Benetton B198

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Benetton B198
Category Formula One
Constructor Benetton
Designer(s) Nick Wirth
Predecessor B197
Successor B199
Technical specifications
Chassis Moulded carbon composite monocoque
Suspension (front) Double carbon wishbones, pushrod, triple damper
Suspension (rear) Double wishbones, pushrod, double damper
Engine Playlife (Renault) 3.0L 71° V10 NA Mid-engine
Transmission Benetton 6-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
Fuel Agip
Tyres Bridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrants Mild Seven Benetton Playlife
Notable drivers 5. Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
6. Austria Alexander Wurz
Debut 1998 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
16 0 1 1

The Benetton B198 was the car with which the Benetton Formula One team competed in the 1998 Formula One season. It was driven by Giancarlo Fisichella, who had moved from Jordan, and Alexander Wurz, who was in his first full season of F1 after deputising for the unwell Gerhard Berger in 1997.

After an encouraging start which saw Fisichella finish second at two successive races and take pole in Austria, the team sat a comfortable third place in the Constructors' Championship. However, the season petered out towards the end, with Benetton ultimately finishing the season in fifth place. The team partially blamed Bridgestone for favouring eventual champions McLaren, who were the tyre supplier's top team at that time.[1]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1998 Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Playlife V10 B AUS BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR AUT GER HUN BEL ITA LUX JPN 33 5th
Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 6 7 Ret Ret 2 2 9 5 Ret 7 8 Ret 8 6 8
Alexander Wurz 7 4 4 Ret 4 Ret 4 5 4 9 11 16 Ret Ret 7 9


  1. ^ AUTOCOURSE 1998-99, Henry, Alan (ed.), Hazleton Publishing Ltd. (1998) ISBN 1-874557-43-8