Ferrari F300

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Ferrari F300
1998 F1 car Ferrari F300 Goodwood 2009.jpg
Category Formula One
Constructor Ferrari
Designer(s) Rory Byrne
Predecessor F310B
Successor F399
Technical specifications
Chassis Carbon-fibre and honeycomb composite structure
Suspension (front) Double-wishbone pushrod suspension
Suspension (rear) Double-wishbone pushrod suspension
Engine Ferrari Tipo047/B/C 80-degree V10
Transmission Ferrari seven-speed longitudinal semi-automatic sequential
Fuel Shell
Tyres Goodyear
Competition history
Notable entrants Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
Notable drivers 3. Germany Michael Schumacher
4. United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Debut 1998 Australian Grand Prix
Races Wins Podiums Poles F.Laps
16 6 19 3 6
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Ferrari F300 was a Formula One car designed by Rory Byrne for Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro to use in the 1998 season. It was powered by a 3.0 V10 engine and designed around a narrower track as mandated by the FIA in a series of regulation changes for that season.[1]

Overview[edit]

The Ferrari F300 was a competitive and reliable car, however it was still aerodynamically inferior to the McLaren MP4/13. Despite this, Michael Schumacher battled his way to second place in the world championship behind Mika Häkkinen. Ferrari also finished as runners-up in the Constructors' Championship. The car was an excellent base for the dominance which Ferrari would achieve in the following seasons. Schumacher battled back from a large deficit to be on the same points amount as Häkkinen following his sixth win of the season at Monza, but having been beaten narrowly by Häkkinen at Nürburgring in the penultimate round the championship title was no longer in Schumacher's own destiny. Having stalled the car on the grid in the finale at Suzuka definitely made sure the title was lost, compounded by a puncture following a fightback that might have landed a podium. Even a podium would have been in vain as Häkkinen also won that race. Häkkinen finished with 100 points compared with 86 for Schumacher. Eddie Irvine finished fourth in the championship, being the second-placed finisher in both 1-2's Ferrari scored in France and Italy. Schumacher won six races but Irvine once again did not record a single win. Fourth was his highest championship finish to that date though and he collected many podium finishes over the course of the campaign.

As with all Formula 1 cars, the F300 was heavily and consistently revised during the 1998 season. At the Argentine Grand Prix, a wider front tyre from Goodyear was introduced which significantly improved the handling of the car. "X-wings" were introduced at the San Marino Grand Prix, but were later banned due to safety reasons. A longer wheelbase version of the car was introduced for the German and Belgian Grands Prix and a new spec engine was also designed for the title-deciding Japanese GP. The most significant upgrade to the car, however, was introduced at the Canadian GP, where it received a new diffuser, new rear body panels, a new delta-shaped front wing and top exiting exhausts, the latter of which improved cooling and aerodynamics of the car which was so effective that many other teams copied the design.[1]

Complete Formula One results[edit]

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

Year Team Engine Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Points WCC
1998 Ferrari Ferrari 047 V10 G AUS BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR AUT GER HUN BEL ITA LUX JPN 133 2nd
Michael Schumacher Ret 3 1 2 3 10 1 1 1 3 5 1 Ret 1 2 Ret
Eddie Irvine 4 8 3 3 Ret 3 3 2 3 4 8 Ret Ret 2 4 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bissett, Mark. "Irvines Ferrari F300: Monaco 1998". primotipo.com. Retrieved 24 April 2016.