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1998 FF1M Season

Previous: 1997 Next: 1999

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-.png Australian Grand Prix Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit Melbourne Report
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png Brazilian Grand Prix Autódromo José Carlos Pace São Paulo Report
3 22px-Flag of San Marino.svg-1-.png San Marino Grand Prix Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari Imola Report
4 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1-.png Spanish Grand Prix Circuit de Catalunya Barcelona Report
5 22px-Flag of Austria.svg-1-.png Austrian Grand Prix A1 Ring Zeltweg Report
6 22px-Flag of Monaco.svg-1-.png Monaco Grand Prix Circuit de Monaco Monte Carlo Report
7 22px-Flag of Canada.svg-1-.png Canadian Grand Prix Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montreal Report
8 22px-Flag of Europe.svg-1-.png European Grand Prix Nurburgring Nurburg Report
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png British Grand Prix Silverstone Circuit Silverstone Report
10 22px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png French Grand Prix Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours Magny Cours Report
11 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png German Grand Prix Hockenheimring Hockenheim Report
12 22px-Flag of Hungary.svg-1-.png Hungarian Grand Prix Hungaroring Budapest Report
13 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).svg.png Belgian Grand Prix Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Spa Report
14 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1-.png Italian Grand Prix Autodromo Nazionale Monza Monza Report
15 22px-Flag of the United States.svg-1-.png American Grand Prix Laguna Seca Circuit Laguna Seca Report
16 22px-Flag of Singapore.svg-1-.png Singapore Grand Prix Marina Bay Street Circuit Marina Bay Report
17 22px-Flag of Japan.svg-1-.png 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-.png Willow Images Ferrari Michelin.jpg 1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Damon Hill
2 22px-Flag of Sweden.svg-1-.png Kenny Brack
22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png Gui Racing Ford (Works) Goodyear.jpg 3 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Ralf Schumacher
4 22px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Jean Alesi
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png FJR Mecachrome Goodyear.jpg 5 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg-1-.png Jos Verstappen 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Heinz Harald Frentzen
6 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Allan McNish
22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Heinz Harald Frentzen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png VTR Mecachrome Bridgestone.jpg 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Eddie Irvine 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1-.png Jarno Trulli
8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Johnny Herbert
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Maestro Motorsport Peugeot (Works) Bridgestone.jpg 9 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png Bruno Junqueira
10 22px-Flag of Spain.svg-1-.png Marc Gene
22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png AquinoPlus Peugeot (Works) Michelin.jpg 11 22px-Flag of Italy.svg-1-.png Giancarlo Fisichella 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png Ricardo Zonta
12 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1-.png Mika Salo
22px-Flag of Denmark.svg-1-.png MPR Mercedes (Works) Goodyear.jpg 14 22px-Flag of Canada.svg-1-.png Jacques Villeneuve 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Nick Heidfeld
15 22px-Flag of Brazil.svg-1-.png Rubens Barrichello
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Dodgem Ferrari (Works) Michelin.jpg 16 22px-Flag of Germany.svg-1-.png Michael Schumacher
17 22px-Flag of Finland.svg-1-.png Mika Hakkinen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png J Racing Ford Bridgestone.jpg 18 22px-Flag of Austria.svg-1-.png Alexander Wurz
19 22px-Flag of France.svg-1-.png Olivier Panis
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Mason Mercedes Michelin.jpg 20 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png David Coulthard
21 22px-Flag of Colombia.svg-1-.png Juan Pablo Montoya
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Dark Wolf Mugen Honda Goodyear.jpg 22 22px-Flag of Denmark.svg-1-.png Jan Magnussen
23 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.svg-1-.png Mark Blundell

Results and standings

Grands Prix

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

Championship Tables

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Qualifying Results

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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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