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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.

Qualifying

Results

                                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

Race

Report

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.

Results

                                   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

Fastest Laps

                                 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

Notes

  • Final Pole Position for Damon Hill
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