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The 1998 Hungarian Grand Prix was the twelfth round of the 1998 Formula One Season. The race was won by the Ferrari of Michael Schumacher ahead of David Coulthard and Jacques Villeneuve.


BackgroundEdit

Following the German Grand Prix, a week of testing occured prior to the Hungarian race. Most of the teams were at the Circuito de Jerez for the pre-race tests, with McLaren-Mercedes team leading the pace in the tests. Williams-Mecachrome had also ran well, hoping they finally had the pace to challenge the McLaren and Ferrari leaders in Hungary, following their first podium of the season in Germany. Unlike most other teams, Ferrari were not testing in Jerez and instead conducted their testing at their private test track at Fiorano. 

Going into Hungary, Mika Häkkinen held a sixteen point lead over Michael Schumacher in the driver's championship. Häkkinen's teammate David Coulthard was in third place 34 points down on Häkkinen. Coulthard at this point had conceded his own championship ambitions and would instead focus on assisting teammate Häkkinen to the 1998 title. McLaren also led the constructor's championship, 26 points ahead of Ferrari.

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Winfield Williams Williams FW20 Mecachrome GC37-01 V10 3.0 G
2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Winfield Williams Williams FW20 Mecachrome GC37-01 V10 3.0 G
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F300 Ferrari 047 V10 3.0 G
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F300 Ferrari 047 V10 3.0 G
5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B198 Playlife GC37-01 V10 3.0 B
6 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B198 Playlife GC37-01 V10 3.0 B
7 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/13 Mercedes FO 110G V10 3.0 B
8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/13 Mercedes FO 110G V10 3.0 B
9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Benson and Hedges Jordan Jordan 198 Mugen-Honda MF-301 HC V10 3.0 G
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Benson and Hedges Jordan Jordan 198 Mugen-Honda MF-301 HC V10 3.0 G
11 France Olivier Panis France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP01 Peugeot A16 V10 3.0 B
12 Italy Jarno Trulli France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP01 Peugeot A16 V10 3.0 B
14 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C17 Petronas SPE-01D V10 3.0 G
15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C17 Petronas SPE-01D V10 3.0 G
16 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Danka Zepter Arrows Arrows A19 Arrows T2-F1 V10 3.0 B
17 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Danka Zepter Arrows Arrows A19 Arrows T2-F1 V10 3.0 B
18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom HSBC Stewart Ford Stewart SF02 Ford Cosworth VJ Zetec-R V10 3.0 B
19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom HSBC Stewart Ford Stewart SF02 Ford Cosworth VJ Zetec-R V10 3.0 B
20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom PIAA Tyrrell Ford Tyrrell 026 Ford Cosworth JD Zetec-R V10 3.0 G
21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi United Kingdom PIAA Tyrrell Ford Tyrrell 026 Ford Cosworth JD Zetec-R V10 3.0 G
22 Japan Shinji Nakano Italy Fondmetal Minardi Team Minardi M198 Ford Cosworth JD Zetec-R V10 3.0 B
23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Italy Fondmetal Minardi Team Minardi M198 Ford Cosworth JD Zetec-R V10 3.0 B

Practice OverviewEdit

FP1Edit

The morning practice session saw torrential rain affect the run times of the driver's in the first session. Times were slow as the cars struggled around the circuit wrestling for grip. The afternoon session faired better weather, whilst the circuit remained quite wet, the rain of the morning did not return. As the track began to dry, faster lap times were produced by the cars. At session's end it was David Coulthard leading the time sheets ahead of teammate Mika Häkkinen and Michael Schumacher. Eddie Irvine, Jacques Villeneuve and Damon Hill rounded out the top six.

FP2Edit

The Saturday practice session turned out to be an eventful session for the driver's involved. The session saw many cars spinning and going into the gravel traps, David Coulthard, Michael Schumacher and Jacques Villeneuve all had their excursions with the gravel trap whilst Toranosuke Takagi and Esteban Tuero ended their sessions by spinning into the barriers. Ricardo Rosset was causing trouble when early on in the session, he first collided with Ralf Schumacher and then towards the end of the session he careered into the back of Jos Verstappen, causing significant damage to the rear of the Stewart driver's car.

The session saw a McLaren dominance with Mika Häkkinen leading the timesheets ahead of teammate Coulthard, Michael Schumacher, Giancarlo Fisichella, Jacques Villeneuve and Damon Hill. 

Practice ResultsEdit

No.         Driver         Constructor         FP1 FP2 Warm-Up
Time Pos Time Pos Time Pos
1 Canada  Jacques Villeneuve United KingdomWilliams-Mecachrome 1:20.441 4 1:19.016 5 1:20.580 6
2 Germany  Heinz-Harald Frentzen 1:21.218 9 1:19.107 7 1:19.967 3
3 Germany  Michael Schumacher ItalyFerrari 1:20.439 3 1:18.588 3 1:20.325 4
4 United Kingdom  Eddie Irvine 1:20.778 5 1:19.252 9 1:20.935 8
5 Italy  Giancarlo Fisichella ItalyBenetton-Playlife 1:21.110 7 1:18.792 4 1:21.334 9
6 Austria  Alexander Wurz 1:22.297  15 1:19.286 10 1:21.924 13
7 United Kingdom  David Coulthard United KingdomMcLaren-Mercedes 1:19.989 1 1:17.495 2 1:19.555 2
8 Finland  Mika Häkkinen 1:20.186 2 1:17.337 1 1:18.694 1
9 United Kingdom  Damon Hill IrelandJordan-Mugen-Honda 1:20.779  6 1:19.091 6 1:20.906 7
10 Germany  Ralf Schumacher 1:21.198 8 1:19.183 8 1:20.385 5
11 France  Olivier Panis FranceProst-Peugeot 1:22.442 16 1:20.920 17 1:22.344 16
12 Italy  Jarno Trulli 1:25.700 22 1:21.585 19 1:21.920 12
14 France  Jean Alesi SwitzerlandSauber-Petronas 1:21.990 13 1:19.449 11 1:21.799 11
15 United Kingdom  Johnny Herbert 1:21.571 11 1:19.800 12 1:21.441 10
16 Brazil  Pedro Diniz United KingdomArrows 1:23.450 19 1:20.589 15 1:23.231 20
17 Finland  Mika Salo 1:22.145  14 1:20.552 14 1:22.119 15
18 Brazil  Rubens Barrichello United KingdomStewart-Ford 1:21.414 10 1:19.936 13 1:22.095 14
19 NetherlandsJos Verstappen 1:21.903  12 1:20.883 16 1:22.961 18
20 Brazil  Ricardo Rosset United KingdomTyrrell-Ford 1:25.611 21 1:23.279 22 no time -
21 Japan  Toranosuke Takagi 1:23.261 18 1:21.634 20 1:22.704 17
22 Japan  Shinji Nakano ItalyMinardi-Ford 1:22.940 17 1:21.373 18 1:22.991 19
23 Argentina  Esteban Tuero 1:23.671  20 1:22.008 21 1:23.685 21

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QualifyingEdit

Mika Hakkinen took pole position having dominated the session from start to finish.

Michael Schumacher started from third - ahead of teammate Eddie Irvine went through practice almost unnoticed, but managed to produce a decent qualifying lap to take 5th.

Jordan driver Damon Hill drove a storming final lap - despite traffic and surface gravel on the track - to start from fourth on a circuit where he has never finished lower than second. Hill would start behind the two Ferrari drivers. Team mate Ralf Schumacher struggled round the circuit and will start in tenth.

Williams started with completely different wing configurations for each driver. Frentzen, suffering from a crippling stomach upset, went conventional but Villeneuve opted for a low downforce/high straight speed wing set up. In the end it was the resurgent Canadian who made 6th, with the German one place behind.

Behind the Williams come the Benettons, with Fisichella leading Wurz for 8th place. The Italian was one of the first drivers out on the circuit, and all eyes were upon him when he rounded the final turn - and kept on going, through a gravel trap, before smashing his car sideways into a tyre wall. Incredibly, the plucky Roman kept the engine running and was able to drive away, albeit somewhat slowly, and limp round again to the pits. Wurz had looked to be well down the grid before producing his qualifying lap.

Fisichella's accident was made all the more public because a heat haze settled over the circuit immediately before the red lights went out. In need of a car to blow it away, all the garages kept their vehicles firmly in place until Jos Verstappen, out of practice after a prang with Rosset this morning, got bored of the waiting. The luckless Rosset failed to make the 107% mark for the third time this season and will not race for the second Grand Prix running. A crash in Germany saw him concussed and medically unable to race.

The weather was once again warm and sunny, after torrential rain in Friday practice, and threats of thunderstorms for raceday appear to have lifted.

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time
1 8 FinlandMika Häkkinen United KingdomMcLaren-Mercedes 1:16.973
2 7 United KingdomDavid Coulthard United KingdomMcLaren-Mercedes 1:17.131
3 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:17.366
4 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill IrelandJordan-Mugen-Honda 1:18.214
5 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:18.325
6 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 1:18.337
7 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 1:19.029
8 5 ItalyGiancarlo Fisichella ItalyBenetton-Playlife 1:19.050
9 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:19.063
10 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:19.171
11 14 FranceJean Alesi SwitzerlandSauber-Petronas 1:19.210
12 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows 1:19.706
13 17 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Arrows 1:19.712
14 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford 1:19.876
15 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:19.878
16 12 Italy Jarno Trulli FranceProst-Peugeot 1:20.042
17 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford 1:20.198
18 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1:20.354
19 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Italy Minardi-Ford 1:20.635
20 11 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:20.663
21 23 ArgentinaEsteban Tuero ItalyMinardi-Ford 1:21.725
DNQ 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 1:23.140

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

The start got away cleanly, with Mika Häkkinen leading into the first corner ahead of David Coulthard, Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine, who had managed to overtake Damon Hill for fourth place into the first corner. The top three of Häkkinen, Coulthard and Schumacher immediately began to pull away from the rest of the field. 

Esteban Tuero became the first retirement on lap 13 with engine failure, however more significantly at the end of the same lap Eddie Irvine who was running well in fourth pulled into the pits to retire with gearbox issues. 

Häkkinen then began to pull away when Coulthard and Schumacher got caught behind the backmarker of Jos Verstappen, once the pair had cleared the Stewart, they had lost a couple of seconds to the leading McLaren of Häkkinen.

Mika Salo then retired on lap 18 with gearbox failure. Jean Alesi then had on off-track moment, going wide into the gravel trap at turn 3, however the Sauber driver was able to continue without damage. 

Damon Hill became the first of the front runners to come into the pits on lap 21, pitting from fourth position. The following lap Michael Schumacher pitted from third place. Responding to Ferrari's move, McLaren brought David Coulthard in the lap after Schumacher's stop. Coulthard exited ahead of Schumacher, with Jacques Villeneuve in between him and the Ferrari driver. Villeneuve who had yet to stop continued to hold up Schumacher.

Two laps later race leader Häkkinen came into the pits for his first stop, exiting the pits and maintaining his lead ahead of Coulthard. 

Lap 28 saw Jarno Trulli pull into the pits and retire with engine failure. 

Lap 30 saw Villeneuve finally come into the pits, his stop was slow as the mechanics had trouble attaching the left rear tyre. This allowed Damon Hill to reclaim fourth position from Villeneuve. With Villeneuve clearing out the way, Schumacher began setting some blistering lap times settting the fastest lap of the race.

Over the following laps both Coulthard and Schumacher began to close up on Häkkinen in the lead, Schumacher all over the rear of Coulthard's McLaren. 

Schumacher then came in for an early second stop, suggesting that the Ferrari driver was on a three stop strategy rather than the standard two stop strategy at the Hungarian circuit. Schumacher then putting in some fast lap times, forcing McLaren to respond. Coulthard pitted, however he exited behind Schumacher relinquishing second to the Ferrari driver. Häkkinen then came into the pits, also losing position to Schumacher.

Rubens Barrichello then retired on lap 54 with gearbox issues.

Schumacher then became the new race leader and began to consolidate his race lead. After extending his lead to nine seconds, Schumacher then went wide onto the grass going into the final corner, losing four seconds to Häkkinen. Following his mistake, Schumacher began to put in some very fast lap times extending his lead to fourteen seconds. 

Trouble occured for McLaren, Häkkinen's shock absorbers appeared to be damaged causing him to significantly slow and lose position to teammate Coulthard. 

Villeneuve took fourth position away from Hill following the second round of pit-stops. 

As the race entered its final stages, Schumacher came in for his final stop. Having extended his lead to 26 seconds, Schumacher came into the pits and exited continuing to maintain his lead. Meanwhile in third place, Häkkinen struggled for pace as Villeneuve and Hill began to bare down on him. 

Villeneuve then claimed third place from Häkkinen whilst going down into the first corner. A couple of laps later Hill then moved down the inside of Häkkinen going into the first corner.

Alexander Wurz then retired from seventh with gearbox issues. As this occured Heinz-Harald Frentzen took fifth away from Häkkinen going into turn 10. 

This allowed Schumacher took a dominant win, nine seconds ahead of Coulthard behind him. Schumacher notably lapping the crippled Häkkinen on the final lap. Villeneuve took third position, taking Williams's second podium in a row ahead of Damon Hill, Heinz-Harald Frentzen and the ailing Mika Häkkinen. 

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 77 1:45.26.4 3 10
2 7 United KingdomDavid Coulthard United KingdomMcLaren-Mercedes 77 +9.433 2 6
3 1 CanadaJacques Villeneuve United KingdomWilliams-Mecachrome 77 +44.444 6 4
4 9 United KingdomDamon Hill IrelandJordan-Mugen-Honda 77 +55.076 4 3
5 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 77 +56.51 7 2
6 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 76 +1 lap 1 1
7 14 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 76 +1 lap 11
8 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 76 +1 lap 8
9 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 76 +1 lap 10
10 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert SwitzerlandSauber-Petronas 76 +1 lap 15
11 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows 74 +3 laps 12
12 11 France Olivier Panis FranceProst-Peugeot 74 +3 laps 20
13 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford 74 +3 laps 17
14 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 74 +3 laps 18
15 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Italy Minardi-Ford 74 +3 laps 19
16 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 69 Gearbox 9
Ret 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford 54 Gearbox 14
Ret 12 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 28 Engine 16
Ret 17 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Arrows 18 Gearbox 13
Ret 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 13 Gearbox 5
Ret 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Italy Minardi-Ford 13 Engine 21
DNQ 20 BrazilRicardo Rosset United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 77
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 70
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard 48
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 32
5 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 20
6 Austria Alexander Wurz 17
7 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 15
8 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 10
9 United Kingdom Damon Hill 6
10 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 4
11 Germany Ralf Schumacher 4
12 Finland Mika Salo 3
13 France Jean Alesi 3
14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 1
15 Brazil Pedro Diniz 1
16 Denmark Jan Magnussen 1
17 Japan Shinji Nakano 0
18 Brazil Ricardo Rosset 0
19 Argentina Esteban Tuero 0
20 Italy Jarno Trulli 0
21 France Olivier Panis 0
22 Japan Toranosuke Takagi 0
23 Netherlands Jos Verstappen 0
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 125
2 Italy Ferrari 102
3 Italy Benetton-Playlife 32
4 United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 30
5 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 10
6 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford 5
7 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 4
8 United Kingdom Arrows 4
9 Italy Minardi-Ford 0
10 United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford 0
11 France Prost-Peugeot 0


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