1998 Argentine Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 3 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One season
Autódromo Osca y Juan Gálvez Circuito N° 6 Senna.svg
Date 12 April 1998
Official name XXI Gran Premio Marlboro Argentina
Location Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Course Permanent racing facility
4.259 km (2.647 mi)
Distance 72 laps, 306.6 km (190.6 mi)
Weather Cloudy, dry-wet
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:25.852
Fastest lap
Driver Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife
Time 1:28.179 on lap 39
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Third United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari

The 1998 Argentine Grand Prix (formally the XXI Gran Premio Marlboro Argentina) was a Formula One motor race held at Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Buenos Aires on April 12, 1998. The race is (to date) the last Argentine Grand Prix. It was the third race of the 1998 Formula One season. The race, contested over 72 laps, was won by Michael Schumacher for the Ferrari team, from a second position start. Mika Häkkinen finished second in a McLaren, with Eddie Irvine third in the other Ferrari car.

Race Summary[edit]

At the start of the race, Michael Schumacher was caught out by Mika Häkkinen, while David Coulthard maintained his first place. Schumacher passed Häkkinen at the start of the second lap. On the same lap Eddie Irvine overtook Heinz-Harald Frentzen. By lap 4, Schumacher caught up with Coulthard, and on the next lap the Scotsman took the wrong line, and Schumacher went past. The two cars touched, and Coulthard slid off the track, and rejoined in sixth place. The race then became one between Schumacher, stopping twice, and Häkkinen, on a one-stop strategy. Schumacher's plan proved to be the right one, as he emerged in front following his second stop, after Häkkinen lost time behind Heinz-Harald Frentzen. Behind Häkkinen and the two Ferraris, Jacques Villeneuve was under attack from Jean Alesi and Coulthard. When Esteban Tuero came into the pits, one of his tyres was missing. Eventually, one of the mechanics found it in the garage. Coulthard was slowed by gearbox problems and lost further ground when he tangled with Jacques Villeneuve, putting the Canadian out, while the Scot collected the solitary point for sixth place behind Eddie Irvine, Alexander Wurz and Sauber's Jean Alesi In the lead, Schumacher headed for victory.

Starting Grid[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Time Gap
1 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.852
2 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:26.251 +0.399
3 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.632 +0.780
4 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:26.780 +0.928
5 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:26.827 +0.975
6 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 1:26.876 +1.024
7 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 1:26.941 +1.089
8 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:27.196 +1.344
9 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:27.483 +1.631
10 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:27.836 +1.984
11 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:27.839 +1.987
12 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:28.016 +2.164
13 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 1:28.811 +2.959
14 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:29.249 +3.397
15 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:29.320 +3.468
16 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:29.352 +3.500
17 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 1:29.617 +3.765
18 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 1:30.022 +4.170
19 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 1:30.054 +4.202
20 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 1:30.158 +4.306
21 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 1:30.437 +4.585
22 19 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:31.178 +5.326

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 72 1:48:36.1 2 10
2 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 72 +22.898 3 6
3 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 72 +57.745 4 4
4 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 72 +1:08.134 8 3
5 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 72 +1:18.286 11 2
6 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 72 +1:19.751 1 1
7 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 72 +1:28.437 10  
8 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 +1 Lap 9  
9 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 71 +1 Lap 6  
10 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 70 +2 Laps 14  
11 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 70 +2 Laps 16  
12 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 70 +2 Laps 13  
13 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 69 +3 Laps 19  
14 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 68 +4 Laps 21  
15 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 65 Engine 15  
Ret 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 63 Spun off 20  
Ret 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 52 Collision 7  
Ret 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 46 Collision 12  
Ret 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 22 Suspension 5  
Ret 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 18 Gearbox 17  
Ret 19 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 17 Transmission 22  
Ret 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 13 Gearbox 18  

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Notes[edit]

  • Fastest Lap: Alexander Wurz 1m 28.179s
  • Alexander Wurz's only fastest lap
  • This was the last Formula 1 Argentine Grand Prix.
  • Leaders: David Coulthard 1-4, Michael Schumacher 5-28 and 43-72, Mika Häkkinen 29-42.
  • The two Saubers collided en route to the grid.


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