1998 Luxembourg Grand Prix

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Germany  1998 Luxembourg Grand Prix
Race details
Race 15 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One season
The Nürburgring in its 1998 configuration
The Nürburgring in its 1998 configuration
Date September 27, 1998
Official name VI Großer Warsteiner Preis von Luxemburg
Location Nürburg, Germany
Course Permanent racing facility
4.556 km (2.831 mi)
Distance 67 laps, 305.252 km (189.675 mi)
Weather Cloudy, cold, dry
Pole position
Driver Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:18.561
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:20.450 on lap 25
Podium
First Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Second Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Third United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes

The 1998 Luxembourg Grand Prix (formally the VI Großer Warsteiner Preis von Luxemburg) was a Formula One motor race held at the Nürburgring, Nürburg, Germany on September 27, 1998. It was the fifteenth and penultimate race of the 1998 Formula One season. The race, contested over 67 laps, was won by Mika Häkkinen driving for the McLaren team. Michael Schumacher finished second driving a Ferrari car, with David Coulthard third in the other McLaren.

Report[edit]

With two races remaining of the season, McLaren's Mika Häkkinen and Ferrari's Michael Schumacher were battling for the drivers title; they were level on 80 points with Häkkinen ahead on countback. However the momentum was with Schumacher who had won the previous race at Monza, whereas Häkkinen had not won a race since the German Grand Prix four races earlier.

Ferrari locked out the front row with Schumacher on pole ahead of Eddie Irvine. Häkkinen qualified third. At the start Irvine passed Schumacher to take the lead, however he allowed his team leader past at the end of the first lap and the proceeded to hold up Häkkinen. The Finn passed the Ulsterman at the Veedol Chicane on lap 14 and began to close on Schumacher. The German pitted on lap 24, while Häkkinen stayed out until lap 28, emerging from his stop ahead of Schumacher albeit by less than a second. Häkkinen resisted pressure from Schumacher during the second stint and narrowly held on to his lead during the second round of pit stops. In the final stint Häkkinen pulled away from Schumacher, extending his lead to five seconds before easing off in the closing laps to take victory by 2.2 seconds from Schumacher, with the other McLaren of David Coulthard completing the podium having leapfrogged Irvine during the first round of pitstops. The win gave Häkkinen a four point lead in the championship heading into the final race in Suzuka, meaning he would only needed second place there to clinch his first title.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Diff.
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:18.561 Pole
2 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:18.907 +0.346
3 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:18.940 +0.379
4 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:19.048 +0.487
5 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.169 +0.608
6 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:19.455 +0.894
7 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 1:19.522 +0.961
8 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:19.569 +1.008
9 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 1:19.631 +1.070
10 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:19.807 +1.246
11 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:20.493 +1.932
12 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:20.530 +1.969
13 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:20.650 +2.089
14 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:20.709 +2.148
15 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:21.048 +2.487
16 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 1:21.120 +2.559
17 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 1:21.258 +2.697
18 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford 1:21.501 +2.940
19 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 1:21.525 +2.964
20 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 1:22.078 +3.517
21 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 1:22.146 +3.585
22 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 1:22.822 +4.261

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 67 1:32:14.789 3 10
2 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 67 +2.211 1 6
3 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 67 +34.163 5 4
4 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 67 +58.182 2 3
5 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 67 +1:00.247 7 2
6 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 67 +1:01.359 4 1
7 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 67 +1:04.789 8  
8 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 66 +1 Lap 9  
9 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 66 +1 Lap 10  
10 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 66 +1 Lap 11  
11 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 65 +2 Laps 12  
12 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 65 +2 Laps 15  
13 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford 65 +2 Laps 18  
14 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 65 +2 Laps 16  
15 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 65 +2 Laps 20  
16 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 65 +2 Laps 19  
Ret 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 56 Engine 21  
Ret 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 53 Brakes 6  
Ret 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 37 Engine 13  
Ret 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 36 Engine 22  
Ret 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 6 Transmission 14  
Ret 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 6 Hydraulics 17  

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.


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