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1998 San Marino Grand Prix

  1998 San Marino Grand Prix
Race details
Race 4 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One season
Date 26 April 1998
Official name XVIII Gran Premio di San Marino
Location Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 4.933 km (3.065 mi)
Distance 62 laps, 305.609 km (189.897 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:25.627
Fastest lap
Driver Michael Schumacher Ferrari
Time 1:29.345 on lap 48
Podium
First McLaren-Mercedes
Second Ferrari
Third Ferrari

The 1998 San Marino Grand Prix was a Formula One race held at Imola on 26 April 1998. The race, contested over 62 laps, was the fourth round of the 1998 Formula One season and was won by David Coulthard driving a McLaren-Mercedes.

Contents

  • Race Summary 1
  • Classification 2
    • Qualifying 2.1
    • Race 2.2
  • Standings after the race 3
  • Notes 4

Race Summary

It was back to business for McLaren in qualifying, with Coulthard outpacing Häkkinen for pole, and Ferrari's Schumacher and Eddie Irvine keeping things neat by qualifying third and fourth. However, the men in red had hoped for better, and had followed Tyrrell's lead in fitting 'side-wings' - x-shaped wings bolted atop the sideboards. But these appendages didn't produce enough of a gain to topple the McLarens and, with Jordan and Sauber also sprouting these peculiar side-wings the sport's governing body voted to ban them the day after the race, as they felt that they would be unsafe if a driver suffered a side-on impact.

The race was simplicity itself for Coulthard as he controlled proceedings ahead of Mika Häkkinen, with Schumacher split from Irvine by Jacques Villeneuve's Williams. But on lap 17 Häkkinen retired to the pits, and the garage door was immediately rolled down to conceal his problem. It later proved to be a gearbox failure.

Unaware of his team-mate's problem, Coulthard motored on ahead of Schumacher until the German emerged from his second stop and started to fly, eating into the Scot's 20-second advantage at a rate of a second per lap. Debris in a sidepod had sent Coulthard's oil cooler temperature soaring, and team boss Ron Dennis kept sprinting from the pit wall to the McLaren garage to check on the telemetry, so that Coulthard could be instructed how much he could afford to ease off to save his engine. Therefore, the Scot could every so often match Schumacher's pace, and he duly recorded the win. Irvine sent the Ferrari fans home happy by taking the final podium place, with the Williams duo of Villeneuve and Frentzen the only other unlapped runners.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Lap Time Gap
1 7 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.973
2 8 Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:26.075 +0.102
3 3 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:26.437 +0.464
4 4 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:26.705 +0.732
5 6 Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:27.273 +1.300
6 1 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 1:27.390 +1.417
7 9 Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:27.592 +1.619
8 2 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 1:27.645 +1.672
9 10 Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:27.866 +1.893
10 5 Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:27.937 +1.964
11 15 Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:28.111 +2.138
12 14 Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:28.191 +2.218
13 11 Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:28.270 +2.297
14 17 Mika Salo Arrows 1:28.798 +2.825
15 21 Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 1:29.073 +3.100
16 12 Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:29.584 +3.611
17 18 Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:29.641 +3.668
18 16 Pedro Diniz Arrows 1:29.932 +3.959
19 23 Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 1:30.649 +4.676
20 19 Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 1:31.017 +5.044
21 22 Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 1:31.255 +5.282
22 20 Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 1:31.482 +5.509

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 7 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 62 1:34:25.4 1 10
2 3 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 62 +4.554 3 6
3 4 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 62 +51.775 4 4
4 1 Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 62 +54.59 6 3
5 2 Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 62 +1:17.476 8 2
6 14 Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 61 +1 Lap 12 1
7 10 Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 60 +2 Laps 9  
8 23 Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 60 +2 Laps 19  
9 17 Mika Salo Arrows 60 +2 Laps 14  
10 9 Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 57 Hydraulics 7  
11 11 Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 56 Engine 13  
Ret 20 Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 48 Engine 22  
Ret 21 Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 40 Engine 15  
Ret 12 Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 34 Throttle 16  
Ret 22 Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 27 Engine 21  
Ret 16 Pedro Diniz Arrows 18 Engine 18  
Ret 8 Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 17 Gearbox 2  
Ret 5 Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 17 Spun off 10  
Ret 6 Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 17 Engine 5  
Ret 15 Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 12 Puncture 11  
Ret 19 Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 8 Transmission 20  
Ret 18 Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 0 Spun off 17  

Standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

Notes

  • Fastest Lap: Michael Schumacher 1m 29.345s
  • This was Coulthard's only win of 1998.
Previous race:
1998 Argentine Grand Prix
FIA Formula One World Championship
1998 season
Next race:
1998 Spanish Grand Prix
Previous race:
1997 San Marino Grand Prix
San Marino Grand Prix Next race:
1999 San Marino Grand Prix
Awards
Preceded by
1997 Australian Grand Prix
Formula One Promotional Trophy
for Race Promoter

1998
Succeeded by
1999 Malaysian Grand Prix
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