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1998 FF1M Season

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The 1998 FF1M Season was the 11th season of FF1M. It commenced on 30th July 2009 and is concluded on Sunday October 4th. The Drivers Championship was won by Michael Schumacher driving for Dodgem Racing who also won the Teams Championship.

The season contained seventeen races in fifteen countries including the series first night race at the Marina Bay circuit in Singapore and the series first racing visit to the Laguna Seca circuit. This was notable as it marked a distinct change in the series organisers policy to follow the Formula One calender from the season year as much as possible.

The 1998 Season was also notable as the first season to run on a structured timetable with qualifying taking place on a Tuesday or Saturday and Races taking place on Wednesday's and Sunday's. This season the series was once again supported on weekend races by its feeder series FF1M-3000.

Pre Season Predictions

World Champion Damon Hill brings the number one to Willow Images this season, but don’t expect a repeat of his championship winning form this year. The team will struggle for development with the customer Ferrari engine, and Kenny Brack has been propping up the timesheets in pre season testing. Prediction: 7th

Gui Racing have been playing down their chances throughout the off season, but they’ve developed Ralf Schumacher over a number of seasons and he could be one of the surprises of the year, whilst the Ford engine is a match for any other works engine in the field. With the teams trademark reliability, you can expect Gui Racing to score good consistent points this season, and maybe even challenge for both titles once again. Prediction: 2nd

FJR had a brilliant end to last season, and recorded their best ever championship finish. But it will be difficult for them to repeat that next season without a works supported engine. The Mecachrome engine has good power, but it will need a lot of development if its to keep up with the Ford and the Ferrari works teams. The team have also lost lead driver David Coulthard and whilst both Jos Verstappen and Allan McNish produced some superb displays last season the pace in testing has been poor and they could both be under threat from test driver Frentzen in results don’t go their way. Prediction: 4th

Like FJR, Vader Trophy Racing had a superb end to 1997 thanks largely to the Renault engine and its unlikely that success will be repeated in 98 despite the team welcoming two quick new drivers in Eddie Irvine and Johnny Herbert. Prediction: 5th

Maestro Motorsport are having a development season after missing out on the top drivers over the winter. Marc Gene and Bruno Junqueira have good development potential with their rookie status, and that will be needed with the new Peugeot engines. Don’t expect anything from the early races, but if testing goes well, they could be regular points scorers by the end of the season. Prediction:9th.

AquinoPlus will also be spending this season developing the Peugeot, however with a stronger driver line up of Mika Salo and Giancarlo Fisichella, you can expect them to be fighting for the lower points a bit earlier in the season. Prediction: 8th

This could be the season in which Pedersen finally returns to the front. Their works Mercedes engine is by no means the best in the field, but with last years runner up Jacques Villeneuve and race winner Rubens Barrichello they have the driver talent to develop and race the car to success. Podium finishes are the bare minimum the team will be expecting this season. Prediction: 3rd.

Once the laughing stocks of the grid, Dodgem now have their best chance to not only win their first race, but challenge for the title. The 1996 championship winning combination of Michael Schumacher and Mika Hakkinen could make it very easy for them with last seasons champion Ferrari Works Engine. Prediction: 1st.

After a terrible 1997, J Racing will be looking for a strong upturn in form this season. Alexander Wurz showed good pace throughout 97 for ARacing and has been brought in alongside the experienced Olivier Panis to lead the teams charge for points next season. Prediction: 10th

They may be new to FF1M, but Mason's press release antics have been a thing of legend in the Paddock over the past 10 seasons from their time in AF1RL. Rookie Juan Pablo Montoya and last seasons Runner Up David Coulthard will lead the charge pushing the customer Mercedes engine to its limits. Prediction: 6th

The second of the seasons newcomers is Dark Wolf. And they will have a much harder baptism in FF1M. Drivers Jan Magnussen and Mark Blundell will struggle to get points in what will be a learning year for the team. Prediction: 11th

FF1M 1998 Race Calendar

Round Grand Prix Circuit City / Location
Report
1 22px-Flag of Australia.svg-1- Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit Melbourne Report
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Brazilian Grand Prix Autódromo José Carlos Pace São Paulo Report
3 22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1- San Marino Grand Prix Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Imola Report
4 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya Barcelona Report
5 22px-Flag of Austria.svg-1- Austrian Grand Prix A1 Ring Zeltweg Report
6 22px-Flag of Monaco.svg-1- Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco Monte Carlo Report
7 22px-Flag of Canada.svg-1- Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montreal Report
8 22px-Flag of Europe.svg-1- European Grand Prix Nurburgring Nurburg Report
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit Silverstone Report
10 22px-Flag of France.svg-1- French Grand Prix Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours Magny Cours Report
11 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- German Grand Prix Hockenheimring Hockenheim Report
12 22px-Flag of Hungary.svg-1- Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring Budapest Report
13 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Spa Report
14 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza Monza Report
15 22px-Flag of the United States.svg-1- American Grand Prix Laguna Seca Circuit Laguna Seca Report
16 22px-Flag of Singapore.svg-1- Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit Marina Bay Report
17 22px-Flag of Japan.svg-1- Japanese Grand Prix Suzuka Circuit Suzuka Report

Teams and Drivers

Team Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers Test Driver/s
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Willow Images Ferrari Michelin 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Damon Hill
2 22px-Flag of Sweden.svg-1- Kenny Brack
22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Gui Racing Ford (Works) Goodyear 3 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Ralf Schumacher
4 22px-Flag of France.svg-1- Jean Alesi
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- FJR Mecachrome Goodyear 5 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg-1- Jos Verstappen 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Heinz Harald Frentzen
6 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Allan McNish
22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Heinz Harald Frentzen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- VTR Mecachrome Bridgestone 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Eddie Irvine 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Jarno Trulli
8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Johnny Herbert
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Maestro Motorsport Peugeot (Works) Bridgestone 9 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Bruno Junqueira
10 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Marc Gene
22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- AquinoPlus Peugeot (Works) Michelin 11 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Giancarlo Fisichella 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Ricardo Zonta
12 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Mika Salo
22px-Flag of Denmark.svg-1- MPR Mercedes (Works) Goodyear 14 22px-Flag of Canada.svg-1- Jacques Villeneuve 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Nick Heidfeld
15 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Rubens Barrichello
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Dodgem Ferrari (Works) Michelin 16 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Michael Schumacher
17 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1- Mika Hakkinen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- J Racing Ford Bridgestone 18 22px-Flag of Austria.svg-1- Alexander Wurz
19 22px-Flag of France.svg-1- Olivier Panis
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Mason Mercedes Michelin 20 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- David Coulthard
21 22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1- Juan Pablo Montoya
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Dark Wolf Mugen Honda Goodyear 22 22px-Flag of Denmark.svg-1- Jan Magnussen
23 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Mark Blundell

Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rnd Country Circuit 1st 2nd 3nd
1 22px-Flag of Australia.svg-1- Australia Melbourne Michael Schumacher (Dodgem) Damon Hill (Willow Images) Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing)
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1- Brazil Interlagos Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing) Jacques Villeneuve (Pedersen) Mika Hakkinen (Dodgem)
3 22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1- San Marino Imola Mika Hakkinen (Dodgem) Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing) Michael Schumacher (Dodgem)
4 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1- Spain Barcelona Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing) Michael Schumacher (Dodgem) Jos Verstappen (FJR)
5 22px-Flag of Austria.svg-1- Austria A1 Ring Michael Schumacher (Dodgem) Mika Hakkinen (Dodgem) Rubens Barrichello (Pedersen)
6 22px-Flag of Monaco.svg-1- Monaco Monte Carlo Damon Hill (Willow Images) David Coulthard (Mason) Eddie Irvine (VTR)
7 22px-Flag of Canada.svg-1- Canada Montreal Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing) Jacques Villeneuve (Pedersen) Damon Hill (Willow Images)
8 22px-Flag of Europe.svg-1- Europe Nurburgring Michael Schumacher (Dodgem) Damon Hill (Willow Images) Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing)
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1- Great Britain Silverstone Juan Pablo Montoya (Mason) Michael Schumacher (Dodgem) Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing)
10 22px-Flag of France.svg-1- France Magny Cours Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing) Jacques Villeneuve (Pedersen) Michael Schumacher (Dodgem)
11 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1- Germany Hockenheim Michael Schumacher (Dodgem) Eddie Irvine (VTR) Mika Hakkinen (Dodgem)
12 22px-Flag of Hungary.svg-1- Hungary Hungaroring Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing) Juan Pablo Montoya (Mason) Rubens Barrichello (Pedersen)
13 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium Spa Francorchamps Michael Schumacher (Dodgem) Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing) Mika Hakkinen (Dodgem)
14 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1- Italy Monza Damon Hill (Willow Images) Eddie Irvine (VTR) Alexander Wurz (J Racing)
15 22px-Flag of the United States.svg-1- USA Laguna Seca Michael Schumacher (Dodgem) Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing) Heinz Harald Frentzen (FJR)
16 22px-Flag of Singapore.svg-1- Singapore Marina Bay Michael Schumacher (Dodgem) Heinz Harald Frentzen (FJR) Juan Pablo Montoya (Mason)
17 22px-Flag of Japan.svg-1- Japan Suzuka Heinz Harald Frentzen (FJR) Ralf Schumacher (Gui Racing) Mika Hakkinen (Dodgem)

Championship Tables

S98r17champs

Qualifying Results

S98qualifyingpositions

Notes

  • Michael Schumacher's championship winning 124 points is the highest ever points total by a single driver in a FF1M Season. The Previous highest was Fernando Alonso in 1995 driving for Gui Racing where he scored 118 points.
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