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Japan  1998 Japanese Grand Prix
Race details
Race 16 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One season
Suzuka 1992.jpg
Date November 1, 1998
Location Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka, Mie, Japan
Course Permanent racing facility
5.864 km (3.644 mi)
Distance 51 laps, 299.064 km (185.830 mi)
Scheduled Distance 53 laps, 310.792 km (193.117 mi)
Weather Fine
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:36.293
Fastest lap
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:40.190
Podium
First Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Second United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari
Third United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes

The 1998 Japanese Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Suzuka on November 1, 1998.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 51 1:27:22.535 2 10
2 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 51 +6.491 4 6
3 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 51 +27.662 3 4
4 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 51 +1:13.491 8 3
5 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 51 +1:13.857 5 2
6 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 51 +1:15.867 6 1
7 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 51 +1:36.053 12  
8 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 51 +1:41.302 10  
9 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 50 +1 Lap 9  
10 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 50 +1 Lap 11  
11 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 50 +1 Lap 13  
12 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 48 +3 Laps 14  
Ret 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 40 Throttle 20  
Ret 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 31 Tyre 1  
Ret 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 28 Collision 17  
Ret 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 28 Collision 21  
Ret 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 25 Hydraulics 16  
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford 21 Gearbox 19  
Ret 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 14 Hydraulics 15  
Ret 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 13 Engine 7  
Ret 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 2 Spun off 18  
DNQ 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell

Standings after Grand Prix

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 100
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 86
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard 56
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 47
5 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 22
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 156
2 Italy Ferrari 133
3 United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 38
4 Republic of Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 34
5 Italy Benetton-Playlife 33
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Notes

  • Mika Häkkinen won his first driver's world championship with this victory.
  • McLaren team won their first world constructor's title since 1991.
  • Last race: Ricardo Rosset, Shinji Nakano, Esteban Tuero, Tyrrell, Goodyear.
  • Michael Schumacher was due to start on pole but stalled and was put to the back of the grid. He fought back to 3rd but his tyre exploded. Schumacher had been due to make a pit stop whilst many suggest that he ran over debris. Schumacher was first past the chicane after Takagi and Tuero suffered a heavy collision.
  • This was the last grand prix to be held in November until the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix.
Previous race:
1998 Luxembourg Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1998 season
Next race:
1999 Australian Grand Prix
Previous race:
1997 Japanese Grand Prix
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1999 Japanese Grand Prix
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