The 1998 German Grand Prix was the eleventh round of the 1998 FF1M Season. It was won by Michael Schumacher who retook the championship lead after his brother failed to finish.
Race Starting Grid Germany - Hockenheim (45 Laps) Pole 1 Ralf Schumacher 1m 36.379s 2 Alexander Wurz Row 2 3 1m 36.475s Michael Schumacher 1m 36.580s 4 Damon Hill Row 3 5 1m 36.622s Johnny Herbert 1m 36.642s 6 Eddie Irvine Row 4 7 1m 36.738s Mika Hakkinen 1m 36.744s 8 Rubens Barrichello Row 5 9 1m 36.959s Jean Alesi 1m 37.103s 10 Juan-Pablo Montoya Row 6 11 1m 37.186s Jacques Villeneuve 1m 37.493s 12 Allan McNish Row 7 13 1m 37.676s Bruno Junqueira 1m 37.820s 14 Jos Verstappen Row 8 15 1m 38.004s Mark Blundell 1m 38.113s 16 Olivier Panis Row 9 17 1m 38.114s David Coulthard 1m 38.238s 18 Giancarlo Fisichella Row 10 19 1m 38.323s Mika Salo 1m 38.349s 20 Jan Magnussen Row 11 21 1m 38.425s Marc Gene 1m 38.454s 22 Kenny Brack 1m 39.190s
thumb|300px|rightAnother pole position was transformed into another perfect start for Ralf Schumacher as Wurz’s brilliant 2nd place was lost after a slow getaway. Michael Schumacher inherited that position, so both Schumacher’s led in front of their home crowd ahead of Wurz, Hill and both VTR’s as everyone made it around turn 1.
The real acid test was the first chicane and it all fell apart for the younger Schumacher as first Michael slipstreamed past him, and then Hill attempted an optimistic move, which resulted in both drivers colliding and going off, handing 2nd place to Irvine.
Lap 2 resulted in more action at the first chicane as first Hakkinen overtook Barrichello, and then Alesi and McNish collided at the first apex. McNish got away without losing a position, whilst Alesi blocked most of the track, impeding other cars.
Barrichello and Hakkinen continued their scrap for 5th place. Both drivers displayed maturity that seemed to be missing with most drivers so far this race. Kenny Brack was just one of the drivers displaying a bit of petulance, shutting the door on a recovering Ralf Schumacher at the braking zone for the third chicane.
Lap 4 saw Mika Salo take a detour through the gravel trap at turn 1 losing many positions. On the same lap, a water leak ended Johnny Herbert’s race from 6th place.
On the next lap, Villeneuve and Verstappen battled for 7th place. Verstappen was trying to take back 7th at the Ostkurve having been overtaken by Villeneuve already, but the Dutchman’s persistence paid off as he retook the position. Verstappen and Villeneuve’s battle still went on as the FJR driver ran slightly wide at turn 1 on the next lap and gave 7th place back to Villeneuve.
Meanwhile back in 10th place, Panis lost a position to Alesi, and then ran wide and spun at turn 1. Even further back, Juan Pablo Montoya was having a miserable race running in 20th place having overtaken the Maestro of Marc Gene. He then struggled to overtake Kenny Brack and Ralf Schumacher had now joined the party. Both drivers ducked and darted about and Ralf eventually passed Montoya going into the Stadium section on lap 9.
Ralf Schumacher was now charging, powering past Fisichella two laps later and then overtaking Magnussen shortly after. Ralf then gained another place as the other AquinoPlus of Salo retired with an engine failure. Montoya then battled with Fisichella, both drivers running side-by-side for the entirety of the longest straight. Fisichella hung on until lap 14 when Montoya outbraked him into the first chicane.
Gui Racing’s difficult race got worse when Alesi’s engine began smoking on lap 16. He retired from 10th shortly afterward. Ralf Schumacher then retired just 8 laps later with transmission failure. Damon Hill suffered a puncture, whilst McNish lost 7th place thanks to a broken Mecachrome engine.
Having made only one pit stop compared to most of the field’s two, Michael Schumacher took a crucial win to retake the championship lead. Irvine finished 2nd ahead of Hakkinen, Barrichello, while Wurz’s 2nd place on the grid was rewarded with a fine 4th place. Villeneuve survived a spin to finished 6th ahead of Verstappen and completing the point scorers was David Coulthard.
Race Results Germany - Hockenheim (45 Laps) Pos Driver Time/Speed 1st Michael Schumacher 1h 14m 44.197s Dodgem-Ferrari 2nd Eddie Irvine +20.140s VTR-Mecachrome 3rd Mika Hakkinen +31.938s Dodgem-Ferrari 4th Rubens Barrichello +35.335s Pedersen-Mercedes 5th Alexander Wurz +39.919s J Racing-Ford 6th Jacques Villeneuve +52.667s Pedersen-Mercedes 7th Jos Verstappen +1m 00.515s FJR-Mecachrome 8th David Coulthard -1 Lap Mason Mspt-Mercedes 9th Juan-Pablo Montoya -1 Lap Mason Mspt-Mercedes 10th Olivier Panis -1 Lap J Racing-Ford 11th Mark Blundell -1 Lap Dark Wolf-Mugen 12th Bruno Junqueira -1 Lap Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 13th Giancarlo Fisichella -1 Lap AquinoPlus-Peugeot 14th Jan Magnussen -1 Lap Dark Wolf-Mugen 15th Kenny Brack -1 Lap Willow Image-Ferrari 16th Marc Gene -1 Lap Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 17th Allan McNish Engine FJR-Mecachrome 18th Damon Hill Puncture Willow Image-Ferrari 19th Ralf Schumacher Transmission Gui Racing-Ford 20th Jean Alesi Engine Gui Racing-Ford 21st Mika Salo Engine AquinoPlus-Peugeot 22nd Johnny Herbert Water Leak VTR-Mecachrome
Driver Best Laps Germany - Hockenheim (45 Laps) Pos Driver Best Lap 1st Mika Hakkinen 1m 37.370s Dodgem-Ferrari 2nd Eddie Irvine +0.069s VTR-Mecachrome 3rd Jacques Villeneuve +0.125s Pedersen-Mercedes 4th Alexander Wurz +0.274s J Racing-Ford 5th Damon Hill +0.427s Willow Image-Ferrari 6th Jos Verstappen +0.498s FJR-Mecachrome 7th Rubens Barrichello +0.545s Pedersen-Mercedes 8th Michael Schumacher +0.658s Dodgem-Ferrari 9th Juan-Pablo Montoya +0.887s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 10th Ralf Schumacher +0.967s Gui Racing-Ford 11th Olivier Panis +0.973s J Racing-Ford 12th Allan McNish +1.183s FJR-Mecachrome 13th Giancarlo Fisichella +1.416s AquinoPlus-Peugeot 14th David Coulthard +1.439s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 15th Bruno Junqueira +1.537s Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 16th Marc Gene +1.544s Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 17th Kenny Brack +1.860s Willow Image-Ferrari 18th Mark Blundell +1.868s Dark Wolf-Mugen 19th Johnny Herbert +1.994s VTR-Mecachrome 20th Jan Magnussen +2.058s Dark Wolf-Mugen 21st Jean Alesi +2.226s Gui Racing-Ford 22nd Mika Salo +2.645s AquinoPlus-Peugeot