1998 Austrian Grand Prix

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Race details
Race 10 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One season
Circuit A1 Ring.svg
Date July 26, 1998
Official name XXII Grosser Preis von Österreich
Location A1-Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria
Course Permanent racing facility
4.326 km (2.684 mi)
Distance 71 laps, 307.146 km (190.564 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife
Time 1:29.598
Fastest lap
Driver United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:12.878 on lap 30
Podium
First Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Second United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Third Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari

The 1998 Austrian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at the A1-Ring on July 26, 1998. A mixed-up grid resulted from a wet/dry qualifying session, with Giancarlo Fisichella taking his first pole position. Mika Häkkinen won the race. Coulthard was a lap down on lap 2 having been involved in two collisions but finished 2nd just behind his team mate.

Qualification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Gap
1 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:29.598
2 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:30.317 +0.719
3 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:30.517 +0.919
4 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:30.551 +0.953
5 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:31.005 +1.407
6 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 1:31.028 +1.430
7 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 1:31.515 +1.917
8 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:31.651 +2.053
9 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:31.917 +2.319
10 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:32.081 +2.483
11 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 1:32.083 +2.485
12 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford 1:32.099 +2.501
13 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 1:32.206 +2.608
14 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:32.399 +2.801
15 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:32.718 +3.120
16 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:32.906 +3.308
17 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:33.185 +3.587
18 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:33.205 +3.607
19 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 1:33.399 +3.801
20 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 1:34.090 +4.492
21 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 1:34.536 +4.938
22 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 1:34.910 +5.312

Race Summary[edit]

It was an unusual grid due to a wet qualifying which dried out towards the end, with Fisichella taking his first ever pole with Alesi alongside him in the Sauber.

At the start Häkkinen got a brilliant getaway to lead into the first corner but behind them was carnage when several cars collided at the first corner, with Takagi's car ending up stranded; Olivier Panis in the Prost didn't even get off the line with clutch failure.

At the second corner another accident happened with both Arrows drivers colliding, swiping David Coulthard in the progress, knocking off his wing after the Scot had qualified a lowly 14th.

Coulthard pitted for a new nose but luckily for him a safety car was deployed due to clean up all the debris from the collisions, and Coulthard was able to catch up to the back of the field.

At the restart Häkkinen led away again with Schumacher right up behind him, Schumacher attempted to pass Häkkinen but ran wide, allowing Fisichella in the Benetton through and almost Rubens Barrichello in the Stewart.

Unfortunately for Barrichello, he was to drop out soon after with brake problems, while Schumacher got back past Fisichella and set off after Häkkinen again.

Schumacher's race was already hurt with him on a two-stop strategy, and Häkkinen was on just one, but worse was to follow when Schumacher ran very wide, bouncing violently through the gravel trap and ripping off his front wing. He was able to get back to the pits and fit a new wing, but when he re-joined he was almost a lap behind.

Around the same time Frentzen in the Williams had a huge engine failure where it caught fire; luckily he was able to hop out.

The amateur hour continued when Fisichella and Alesi clashed and both retired at the second corner; that left Coulthard's task of climbing through the field a lot easier.

Michael Schumacher was storming back through the field also, but he had a lot of trouble passing his brother Ralf in the Jordan; for lap after lap his brother refused to yield before Michael nailed him.

Michael Schumacher then started to reel in Eddie Irvine, his team-mate, but Irvine was slowing; he said after it was due to marginal brakes, but many people in the paddock suspected he was asked to move over for his team leader.

Häkkinen cruised to an easy victory, with his team-mate Coulthard a superb second after being last at the start; Michael Schumacher took third aided by his team-mate Eddie Irvine.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 71 1:30:44.086 3 10
2 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 71 +5.289 14 6
3 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 71 +39.092 4 4
4 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 71 +43.976 8 3
5 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 +50.654 9 2
6 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 71 +53.202 11 1
7 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 71 +1:13.624 15  
8 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 70 +1 lap 18  
9 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 70 +1 lap 17  
10 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 70 +1 lap 16  
11 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 70 +1 lap 21  
12 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 69 +2 laps 22  
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford 51 Engine 12  
Ret 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 30 Spun off 19  
Ret 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 21 Collision 1  
Ret 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 21 Collision 2  
Ret 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 16 Engine 7  
Ret 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 8 Brakes 5  
Ret 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 3 Collision 13  
Ret 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 1 Collision 6  
Ret 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 0 Clutch 10  
Ret 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 0 Collision 20  

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

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


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