1998 Spanish Grand Prix

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Spain  1998 Spanish Grand Prix
Race details
Race 5 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One season
Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona
Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona
Date May 10, 1998
Official name XL Gran Premio Marlboro de España
Location Circuit de Catalunya
Barcelona, Spain
Course Permanent racing facility
4.728 km (2.938 mi)
Distance 65 laps, 307.320 km (190.960 mi)
Weather Sunny and warm
Pole position
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:20.262
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:24.275 on lap 25
Podium
First Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Second United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes
Third Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari

The 1998 Spanish Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on May 10, 1998 at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Race Summary[edit]

Mika Häkkinen qualified in pole position, 0.7 seconds ahead of his McLaren team-mate David Coulthard in second place, with Ferrari's Michael Schumacher a further 0.8 seconds behind in third. The race proved to be a formality for Häkkinen, winning the race ahead of Coulthard in second, and Schumacher in third.

Arrows driver Pedro Diniz started from the pit lane due to stalling on the warm up lap. At the start the McLarens got away well, but Schumacher made a poor start and fell back to fifth behind his team-mate Eddie Irvine and Benetton's Giancarlo Fisichella. They ran in these positions until the first round of pit stops, when Irvine delayed Fisichella sufficiently for his team-mate Schumacher to emerge ahead of them both and regain third. Fisichella and Irvine continued to battle until lap 28, when Fisichella attempted a passing manoeuvre around the outside of Irvine, resulting in a collision spearing them both off into the gravel trap. This led to Fisichella's Benetton team-mate, Alexander Wurz, inheriting fourth place which he held until the finish. Mika Häkkinen was consistently faster than his team mate David Coulthard throughout the race weekend, unable to match his pace, even though they were in the same car. Respected ex driver and pundit Martin Brundle made the comment that Häkkinen was "in a class of his own".

During the race, Michael Schumacher and Minardi's Esteban Tuero were given 10 second stop-go penalties for pit lane speeding.[1]

The Stewart of Rubens Barrichello earned two points by finishing in fifth place, which were team's first of the season, this was made possible by the new engine and chassis the team used (however teammate Jan Magnussen ran with the old chassis).[1] Reigning World Champion Jacques Villeneuve finished in sixth place, after Williams had their worst qualifying result since the 1989 United States Grand Prix.

On the final lap, Williams driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen passed Prost's Jarno Trulli for eight place when Trulli was incorrectly shown the blue flags as the marshalls had mistaken the Williams for a Ferrari.[1]

"I am truly angry because I had to give up a great battle, and it isn't fair to lose a position because they are blind and can't recognise one car from another. Of course it doesn't matter much to finish eighth or ninth, but for a racer it matters. In a case of a blue flag I didn't have an alternative". Jarno Trulli[1]

Post race, Fisichella was given a $7,500USD fine for the collision with Irvine.[1]

Classification[edit]

Toranosuke Takagi on his way to qualifying 21st and last on the grid, as his teammate Ricardo Rosset failed to qualify for the Grand Prix, missing the benchmark 107% of the polesitters time by 0.065 secs.

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Time Gap
1 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.262
2 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:20.996 +0.734
3 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:21.785 +1.523
4 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:21.894 +1.632
5 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:21.965 +1.703
6 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:22.350 +2.088
7 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:22.794 +2.532
8 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:22.835 +2.573
9 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:22.860 +2.598
10 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 1:22.885 +2.623
11 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:22.927 +2.665
12 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:22.963 +2.701
13 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 1:23.197 +2.935
14 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:23.327 +3.065
15 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 1:23.704 +3.442
16 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:23.748 +3.486
17 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 1:23.887 +3.625
18 19 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:24.112 +3.850
19 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 1:24.265 +4.003
20 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 1:24.538 +4.276
21 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 1:24.722 +4.460
22 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 1:25.946 +5.684

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 65 1:33:38.3 1 10
2 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 65 +9.439 2 6
3 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 65 +47.095 3 4
4 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 65 +1:02.538 5 3
5 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 64 +1 Lap 9 2
6 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 64 +1 Lap 10 1
7 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 64 +1 Lap 7  
8 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 63 +2 Laps 13  
9 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 63 +2 Laps 16  
10 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 63 +2 Laps 14  
11 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 63 +2 Laps 11  
12 19 Denmark Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 63 +2 Laps 18  
13 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 63 +2 Laps 21  
14 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 63 +2 Laps 20  
15 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 63 +2 Laps 19  
16 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 60 Engine 12  
Ret 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 46 Engine 8  
Ret 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 28 Collision 6  
Ret 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 28 Collision 4  
Ret 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 21 Engine 17  
Ret 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 20 Engine 15  
DNQ 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

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

Notes[edit]

  • Fastest Lap: Mika Häkkinen 1m 24.275s
  • This was the first race of the 1998 season in which a driver failed to qualify due to not completing a time inside 107% of the pole position time. The unfortunate driver was Ricardo Rosset, who failed to qualify by 7/100ths of a second.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e AtlasF1 (10 May 1998). "Hakkinen increases Championship lead (Spanish GP)". Retrieved 17 November 2011. 


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