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The 1998 Spanish Grand Prix was the fourth round of the 1998 FF1M Season and was held at the Catalunya Circuit in Barcelona. It was a Schumacher 1-2 with Ralf taking the top step of the podium.

Qualifying

Results

                                Race Starting Grid                              
                                                                              

                                 Spain - Barcelona                              
                                     (65 Laps)                                                                          
                                                                              
                                                                               

        Pole                1                                                   
                      Allan McNish                                              
                       1m 20.442s                    2                          
                                              Jos Verstappen                    
        Row 2               3                   1m 20.487s                      
                   Rubens Barrichello                                           
                       1m 20.497s                    4                          
                                              Johnny Herbert                    
        Row 3               5                   1m 20.520s                      
                     Ralf Schumacher                                            
                       1m 20.553s                    6                          
                                            Jacques Villeneuve                  
        Row 4               7                   1m 20.619s                      
                   Juan-Pablo Montoya                                           
                       1m 20.671s                    8                          
                                            Michael Schumacher                  
        Row 5               9                   1m 20.721s                      
                       Jean Alesi                                               
                       1m 20.800s                   10                          
                                               Mika Hakkinen                    
        Row 6              11                   1m 20.808s                      
                     Alexander Wurz                                             
                       1m 20.851s                   12                          
                                           Giancarlo Fisichella                 
        Row 7              13                   1m 20.912s                      
                       Damon Hill                                               
                       1m 20.931s                   14                          
                                               Eddie Irvine                     
        Row 8              15                   1m 21.150s                      
                        Mika Salo                                               
                       1m 21.346s                   16                          
                                               Olivier Panis                    
        Row 9              17                   1m 21.402s                      
                     David Coulthard                                            
                       1m 21.818s                   18                          
                                              Bruno Junqueira                   
        Row 10             19                   1m 22.138s                      
                       Kenny Brack                                              
                       1m 22.253s                   20                          
                                                 Marc Gene                      
        Row 11             21                   1m 22.368s                      
                      Jan Magnussen                                             
                       1m 22.840s                   22                          
                                               Mark Blundell                    
                                                1m 22.864s
                                                                             


Race

Report

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Jos Verstappen managed to get the jump on his teammate at the start, while the Scot managed to hold on to 2nd from a fast-starting Ralf Schumacher after the first corner. But the Gui Racing driver changed that, making a move into turn 4. McNish also dropped another place to Rubens Barrichello, then another to the other Schumacher at the start of lap 2 and Johnny Herbert also fancied his chances.

But then it was Johnny’s turn to drop back as first Hakkinen passed him, and then Jacques Villeneuve took the Englishman going into turn 4, but Johnny fought back one lap later and overtook the Pedersen driver going into turn one. The other battle on the same lap included an ‘on-the-march’ Hakkinen who overtook McNish for 5th place.

Salo and Alesi enjoyed a scrap for 14th, running side-by-side through turn 4 and 5, but it ended in tears as Salo punted Alesi into a spin at the La Caixa hairpin. The Frenchman would continue.

The two Dodgem’s went into combat with each other on lap 14, running side-by-side from turn 4 to turn 9. The battle was settled in favour of Hakkinen but the Finn came into the pits shortly after for his first stop.

The leader Verstappen also came in for an early pitstop handing the lead to Ralf. He rejoined in the thick of traffic, which involved Mika Hakkinen. The two then battled on lap 18, with the Finn emerging in front. Hakkinen was on a three-stop strategy and it was important for him to have a clear track to set some fast lap times.

3 laps later, Ralf Schumacher pitted and rejoined in 3rd place behind his brother and the VTR of Eddie Irvine. He rejoined ahead of Mika Hakkinen, which was crucial, as speculation mounted that Ralf was on just a two-stop race.

Having made a second pit stop, Mika Hakkinen became stuck behind Johnny Herbert. He was later up to 2nd place on lap 45, only 2 seconds behind Ralf, but Mika still needed to make one more stop.

Damon Hill was on the move, squeezing past McNish for 6th place. Despite fighting back, Allan couldn’t hold on and became under pressure from Montoya, who slipped by on the next lap for 7th.

It was all over for Hakkinen on lap 46 as his engine blew up, amazingly becoming the first retirement of the race. That seemed to be the trigger for four more retirements. Blundell and Coulthard both had transmission failures, whilst Kenny Brack and Johnny Herbert both spun out.

There was still some racing going on as Hill overtook the AquinoPlus driver of Salo on lap 51. Two laps later, Panis tapped the back of Bruno Junqueira at turn 1, sending the Brazilian skating across the gravel. McNish took a small detour at the La Caixa hairpin and lost a position to Irvine.

Ralf Schumacher secured Gui Racing’s second win of the season ahead of his brother. Verstappen finally finished a race this season, and with it a 3rd place. Filling the minor placings were Villeneuve, Montoya, Irvine, McNish and Wurz, who took J Racing’s first point of the season.

Results


                                                                                
                                   Race Results                                                                                                                 

                                 Spain - Barcelona                              
                                     (65 Laps)                                                                                                                  

                Pos   Driver                       Time/Speed                   
                                                                              

                1st   Ralf Schumacher          1h 30m 29.835s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                2nd   Michael Schumacher             +10.008s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                3rd   Jos Verstappen                 +40.491s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                4th   Damon Hill                     +44.449s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
                5th   Jacques Villeneuve             +49.581s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                6th   Allan McNish                +1m 04.322s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                7th   Rubens Barrichello          +1m 05.592s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                8th   Alexander Wurz              +1m 10.112s                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
                9th   Juan-Pablo Montoya               -1 Lap                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               10th   Eddie Irvine                     -1 Lap                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               11th   Jean Alesi                       -1 Lap                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
               12th   Mika Salo                        -1 Lap                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               13th   Olivier Panis                    -1 Lap                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               14th   Bruno Junqueira                  -1 Lap                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               15th   Marc Gene                        -1 Lap                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               16th   Jan Magnussen                    -1 Lap                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               17th   Giancarlo Fisichella            -2 Laps                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               18th   Kenny Brack               Didn't Finish                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               19th   David Coulthard            Transmission                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               20th   Johnny Herbert            Didn't Finish                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               21st   Mark Blundell              Transmission                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               22nd   Mika Hakkinen                    Engine                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                                                                       


Fastest Laps


                                 Driver Best Laps                                                                                                              

                                 Spain - Barcelona                              
                                     (65 Laps)                                  
                                                                              

                Pos   Driver                         Best Lap                                                                                                  

                1st   Mika Hakkinen                1m 21.422s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                2nd   Ralf Schumacher                 +0.182s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                3rd   Michael Schumacher              +0.321s                   
                      Dodgem-Ferrari                                            
                4th   Rubens Barrichello              +0.418s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                5th   Jos Verstappen                  +0.452s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
                6th   Damon Hill                      +0.513s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
                7th   Jean Alesi                      +0.564s                   
                      Gui Racing-Ford                                           
                8th   Jacques Villeneuve              +0.580s                   
                      Pedersen-Mercedes                                         
                9th   Alexander Wurz                  +0.713s                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               10th   Juan-Pablo Montoya              +0.816s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               11th   Allan McNish                    +0.999s                   
                      FJR-Mecachrome                                            
               12th   Johnny Herbert                  +1.043s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               13th   Eddie Irvine                    +1.104s                   
                      VTR-Mecachrome                                            
               14th   David Coulthard                 +1.158s                   
                      Mason Mspt-Mercedes                                       
               15th   Olivier Panis                   +1.348s                   
                      J Racing-Ford                                             
               16th   Mika Salo                       +1.362s                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               17th   Giancarlo Fisichella            +1.432s                   
                      AquinoPlus-Peugeot                                        
               18th   Marc Gene                       +1.850s                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               19th   Bruno Junqueira                 +2.070s                   
                      Maestro Mspt-Peugeot                                      
               20th   Mark Blundell                   +2.235s                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen                                           
               21st   Kenny Brack                     +2.336s                   
                      Willow Image-Ferrari                                      
               22nd   Jan Magnussen                   +2.526s                   
                      Dark Wolf-Mugen
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