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The 1998 American Grand Prix was the fifteenth round of the 1998 FF1M Season and it was held at the Laguna Seca Raceway in California. It was the first and so far only race to be held at this race track and it was won by Michael Schumacher to move him closer to the championship.

Driver Change

  • FJR replaced Allan McNish for FF1M-3000 runner up Heinz Harald Frentzen for the last three races.

Qualifying

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Results

                                Race Starting Grid                              
                                                                                
                            United States - Laguna Seca                         
                                     (85 Laps)                                  
                                                                                
                                                                               
                                                                              

                                                     1              Pole        
                                            Juan-Pablo Montoya                  
                            2                   1m 09.103s                      
                   Jacques Villeneuve                                           
                       1m 09.154s                    3             Row 2        
                                            Michael Schumacher                  
                            4                   1m 09.202s                      
                  Heinz-Harald Frentzen                                         
                       1m 09.220s                    5             Row 3        
                                              David Coulthard                   
                            6                   1m 09.511s                      
                     Ralf Schumacher                                            
                       1m 09.818s                    7             Row 4        
                                                 Mika Salo                      
                            8                   1m 10.160s                      
                       Damon Hill                                               
                       1m 10.184s                    9             Row 5        
                                            Rubens Barrichello                  
                           10                   1m 10.214s                      
                      Mika Hakkinen                                             
                       1m 10.327s                   11             Row 6        
                                              Alexander Wurz                    
                           12                   1m 10.486s                      
                     Jos Verstappen                                             
                       1m 10.660s                   13             Row 7        
                                               Eddie Irvine                     
                           14                   1m 10.695s                      
                      Olivier Panis                                             
                       1m 10.936s                   15             Row 8        
                                                Jean Alesi                      
                           16                   1m 10.939s                      
                        Marc Gene                                               
                       1m 11.121s                   17             Row 9        
                                           Giancarlo Fisichella                 
                           18                   1m 11.124s                      
                     Johnny Herbert                                             
                       1m 11.311s                   19            Row 10        
                                               Mark Blundell                    
                           20                   1m 11.844s                      
                      Jan Magnussen                                             
                       1m 12.035s                   21            Row 11        
                                              Bruno Junqueira                   
                           22                   1m 12.064s                      
                       Kenny Brack                                              
                       1m 12.351s


Race

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Rain in qualifying meant that Juan Pablo Montoya took pole position ahead of Jacques Villeneuve and Michael Schumacher. Montoya had a good start whilst Villeneuve’s wasn’t, as he was beaten by Michael off the line. FJR debutant Heinz Harald Frentzen held on to 4th whilst at the back, Kenny Brack had spun by himself and rejoined. It was FF1M’s first race at Laguna Seca and overtaking appeared to be very difficult. This allowed Montoya to control the race until lap 14 when his engine exploded right in front of Michael. Villeneuve also got baulked a bit giving Michael some breathing space.

The race was processional but there was also a fairly high attrition rate with 9 retirements including Jacques Villeneuve, who lost 2nd place with 15 laps left. Villeneuve’s teammate also retired with engine problems making it a bad race for Pedersen. Other retirements included Mika Hakkinen with a puncture and Coulthard lost 5th place in the dying moments with a water leak.

Michael Schumacher took a controlled win ahead of his brother, increasing the championship lead to 10 points with Dodgem extremely close to winning the constructors championship. Frentzen drove a brilliant first race for FJR to 3rd, FJR’s first podium since the Spanish Grand Prix. Damon Hill was 4th ahead of Irvine, Wurz, Verstappen and Olivier Panis. The Frenchman has been outclassed by Wurz all season, so a point would surely be heart warming for him.

Results

                                   Race Results                                 
                                                                                
                            United States - Laguna Seca                         
                                     (85 Laps)                                  
                                                                                
                Pos   Driver                       Time/Speed                   
                                                                                
                1st   Michael Schumacher       1h 31m 18.652s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                2nd   Ralf Schumacher                +41.362s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                3rd   Heinz-Harald Frentzen          +43.150s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                4th   Damon Hill                     +44.738s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
                5th   Eddie Irvine                     -1 Lap                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
                6th   Alexander Wurz                   -1 Lap                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
                7th   Jos Verstappen                   -1 Lap                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                8th   Olivier Panis                    -1 Lap                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
                9th   Giancarlo Fisichella             -1 Lap                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               10th   Marc Gene                        -1 Lap                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               11th   Jean Alesi                       -1 Lap                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
               12th   Mika Salo                        -1 Lap                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               13th   Kenny Brack                     -2 Laps                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               14th   David Coulthard                 -3 Laps                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               15th   Mika Hakkinen                  Puncture                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
               16th   Rubens Barrichello               Engine                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
               17th   Jacques Villeneuve         Transmission                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
               18th   Bruno Junqueira                  Engine                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               19th   Jan Magnussen                Suspension                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               20th   Johnny Herbert             Transmission                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               21st   Mark Blundell                    Engine                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               22nd   Juan-Pablo Montoya               Engine                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes


Fastest Laps

                                 Driver Best Laps                               
                                                                                
                            United States - Laguna Seca                         
                                     (85 Laps)                                  
                                                                                
                Pos   Driver                         Best Lap                   
                                                                                
                1st   Ralf Schumacher              1m 02.773s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                2nd   Michael Schumacher              +0.257s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                3rd   Jacques Villeneuve              +0.271s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                4th   Heinz-Harald Frentzen           +0.431s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                5th   Damon Hill                      +0.529s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
                6th   Juan-Pablo Montoya              +0.575s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
                7th   Mika Hakkinen                   +0.678s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                8th   David Coulthard                 +0.953s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
                9th   Eddie Irvine                    +1.039s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               10th   Jos Verstappen                  +1.078s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
               11th   Rubens Barrichello              +1.118s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
               12th   Alexander Wurz                  +1.232s                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               13th   Mika Salo                       +1.291s                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               14th   Olivier Panis                   +1.308s                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               15th   Giancarlo Fisichella            +1.450s                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               16th   Jean Alesi                      +1.489s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
               17th   Johnny Herbert                  +1.509s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               18th   Marc Gene                       +1.574s                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               19th   Bruno Junqueira                 +1.711s                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               20th   Kenny Brack                     +2.159s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               21st   Jan Magnussen                   +2.171s                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               22nd   Mark Blundell                   +2.281s                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen

Notes

  • First FF1M podium for Heinz Harald Frentzen
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