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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.

Qualifying

Results

                                                                                                                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


Race

Report

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.

Results


                                                                              
                                   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                                             


Fastest Laps


                                                                              
                                 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                                             


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