The 1998 British Grand Prix was the ninth round in the 1998 FF1M Season. It was posted on 6th September 2009 and took place at the Silverstone circuit. The race was won by Juan Pablo Montoya and was the first win for Mason Motorsport in FF1M.
Alex Wurz got a clean getaway from pole position and held the lead from Juan Pablo Montoya and Jean Alesi, with Jos Verstappen moving ahead of Olivier Panis for 4th place. Before the cars even reached the first corner, there was an incident involving a Schumacher. Ralf was sent airbourne by a fast-starting Rubens Barrichello after the Brazilian swerved to avoid a sluggish Allan McNish, leaving Ralf to hit the right-rear wheel of Barrichello and sending the German pointing towards the sky. The Gui Racing driver landed back to earth and in 17th position.
Wurz maintained the lead at the end of the first lap, but he was holding up Montoya and Alesi, so Montoya tried a move on Wurz at Club, but he tagged the Jracing car sending them both wide and nearly gifting Alesi the lead of the race, but the Frenchman was too far back to capitalize on both drivers, so he slotted into 2nd place ahead of Montoya.
Barrichello was beginning to make his way through the field, taking 8th place off Mark Blundell at the start of lap 3. Michael Schumacher was also making progress at the expense of Marc Gene going into the Abbey chicane to take 5th from the Spaniard.
Alesi tried to grab the lead off Wurz around the outside into Stowe, but left the door open for Montoya. He punished Alesi for leaving the door open to move into 2nd place on lap 4. Montoya wasn’t finished however, as he snatched the lead from Wurz going into the Abbey chicane. At the same corner, Michael Schumacher tried to take 4th from Verstappen, but couldn’t quite manage it.
Alesi tried to overtake Wurz going into Stowe again, but the Austrian braved it out round the outside, but it was at club where Alesi outbraked Wurz to finally overtake the Jracing car. At Abbey, it was 2nd time lucky for Schumacher as he overtook Verstappen to move into 4th place.
Unseen by the camera’s, Barrichello passed Panis for 7th, Gene for 6th, and at the beginning of lap 8, the Brazilian moved past Verstappen to move up into 5th place.
There were some other battles down the field as the AquinoPlus of Fisichella powered his way past Blundell, who had dropped way down the order. Mika Hakkinen was challenging Olivier Panis for 9th place, when it went wrong at Club corner. He hit the back of the Frenchman, sending Mika spinning wildly in front of Damon Hill. Amazingly, he continued without even losing a position.
Michael Schumacher powered past Wurz on lap 10 to move into 3rd place. The customer Ford engine’s power deficiency may have been an advantage in a wet qualifying session, but in a dry race, it was obvious to see the power difference as he lost 4th to Barrichello on lap 12. But worse than the lack of power was his retirement on lap 15 due to an issue with the suspension.
A massive queue was forming behind Jos Verstappen in 5th place with a train of cars such as Gene, Panis and Hakkinen wanting to get past. It was the Finn that was on the move, overtaking Panis into the Abbey chicane on lap 15, and then repeating the move on Gene two laps later. However, when Hakkinen tried to overtake Verstappen into Club, the Dutchman moved across the Finn causing Hakkinen to lock his wheels, spin and cause a minor traffic jam that involved Gene and Panis. Ironically, the main beneficiary was Verstappen’s teammate Allan McNish who moved into 6th place as a result.
Verstappen did a really good job of being a roadblock as he refused to let David Coulthard through, and then put up a fight against Ralf Schumacher. The German eventually passed Jos going into the Club corner.
It was an early end to the British Grand Prix for Eddie Irvine as he retired with an engine failure whilst running 10th. Johnny Herbert capped off a disappointing weekend for VTR as he retired from 11th with a puncture.
Rubens Barrichello hadn’t finished his fightback as he muscled past his teammate for 6th at the Abbey chicane. Also on the move was Mika Hakkinen, who had a terrific battle with McNish. Hakkinen looked to have the move completed at Club, but Allan held on around the outside. The Finn tried again at Abbey, and still Allan held on but a cautious exit from the Scot allowed Hakkinen up into 10th place.
Just as Ralf Schumacher made his only stop of the race just past half-distance, Alesi finally overtook Verstappen to move up into 3rd place. After the pit stop sequence, Montoya held onto the lead from Michael Schumacher, but only just.
Michael tried to wrestle the lead away from Montoya at the inside of Stowe, but Montoya hung on with the skin of his teeth to keep the lead. This was the moment when Montoya was assured of victory as he took the chequered flag to take Mason’s first FF1M victory in their first season. Schumacher held onto 2nd and completing the podium was Ralf Schumacher.
Barrichello, Alesi, and Verstappen completed the top six. Jacques Villeneuve took 7th for Pedersen, while home hero Hill lost 8th place in the dying stages with a puncture. The other Mason of David Coulthard inherited the final point, making it a good weekend for Jamie Mason.
Race Starting Grid Britain - Silverstone 1998 (60 Laps) Pole 1 Alexander Wurz 1m 21.554s 2 Juan-Pablo Montoya Row 2 3 1m 21.625s Jean Alesi 1m 21.827s 4 Olivier Panis Row 3 5 1m 22.145s Jos Verstappen 1m 22.231s 6 Marc Gene Row 4 7 1m 22.736s David Coulthard 1m 22.791s 8 Michael Schumacher Row 5 9 1m 22.913s Allan McNish 1m 23.002s 10 Mark Blundell Row 6 11 1m 24.019s Eddie Irvine 1m 32.685s 12 Ralf Schumacher Row 7 13 1m 33.311s Rubens Barrichello 1m 33.342s 14 Damon Hill Row 8 15 1m 33.846s Johnny Herbert 1m 34.838s 16 Giancarlo Fisichella Row 9 17 1m 35.054s Mika Hakkinen 1m 35.108s 18 Mika Salo Row 10 19 1m 35.641s Jan Magnussen 1m 36.371s 20 Kenny Brack Row 11 21 1m 36.905s Bruno Junqueira 1m 37.047s 22 Jacques Villeneuve 1m 45.149s
Race Results Britain - Silverstone 1998 (60 Laps) Pos Driver Time/Speed 1st Juan-Pablo Montoya 1h 23m 03.228s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 2nd Michael Schumacher +1.144s Dodgem-Ferrari 3rd Ralf Schumacher +20.062s Gui Racing-Ford 4th Rubens Barrichello +21.664s Pedersen-Mercedes 5th Jean Alesi +30.015s Gui Racing-Ford 6th Jos Verstappen +36.869s FJR-Mecachrome 7th Jacques Villeneuve +39.119s Pedersen-Mercedes 8th David Coulthard +54.142s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 9th Allan McNish +1m 15.673s FJR-Mecachrome 10th Olivier Panis +1m 21.062s J Racing-Ford 11th Giancarlo Fisichella -1 Lap AquinoPlus-Peugeot 12th Marc Gene -1 Lap Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 13th Mark Blundell -1 Lap Dark Wolf-Mugen 14th Jan Magnussen -1 Lap Dark Wolf-Mugen 15th Damon Hill -4 Laps Willow Image-Ferrari 16th Mika Hakkinen -4 Laps Dodgem-Ferrari 17th Johnny Herbert Puncture VTR-Mecachrome 18th Bruno Junqueira Engine Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 19th Eddie Irvine Engine VTR-Mecachrome 20th Mika Salo Suspension AquinoPlus-Peugeot 21st Alexander Wurz Suspension J Racing-Ford 22nd Kenny Brack Electrical Willow Image-Ferrari
Driver Best Laps Britain - Silverstone 1998 (60 Laps) Pos Driver Best Lap 1st Michael Schumacher 1m 20.977s Dodgem-Ferrari 2nd Rubens Barrichello +0.006s Pedersen-Mercedes 3rd Juan-Pablo Montoya +0.189s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 4th Ralf Schumacher +0.189s Gui Racing-Ford 5th Mika Hakkinen +0.229s Dodgem-Ferrari 6th Damon Hill +0.300s Willow Image-Ferrari 7th Jacques Villeneuve +0.419s Pedersen-Mercedes 8th Jean Alesi +0.489s Gui Racing-Ford 9th Jos Verstappen +0.556s FJR-Mecachrome 10th David Coulthard +0.687s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 11th Johnny Herbert +0.929s VTR-Mecachrome 12th Allan McNish +0.969s FJR-Mecachrome 13th Eddie Irvine +1.023s VTR-Mecachrome 14th Olivier Panis +1.145s J Racing-Ford 15th Marc Gene +1.399s Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 16th Giancarlo Fisichella +1.434s AquinoPlus-Peugeot 17th Alexander Wurz +1.538s J Racing-Ford 18th Mark Blundell +1.644s Dark Wolf-Mugen 19th Mika Salo +1.731s AquinoPlus-Peugeot 20th Jan Magnussen +1.921s Dark Wolf-Mugen 21st Bruno Junqueira +2.208s Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 22nd Kenny Brack +3.194s Willow Image-Ferrari