiums Poles
1 McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13 B 156 9 20 12
2 Ferrari F300 G 133 6 19 3
3 Williams-Mecachrome FW20 G 38 3
4 Jordan-Mugen-Honda 198 G 34 1 3
5 Benetton-Playlife B198 B 33 2 1
6 Sauber-Petronas C17 G 10 1
7 Arrows A19 B 6
8 Stewart-Ford SF02 B 5
9 Prost-Peugeot AP01 B 1
10 Tyrrell-Ford 026 G
11 Minardi-Ford M198 B

1998 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos Driver AUS
BRA
ARG
SMR
ESP
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
AUT
GER
HUN
BEL
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
ITA
LUX
JPN
Points
1 Häkkinen 1 1 2 Ret 1 1 Ret 3 2 1 1 6 Ret 4 1 1 100
2 M.Schumacher Ret 3 1 2 3 10 1 1 1 3 5 1 Ret 1 2 Ret 86
3 Coulthard 2 2 6 1 2 Ret Ret 6 Ret 2 2 2 7 Ret 3 3 56
4 Irvine 4 8 3 3 Ret 3 3 2 3 4 8 Ret Ret 2 4 2 47
5 Villeneuve 5 7 Ret 4 6 5 10 4 7 6 3 3 Ret Ret 8 6 21
6 Hill 8 DSQ 8 10 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 4 4 1 6 9 4 20
7 Frentzen 3 5 9 5 8 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 9 5 4 7 5 5 17
8 Wurz 7 4 4 Ret 4 Ret 4 5 4 9 11 16 Ret Ret 7 9 17
9 Fisichella Ret 6 7 Ret Ret 2 2 9 5 Ret 7 8 Ret 8 6 8 16
10 R.Schumacher Ret Ret Ret 7 11 Ret Ret 16 6 5 6 9 2 3 Ret Ret 14
11 Alesi Ret 9 5 6 10 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret 10 7 3 5 10 7 9
12 Barrichello Ret Ret 10 Ret 5 Ret 5 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 11 Ret 4
13 Salo Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 4 Ret 13 Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret 3
14 Diniz Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 9 14 Ret Ret Ret 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 3
15 Herbert 6 11 Ret Ret 7 7 Ret 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 10 1
16 Trulli Ret Ret 11 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 12 Ret 6 13 Ret 12 1
17 Magnussen Ret 10 Ret Ret 12 Ret 6 1
18 Nakano Ret Ret 13 Ret 14 9 7 17 8 11 Ret 15 8 Ret 15 Ret 0
19 Tuero Ret Ret Ret 8 15 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret 11 NC Ret 0
20 Rosset Ret Ret 14 Ret DNQ DNQ 8 Ret Ret 12 DNQ DNQ Ret 12 Ret DNQ 0
21 Takagi Ret Ret 12 Ret 13 11 Ret Ret 9 Ret 13 14 Ret 9 16 Ret 0
22 Panis 9 Ret 15 11 16 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 12 Ret Ret 12 11 0
23 Verstappen 12 Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 13 Ret 0
Pos Driver AUS
BRA
ARG
SMR
ESP
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
AUT
GER
HUN
BEL
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
ITA
LUX
JPN
Points
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Not classified (NC)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Blank Did not participate
Injured (INJ)
Excluded (EX)



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