1998 Italian Grand Prix

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Italy  1998 Italian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 14 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One season
Autodromo Nazionale Monza (last modified in 1995)
Autodromo Nazionale Monza (last modified in 1995)
Date September 13, 1998
Official name LIX Gran Premio Campari d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
5.770 km (3.585 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 305.810 km (190.022 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:25.298
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:25.139 on lap 45
Podium
First Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Second United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari
Third Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda

The 1998 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Monza on September 13, 1998. The race was won by Michael Schumacher. This was also the last win for tyre manufacturer Goodyear in Formula One.

It was a dramatic race, Häkkinen got a blinding start pushing his way past Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher on the front row, at same time it was a dreadful start for Schumacher who fell down to 5th, soon after he passed Villeneuve for 4th then Irvine for 3rd.

Häkkinen seemed to be struggling soon after and he waved his team mate Coulthard through, but soon after Coulthard's engine blew and seconds later Schumacher, who had caught Häkkinen, passed the Finn when Häkkinen ran wide due to the smoke from Coulthard's engine.

Villeneuve running very low downforce soon spun out of the race, and Häkkinen started catching Schumacher again. Häkkinen was just three seconds behind with a handful of laps remaining, but then his brakes failed, sending him into a wild spin at the Roggia chicane. He was able to keep his engine running and kept going, but at the beginning of the next lap he went off again at the first Rettifilo chicane, and Irvine reeled him in and took 2nd off him. Soon after Ralf Schumacher caught and over took Häkkinen who was able to limp home in 4th.

It was jubliant scenes for the Italian crowd as Michael Schumacher came home first and his Ferrari team mate Eddie Irvine took second with Ralf Schumacher 3rd, meaning the Jordan team had finished on all three podium places in two races.

Michael Schumacher was now level on points with Mika Häkkinen going into the Nürburgring, the penultimate round.

Classification[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:17:09.672 1 10
2 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 53 +37.977 5 6
3 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 53 +41.152 6 4
4 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +55.671 3 3
5 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 53 +1:01.872 8 2
6 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 53 +1:06.688 14 1
7 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 52 +1 Lap 12  
8 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 52 +1 Lap 11  
9 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 52 +1 Lap 19  
10 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 52 +1 Lap 13  
11 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 51 +2 Laps 22  
12 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 51 +2 Laps 18  
13 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 50 +3 Laps 10  
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford 39 Gearbox 17  
Ret 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 37 Spun off 2  
Ret 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 32 Throttle 16  
Ret 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 24 Gearbox 7  
Ret 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 16 Engine 4  
Ret 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 15 Vibrations 9  
Ret 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 13 Engine 21  
Ret 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 12 Spun off 15  
Ret 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 10 Spun off 20  

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Notes[edit]

  • Lap leaders: Mika Häkkinen 10 (1-7, 32-34), David Coulthard 9 (8-16), Michael Schumacher 34 (17-31, 35-53)
  • This was the last win for tyre manufacturer Goodyear in F1.
  • This marked the first time that brothers Michael and Ralf Schumacher stood on the podium together, as well as the first time in history that two brothers had shared a podium in F1.
  • McLaren's bad luck started when David Coulthard's engine blew whilst leading, Häkkinen in second was blinded by the smoke allowing Michael Schumacher to pass. Häkkinen slipped to 4th with brake trouble.
  • Johnny Herbert spun off owing to a spanner that had been left by one of the Sauber mechanics in his car that slipped beneath the pedals.
  • Tora Takagi was fourth fastest in the Warm-up session.

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