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Monaco  1998 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One season
Montecarlo 1998.jpg
Date May 24, 1998
Location Circuit de Monaco
Course Street circuit
3.367 km (2.092 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 262.626 km (163.188 mi)
Weather Hot and Sunny
Pole position
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:19.798
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:22.948 on lap 29
Podium
First Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Second Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife
Third United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari

The 1998 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One held at Monaco on May 24, 1998. The race was won by Mika Häkkinen, his fourth win of the season.

Contents

Qualifying Summary

The biggest surprise in qualifying on the Saturday was Giancarlo Fisichella. He managed to put his car up into third place, behind only the two McLaren-Mercedes. At one stage Fisichella was the fastest driver. Michael Schumacher, who was for the world championship qualified fourth which was a big disappointment for the thousand of Italian fans who travelled to Monaco for the race.

Race Summary

A perfect start from both McLaren-Mercedes saw them lead through the first corner, with Häkkinen ahead of Coulthard. Fisichella and Schumacher were running 3rd and 4th. In the early stages the two McLaren-Mercedes pulled ahead, netting 12 fastest laps between them from laps 4 to 12. The pack stretched out behind them, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen succumbed to pressure from Eddie Irvine. On lap 18 David Coulthard retired with engine problems.

Michael Schumacher was first to pit for fuel on lap 30. One lap later Giancarlo Fisichella went in, although he came out of the pits behind the Ferrari. Soon Michael came up behind Alexander Wurz and tried to get past him at all costs. When the two came to the Lowes corner, Michael went down the inside but the Austrian did not give way. The two cars touched and the Ferrari was damaged. Michael went in to pit for repairs, and he eventually came out three laps down on the leader Mika Häkkinen.

Wurz appeared unaffected by the contact, but his suspension broke due to damage from the collision and he had a huge accident coming out of the tunnel, finally stopping at the Nouvelle chicane. After Wurz's second accident on lap 42, the order was Mika Häkkinen followed by Giancarlo Fisichella, Eddie Irvine, Jean Alesi, and Mika Salo. However five laps from the end Jean Alesi experienced gearbox problems, and he was forced to pull out of the race, promoting Pedro Diniz to sixth. Michael Schumacher attempted to pass Diniz in the chicane, but they made contact. This second accident broke his front wing, and Michael finally ended up two laps down in tenth place, out of the points.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 78 1:51:23.595 1 10
2 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 78 +11.475 3 6
3 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 78 +41.378 7 4
4 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 78 +1:00.363 8 3
5 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 77 +1 Lap 13 2
6 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 77 +1 Lap 12 1
7 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 77 +1 Lap 9  
8 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 76 +2 Laps 15  
9 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 76 +2 Laps 19  
10 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 76 +2 Laps 4  
11 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 76 +2 Laps 20  
12 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 72 Gearbox 11  
Ret 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 56 Gearbox 10  
Ret 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 49 Wheel 18  
Ret 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 44 Suspension 16  
Ret 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 42 Spun off 6  
Ret 19 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 30 Suspension 17  
Ret 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 17 Engine 2  
Ret 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 11 Suspension 14  
Ret 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 5 Collision 5  
Ret 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 0 Spun off 21  
DNQ 20 Brazil Riccardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 0 Did Not Qualify DNQ  

Standings after Grand Prix

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 46
2 United Kingdom David Coulthard 29
3 Germany Michael Schumacher 24
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 15
5 Austria Alexander Wurz 9
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 75
2 Italy Ferrari 39
3 United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 16
4 Italy Benetton-Playlife 16
5 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 4
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Notes

Previous race:
1998 Spanish Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1998 season
Next race:
1998 Canadian Grand Prix
Previous race:
1997 Monaco Grand Prix
Monaco Grand Prix Next race:
1999 Monaco Grand Prix
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