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The 1998 French Grand Prix was the tenth round of the 1998 FF1M Season and it was held at the Magny-Cours circuit. It was won by Ralf Schumacher, who dominated the race from start to finish.

Qualifying

Results

                                Race Starting Grid                              
                                                                                
                             France - Magny Cours 1998                          
                                     (72 Laps)                                  
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
        Pole                1                                                   
                     Ralf Schumacher                                            
                       1m 11.500s                    2                          
                                            Rubens Barrichello                  
        Row 2               3                   1m 11.994s                      
                   Jacques Villeneuve                                           
                       1m 12.065s                    4                          
                                            Michael Schumacher                  
        Row 3               5                   1m 12.291s                      
                     Jos Verstappen                                             
                       1m 12.339s                    6                          
                                               Eddie Irvine                     
        Row 4               7                   1m 12.376s                      
                     Johnny Herbert                                             
                       1m 12.429s                    8                          
                                                Jean Alesi                      
        Row 5               9                   1m 12.499s                      
                      Mika Hakkinen                                             
                       1m 12.589s                   10                          
                                              Alexander Wurz                    
        Row 6              11                   1m 12.712s                      
                  Giancarlo Fisichella                                          
                       1m 12.858s                   12                          
                                            Juan-Pablo Montoya                  
        Row 7              13                   1m 12.883s                      
                     Bruno Junqueira                                            
                       1m 13.105s                   14                          
                                               Allan McNish                     
        Row 8              15                   1m 13.154s                      
                        Mika Salo                                               
                       1m 13.169s                   16                          
                                                Damon Hill                      
        Row 9              17                   1m 13.276s                      
                     David Coulthard                                            
                       1m 13.352s                   18                          
                                               Mark Blundell                    
        Row 10             19                   1m 13.462s                      
                      Jan Magnussen                                             
                       1m 13.526s                   20                          
                                               Olivier Panis                    
        Row 11             21                   1m 13.580s                      
                        Marc Gene                                               
                       1m 14.183s                   22                          
                                                Kenny Brack                     
                                                1m 15.184s

Race

Report

Ralf Schumacher converted pole position into the lead whilst Barrichello dropped behind his teammate and the FJR of Jos Verstappen. Villeneuve then set about pressuring Ralf for the lead. But the man who was flying was Eddie Irvine, outbraking both Michael Schumacher and Johnny Herbert in one braking zone to move into 5th place.

Michael Pedersen was desperate to win his first race of the season, and Barrichello helped his cause by slipstreaming past Verstappen for 3rd place on lap 2. Meanwhile, Damon Hill, who had qualified down in 16th place didn’t help his quest for points as he collided with Allan McNish in the battle for 13th place.

Both Gui Racings then took control as Ralf began to edge away from Villeneuve and Alesi overtook Michael Schumacher for 7th place. But this was down to Michael being on a heavier fuel load and Alesi had dropped well down the field by lap 33. At this point, Michael Schumacher was running 4th and made a move on Johnny Herbert to take 3rd.

On lap 45, Kenny Brack exited the pits after making his 2nd stop, and he rejoined into the path of David Coulthard. Brack spun wildly into the barriers while Coulthard survived to finish 16th. Brack was only one of three retirements throughout the race; Blundell retired with an engine failure, whilst Montoya lost 8th place with five laps to go.

In a fairly processional race, Ralf Schumacher took the chequered flag to win his fourth race of the season and retake the championship lead back from his brother, who finished 3rd behind Villeneuve. Verstappen had a quiet race to finish 4th ahead of Irvine, Hakkinen, Herbert and Alesi.

Results

                                   Race Results                                 
                                                                                
                             France - Magny Cours 1998                          
                                     (72 Laps)                                  
                                                                                
                Pos   Driver                       Time/Speed                   
                                                                                
                1st   Ralf Schumacher          1h 29m 14.803s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                2nd   Jacques Villeneuve             +12.050s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                3rd   Michael Schumacher             +46.836s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                4th   Jos Verstappen              +1m 03.819s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                5th   Eddie Irvine                +1m 04.469s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
                6th   Mika Hakkinen               +1m 05.007s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                7th   Johnny Herbert              +1m 12.632s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
                8th   Jean Alesi                       -1 Lap                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                9th   Alexander Wurz                   -1 Lap                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               10th   Giancarlo Fisichella             -1 Lap                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               11th   Mika Salo                        -1 Lap                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               12th   Rubens Barrichello               -1 Lap                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
               13th   Olivier Panis                    -1 Lap                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               14th   Damon Hill                       -1 Lap                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               15th   Allan McNish                    -2 Laps                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
               16th   David Coulthard                 -2 Laps                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               17th   Jan Magnussen                   -2 Laps                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               18th   Bruno Junqueira                 -2 Laps                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               19th   Marc Gene                       -2 Laps                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               20th   Juan-Pablo Montoya              -5 Laps                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               21st   Kenny Brack               Didn't Finish                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               22nd   Mark Blundell                    Engine                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen

Fastest Laps

                                 Driver Best Laps                               
                                                                                
                             France - Magny Cours 1998                          
                                     (72 Laps)                                  
                                                                                
                Pos   Driver                         Best Lap                   
                                                                                
                1st   Ralf Schumacher              1m 12.717s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                2nd   Jacques Villeneuve              +0.127s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                3rd   Rubens Barrichello              +0.350s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                4th   Alexander Wurz                  +0.371s                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
                5th   Eddie Irvine                    +0.631s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
                6th   Jean Alesi                      +0.679s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                7th   Jos Verstappen                  +0.702s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                8th   Michael Schumacher              +0.740s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                9th   David Coulthard                 +0.926s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               10th   Mika Hakkinen                   +0.996s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
               11th   Allan McNish                    +1.064s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
               12th   Damon Hill                      +1.066s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               13th   Johnny Herbert                  +1.123s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               14th   Juan-Pablo Montoya              +1.322s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               15th   Giancarlo Fisichella            +1.330s                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               16th   Olivier Panis                   +1.652s                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               17th   Marc Gene                       +1.775s                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               18th   Mika Salo                       +1.884s                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               19th   Bruno Junqueira                 +1.896s                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               20th   Jan Magnussen                   +2.329s                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               21st   Kenny Brack                     +2.331s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               22nd   Mark Blundell                  +10.485s                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen

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