1998 Monaco Grand Prix

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Monaco  1998 Monaco Grand Prix
Race details
Race 6 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One season
Montecarlo 1998.jpg
Date 24 May 1998
Official name Grand Prix de Monaco
Location Circuit de Monaco
Course Street circuit
3.367 km (2.092 mi)
Distance 78 laps, 262.626 km (163.188 mi)
Weather Hot and Sunny
Pole position
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:19.798
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:22.948 on lap 29
Podium
First Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Second Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife
Third United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari

The 1998 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Monaco on 24 May 1998. The race was won by Mika Häkkinen, his fourth win of the season. Häkkinen recorded a grand chelem, having taken pole, set fastest lap, and led every lap of the race.

Qualifying Summary[edit]

The biggest surprise in qualifying on the Saturday was Giancarlo Fisichella. He managed to put his car up into third place, behind only the two McLaren-Mercedes. At one stage Fisichella was the fastest driver. Michael Schumacher, who was fighting for the world championship qualified fourth which was a big disappointment for the thousand of Italian fans who travelled to Monaco for the race.

Race Summary[edit]

A perfect start from both McLaren-Mercedes saw them lead through the first corner, with Häkkinen ahead of Coulthard. Fisichella and Schumacher were running 3rd and 4th. In the early stages the two McLaren-Mercedes pulled ahead, netting 12 fastest laps between them from laps 4 to 12. The pack stretched out behind them, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen succumbed to pressure from Eddie Irvine. On lap 18 David Coulthard retired with engine problems.

Michael Schumacher was first to pit for fuel on lap 30. One lap later Giancarlo Fisichella went in, although he came out of the pits behind the Ferrari. Soon Michael came up behind Alexander Wurz and tried to get past him at all costs. When the two came to the Lowes corner, Michael went down the inside but the Austrian did not give way. The two cars touched and the Ferrari was damaged. Michael went in to pit for repairs, and he eventually came out three laps down on the leader Mika Häkkinen.

Wurz appeared unaffected by the contact, but his suspension broke due to damage from the collision and he had a huge accident coming out of the tunnel, finally stopping at the Nouvelle chicane. After Wurz's second accident on lap 42, the order was Mika Häkkinen followed by Giancarlo Fisichella, Eddie Irvine, Jean Alesi, and Mika Salo. However five laps from the end Jean Alesi experienced gearbox problems, and he was forced to pull out of the race, promoting Pedro Diniz to sixth. Michael Schumacher attempted to pass Diniz in the chicane, but they made contact. This second accident broke his front wing, and Michael finally ended up two laps down in tenth place, out of the points.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Time Gap
1 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:19.798
2 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.137 +0.339
3 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:20.368 +0.570
4 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:20.702 +0.904
5 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 1:20.729 +0.931
6 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:20.955 +1.157
7 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:21.712 +1.914
8 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 1:22.144 +2.346
9 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:22.157 +2.359
10 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:22.238 +2.440
11 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:22.257 +2.459
12 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 1:22.355 +2.557
13 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 1:22.468 +2.670
14 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:22.540 +2.742
15 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:23.151 +3.353
16 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:23.263 +3.465
17 19 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:23.411 +3.613
18 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:23.536 +3.738
19 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 1:23.957 +4.159
20 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 1:24.024 +4.226
21 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 1:24.031 +4.233
DNQ 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 1:25.737 +5.939

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 78 1:51:23.595 1 10
2 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 78 +11.475 3 6
3 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 78 +41.378 7 4
4 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 78 +1:00.363 8 3
5 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 77 +1 Lap 13 2
6 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 77 +1 Lap 12 1
7 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 77 +1 Lap 9  
8 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 76 +2 Laps 15  
9 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 76 +2 Laps 19  
10 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 76 +2 Laps 4  
11 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 76 +2 Laps 20  
12 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 72 Gearbox 11  
Ret 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 56 Gearbox 10  
Ret 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 49 Wheel 18  
Ret 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 44 Suspension 16  
Ret 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 42 Spun off 6  
Ret 19 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 30 Suspension 17  
Ret 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 17 Engine 2  
Ret 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 11 Suspension 14  
Ret 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 9 Collision 5  
Ret 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 0 Spun off 21  
DNQ 20 Brazil Riccardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford  

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

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

Notes[edit]


Previous race:
1998 Spanish Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1998 season
Next race:
1998 Canadian Grand Prix
Previous race:
1997 Monaco Grand Prix
Monaco Grand Prix Next race:
1999 Monaco Grand Prix

Coordinates: 43°44′4.74″N 7°25′16.8″E / 43.7346500°N 7.421333°E / 43.7346500; 7.421333