The 1998 Canadian Grand Prix was the seventh round of the 1998 FF1M Season and it was held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada. It was won by Ralf Schumacher, who took the championship lead with his win.
Race Starting Grid Canada - Montreal (69 Laps) Pole 1 Ralf Schumacher 1m 14.359s 2 Mika Hakkinen Row 2 3 1m 14.586s Jacques Villeneuve 1m 14.660s 4 Damon Hill Row 3 5 1m 14.718s Michael Schumacher 1m 14.790s 6 Jean Alesi Row 4 7 1m 14.833s Alexander Wurz 1m 14.929s 8 Eddie Irvine Row 5 9 1m 15.027s Allan McNish 1m 15.158s 10 Juan-Pablo Montoya Row 6 11 1m 15.284s Jos Verstappen 1m 15.389s 12 Marc Gene Row 7 13 1m 15.541s Bruno Junqueira 1m 15.716s 14 Johnny Herbert Row 8 15 1m 15.919s Rubens Barrichello 1m 15.941s 16 David Coulthard Row 9 17 1m 15.998s Giancarlo Fisichella 1m 16.406s 18 Olivier Panis Row 10 19 1m 16.540s Jan Magnussen 1m 16.572s 20 Mika Salo Row 11 21 1m 16.628s Mark Blundell 1m 16.781s 22 Kenny Brack 1m 16.895s
thumb|300px|rightRalf Schumacher didn’t get a good start as Mika Hakkinen got ahead, but only until the braking zone as Ralf retook what he lost. Hakkinen held onto 2nd ahead of Villeneuve, Hill and Michael Schumacher.
McNish gained two places from his grid slot, but was overtaken at the Casino hairpin by Eddie Irvine. But at the end of the next straight, Irvine was not only re-passed by McNish, but the other FJR of Verstappen nipped by into the final chicane. This put Irvine in danger of being overtaken by Wurz but the Ulsterman defended his position well.
On lap 2, Hakkinen lost 2nd place to Villeneuve and a lap later, both FJR’s swapped positions on track and both Maestro Motorsport drivers were embroiled in a scrap with each other. On lap 5, 4th placed Damon Hill ran wide at the turn 8 and 9 chicane and was overtaken by Michael Schumacher
Both AquinoPlus drivers were also providing some action as Fisichella overtook Johnny Herbert for 14th place, whilst down in 18th place, Salo and Jan Magnussen were enjoying a scrap with each other.
Lap 18 saw Hill retake Michael Schumacher’s 4th place as the German was slowing. He was near enough to the pit lane get himself serviced, but the unscheduled stop dropped down to 17th place. He instantly overtook Magnussen to move into 16th.
As the first round of pit stops got underway, Villeneuve and Hakkinen had both made their first stops and were still locked together. But Hakkinen seemed much happier on his second set of tyres and overtook Villeneuve to move into 3rd place.
At exactly half distance, Irvine spun from 8th place, handing the position to Barrichello. But it was worse news for Hakkinen, who suffered yet another retirement due to engine failure. It was also a bad day for FJR; unseen by the camera’s, Verstappen retired with an engine failure and then McNish’s mecachrome suffered the same fate.
Ralf Schumacher had dominated the race from start to finish and took his 3rd win of the season, and with it the championship lead from his older brother. Villeneuve took 2nd with Monaco winner Hill completing the podium. Michael Schumacher finished 4th ahead of Alesi, Wurz, Gene and Fisichella.
Race Results Canada - Montreal (69 Laps) Pos Driver Time/Speed 1st Ralf Schumacher 1h 28m 42.197s Gui Racing-Ford 2nd Jacques Villeneuve +21.593s Pedersen-Mercedes 3rd Damon Hill +47.530s Willow Image-Ferrari 4th Michael Schumacher +49.204s Dodgem-Ferrari 5th Jean Alesi +51.032s Gui Racing-Ford 6th Alexander Wurz +1m 13.808s J Racing-Ford 7th Marc Gene -1 Lap Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 8th Giancarlo Fisichella -1 Lap AquinoPlus-Peugeot 9th David Coulthard -1 Lap Mason Mspt-Mercedes 10th Johnny Herbert -1 Lap VTR-Mecachrome 11th Olivier Panis -1 Lap J Racing-Ford 12th Mika Salo -1 Lap AquinoPlus-Peugeot 13th Mark Blundell -1 Lap Dark Wolf-Mugen 14th Jan Magnussen -1 Lap Dark Wolf-Mugen 15th Bruno Junqueira -2 Laps Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 16th Kenny Brack -2 Laps Willow Image-Ferrari 17th Eddie Irvine Transmission VTR-Mecachrome 18th Rubens Barrichello Suspension Pedersen-Mercedes 19th Allan McNish Engine FJR-Mecachrome 20th Mika Hakkinen Engine Dodgem-Ferrari 21st Jos Verstappen Engine FJR-Mecachrome 22nd Juan-Pablo Montoya Didn't Finish Mason Mspt-Mercedes
Driver Best Laps Canada - Montreal (69 Laps) Pos Driver Best Lap 1st Ralf Schumacher 1m 15.503s Gui Racing-Ford 2nd Jacques Villeneuve +0.226s Pedersen-Mercedes 3rd Mika Hakkinen +0.313s Dodgem-Ferrari 4th Jean Alesi +0.552s Gui Racing-Ford 5th Michael Schumacher +0.559s Dodgem-Ferrari 6th Jos Verstappen +0.689s FJR-Mecachrome 7th Damon Hill +0.691s Willow Image-Ferrari 8th Juan-Pablo Montoya +0.699s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 9th Alexander Wurz +0.794s J Racing-Ford 10th Eddie Irvine +0.808s VTR-Mecachrome 11th Rubens Barrichello +0.826s Pedersen-Mercedes 12th Allan McNish +0.918s FJR-Mecachrome 13th Johnny Herbert +1.110s VTR-Mecachrome 14th David Coulthard +1.113s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 15th Mika Salo +1.227s AquinoPlus-Peugeot 16th Giancarlo Fisichella +1.279s AquinoPlus-Peugeot 17th Marc Gene +1.316s Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 18th Bruno Junqueira +1.405s Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 19th Olivier Panis +1.442s J Racing-Ford 20th Kenny Brack +1.934s Willow Image-Ferrari 21st Jan Magnussen +1.952s Dark Wolf-Mugen 22nd Mark Blundell +1.967s Dark Wolf-Mugen