1998 Monaco Grand Prix
|1998 Monaco Grand Prix|
|Race 6 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One World Championship|
|Date||24 May 1998|
|Official name||Grand Prix de Monaco|
|Location||Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo|
|Course length||3.367 km (2.092 mi)|
|Distance||78 laps, 262.626 km (163.188 mi)|
|Weather||Hot and sunny with temperatures reaching up to 22 °C (72 °F)|
|Time||1:22.948 on lap 29|
The 78-lap race was won by Mika Häkkinen, driving a McLaren-Mercedes, his fourth win of the season. Häkkinen recorded a grand chelem, having taken pole position, set the fastest lap and led every lap of the race. Giancarlo Fisichella finished second in a Benetton-Playlife, with Eddie Irvine third in a Ferrari.
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 thousands of Italian fans who travelled to Monaco for the race.
A perfect start from both McLarens saw them lead through the first corner, with Häkkinen ahead of Coulthard. Fisichella and Schumacher were running third and fourth. In the early stages the two McLarens 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. As Irvine tangled with Frentzen at the Grand Hotel Hairpin on lap 10 as Frentzen retired, but luckily for Irvine the Ferrari was undamaged to eventually claim third. On lap 18 Coulthard retired with engine problems.
Michael Schumacher was first to pit for fuel on lap 30. Fisichella pitted the following lap, coming out of the pits behind the Ferrari. Soon Michael came up behind Fisichella's teammate, Alexander Wurz, and tried to get past. At the Loews hairpin, Michael went down the inside but Wurz did not give way. The two cars touched and the Ferrari was damaged. Michael went in to pit for repairs, eventually coming out three laps down on the leader 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 Häkkinen, Fisichella, Irvine, Jean Alesi, and Mika Salo. However, Alesi experienced gearbox problems five laps from the end and was forced to retire, 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.
Championship standings after the race
- Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.
- Weather info for the 1998 Monaco Grand Prix at Weather Underground
- "Grand Prix de Monaco 1998 – Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 23 May 1998. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
- "Grand Prix de Monaco 1998 – Race Result". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Ltd. 24 May 1998. Retrieved 27 October 2017.
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