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The 1998 European Grand Prix was the eighth round of the 1998 FF1M Season and it was held at the Nurburgring in Germany. It was a closely fought battle between Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill with the German driver eventually winning.

Qualifying

Results

                                Race Starting Grid                              
                                                                                
                           Luxembourg - Nürburgring 1998                        
                                     (67 Laps)                                  
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
        Pole                1                                                   
                      Mika Hakkinen                                             
                       1m 15.439s                    2                          
                                                Damon Hill                      
        Row 2               3                   1m 15.821s                      
                   Juan-Pablo Montoya                                           
                       1m 15.932s                    4                          
                                            Rubens Barrichello                  
        Row 3               5                   1m 15.975s                      
                   Michael Schumacher                                           
                       1m 16.060s                    6                          
                                              Jos Verstappen                    
        Row 4               7                   1m 16.088s                      
                     Ralf Schumacher                                            
                       1m 16.123s                    8                          
                                                Jean Alesi                      
        Row 5               9                   1m 16.132s                      
                     David Coulthard                                            
                       1m 16.274s                   10                          
                                               Allan McNish                     
        Row 6              11                   1m 16.304s                      
                   Jacques Villeneuve                                           
                       1m 16.322s                   12                          
                                               Eddie Irvine                     
        Row 7              13                   1m 16.360s                      
                        Mika Salo                                               
                       1m 16.673s                   14                          
                                              Alexander Wurz                    
        Row 8              15                   1m 16.843s                      
                  Giancarlo Fisichella                                          
                       1m 16.857s                   16                          
                                              Johnny Herbert                    
        Row 9              17                   1m 16.986s                      
                        Marc Gene                                               
                       1m 17.008s                   18                          
                                              Bruno Junqueira                   
        Row 10             19                   1m 17.525s                      
                      Olivier Panis                                             
                       1m 17.801s                   20                          
                                               Mark Blundell                    
        Row 11             21                   1m 18.151s                      
                      Jan Magnussen                                             
                       1m 18.218s                   22                          
                                                Kenny Brack                     
                                                1m 18.343s


Race

Report

thumb|300px|rightMika Hakkinen’s getaway from pole position was lightning as he instantly pulled away. Hill’s start wasn’t as good as he was overtaken by Barrichello only just managed to stay ahead of Verstappen. Further back, Ralf Schumacher forced his way up the inside of Montoya, who had a poor start, at the Dunlop Kehre. His brother was also making similar inroads, passing Verstappen for 4th. The first lap action wasn’t over as Gene tagged the back of Panis on the run up to the Veedol chicane and promptly spun.

Hill wanted to make amends for his tardy start and powered round Barrichello at the Castrol S on the start of lap 2. Michael Schumacher also found his way past Barrichello, whilst his brother challenged Verstappen for 5th place. Ralf couldn’t make it past the FJR driver and on the next lap, the German got into a scrap with Jacques Villeneuve, both drivers swapping positions. Further down the field, Marc Gene managed to get himself out of the unenviable position of being last as he overtook Magnussen.

Battles were going on all the way through the field; on lap 6, Ralf Schumacher managed to muscle past Verstappen with a daring move around the outside of turn 9. Rumours circulated that Verstappen was on a heavier fuel load than much of the field as on lap 8; Villeneuve outbraked the Dutchman into turn 8. Two laps later, Villeneuve pulled the same move on his teammate to take 5th. It didn’t get much better for Barrichello as he came in for an unscheduled pitstop to investigate a problem with his throttle. He rejoined well down the order.

Hakkinen’s controlled run at the front was broken down by yet another reliability issue. His engine blew up and as he pull of the track, Olivier Panis misjudged which way he was meant to go and collided with the cruising Dodgem driver, ripping a wheel off and taking himself out of the race.

The pit-stops were underway as Hill and Ralf Schumacher both pitted, handing the lead temporarily to Verstappen, who would later retire due to engine problems. Ralf rejoined just ahead of his brother, but it wouldn’t last as the Dodgem driver outbraked Ralf into turn 8.

Further back, Blundell and Brack collided at the Veedol chicane which sent the Willow Images driver across the grass, losing the place to the Dark Wolf driver. Then both VTR’s went into combat on lap 37 as the two drivers ran side-by-side through the fast turn 6 & 7 S bends. Johnny Herbert won the battle of the Brits.

As Montoya exited his pit box after his second stop, he tagged the back of a Dark Wolf driver. Then he had another two collisions within the space of two corners. First he successfully tried to push Irvine off after the Ulsterman overtook him at the Veedol chicane, and then at the next corner he got a taste of his own medicine as Allan McNish punted the Columbian wide. The Scot was up to 8th, but that only lasted until the next straight when Alesi outbraked him into turn 1.

Hill and Michael Schumacher then battled for the lead, but it was their 2nd stops that would ultimate decide the race. Hill pitted first giving Schumacher the lead, and then Michael pitted two laps later and rejoined only just ahead of the Brit.

Michael pulled away from Hill and took the chequered flag by three and a half seconds. Michael’s brother Ralf took third place ahead of Villeneuve. The top four were separated by less then eight seconds. Irvine, Alesi, Coulthard and Barrichello completed the top eight.

Results

                                                                                                                   Race Results                                 
                                                                                
                           Luxembourg - Nürburgring 1998                        
                                     (67 Laps)                                  
                                                                                
                Pos   Driver                       Time/Speed                   
                                                                               
                1st   Michael Schumacher       1h 27m 44.865s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                2nd   Damon Hill                      +3.570s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
                3rd   Ralf Schumacher                 +5.154s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                4th   Jacques Villeneuve              +7.469s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                5th   Eddie Irvine                   +37.829s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
                6th   Jean Alesi                     +41.782s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                7th   David Coulthard                +43.633s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
                8th   Rubens Barrichello             +49.284s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                9th   Alexander Wurz                 +59.600s                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               10th   Johnny Herbert              +1m 01.871s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               11th   Mika Salo                   +1m 12.012s                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               12th   Allan McNish                +1m 14.107s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
               13th   Juan-Pablo Montoya          +1m 15.233s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               14th   Marc Gene                        -1 Lap                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               15th   Bruno Junqueira                  -1 Lap                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               16th   Jan Magnussen                    -1 Lap                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               17th   Kenny Brack                      -1 Lap                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               18th   Mark Blundell                    -1 Lap                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               19th   Jos Verstappen                   Engine                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
               20th   Giancarlo Fisichella           Puncture                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               21st   Mika Hakkinen                Water Leak                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
               22nd   Olivier Panis             Didn't Finish                   
                      J Racing-Ford


Fastest Laps

                                 Driver Best Laps                               
                                                                                
                           Luxembourg - Nürburgring 1998                        
                                     (67 Laps)                                  
                                                                                
                Pos   Driver                         Best Lap                   
                                                                                
                1st   Michael Schumacher           1m 16.497s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                2nd   Ralf Schumacher                 +0.001s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                3rd   Damon Hill                      +0.194s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
                4th   Juan-Pablo Montoya              +0.196s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
                5th   Jacques Villeneuve              +0.232s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                6th   Mika Hakkinen                   +0.402s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                7th   Jean Alesi                      +0.523s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                8th   Jos Verstappen                  +0.551s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                9th   Alexander Wurz                  +0.605s                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               10th   Rubens Barrichello              +0.742s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
               11th   David Coulthard                 +0.834s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               12th   Eddie Irvine                    +0.884s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               13th   Mika Salo                       +0.970s                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               14th   Johnny Herbert                  +1.006s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               15th   Allan McNish                    +1.014s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
               16th   Marc Gene                       +1.284s                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               17th   Giancarlo Fisichella            +1.525s                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               18th   Olivier Panis                   +1.653s                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               19th   Bruno Junqueira                 +1.668s                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               20th   Jan Magnussen                   +1.755s                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               21st   Kenny Brack                     +2.002s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               22nd   Mark Blundell                   +2.090s                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen


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