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.
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
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.
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
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