The 1998 Monaco Grand Prix was the sixth race of the 1998 FF1M Season and it was held on the Monaco Street Circuit. It was won by Willow Images's Damon Hill, his first race win as world champion.
Race Starting Grid Monaco - Monte Carlo 1998 (78 Laps) 1 Pole Jacques Villeneuve 2 1m 16.905s Mika Hakkinen 1m 17.184s 3 Row 2 David Coulthard 4 1m 17.463s Damon Hill 1m 17.466s 5 Row 3 Eddie Irvine 6 1m 17.544s Rubens Barrichello 1m 17.789s 7 Row 4 Ralf Schumacher 8 1m 17.834s Jean Alesi 1m 17.973s 9 Row 5 Johnny Herbert 10 1m 18.008s Jos Verstappen 1m 18.023s 11 Row 6 Michael Schumacher 12 1m 18.037s Allan McNish 1m 18.104s 13 Row 7 Juan-Pablo Montoya 14 1m 18.187s Alexander Wurz 1m 18.200s 15 Row 8 Mika Salo 16 1m 19.160s Marc Gene 1m 19.266s 17 Row 9 Olivier Panis 18 1m 19.478s Jan Magnussen 1m 19.699s 19 Row 10 Giancarlo Fisichella 20 1m 19.814s Kenny Brack 1m 19.900s 21 Row 11 Bruno Junqueira 22 1m 19.963s Mark Blundell 1m 20.014s
thumb|300px|rightVilleneuve maintained pole advantage into the first corner ahead of Hakkinen and Coulthard as Irvine jumped Hill for 4th place. Further back though, Wurz was tagged and spun before he’d even reached St. Devote. This delayed a few other cars but everyone made around the first lap.
Lap 30 and the gap between 1st and 2nd was less than a second as Hakkinen put the pressure on Villeneuve. Sadly for the Finn, he suffered a puncture in the tunnel and had to retire handing the Canadian a twenty second lead over Coulthard.
5th placed Barrichello had a major fright on lap 37 as he tagged Magnussen, who was coming out of the pits, sending the Pedersen briefly airborne before landing. Both drivers escaped undamaged. Montoya also had problems with backmarkers as he tried to lap Wurz around the outside of La Rascasse. There wasn’t enough room and Montoya tagged the barrier nearly losing a position to Ralf Schumacher.
But it all went bizarrely wrong for the German on the next lap. Attempting to lap Wurz, a glitch in the track design ripped a wheel off the Gui Racing car, which caused Ralf to spear across the track to the outside wall, effectively turning the car into a torpedo.
Other drivers who had problems lapping backmarkers included Verstappen and Alesi. Verstappen tried to lap Salo around the outside at La Rascasse on lap 51 but tagged the barrier and lost 7th place to Michael Schumacher. In Alesi’s case, he was lapping the troublesome Wurz at the same place on lap 68. Wurz spun whilst Alesi had to pit for repairs.
Villeneuve’s dominant run at the front came to a premature end on lap 55 when the transmission failed on the Pedersen, handing the lead to Damon Hill, which he would keep till the end of the race. Coulthard and Irvine finished 2nd and 3rd ahead of Barrichello, who benefited from Alesi’s problems to finish 4th. A late collision between Schumacher and Magnussen dropped the German from 5th to 7th behind Verstappen and Montoya. Completing the top ten were Alesi, Junqueira and Fisichella.
Race Results Monaco - Monte Carlo 1998 (78 Laps) Pos Driver Time/Speed 1st Damon Hill 1h 44m 35.495s Willow Image-Ferrari 2nd David Coulthard +17.688s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 3rd Eddie Irvine +28.036s VTR-Mecachrome 4th Rubens Barrichello +59.462s Pedersen-Mercedes 5th Jos Verstappen +1m 05.101s FJR-Mecachrome 6th Juan-Pablo Montoya +1m 05.274s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 7th Michael Schumacher +1m 13.656s Dodgem-Ferrari 8th Jean Alesi -1 Lap Gui Racing-Ford 9th Bruno Junqueira -1 Lap Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 10th Giancarlo Fisichella -1 Lap AquinoPlus-Peugeot 11th Alexander Wurz -1 Lap J Racing-Ford 12th Mika Salo -2 Laps AquinoPlus-Peugeot 13th Kenny Brack -2 Laps Willow Image-Ferrari 14th Mark Blundell -3 Laps Dark Wolf-Mugen 15th Jan Magnussen -5 Laps Dark Wolf-Mugen 16th Marc Gene -7 Laps Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 17th Allan McNish Suspension FJR-Mecachrome 18th Jacques Villeneuve Transmission Pedersen-Mercedes 19th Ralf Schumacher Didn't Finish Gui Racing-Ford 20th Mika Hakkinen Puncture Dodgem-Ferrari 21st Johnny Herbert Engine VTR-Mecachrome 22nd Olivier Panis Suspension J Racing-Ford
Driver Best Laps Monaco - Monte Carlo 1998 (78 Laps) Pos Driver Best Lap 1st Michael Schumacher 1m 18.271s Dodgem-Ferrari 2nd Jacques Villeneuve +0.513s Pedersen-Mercedes 3rd Juan-Pablo Montoya +0.592s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 4th Damon Hill +0.855s Willow Image-Ferrari 5th Mika Hakkinen +0.883s Dodgem-Ferrari 6th Ralf Schumacher +1.021s Gui Racing-Ford 7th Jean Alesi +1.171s Gui Racing-Ford 8th David Coulthard +1.430s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 9th Rubens Barrichello +1.463s Pedersen-Mercedes 10th Giancarlo Fisichella +1.473s AquinoPlus-Peugeot 11th Eddie Irvine +1.576s VTR-Mecachrome 12th Jos Verstappen +1.769s FJR-Mecachrome 13th Allan McNish +1.851s FJR-Mecachrome 14th Alexander Wurz +2.075s J Racing-Ford 15th Johnny Herbert +2.302s VTR-Mecachrome 16th Mika Salo +2.378s AquinoPlus-Peugeot 17th Marc Gene +2.473s Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 18th Kenny Brack +2.844s Willow Image-Ferrari 19th Jan Magnussen +2.898s Dark Wolf-Mugen 20th Bruno Junqueira +2.906s Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 21st Mark Blundell +3.184s Dark Wolf-Mugen 22nd Olivier Panis +3.541s J Racing-Ford