The 1998 Hungarian Grand Prix was the twelfth round of the 1998 FF1M Season and it was held at the Hungaroring in Budapest. It was won by Gui Racing's Ralf Schumacher, which was hugely important after his non-finish in Hockenheim, even more so considering brother Michael crashed out.
Race Starting Grid Hungary - Hungaroring (77 Laps) Pole 1 Damon Hill 1m 13.031s 2 Juan-Pablo Montoya Row 2 3 1m 13.979s Ralf Schumacher 1m 14.189s 4 Jacques Villeneuve Row 3 5 1m 14.206s David Coulthard 1m 14.249s 6 Alexander Wurz Row 4 7 1m 14.371s Michael Schumacher 1m 14.510s 8 Johnny Herbert Row 5 9 1m 14.603s Rubens Barrichello 1m 14.662s 10 Jos Verstappen Row 6 11 1m 14.736s Mika Hakkinen 1m 14.767s 12 Allan McNish Row 7 13 1m 15.026s Jean Alesi 1m 15.142s 14 Mark Blundell Row 8 15 1m 15.214s Jan Magnussen 1m 15.389s 16 Marc Gene Row 9 17 1m 15.556s Mika Salo 1m 15.578s 18 Kenny Brack Row 10 19 1m 15.612s Eddie Irvine 1m 15.692s 20 Olivier Panis Row 11 21 1m 15.712s Giancarlo Fisichella 1m 15.951s 22 Bruno Junqueira 1m 16.540s
thumb|300px|rightDamon Hill converted his dominant pole position into the lead by the end of turn 1, despite stern pressure from Juan Pablo Montoya. The Englishman then proceeded to pull away from the Columbian, leading by 1.4 seconds at the end of the first lap. Montoya meanwhile was being overtaken himself by Ralf.
Pedersen driver Rubens Barrichello fancied Coulthard’s 8th place, taking the position on lap 4. Fortunes differed for his teammate Villeneuve though as he spun coming on the front straight, being narrowly missed by the chasing pack. He rejoined way down the order. But Villeneuve’s problems were nothing compared to Damon Hill, who suffered a puncture and had to retire from the lead.
Barrichello continued his charge as he overtook Jos Verstappen. Another driver on the move was Mika Hakkinen as he overtook Coulthard into turn 1. Further back, Jean Alesi overtook Giancarlo Fisichella for 12th.
Hakkinen and Verstappen had a battle on lap 11 that lasted from turn 1 to turn 3, Verstappen held on to 6th. At this point, Bruno Junqueira took the opportunity to crash out of the race. Other drivers having a hard time staying on track were Barrichello, Alesi and Coulthard.
Hakkinen finally got past Verstappen on lap 13 into turn 1 but his efforts were academic as the FJR driver retired with a transmission failure on the same lap.
The first pitstops were underways and after his earlier spin, Villeneuve was making his way back through the field, overtaking Panis for 14th place. Shortly after, he took Eddie Irvine for 11th. Having made his first stop, Ralf Schumacher had a odd moment when trying to overtake Hakkinen, who had yet to stop. He locked up going into turn 6, nudged the Finn and recovered using the outside of turn 7.
Lap 32 and with the majority of the first pitstops completed, Hakkinen overtook Barrichello for 5th place. The other Pedersen of Villeneuve then made his first stop and overtook Jan Magnussen on lap 34. But the Canadian’s fightback would be halted as he spun into retirement.
Michael Schumacher then lost a possible podium place when he crashed out at the final corner. Dodgem’s day was to get worse as electrical issues forced Hakkinen out of 5th place.
After a DNF for Gui Racing in Germany, the ball returned to the Brazilian team’s court as Ralf took the win ahead of Montoya and Barrichello. Wurz was a brilliant 4th for JRacing ahead of Johnny Herbert. Mark Blundell stayed out of trouble to finish 6th and doing so, scoring Dark Wolf’s maiden points. McNish finished 7th and completing the top 8 was Jean Alesi.
Race Results Hungary - Hungaroring (77 Laps) Pos Driver Time/Speed 1st Ralf Schumacher 1h 38m 38.611s Gui Racing-Ford 2nd Juan-Pablo Montoya +34.775s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 3rd Rubens Barrichello +45.125s Pedersen-Mercedes 4th Alexander Wurz +1m 10.727s J Racing-Ford 5th Johnny Herbert -1 Lap VTR-Mecachrome 6th Mark Blundell -1 Lap Dark Wolf-Mugen 7th Allan McNish -1 Lap FJR-Mecachrome 8th Jean Alesi -1 Lap Gui Racing-Ford 9th Eddie Irvine -1 Lap VTR-Mecachrome 10th David Coulthard -1 Lap Mason Mspt-Mercedes 11th Olivier Panis -1 Lap J Racing-Ford 12th Kenny Brack -1 Lap Willow Image-Ferrari 13th Mika Salo -1 Lap AquinoPlus-Peugeot 14th Marc Gene -1 Lap Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 15th Giancarlo Fisichella -1 Lap AquinoPlus-Peugeot 16th Jan Magnussen -2 Laps Dark Wolf-Mugen 17th Mika Hakkinen Electrical Dodgem-Ferrari 18th Michael Schumacher Didn't Finish Dodgem-Ferrari 19th Jacques Villeneuve Didn't Finish Pedersen-Mercedes 20th Jos Verstappen Transmission FJR-Mecachrome 21st Bruno Junqueira Didn't Finish Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 22nd Damon Hill Puncture Willow Image-Ferrari
Driver Best Laps Hungary - Hungaroring (77 Laps) Pos Driver Best Lap 1st Michael Schumacher 1m 14.947s Dodgem-Ferrari 2nd Ralf Schumacher +0.142s Gui Racing-Ford 3rd Damon Hill +0.273s Willow Image-Ferrari 4th Juan-Pablo Montoya +0.290s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 5th Mika Hakkinen +0.450s Dodgem-Ferrari 6th Alexander Wurz +0.529s J Racing-Ford 7th Rubens Barrichello +0.583s Pedersen-Mercedes 8th Johnny Herbert +0.825s VTR-Mecachrome 9th Jacques Villeneuve +0.843s Pedersen-Mercedes 10th Allan McNish +1.118s FJR-Mecachrome 11th Eddie Irvine +1.135s VTR-Mecachrome 12th Olivier Panis +1.208s J Racing-Ford 13th Mark Blundell +1.215s Dark Wolf-Mugen 14th Jean Alesi +1.218s Gui Racing-Ford 15th Jos Verstappen +1.404s FJR-Mecachrome 16th David Coulthard +1.599s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 17th Jan Magnussen +1.637s Dark Wolf-Mugen 18th Giancarlo Fisichella +1.645s AquinoPlus-Peugeot 19th Mika Salo +1.759s AquinoPlus-Peugeot 20th Kenny Brack +1.765s Willow Image-Ferrari 21st Marc Gene +1.868s Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 22nd Bruno Junqueira +3.087s Maestro Mspt-Peugeot
- Final Pole Position for Damon Hill