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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.

Qualifying

Results

                                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

Race

Report

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.

Results

                                   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

Fastest Laps

                                 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

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