The 1998 Singapore Grand Prix was the sixteenth round of the 1998 FF1M Season and it was held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. It was won by Dodgem's Michael Schumacher who secured his third FF1M championship. Dodgem also won the constructor's championship on this race.
Race Starting Grid Singapore - Marina Bay 2008 (61 Laps) 1 Pole Michael Schumacher 2 1m 38.222s Juan-Pablo Montoya 1m 38.282s 3 Row 2 Jean Alesi 4 1m 38.388s Mika Hakkinen 1m 38.554s 5 Row 3 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 6 1m 38.611s Rubens Barrichello 1m 38.723s 7 Row 4 Ralf Schumacher 8 1m 38.764s Eddie Irvine 1m 38.840s 9 Row 5 Jos Verstappen 10 1m 38.863s Mika Salo 1m 39.128s 11 Row 6 Jacques Villeneuve 12 1m 39.148s David Coulthard 1m 39.469s 13 Row 7 Damon Hill 14 1m 39.558s Alexander Wurz 1m 39.758s 15 Row 8 Johnny Herbert 16 1m 40.186s Jan Magnussen 1m 40.452s 17 Row 9 Kenny Brack 18 1m 40.499s Mark Blundell 1m 40.690s 19 Row 10 Giancarlo Fisichella 20 1m 40.879s Marc Gene 1m 41.232s 21 Row 11 Olivier Panis 22 1m 41.590s Bruno Junqueira 1m 41.741s
thumb|300px|rightThis was a very important race as Michael Schumacher had the opportunity to become a three-time champion in FF1M and his second in the modern era. He certainly made the most of his pole position, staying in the lead ahead of Juan Pablo Montoya and Jean Alesi. Eddie Irvine made a cracking start from 7th on the grid to 4th by the end of the first lap.
Heinz Harald Frentzen was in 5th but under pressure from Mika Hakkinen at the beginning of lap 2. Hakkinen did get past at turn one, even if there was a bit of contact. Ralf Schumacher nearly took advantage of the contact but Frentzen held on to 6th. Ralf then got past Frentzen on the next lap.
On lap 9, Michael Schumacher held a 9 second lead over Montoya, he looked good for the championship with his brother down in 6th. Meanwhile, the two AquinoPlus’s battled going into turn 7 with Fisichella emerging ahead.
The pitstops were underway and Ralf was pressuring Irvine for 7th place, both drivers having made their first stops. Eddie ran wide at turn one giving away the place to Ralf.
Further back, Kenny Brack and Jacques Villeneuve got into an altercation resulting in Brack slamming into the barrier and losing his front wing and Villeneuve spinning in the middle of the track. David Coulthard was the next driver to appear and he couldn’t react quickly enough and hit the Canadian, losing his own front wing.
Irvine was coming under more pressure from Hakkinen. Both drivers ran wide at turn one and the Pedersen of Barrichello took advantage of both drivers, moving up into 6th place. Irvine and Barrichello continued their battle until the Ulsterman pulled off with a transmission failure.
Ralf Schumacher was running in 5th place on lap 46, but he needed to finish ahead of his older brother if he was to stand any chance of remaining in the championship fight. But then coming out of the final corner, he lost it completely, when he appeared to veer right into the wall and lost his front wheel after a heavy impact. Initially, it looked like driver error, but in fact it was a transmission seizure that pitched him into the wall. No matter what the cause of his retirement, it seemed more than likely that Michael Schumacher would be world champion.
David Coulthard and Jacques Villeneuve were recovering after their incident and within a lap of each other they overtook Marc Gene. Later on, they would both overtake Bruno Junqueira when the Brazilian driver ran wide at turn 1. Villeneuve would retire later on. Meanwhile, Mika Hakkinen seemed to disappear after his incident with Irvine and made a pitstop from 19th place.
9th placed Johnny Herbert was closing in on Mika Salo for the final point and the Brit dummied the Finn into turn 7 and took the position. Both drivers then moved up a position when Barrichello lost 4th place with a transmission problem. Alesi inherited that 4th place until Damon Hill barged his way past at turn 8.
Michael only needed to score 3 more points than Ralf to become the champion but he did it in the best possible way, by taking an emphatic win, Dodgem’s first driver’s and constructor’s title. Frentzen utilised a one-stop strategy to finish a superb 2nd ahead of Montoya. Hill finished 4th ahead of Alesi, who couldn’t capitalise on his 3rd place in qualifying. Verstappen was 6th ahead of Herbert and Salo.
Race Results Singapore - Marina Bay 2008 (61 Laps) Pos Driver Time/Speed 1st Michael Schumacher 1h 43m 11.174s Dodgem-Ferrari 2nd Heinz-Harald Frentzen +12.129s FJR-Mecachrome 3rd Juan-Pablo Montoya +56.113s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 4th Damon Hill +1m 17.255s Willow Image-Ferrari 5th Jean Alesi +1m 23.529s Gui Racing-Ford 6th Jos Verstappen +1m 29.387s FJR-Mecachrome 7th Johnny Herbert -1 Lap VTR-Mecachrome 8th Mika Salo -1 Lap AquinoPlus-Peugeot 9th Alexander Wurz -1 Lap J Racing-Ford 10th Giancarlo Fisichella -1 Lap AquinoPlus-Peugeot 11th Mark Blundell -1 Lap Dark Wolf-Mugen 12th David Coulthard -1 Lap Mason Mspt-Mercedes 13th Jan Magnussen -1 Lap Dark Wolf-Mugen 14th Bruno Junqueira -1 Lap Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 15th Marc Gene -1 Lap Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 16th Mika Hakkinen -1 Lap Dodgem-Ferrari 17th Kenny Brack -2 Laps Willow Image-Ferrari 18th Jacques Villeneuve -7 Laps Pedersen-Mercedes 19th Rubens Barrichello Transmission Pedersen-Mercedes 20th Ralf Schumacher Transmission Gui Racing-Ford 21st Eddie Irvine Transmission VTR-Mecachrome 22nd Olivier Panis Didn't Finish J Racing-Ford
Driver Best Laps Singapore - Marina Bay 2008 (61 Laps) Pos Driver Best Lap 1st Michael Schumacher 1m 39.345s Dodgem-Ferrari 2nd Ralf Schumacher +0.592s Gui Racing-Ford 3rd Damon Hill +0.656s Willow Image-Ferrari 4th Heinz-Harald Frentzen +0.657s FJR-Mecachrome 5th Jacques Villeneuve +0.790s Pedersen-Mercedes 6th Mika Hakkinen +0.856s Dodgem-Ferrari 7th Juan-Pablo Montoya +0.900s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 8th Jean Alesi +1.074s Gui Racing-Ford 9th Eddie Irvine +1.150s VTR-Mecachrome 10th David Coulthard +1.157s Mason Mspt-Mercedes 11th Rubens Barrichello +1.219s Pedersen-Mercedes 12th Jos Verstappen +1.226s FJR-Mecachrome 13th Alexander Wurz +1.264s J Racing-Ford 14th Johnny Herbert +1.734s VTR-Mecachrome 15th Giancarlo Fisichella +1.785s AquinoPlus-Peugeot 16th Marc Gene +2.335s Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 17th Mika Salo +2.376s AquinoPlus-Peugeot 18th Bruno Junqueira +2.731s Maestro Mspt-Peugeot 19th Mark Blundell +2.991s Dark Wolf-Mugen 20th Kenny Brack +3.103s Willow Image-Ferrari 21st Jan Magnussen +3.217s Dark Wolf-Mugen 22nd Olivier Panis +7.565s J Racing-Ford