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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.

Qualifying

Results

                                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

Race

Report

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.

Results

                                   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

Fastest Laps

                                 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

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