1998 International Formula 3000 season

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1998 FIA International Formula 3000 season
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The 1998 International Formula 3000 season was contested over twelve rounds from 11 April to 26 September 1998.

Drivers and constructors[edit]

Team Car # Driver Race weekends
United Kingdom Super Nova Racing 1 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya All
2 France Boris Derichebourg All
Denmark Den Blå Avis 3 Denmark Jason Watt All
4 United Kingdom Gareth Rees All
United Kingdom Edenbridge Racing 5 Brazil Max Wilson All
6 South Africa Werner Lupberger All
France DAMS 7 United Kingdom Jamie Davies All
8 France Grégoire de Galzain All
Italy Auto Sport Racing 9 Portugal Rui Águas 1
United Kingdom Dino Morelli 2-5
Czech Republic Tomáš Enge 8-12
10 Italy Oliver Martini All
Belgium Team Astromega 11 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane All
12 Uruguay Gonzalo Rodríguez All
Italy Draco Engineering 14 Brazil Bruno Junqueira All
15 Italy Giovanni Montanari All
United Kingdom Nordic Racing 16 France Fabrice Walfisch All
17 Argentina Brian Smith 1-6
United Kingdom Kevin McGarrity 7-9
Japan Hidetoshi Mitsusada 10-12
Italy Coloni Motorsport 18 Italy Giorgio Vinella 1-7, 9-12
Portugal Rui Águas 8
19 Italy Thomas Biagi 1-2
Portugal Rui Águas 3-6
Austria Oliver Tichy 7-12
Italy Durango Formula 20 Canada Bertrand Godin All
21 France Soheil Ayari All
United Kingdom Arden Racing
Belgium KTR
22 United Kingdom Christian Horner All
23 Belgium Kurt Mollekens 1-8, 10-12
United Kingdom Redman & Bright F3000 24 United Kingdom Jonny Kane 1-4
United Kingdom David Cook 7-9
25 United Kingdom Mark Shaw All
United Kingdom Bob Salisbury Engineering 26 United Kingdom Dino Morelli None, on entry list only
27 United Kingdom James Taylor None, on entry list only
France Apomatox 28 France Stéphane Sarrazin All
29 Brazil Marcelo Battistuzzi All
United Kingdom West Competition 30 Germany Nick Heidfeld All
31 France Nicolas Minassian 1-11
Belgium Bas Leinders 12
France RTL Team Oreca 32 Germany Alex Müller All
33 Germany Dominik Schwager All
Italy Prema Powerteam 34 Portugal André Couto All
35 Brazil André Gaidzinski None, on entry list only
Italy Paolo Ruberti 1-6
Italy Thomas Biagi 7-12
Italy GP Racing 36 Italy Paolo Ruberti None, on entry list only
France Cyrille Sauvage 1-10
United Kingdom James Taylor 11-12
United Kingdom Raceprep Motorsport 37 Republic of Ireland Kevin McGarrity 1-5
Italy G. S. Team 38 Italy Fabrizio Gollin All
39 France Cyrille Sauvage None, on entry list only
Spain Elide Racing 40 Spain Polo Villaamil 1, 3

Calendar[edit]

1998 was the last International F3000 season where races were held independently from Formula One Grands Prix. Pau and Pergusa had held International F3000 and previously European Formula Two Championship races uninterruptedly since 1972.

Race No Track Country Date Laps Distance Time Speed Winner Pole Position Fastest Lap
1 Oschersleben  Germany 10 April 1998 56 3.667=205.352 km 1'24:52.384 145.171 km/h Stéphane Sarrazin Juan Pablo Montoya Juan Pablo Montoya
2 Imola  Italy 25 April 1998 42 4.93=207.06 km 1'16:38.513 162.099 km/h Jason Watt Juan Pablo Montoya Gonzalo Rodríguez
3 Montmeló  Spain 9 May 1998 44 4.728=208.032 km 1'12:50.057 171.272 km/h Juan Pablo Montoya Juan Pablo Montoya Nick Heidfeld
4 Silverstone  United Kingdom 16 May 1998 40 5.14=205.60 km 1'10:08.886 175.857 km/h Juan Pablo Montoya Juan Pablo Montoya Juan Pablo Montoya
5 Monaco  Monaco 23 May 1998 50 3.367=168.35 km 1'18:04.956 129.363 km/h Nick Heidfeld Jason Watt Juan Pablo Montoya
6 Pau  France 1 June 1998 75 2.76=207.00 km 1'33:10.179 133.305 km/h Juan Pablo Montoya Juan Pablo Montoya Juan Pablo Montoya
7 Spielberg  Austria 25 July 1998 43 4.319=185.717 km 1'11:04.222 175.019 km/h Soheil Ayari Soheil Ayari Soheil Ayari
8 Hockenheim  Germany 1 August 1998 31 6.823=211.513 km 1'12:57.599 173.942 km/h Nick Heidfeld Nick Heidfeld Nick Heidfeld
9 Budapest  Hungary 15 August 1998 52 3.972=206.544 km 1'20:14.689 154.435 km/h Nick Heidfeld Stéphane Sarrazin Nick Heidfeld
10 Spa-Francorchamps  Belgium 29 August 1998 29 6.968=202.072 km 1'03:10.530 191.900 km/h Gonzalo Rodríguez Juan Pablo Montoya Soheil Ayari
11 Pergusa-Enna  Italy 6 September 1998 41 4.95=202.95 km 1'04:29.540 188.813 km/h Juan Pablo Montoya Nick Heidfeld Juan Pablo Montoya
12 Nürburgring  Germany 26 September 1998 45 4.556=205.02 km 1'12:37.085 169.381 km/h Gonzalo Rodríguez Juan Pablo Montoya Gonzalo Rodríguez

Drivers' Championship[edit]

Pos Driver OSC Germany IML Italy CAT Spain SIL United Kingdom MON Monaco PAU France A1 Austria HOC Germany HUN Hungary SPA Belgium PER Italy NÜR Germany Pts
1 Colombia Juan Pablo Montoya 15 Ret 1 1 6 1 2 3 3 2 1 3 65
2 Germany Nick Heidfeld 2 4 26 2 1 3 7 1 1 4 2 9 58
3 Uruguay Gonzalo Rodríguez Ret 3 21 Ret 2 Ret 4 11 7 1 Ret 1 33
4 Denmark Jason Watt 7 1 7 3 Ret Ret 3 2 10 8 Ret 2 30
5 France Soheil Ayari Ret Ret 5 Ret DNQ Ret 1 Ret Ret 3 3 Ret 20
6 France Stéphane Sarrazin 1 24 15 24 4 Ret 8 Ret 2 Ret Ret 19 19
7 Belgium Kurt Mollekens Ret 2 2 8 5 5 10 Ret DNQ 8 4 19
8 United Kingdom Gareth Rees Ret Ret Ret 4 Ret 4 Ret 6 DNS 12 4 Ret 10
9 Brazil Max Wilson Ret Ret 6 5 DNPQ 2 Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 9
10 United Kingdom Jamie Davies 3 8 13 16 3 Ret Ret 16 15 15 7 14 8
11 Portugal André Couto Ret 5 14 Ret Ret 6 Ret Ret 5 14 9 5 7
12 France Boris Derichebourg 11 6 3 12 Ret Ret 15 7 Ret 17 11 Ret 5
13 France Nicolas Minassian Ret 19 Ret 7 9 7 5 Ret 4 19 19 5
14 Germany Dominik Schwager 14 11 4 14 10 DNQ Ret 14 18 Ret Ret 7 3
15 Italy Thomas Biagi 4 10 12 10 13 10 Ret 12 3
16 United Kingdom Kevin McGarrity DNQ 14 27 Ret DNQ Ret 4 Ret 3
17 Italy Oliver Martini 16 9 9 Ret DNPQ 10 9 13 6 9 5 Ret 3
18 Brazil Bruno Junqueira Ret 16 16 9 Ret Ret 6 5 Ret Ret 18 Ret 3
19 France Cyrille Sauvage 5 Ret 11 Ret 15 Ret 13 Ret 8 20 2
20 Germany Alex Müller Ret Ret 10 11 Ret Ret 11 Ret 20 5 20 13 2
21 Argentina Gastón Mazzacane 6 7 Ret 6 12 9 Ret Ret Ret DNQ 13 Ret 2
22 Czech Republic Tomáš Enge 15 12 7 Ret 6 1
23 South Africa Werner Lupberger Ret 13 12 18 14 Ret 16 8 17 11 6 Ret 1
24 Brazil Marcelo Battistuzzi DNQ 22 Ret Ret Ret DNQ 18 Ret 11 6 Ret Ret 1
25 Portugal Rui Águas 9 17 17 7 Ret Ret 0
26 Argentina Brian Smith 10 Ret Ret 15 11 8 0
27 Italy Giovanni Montanari Ret 15 8 13 13 Ret 14 Ret 19 16 Ret 10 0
28 United Kingdom Dino Morelli Ret 19 10 8 0
29 Canada Bertrand Godin 8 Ret 22 19 Ret DNQ 19 12 14 21 12 11 0
30 France Fabrice Walfisch 13 18 20 Ret DNQ DNQ Ret Ret Ret 22 Ret 8 0
31 Austria Oliver Tichy 22 9 9 18 Ret Ret 0
32 France Grégoire de Galzain DNQ Ret 18 23 DNPQ DNQ Ret 17 Ret 25 10 16 0
33 United Kingdom Christian Horner Ret 12 Ret Ret 16 DNQ 17 18 Ret DNQ 17 17 0
34 United Kingdom Jonny Kane 12 21 Ret 20 0
35 Italy Fabrizio Gollin DNQ 17 DNQ Ret Ret DNQ 21 DNQ Ret DNQ 14 Ret 0
36 Italy Giorgio Vinella DNQ Ret 25 22 DNQ DNQ Ret 21 DNQ 15 22 0
37 Japan Hidetoshi Mitsusada 23 Ret 15 0
38 United Kingdom Mark Shaw Ret 20 Ret Ret DNPQ DNQ 20 19 16 24 16 18 0
39 Italy Paolo Ruberti DSQ Ret 23 21 18 Ret 0
40 United Kingdom James Taylor 21 21 0
41 Spain Polo Villaamil DNQ 24 0
United Kingdom David Cook Ret DNQ DNS 0
Belgium Bas Leinders DNS 0
Pos Driver OSC Germany IML Italy CAT Spain SIL United Kingdom MON Monaco PAU France A1 Austria HOC Germany HUN Hungary SPA Belgium PER Italy NÜR Germany Pts
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Not classified (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Withdrew (WD)
Race cancelled (C)
Blank Did not participate
Excluded (EX)

Notes[edit]

Complete Overview[edit]

first column of every race 10 = grid position
second column of every race 10 = race result

R22=retired, but classified R=retired NC=not classified NS=did not start NQ=did not qualify DIS(3)=disqualified after finishing in third place (16)=place after practice, but grid position not held free

Place Name Country Team Germany Italy Spain United Kingdom Monaco France Austria Germany Hungary Belgium Italy Germany
1 Juan Pablo Montoya  Colombia SuperNova Racing 1 15 1 R 1 1 1 1 7 6 1 1 2 2 10 3 2 3 1 2 3 1 1 3
2 Nick Heidfeld  Germany West Competition Team 2 2 5 4 3 26 2 2 2 1 6 3 13 7 1 1 3 1 2 4 1 2 32 9
3 Gonzalo Rodríguez  Uruguay Team Astromega 5 R 2 3 27 21 9 R26 3 2 2 R 6 4 6 11 11 7 6 1 7 R22 2 1
4 Jason Watt  Denmark Den Blå Avis 11 7 3 1 11 7 3 3 1 R 5 R 4 3 4 2 10 10 20 8 2 R 3 2
5 Soheil Ayari  France Durango Formula 4 R 6 R23 2 5 17 R 30 NQ 3 R 1 1 3 R 19 R 3 3 4 3 5 R
6 Stéphane Sarrazin  France Apomatox 18 1 18 R24 25 15 25 24 4 4 16 R 8 8 5 R 1 2 7 R 18 R 10 19
Kurt Mollekens  Belgium KTR/Arden 9 R 4 2 5 2 14 8 8 5 11 5 9 10 11 R - - 31 NQ 15 8 4 4
8 Gareth Rees  United Kingdom Den Blå Avis 25 R 15 R 33 R30 4 4 11 R17 8 4 3 R 13 6 20 R 16 12 6 4 20 20
9 Max Wilson  Brazil Edenbridge Racing 3 NC 7 R 9 6 6 5 33 NQ 7 2 21 R 2 R 17 R 19 13 8 R 23 23
10 Jamie Davies  United Kingdom DAMS 27 3 26 8 16 13 19 16 5 3 9 R 14 R 25 16 25 15 13 15 10 7 17 14
11 André Couto  Portugal Prema Powerteam 10 R 11 5 24 14 20 R 6 R 14 6 18 R 22 R 6 5 15 14 24 9 6 5
12 Boris Derichebourg  France SuperNova Racing 23 11 8 6 6 3 15 12 18 R 4 R 15 15 21 7 9 R 18 17 22 11 13 R
Nicolas Minassian  France West Competition Team 15 NC 16 19 8 R 8 7 16 9 21 7 7 5 7 21 7 4 12 19 17 19 - -
14 Thomas Biagi  Italy Coloni Motorsport 20 4 24 10 - - - - - - - -
Prema Powerteam 17 12 18 10 18 13 8 10 5 R 25 12
Dominik Schwager  Germany RTL Team Oreca 7 14 14 11 4 4 16 14 19 10 25 NQ 28 R 14 14 22 18 21 R 27 R 11 7
Kevin McGarrity  Ireland Raceprep Motorsport 31 NQ 30 14 35 27 31 R 27 NQ - -
Nordic Racing 33 R 15 4 31 2 - - - - - -
Bruno Junqueira  Brazil Draco Engineering 14 R 23 16 26 16 7 9 9 R 12 R 5 6 9 5 14 R 22 R 13 18 8 R
Oliver Martini  Italy Auto Sport Racing 19 R 17 9 12 9 29 R27 34 NQ 20 10 11 9 26 13 5 6 11 9 11 5 9 R
19 Cyrille Sauvage  France GP Racing 17 5 9 R 15 11 27 R 12 15 10 R 12 13 16 R 8 8 10 20 - - - -
Gastón Mazzacane  Argentina Team Astromega 22 6 12 7 22 A28 5 6 22 R 13 9 22 R 24 R 16 R 33 NQ 25 13 7 R
Alex Müller  Germany RTL Team Oreca 13 R 20 R 13 10 13 11 14 R 22 R 13 7 19 11 8 20 23 20 4 5 14 13
22 Marcelo Battistuzzi  Brazil Apomatox 34 NQ 25 22 30 R 34 R 25 R 27 NQ 29 18 17 R 12 11 9 6 23 R 24 R
Werner Lupberger  South Africa Edenbridge Racing 28 R 27 13 10 12 28 18 23 14 18 R 20 16 12 8 24 17 14 11 9 6 21 R
Tomáš Enge  Czech Republic Auto Sport Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 23 15 15 12 5 7 16 R 15 6
- Rui Águas  Portugal Auto Sport Racing 24 9 - -
Coloni Motorsport 14 17 23 17 10 7 17 R - - 32 R - - - - - - - -
- Brian Smith  Argentina Nordic Racing 6 10 10 R 28 R31 12 15 15 11 19 8 - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Giovanni Montanari  Italy Draco Engineering 16 R 29 15 7 8 10 13 21 13 23 R 16 14 19 R 26 19 26 16 26 R 16 10
- Dino Morelli  United Kingdom Auto Sport Racing - - 19 R 21 19 11 10 17 9 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Bertrand Godin  Canada Durango Formula 12 8 32 R 20 22 22 19 24 R 24 NQ 26 19 27 12 21 14 24 21 31 12 18 11
- Fabrice Walfisch  France Nordic Racing 29 13 31 18 31 20 32 25 28 NQ 31 NQ 24 R 29 R 13 R 27 22 21 R 12 8
- Oliver Tichy  Austria Coloni Motorsport - - - - - - - - - - - - 10 22 20 9 4 9 17 18 20 R 22 R
- Grégoire de Galzain  France DAMS 32 NQ 35 R 17 18 35 23 32 NQ 28 NQ 25 R 30 17 28 R 23 25 14 10 28 16
- Christian Horner  United Kingdom KTR/Arden 30 R 22 12 19 R 26 R 26 16 30 NQ 23 17 28 18 32 R 30 NQ 29 17 29 17
- Jonny Kane  United Kingdom Redman & Bright F3000 21 12 13 21 18 R29 18 20 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- Fabrizio Gollin  Italy G. S. Team 35 NQ 28 17 36 R 30 R 20 R 29 NQ 30 21 33 NQ 30 R 32 NQ 28 14 26 R
- Giorgio Vinella  Italy Coloni Motorsport 33 NQ 34 R 32 25 33 22 29 NQ 32 NQ 31 R - - 29 21 29 R 30 15 30 22
- Hidetoshi Mitsusada  Japan Coloni Motorsport - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 28 23 19 R 19 15
- Mark Shaw  United Kingdom Redman & Bright F3000 26 R 33 20 29 R 21 R 31 NQ 26 NQ 27 20 31 19 27 16 25 24 32 16 27 18
- Paolo Ruberti  Italy Prema Powerteam 8 DIS(3) 21 R 23 23 24 21 13 18 15 R - - - - - - - - - - - -
- James Taylor  United Kingdom GP Racing - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 33 21 31 21
- Polo Villaamil  Spain Elide Racing 36 NQ - - 34 24 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
- David Cook  United Kingdom Redman & Bright F3000 - - - - - - - - - - - - 32 R 34 NQ 33 NS - - - - - -
- Bas Leinders  Belgium West Competition Team - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (16) NS