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The 1998 Brazilian Grand Prix was the second round of the 1998 FF1M Season. It was posted on August 5th 2009. The race was the maiden victory for Ralf Schumacher, driving for Gui Racing - Ford.

Qualifying

Results

                                Race Starting Grid                              

                                                                               
                             Brazil - Interlagos 1998                           
                                     (72 Laps)                                  
                                                                                
                                                                                

                                                     1              Pole        
                                            Michael Schumacher                  
                            2                   1m 15.506s                      
                      Mika Hakkinen                                             
                       1m 15.642s                    3             Row 2        
                                              Ralf Schumacher                   
                            4                   1m 15.778s                      
                   Jacques Villeneuve                                           
                       1m 15.948s                    5             Row 3        
                                            Rubens Barrichello                  
                            6                   1m 15.957s                      
                      Allan McNish                                              
                       1m 16.086s                    7             Row 4        
                                            Juan-Pablo Montoya                  
                            8                   1m 16.179s                      
                       Jean Alesi                                               
                       1m 16.330s                    9             Row 5        
                                           Giancarlo Fisichella                 
                           10                   1m 16.551s                      
                     Alexander Wurz                                             
                       1m 16.737s                   11             Row 6        
                                              Jos Verstappen                    
                           12                   1m 16.989s                      
                      Jan Magnussen                                             
                       1m 17.039s                   13             Row 7        
                                               Eddie Irvine                     
                           14                   1m 17.066s                      
                       Damon Hill                                               
                       1m 17.084s                   15             Row 8        
                                              David Coulthard                   
                           16                   1m 17.088s                      
                        Mika Salo                                               
                       1m 17.204s                   17             Row 9        
                                              Johnny Herbert                    
                           18                   1m 17.295s                      
                      Olivier Panis                                             
                       1m 17.380s                   19            Row 10        
                                                 Marc Gene                      
                           20                   1m 17.387s                      
                     Bruno Junqueira                                            
                       1m 17.588s                   21            Row 11        
                                               Mark Blundell                    
                           22                   1m 17.688s                      
                       Kenny Brack                                              
                       1m 18.147s

Race

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Pole-sitter Michael Schumacher got off to a flying start and led into the first corner. But as in Australia, Mika Hakkinen got a poor start and dropped to 5th place behind a quick starting Villeneuve, Ralf Schumacher and Allan McNish. Villeneuve’s 2nd place lasted until turn 4 when Ralf Schumacher outbraked the Canadian.

Michael was immediately under pressure at the end of the first lap from his brother. Villeneuve wasn’t too far behind either. The gap between the three drivers was only half a second. Ralf tried to take the lead off Michael at the end of the back straight on the second lap, but the Dodgem driver held on around the outside.

The other Dodgem driver was struggling as first Juan Pablo Montoya overtook Hakkinen for 5th place at the start of lap 2, and then Barrichello slipstreamed past the Finn on the back straight. Then unseen by the cameras, the Brazilian mysteriously dropped down to 8th behind Alex Wurz.

After many unsuccessful attempts to overtake his brother, Ralf finally took the lead going into the Ferra Dura. As Ralf immediately pulled away from Michael, rumours circulated around that Michael was on a much heavier fuel load than Ralf and Villeneuve. On the next lap at the same corner, Villeneuve powered past the Dodgem driver.

Further down the field, Oliver Panis outbraked Giancarlo Fisichella for 13th place. Giancarlo was lucky not to lose any more places as the battling VTR’s were not too far behind. The battle for 4th was also heating up as Montoya passed McNish going into the Ferra Dura.

It wasn’t all brilliant for Gui Racing as Jean Alesi parked his car with a transmission failure on lap 20. Also in trouble was Alex Wurz who spun out of 9th place and into retirement.

Michael Schumacher retook the lead from Ralf when the Gui Racing car came in for its first stop, but on lap 32, Michael spun at the first corner after suffering a puncture and retired on the spot. The final retirement was on lap 60 in the form of a suspension problem for Jos Verstappen.

After benefiting from his brother’s retirement, Ralf Schumacher was clear to take his first career victory in FF1M ahead of Jacques Villeneuve in the Pedersen. Hakkinen salvaged some consolation for Dodgem as he came in 3rd place. Allan McNish drove steadily to finish 4th ahead of Montoya, who scored Mason’s first career points. Barrichello, Hill and Irvine completed the points scorers.

Results

                                   Race Results                                 

                             Brazil - Interlagos 1998                           
                                     (72 Laps)                                  

                                                                                

                Pos   Driver                       Time/Speed                   
                                                                                

                1st   Ralf Schumacher          1h 34m 10.656s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                2nd   Jacques Villeneuve             +14.540s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                3rd   Mika Hakkinen                  +28.874s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                4th   Allan McNish                   +44.664s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                5th   Juan-Pablo Montoya             +49.279s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
                6th   Rubens Barrichello             +58.752s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                7th   Damon Hill                     +59.637s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
                8th   Eddie Irvine                +1m 01.423s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
                9th   Giancarlo Fisichella             -1 Lap                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               10th   Jan Magnussen                    -1 Lap                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               11th   David Coulthard                  -1 Lap                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               12th   Johnny Herbert                   -1 Lap                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               13th   Mika Salo                        -1 Lap                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               14th   Olivier Panis                    -1 Lap                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               15th   Mark Blundell                    -1 Lap                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               16th   Bruno Junqueira                  -1 Lap                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               17th   Kenny Brack                      -1 Lap                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               18th   Jos Verstappen               Suspension                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
               19th   Michael Schumacher             Puncture                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
               20th   Alexander Wurz            Didn't Finish                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               21st   Jean Alesi                 Transmission                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
               22nd   Marc Gene                      Oil Leak                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot

Fastest Laps

                                 Driver Best Laps                               
                                                                                

                             Brazil - Interlagos 1998                           
                                     (72 Laps)                                  

                                                                                

                Pos   Driver                         Best Lap                   
                                                                                

                1st   Ralf Schumacher              1m 16.632s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                2nd   Jacques Villeneuve              +0.026s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                3rd   Mika Hakkinen                   +0.383s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                4th   Juan-Pablo Montoya              +0.461s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
                5th   Michael Schumacher              +0.834s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                6th   Damon Hill                      +0.987s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
                7th   Eddie Irvine                    +0.995s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
                8th   Allan McNish                    +1.040s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                9th   Giancarlo Fisichella            +1.159s                  
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                       
               10th   Johnny Herbert                  +1.189s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                           
               11th   Jos Verstappen                  +1.229s                  
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                           
               12th   Rubens Barrichello              +1.291s                  
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                        
               13th   Olivier Panis                   +1.323s                  
                      J Racing-Ford                                            
               14th   David Coulthard                 +1.488s                  
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                      
               15th   Alexander Wurz                  +1.513s                  
                      J Racing-Ford                                            
               16th   Bruno Junqueira                 +1.534s                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               17th   Mark Blundell                   +1.665s                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               18th   Jan Magnussen                   +1.675s                  
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                          
               19th   Mika Salo                       +1.722s                  
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                       
               20th   Kenny Brack                     +1.811s                  
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                     
               21st   Jean Alesi                      +1.816s                  
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                          
               22nd   Marc Gene                       +2.207s                  
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot
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