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The 1998 San Marino Grand Prix was the third round of the 1998 FF1M Season and it was held at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit in Italy. It was won by Dodgem's Mika Hakkinen.

Qualifying

Results

                                Race Starting Grid                                                                                                              

                                San Marino - Imola                              
                                     (62 Laps)                                                                                                                  

                                                                                

                                                                                

        Pole                1                                                   
                      Mika Hakkinen                                             
                       1m 19.071s                    2                          
                                            Juan-Pablo Montoya                  
        Row 2               3                   1m 19.511s                      
                     Ralf Schumacher                                            
                       1m 19.558s                    4                          
                                                Damon Hill                      
        Row 3               5                   1m 19.719s                      
                   Rubens Barrichello                                           
                       1m 19.750s                    6                          
                                            Michael Schumacher                  
        Row 4               7                   1m 19.780s                      
                       Jean Alesi                                               
                       1m 19.820s                    8                          
                                              Jos Verstappen                    
        Row 5               9                   1m 19.881s                      
                      Allan McNish                                              
                       1m 19.997s                   10                          
                                                 Mika Salo                      
        Row 6              11                   1m 20.077s                      
                   Jacques Villeneuve                                           
                       1m 20.313s                   12                          
                                              Alexander Wurz                    
        Row 7              13                   1m 20.586s                      
                  Giancarlo Fisichella                                          
                       1m 20.602s                   14                          
                                               Eddie Irvine                     
        Row 8              15                   1m 20.704s                      
                      Olivier Panis                                             
                       1m 20.705s                   16                          
                                              Johnny Herbert                    
        Row 9              17                   1m 20.840s                      
                     David Coulthard                                            
                       1m 20.916s                   18                          
                                              Bruno Junqueira                   
        Row 10             19                   1m 21.050s                      
                      Mark Blundell                                             
                       1m 21.148s                   20                          
                                               Jan Magnussen                    
        Row 11             21                   1m 21.239s                      
                        Marc Gene                                               
                       1m 21.477s                   22                          
                                                Kenny Brack                     
                                                1m 21.687s


Race

Report

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Mika Hakkinen finally made a good start and maintained the lead, but Montoya made a poor start, dropping to 5th behind Ralf Schumacher, Hill and Barrichello. It got worse for Montoya during the first lap as Michael Schumacher took a chunk out of the Columbian’s sidepod at the Variante Alta. Despite this, all drivers made it round the first lap.

On lap 5, 3rd place Damon Hill became the first retirement when an oil leak started a fire and the Brit had to retire soon after, delaying Barrichello in the process. Schumacher took advantage of Barrichello’s delay, overtaking the Brazilian, managing to avoid contact this time, and becoming the new 3rd placed man. The black smoke from Hill’s car caught out the luckless Montoya, who spun and dropped more positions.

A lap later and Hill’s teammate Kenny Brack effectively ended Willow Images interest in the race after contact from a spinning Marc Gene sent the Swede rolling wildly. Thankfully, Kenny was uninjured but all that was left of the Willow Images was the chassis.

Lap 10 saw Jan Magnussen lose two places in one straight from a charging Bruno Junqueira and David Coulthard. 6 laps later, Mika Salo’s strong run in 5th place came to an end as his engine blew up.

Montoya was desperate to recover from his so far shambolic race and overtook his teammate for 13th. He gained another two positions as first Wurz spun out of 5th place and lost several places, and then Verstappen’s transmission lost him 4th place with only a few laps to go.

His teammate, Coulthard was having a trickier time of it, jumping the final chicane and losing a place to the Gui Racing of Jean Alesi. Despite this, he climbed up to 8th, but he was denied of the final point as Fisichella charged past him with 7 laps to go.

In the closing stages, Hakkinen’s lead looked under threat from Ralf Schumacher, but David Coulthard gave Hakkinen some crucial breathing space as Ralf lost time lapping the Scot. Hakkinen therefore took victory ahead of both Schumacher brothers.

Irvine had inherited 4th place from the unlucky Verstappen, but the Ulsterman was destined not to stay there. Irvine coasted to a halt with only the final chicane to negotiate. It initially speculated that he had run out of fuel, but VTR confirmed it to be a transmission failure. His teammate Johnny Herbert therefore took 4th place ahead of McNish, Fisichella and Barrichello. Irvine was the last runner on the lead lap, and so salvaged the final point.

Results


                                   Race Results                                                                                                                 

                                San Marino - Imola                             
                                     (62 Laps)                                 
                                                                             

                Pos   Driver                       Time/Speed                                                                                                   

                1st   Mika Hakkinen            1h 25m 42.557s                  
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                           
                2nd   Ralf Schumacher                 +1.220s                  
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                          
                3rd   Michael Schumacher             +11.480s                  
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                           
                4th   Johnny Herbert              +1m 00.183s                  
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                           
                5th   Allan McNish                +1m 06.463s                  
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                           
                6th   Giancarlo Fisichella        +1m 17.728s                  
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                       
                7th   Rubens Barrichello          +1m 21.729s                  
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                        
                8th   Eddie Irvine                     -1 Lap                  
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                           
                9th   Olivier Panis                    -1 Lap                  
                      J Racing-Ford                                            
               10th   David Coulthard                  -1 Lap                  
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                      
               11th   Juan-Pablo Montoya               -1 Lap                  
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                      
               12th   Jean Alesi                       -1 Lap                  
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                          
               13th   Alexander Wurz                   -1 Lap                  
                      J Racing-Ford                                            
               14th   Bruno Junqueira                  -1 Lap                  
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                     
               15th   Jan Magnussen                    -1 Lap                  
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                          
               16th   Mark Blundell                    -1 Lap                  
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                          
               17th   Jos Verstappen                  -3 Laps                  
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                           
               18th   Marc Gene                        Engine                  
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                     
               19th   Mika Salo                        Engine                  
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                       
               20th   Jacques Villeneuve           Suspension                  
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                        
               21st   Kenny Brack               Didn't Finish                  
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                     
               22nd   Damon Hill                     Oil Leak                  
                      Willow Image-Ferrari

Fastest Laps

                                 Driver Best Laps                                                                                                               

                                San Marino - Imola                              
                                     (62 Laps)                                  
                                                                               

                Pos   Driver                         Best Lap                                                                                                   

                1st   Mika Hakkinen                1m 20.225s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                2nd   Michael Schumacher              +0.051s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                3rd   Ralf Schumacher                 +0.342s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                4th   Juan-Pablo Montoya              +0.523s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
                5th   Rubens Barrichello              +0.688s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                6th   Jos Verstappen                  +0.986s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                7th   Alexander Wurz                  +1.217s                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
                8th   Damon Hill                      +1.297s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
                9th   Olivier Panis                   +1.426s                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               10th   Jean Alesi                      +1.435s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
               11th   Eddie Irvine                    +1.440s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               12th   Allan McNish                    +1.508s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
               13th   Johnny Herbert                  +1.548s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               14th   Giancarlo Fisichella            +1.632s                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               15th   Mika Salo                       +1.778s                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               16th   Bruno Junqueira                 +1.805s                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               17th   David Coulthard                 +2.016s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               18th   Jacques Villeneuve              +2.100s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
               19th   Mark Blundell                   +2.386s                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               20th   Jan Magnussen                   +2.403s                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               21st   Marc Gene                       +2.970s                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               22nd   Kenny Brack                     +3.856s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari
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