Benetton B198

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Benetton B198
Benetton B198 seitlich.jpg
CategoryFormula One
ConstructorBenetton
Designer(s)Nick Wirth
PredecessorB197
SuccessorB199
Technical specifications
ChassisMoulded carbon composite monocoque
Suspension (front)Double carbon wishbones, pushrod, triple damper
Suspension (rear)Double wishbones, pushrod, double damper
EnginePlaylife (Renault) 3.0L 71° V10 NA Mid-engine
TransmissionBenetton 6-speed longitudinal semi-automatic
FuelAgip
TyresBridgestone
Competition history
Notable entrantsMild Seven Benetton Playlife
Notable drivers5. Italy Giancarlo Fisichella
6. Austria Alexander Wurz
Debut1998 Australian Grand Prix
RacesWinsPolesF.Laps
16011

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.

B198 in its original livery at the 1998 Spanish Grand Prix. Fisichella in front, Wurz follows.

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

References[edit]

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