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1998 Italian Grand Prix

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1998 Italian Grand Prix
Race 14 of 16 in the 1998 Formula One World Championship
Autodromo Nazionale di Monza (last modified in 1995)
Autodromo Nazionale di Monza (last modified in 1995)
Race details
Date 13 September 1998
Official name LIX Gran Premio Campari d'Italia
Location Autodromo Nazionale di Monza, Monza, Italy
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.770 km (3.585 mi)
Distance 53 laps, 305.810 km (190.022 mi)
Weather Sunny
Pole position
Driver Ferrari
Time 1:25.298
Fastest lap
Driver Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:25.139 on lap 45
First Ferrari
Second Ferrari
Third Jordan-Mugen-Honda

The 1998 Italian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held at Monza on 13 September 1998. The race was won by Michael Schumacher. This was also the last win for tyre manufacturer Goodyear in Formula One.

It was a dramatic race, Häkkinen got a blinding start pushing his way past Eddie Irvine and Michael Schumacher on the front row, at same time it was a dreadful start for Schumacher who fell down to 5th, soon after he passed Villeneuve for 4th then Irvine for 3rd.

Häkkinen was struggling with a developing brake issue soon after and he waved his teammate Coulthard through, but soon after Coulthard's engine blew and seconds later Schumacher, who had caught Häkkinen, passed the Finn when Häkkinen had adjusted his brake bias forwards to cope with the brake problem and ran wide due to the smoke from Coulthard's engine.

Villeneuve running very low downforce soon spun out of the race, and Häkkinen started catching Schumacher again. Häkkinen was just three seconds behind with a handful of laps remaining, but then his rear brakes failed, sending him into a wild spin at the Roggia chicane. He was able to keep his engine running and kept going, but at the beginning of the next lap he went off again at the first Rettifilo chicane, and Irvine reeled him in and took 2nd off him. Soon after Ralf Schumacher caught and over took Häkkinen who was able to limp home in 4th.

It was a jubilant scene for the Italian crowd as Michael Schumacher came home first and his Ferrari teammate Eddie Irvine took second with Ralf Schumacher third, meaning the Jordan team had finished on all three podium places in two races.

Michael Schumacher was now level on points with Mika Häkkinen going into the Nürburgring, the penultimate round, though Häkkinen still led the championship on countback.

This race was Scuderia Ferrari's 600th start in a World Championship event as a team.[1]



Pos No Driver Constructor Time Gap
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:25.289
2 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 1:25.561 +0.272
3 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.679 +0.390
4 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:25.987 +0.698
5 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:26.159 +0.870
6 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:26.309 +1.020
7 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 1:26.567 +1.278
8 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 1:26.637 +1.348
9 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 1:26.681 +1.392
10 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 1:26.794 +1.505
11 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 1:26.817 +1.528
12 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 1:26.836 +1.547
13 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 1:27.247 +1.958
14 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:27.362 +2.073
15 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 1:27.510 +2.221
16 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 1:27.744 +2.455
17 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford 1:28.212 +2.923
18 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 1:28.286 +2.997
19 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 1:28.346 +3.057
20 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 1:28.387 +3.098
21 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 1:29.101 +3.812
22 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 1:29.417 +4.128
107% time: 1:31.259


Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:17:09.672 1 10
2 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 53 +37.977 5 6
3 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 53 +41.152 6 4
4 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 53 +55.671 3 3
5 14 France Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 53 +1:01.872 8 2
6 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 53 +1:06.688 14 1
7 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 52 +1 Lap 12  
8 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 52 +1 Lap 11  
9 21 Japan Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 52 +1 Lap 19  
10 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 52 +1 Lap 13  
11 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 51 +2 Laps 22  
12 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 51 +2 Laps 18  
13 12 Italy Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 50 +3 Laps 10  
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford 39 Gearbox 17  
Ret 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 37 Spun off 2  
Ret 17 Finland Mika Salo Arrows 32 Throttle 16  
Ret 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 24 Gearbox 7  
Ret 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 16 Engine 4  
Ret 11 France Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 15 Vibrations 9  
Ret 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 13 Engine 21  
Ret 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 12 Spun off 15  
Ret 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz Arrows 10 Spun off 20  

Championship standings after the race

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.


  • This was the last win for tyre manufacturer Goodyear in F1.
  • This was also the last-ever all-Goodyear podium in F1 to date.
  • This marked the first time that brothers Michael and Ralf Schumacher stood on the podium together, as well as the first time in history that two brothers had shared a podium in F1.
  • McLaren's bad luck started when David Coulthard's engine blew whilst leading, Häkkinen in second was blinded by the smoke allowing Michael Schumacher to pass. Häkkinen slipped to 4th with brake trouble.
  • Johnny Herbert spun off owing to a spanner that had been left by one of the Sauber mechanics in his car that slipped beneath the pedals.
  • Tora Takagi was fourth fastest in the Warm-up session.


  1. ^ Privateer Ferrari entry in 1950 French Grand Prix, which is often a source of incorrect count for their races as a team (as opposed to as a manufacturer) doesn't count towards the team's participations.
  2. ^ "Italy 1998 - Qualifications". StatsF1. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  3. ^ "1998 Italian Grand Prix". Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 24 December 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Italy 1998 - Championship • STATS F1". Retrieved 18 March 2019.

External links

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1998 Belgian Grand Prix
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1998 Luxembourg Grand Prix
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1997 Italian Grand Prix
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1999 Italian Grand Prix
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