1998 French Grand Prix
|8th of 16 races in the 1998 Formula 1 World Championship|
|Surname:||Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France|
|Date:||June 28, 1998|
|Course:||Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours|
|Length:||301.75 km in 71 laps of 4.25 km
|Planned:||306 km in 72 laps of 4.25 km|
|Weather:||sunny, later cloudy and warm|
|Time:||1: 14.929 min|
|Time:||1: 17.523 min (lap 59)|
The 1998 French Grand Prix (officially the Mobil 1 Grand Prix de France ) took place on June 28th at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in Magny-Cours and was the eighth race of the 1998 Formula 1 World Championship . Michael Schumacher took first place ahead of Eddie Irvine and Mika Häkkinen .
Actually, due to a legal dispute, it was planned to remove the race from the calendar. Although the broadcaster TF1 owned the rights to the broadcasts of the Formula 1 weekends, France 3 obtained approval from the French court to operate on the track.
All drivers were placed within four and a half seconds.
Once again, Mika Häkkinen was the fastest driver in the field with 1: 15.613 minutes, around one second faster than on Friday, ahead of Michael Schumacher, Eddie Irvine and David Coulthard.
All drivers were placed within four seconds.
After Bridgestone tires were more competitive than Goodyear's in the early races, this trend has now turned. Mika Häkkinen was able to secure pole position again with 1: 14.929 minutes, the only time under 1:15 minutes, but the gap to the rear was much smaller than on the previous weekends. Michael Schumacher, David Coulthard, Eddie Irvine and Jacques Villeneuve followed Häkkinen on the grid.
McLaren set the fastest time again, but this time David Coulthard ahead of Mika Häkkinen. All drivers were placed within five and a half seconds.
The first start was canceled shortly after the clearance because Jos Verstappen's engine had died at the start. Although the spectators received the message that the race had been abandoned, the drivers did not, so they continued to fight for positions. It was only in the penultimate corner that they were informed that the race had been canceled.
On the second start, both Ferraris overtook Häkkinen and Schumacher quickly gained a lead on Häkkinen, while Irvine kept both McLaren behind. Frentzen lost four places at the start. On lap 20, Häkkinen risked an overtaking maneuver in the last corner, misjudged himself and turned into the gravel. He was able to get the car back on the track and switched to new tires. He came back to third place after Coulthard had problems refilling the gasoline during the pit stop. When, after around half a minute, the filler neck still couldn't be put on correctly, it had to be sent out onto the track without new fuel and then refueled a lap later. It took three seconds for gasoline to flow into the McLaren's tank. However, the crowd misjudged and Coulthard had to pit for the fourth time after eight laps. The race ended with a one-two for Ferrari and Mika Häkkinen in third place.
|1||Michael sSchumacher||Ferrari||71||2||1: 34: 45.026||2||1: 17.770|
|2||Eddie Irvine||Ferrari||71||2||+ 19.575||4th||1: 18,956|
|3||Mika Hakkinen||McLaren-Mercedes||71||2||+ 19.747||1||1: 18.493|
|4th||Jacques Villeneuve||Williams Mecachrome||71||2||+1: 06.965||5||1: 18.913|
|5||Alexander Wurz||Benetton Playlife||70||3||+ 1 lap||10||1: 19.320|
|6th||David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes||70||4th||+ 1 lap||3||1: 17.523|
|7th||Jean Alesi||Clean Petronas||70||2||+ 1 lap||11||1: 19.660|
|8th||Johnny Herbert||Clean Petronas||70||2||+ 1 lap||13||1: 19.771|
|9||Giancarlo Fisichella||Benetton Playlife||70||3||+ 1 lap||9||1: 19.307|
|10||Rubens Barrichello||Stewart-Ford||69||2||+ 2 rounds||14th||1: 20.651|
|11||Olivier Panis||Cheers Peugeot||69||2||+ 2 rounds||16||1: 19.953|
|12||Jos Verstappen||Stewart-Ford||69||2||+ 2 rounds||15th||1: 20.849|
|13||Mika Salo||Arrows||69||1||+ 2 rounds||19th||1: 21.502|
|14th||Pedro Diniz||Arrows||69||1||+ 2 rounds||17th||1: 21.765|
|15th||Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Williams Mecachrome||68||2||DNF||8th||1: 19.229|
|16||Ralf Schumacher||Jordan-Mugen-Honda||68||3||+ 3 rounds||6th||1: 19.052|
|-||Shinji Nakano||Minardi-Ford||65||2||DNF||21st||1: 21.883|
|-||Toranosuke Takagi||Tyrrell-Ford||60||3||DNF||20th||1: 20.299|
|-||Jarno Trulli||Cheers Peugeot||55||3||DNF||12||1: 19.869|
|-||Esteban Tuero||Minardi-Ford||41||1||DNF||22nd||1: 22.761|
|-||Damon Hill||Jordan-Mugen-Honda||19th||1||DNF||7th||1: 19.490|
|-||Ricardo Rosset||Tyrrell-Ford||16||-||DNF||18th||1: 22.435|
World Cup stands after the race
- motorsportarchiv.de Friday training France 1998 ( Memento from September 2, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
- motorsport-magazin.com Friday training France 1998
- motorsportarchiv.de Saturday training France 1998 ( Memento from October 29, 2005 in the Internet Archive )
- motorsport-magazin.com Saturday training France 1998
- Motorsportarchiv.de Qualifying France 1998 ( Memento from October 31, 2005 in the Internet Archive )
- motorsport-magazin.com Qualifying France 1998
- motorsport-magazin.com Warm-Up France 1998
- Motorsportarchiv.de Race France 1998 ( Memento from September 2, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
- Motorsport-magazin.com Race France 1998