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The 1998 Austrian Grand Prix was the fifth race of the 1998 FF1M Season and it was held at the A1 Ring. It was won by Dodgem's Michael Schumacher, but it was inherited ten laps from the end as Mason Motorsports lost a maiden win due to engine problems for their driver Juan Pablo Montoya.

Qualifying

Results

                                Race Starting Grid                              
                                                                               
                              Austria - A1-Ring 1999                            
                                     (71 Laps)                                  

                                                                            
                                                                              

        Pole                1                                                   
                   Juan-Pablo Montoya                                           
                       1m 12.292s                    2                          
                                            Michael Schumacher                  
        Row 2               3                   1m 12.315s                      
                       Damon Hill                                               
                       1m 12.406s                    4                          
                                              Alexander Wurz                    
        Row 3               5                   1m 12.485s                      
                        Mika Salo                                               
                       1m 12.549s                    6                          
                                            Rubens Barrichello                  
        Row 4               7                   1m 12.599s                      
                      Mika Hakkinen                                             
                       1m 12.620s                    8                          
                                              Ralf Schumacher                   
        Row 5               9                   1m 12.713s                      
                  Giancarlo Fisichella                                          
                       1m 12.822s                   10                          
                                              Jos Verstappen                    
        Row 6              11                   1m 12.839s                      
                   Jacques Villeneuve                                           
                       1m 12.842s                   12                          
                                              Johnny Herbert                    
        Row 7              13                   1m 12.889s                      
                      Eddie Irvine                                              
                       1m 12.915s                   14                          
                                                Jean Alesi                      
        Row 8              15                   1m 12.961s                      
                      Allan McNish                                              
                       1m 13.212s                   16                          
                                               Mark Blundell                    
        Row 9              17                   1m 13.225s                      
                      Olivier Panis                                             
                       1m 13.333s                   18                          
                                              Bruno Junqueira                   
        Row 10             19                   1m 13.335s                      
                     David Coulthard                                            
                       1m 13.366s                   20                          
                                                Kenny Brack                     
        Row 11             21                   1m 13.434s                      
                        Marc Gene                                               
                       1m 13.800s                   22                          
                                               Jan Magnussen                    
                                                1m 14.087s

Race

Report

thumb|300px|rightAs the camera’s caught Jean Alesi’s shocking getaway, Montoya converted Mason’s first pole position into the lead as J Racing’s Alex Wurz outbraked Michael Schumacher into the first corner. Hill’s start was rotten dropping down to 9th and receiving a tap from Ralf Schumacher.

Montoya rocketed away from Wurz, pulling away by more than a second per lap, whilst Barrichello overtook Michael Schumacher for 3rd place on lap 3. It was obvious that Montoya was on a lighter fuel load and had to pull away from the entire field to build a gap before his first stop.

Hill was desperate to make amends for his wretched start and overtook Hakkinen for 8th place. Hakkinen’s compromised exit meant that Ralf Schumacher followed Hill’s lead and took 9th place. Meanwhile, Panis had retired with a water leak.

Verstappen had a lightning start from 10th to end up 6th by the end of the first lap, then on lap 5 he breezed past Mika Salo for 5th. On the next lap, Ralf Schumacher was also making progress, neatly slotting in between Hill and Herbert on the run up to turn 2.

Verstappen was at it again, this time slipstreaming past Michael Schumacher for 4th place on lap 9. He then caught up to the battling Wurz and Barrichello. Wurz was defending very well against the Pedersen driver. But if Barrichello was having it tricky, then that was nothing compared to his teammate, suffering an engine failure.

Barrichello’s struggle to get past Wurz resulted in him losing 3rd place to Verstappen in a tricky outbraking manoeuvre on lap 17. A lap later, the Dutchman took 2nd place off of Wurz, who shortly lost 3rd place when Barrichello finally overtook him two laps later.

Ralf Schumacher’s race came to a premature end whilst running 8th with his rear wing engulfed in flames. Wurz’s exit was less spectacular, but perhaps more painful as he retired from 4th.

Verstappen and Montoya made their first stops within two laps of each other. Verstappen dropped down to 12th, but Montoya had built out such a lead, he managed to stay there. Barrichello was up to 2nd and with a much lighter car, then he eased past the Mason driver on lap 30.

Gui Racing’s difficult weekend got worse as Alesi’s engine suffered the same fate as his teammate’s and retired from 7th place. Team Boss Guilherme Cramer was very sad about his double retirement. Meanwhile, Montoya and Verstappen made their second stops with the former maintaining the lead and the latter rejoining 7th.

Both Dark Wolf drivers went into combat on lap 46, with Blundell taking 14th from his teammate. More importantly, Hakkinen squeezed past Barrichello nine laps later with a difficult outbraking move on the Brazilian. Hakkinen was the last of the one-stoppers and stormed away to chase his teammate down for 2nd.

Verstappen on his fresher tyres began clawing his was back up the order, passing Salo for 6th place. This became 5th place when heartbreakingly; Montoya’s splendid drive came to an end ten laps from the end amidst smoke from the Mercedes engine. Two laps later, Verstappen gained another place when 4th placed Johnny Herbert’s transmission broke. Fisichella became the final retiree with electrical problems handing 8th place to Bruno Junqueira, giving Maestro Motorsport their first points of the season.

Dodgem took the chequered flag with Michael Schumacher ahead of Hakkinen, who set the fastest lap on the last lap. Barrichello took 3rd, not far ahead of Verstappen. Salo took his first points of the season ahead of McNish and Irvine. Both Maestro’s and both Dark Wolf’s rounded out the finishers.

Results


                                                                              
                                   Race Results                                 

                                                                                                              Austria - A1-Ring 1999                            
                                     (71 Laps)                                  
                                                                              

                Pos   Driver                       Time/Speed                   
                                                                           

                1st   Michael Schumacher       1h 28m 54.575s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                2nd   Mika Hakkinen                  +11.295s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                3rd   Rubens Barrichello             +18.943s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                4th   Jos Verstappen                 +22.352s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                5th   Mika Salo                      +31.034s                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
                6th   Allan McNish                   +33.703s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                7th   Eddie Irvine                   +36.238s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
                8th   Bruno Junqueira             +1m 02.404s                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
                9th   Marc Gene                        -1 Lap                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               10th   Jan Magnussen                    -1 Lap                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               11th   Mark Blundell                    -1 Lap                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               12th   Giancarlo Fisichella            -5 Laps                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               13th   Johnny Herbert                  -8 Laps                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               14th   Kenny Brack                      Engine                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               15th   Juan-Pablo Montoya               Engine                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               16th   Jean Alesi                       Engine                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
               17th   Damon Hill                   Water Leak                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               18th   Alexander Wurz                   Engine                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               19th   David Coulthard                Oil Leak                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               20th   Ralf Schumacher                Oil Leak                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
               21st   Jacques Villeneuve               Engine                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
               22nd   Olivier Panis                Water Leak                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             


Fastest Laps



                                 Driver Best Laps                               
                                                                               
                              Austria - A1-Ring 1999                            
                                     (71 Laps)                                  
                                                                                
                Pos   Driver                         Best Lap                   
                                                                                
                1st   Mika Hakkinen                1m 13.051s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                2nd   Michael Schumacher              +0.016s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                3rd   Juan-Pablo Montoya              +0.178s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
                4th   Jos Verstappen                  +0.309s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                5th   Rubens Barrichello              +0.361s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                6th   Allan McNish                    +0.417s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                7th   Eddie Irvine                    +0.455s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
                8th   Mika Salo                       +0.518s                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
                9th   Jean Alesi                      +0.534s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
               10th   Johnny Herbert                  +0.577s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               11th   Marc Gene                       +1.013s                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               12th   Giancarlo Fisichella            +1.082s                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               13th   Bruno Junqueira                 +1.086s                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               14th   Mark Blundell                   +1.146s                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               15th   Damon Hill                      +1.381s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               16th   Ralf Schumacher                 +1.555s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
               17th   Jan Magnussen                   +1.673s                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               18th   Alexander Wurz                  +1.828s                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               19th   Kenny Brack                     +1.846s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               20th   David Coulthard                 +2.025s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               21st   Jacques Villeneuve              +2.227s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
               22nd   Olivier Panis                   +5.282s                   
                      J Racing-Ford

Notes

  • First pole position for Mason Motorsports
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