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1998 Formula One season

1998 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 1998 Formula One season was the 49th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It commenced on March 8, 1998, and ended on November 1 after sixteen races.

Season summary

Drivers and constructors

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1998 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No Driver Test driver(s)
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Winfield Williams Williams FW20 Mecachrome GC37-01 G 1 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Jacques Villeneuve 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Juan Pablo Montoya
22px-Flag of Brazil.png Max Wilson
2 22px-Flag of Germany.png Heinz-Harald Frentzen
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F300 Ferrari 047 G 3 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Badoer
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Eddie Irvine
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B198 Playlife GC37-01 B 5 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella n/a
6 22px-Flag of Austria.png Alexander Wurz
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-13 Mercedes FO110G B 7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ricardo Zonta
22px-Flag of Germany.png Nick Heidfeld
8 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen
22px-Flag of Ireland.png Benson and Hedges Jordan Jordan 198 Mugen-Honda MF-301 HC G 9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill 22px-Flag of Spain.png Pedro De La Rosa
10 22px-Flag of Germany.png Ralf Schumacher
22px-Flag of France.png Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP01 Peugeot A16 B 11 22px-Flag of France.png Olivier Panis 22px-Flag of France.png Stephane Sarrazin
12 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Jarno Trulli
20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C17 Petronas SPE-01D G 14 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Alesi 22px-Flag of Germany.png Jörg Müller
15 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Johnny Herbert
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Danka Zepter Arrows Arrows A19 Arrows T2-F1 B 16 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Pedro Diniz 22px-Flag of France.png Emmanuel Collard
22px-Flag of South Africa.png Stephen Watson
17 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Salo
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Stewart Ford Stewart SF02 Ford VJ Zetec-R B 18 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello n/a
19 22px-Flag of Denmark.png Jan Magnussen
22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png Jos Verstappen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tyrrell Tyrrell 026 Ford JD Zetec-R G 20 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Ricardo Rosset n/a
21 22px-Flag of Japan.png Toranosuke Takagi
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Fondmetal Minardi Team Minardi M198 Ford JD Zetec-R B 22 22px-Flag of Japan.png Shinji Nakano 22px-Flag of France.png Laurent Redon
23 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Esteban Tuero

All engines were 3.0 litre, V10 configuration.

Season review

Grands Prix

Round Race Date Location Winning Driver Constructor Report
1 22px-Flag of Australia.png Australian Grand Prix March 8 Melbourne 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Brazilian Grand Prix March 29 Interlagos 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
3 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Argentine Grand Prix April 12 Oscar Gálvez 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
4 22px-Flag of San Marino.png San Marino Grand Prix April 26 Imola 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
5 22px-Flag of Spain.png Spanish Grand Prix May 10 Catalunya 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
6 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Monaco Grand Prix May 24 Monaco 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
7 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Canadian Grand Prix June 7 Circuit Gilles Villeneuve 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
8 22px-Flag of France.png French Grand Prix June 28 Magny-Cours 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png British Grand Prix July 12 Silverstone 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
10 22px-Flag of Austria.png Austrian Grand Prix July 26 A1-Ring 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
11 22px-Flag of Germany.png German Grand Prix August 2 Hockenheimring 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
12 22px-Flag of Hungary.png Hungarian Grand Prix August 16 Hungaroring 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
13 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Belgian Grand Prix August 30 Spa-Francorchamps 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Damon Hill 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Jordan-Mugen-Honda Report
14 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian Grand Prix September 13 Monza 22px-Flag of Germany.png Michael Schumacher 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
15 22px-Flag of Luxembourg.png Luxembourg Grand Prix September 27 Nürburgring 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
16 22px-Flag of Japan.png Japanese Grand Prix November 1 Suzuka 22px-Flag of Finland.png Mika Häkkinen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report

1998 Constructors Championship final standings

Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre Points Wins Podiums Poles
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13 B 156 9 20 12
2 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari F300 G 133 6 19 3
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams-Mecachrome FW20 G 38 3
4 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Jordan-Mugen-Honda 198 G 34 1 3
5 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Benetton-Playlife B198 B 33 2 1
6 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Sauber-Petronas C17 G 10 1
7 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Arrows A19 B 6
8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Stewart-Ford SF02 B 5
9 22px-Flag of France.png Prost-Peugeot AP01 B 1
10 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Tyrrell-Ford 026 G
11 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Minardi-Ford M198 B

1998 Drivers Championship final standings

Pos Driver AUS 22px-Flag of Australia.png BRA 22px-Flag of Brazil.png ARG 22px-Flag of Argentina.png SMR 22px-Flag of San Marino.png ESP 22px-Flag of Spain.png MON 22px-Flag of Monaco.png CAN 22px-Flag of the Canada.png FRA 22px-Flag of France.png GBR 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png AUT 22px-Flag of Austria.png GER 22px-Flag of Germany.png HUN 22px-Flag of Hungary.png BEL 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png ITA 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif LUX 22px-Flag of Luxembourg.png JPN 22px-Flag of Japan.png Points
1 22px-Flag of Finland.png Häkkinen 1 1 2 Ret 1 1 Ret 3 2 1 1 6 Ret 4 1 1 100
2 22px-Flag of Germany.png M.Schumacher Ret 3 1 2 3 10 1 1 1 3 5 1 Ret 1 2 Ret 86
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Coulthard 2 2 6 1 2 Ret Ret 6 Ret 2 2 2 7 Ret 3 3 56
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Irvine 4 8 3 3 Ret 3 3 2 3 4 8 Ret Ret 2 4 2 47
5 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Villeneuve 5 7 Ret 4 6 5 10 4 7 6 3 3 Ret Ret 8 6 21
6 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Hill 8 DSQ 8 10 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 4 4 1 6 9 4 20
7 22px-Flag of Germany.png Frentzen 3 5 9 5 8 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 9 5 4 7 5 5 17
8 22px-Flag of Austria.png Wurz 7 4 4 Ret 4 Ret 4 5 4 9 11 16 Ret Ret 7 9 17
9 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Fisichella Ret 6 7 Ret Ret 2 2 9 5 Ret 7 8 Ret 8 6 8 16
10 22px-Flag of Germany.png R.Schumacher Ret Ret Ret 7 11 Ret Ret 16 6 5 6 9 2 3 Ret Ret 14
11 22px-Flag of France.png Alesi Ret 9 5 6 10 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret 10 7 3 5 10 7 9
12 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Barrichello Ret Ret 10 Ret 5 Ret 5 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 11 Ret 4
13 22px-Flag of Finland.png Salo Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 4 Ret 13 Ret Ret 14 Ret Ret Ret 14 Ret 3
14 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Diniz Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 9 14 Ret Ret Ret 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 3
15 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Herbert 6 11 Ret Ret 7 7 Ret 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 10 1
16 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Trulli Ret Ret 11 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 12 Ret 6 13 Ret 12 1
17 22px-Flag of Denmark.png Magnussen Ret 10 Ret Ret 12 Ret 6 1
18 22px-Flag of Japan.png Nakano Ret Ret 13 Ret 14 9 7 17 8 11 Ret 15 8 Ret 15 Ret 0
19 22px-Flag of Argentina.png Tuero Ret Ret Ret 8 15 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret 11 NC Ret 0
20 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rosset Ret Ret 14 Ret DNQ DNQ 8 Ret Ret 12 DNQ DNQ Ret 12 Ret DNQ 0
21 22px-Flag of Japan.png Takagi Ret Ret 12 Ret 13 11 Ret Ret 9 Ret 13 14 Ret 9 16 Ret 0
22 22px-Flag of France.png Panis 9 Ret 15 11 16 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 12 Ret Ret 12 11 0
23 22px-Flag of the Netherlands.png Verstappen 12 Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 13 Ret 0
Pos Driver AUS 22px-Flag of Australia.png BRA 22px-Flag of Brazil.png ARG 22px-Flag of Argentina.png SMR 22px-Flag of San Marino.png ESP 22px-Flag of Spain.png MON 22px-Flag of Monaco.png CAN 22px-Flag of the Canada.png FRA 22px-Flag of France.png GBR 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png AUT 22px-Flag of Austria.png GER 22px-Flag of Germany.png HUN 22px-Flag of Hungary.png BEL 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png ITA 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif LUX 22px-Flag of Luxembourg.png JPN 22px-Flag of Japan.png Points
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Finished, in points
Blue Finished, no points
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Blank Did not participate
Blank Injured (INJ)
Blank Excluded (EX)


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