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The 1998 Japanese Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XXV Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix (XXIV フジテレビ日本グランプリ in Japanese), was the sixteenth and penultimate round of the 1998 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Suzuka Circuit on the 1st of November.



BackgroundEdit

Entry ListEdit

The full entry list for the 1998 Japanese Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Winfield Williams Williams FW20 Mecachrome GC37-01 3.0 V10 G
2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Winfield Williams Williams FW20 Mecachrome GC37-01 3.0 V10 G
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F300 Ferrari 047 3.0 V10 G
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F300 Ferrari 047 3.0 V10 G
5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B198 Playlife GC37-01 3.0 V10 B
6 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton B198 Playlife GC37-01 3.0 V10 B
7 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/13 Mercedes FO 110G 3.0 V10 B
8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom West McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4/13 Mercedes FO 110G 3.0 V10 B
9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan 198 Mugen-Honda MF-301HC 3.0 V10 G
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Benson & Hedges Jordan Jordan 198 Mugen-Honda MF-301HC 3.0 V10 G
11 France Olivier Panis France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP01 Peugeot A16 3.0 V10 B
12 Italy Jarno Trulli France Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost AP01 Peugeot A16 3.0 V10 B
14 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C17 Petronas SPE-01D 3.0 V10 G
15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber C17 Petronas SPE-01D 3.0 V10 G
16 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Danka Zepter Arrows Arrows A19 Arrows T2-F1 3.0 V10 B
17 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Danka Zepter Arrows Arrows A19 Arrows T2-F1 3.0 V10 B
18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom HSBC Stewart Ford Stewart SF02 Ford Cosworth VJ Zetec-R 3.0 V10 B
19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom HSBC Stewart Ford Stewart SF02 Ford Cosworth VJ Zetec-R 3.0 V10 B
20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom PIAA Tyrrell Tyrrell 026 Ford Cosworth JD Zetec-R 3.0 V10 G
21 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom PIAA Tyrrell Tyrrell 026 Ford Cosworth JD Zetec-R 3.0 V10 G
22 Japan Shinji Nakano Italy Fondmetal Minardi Team Minardi M198 Ford Cosworth JD Zetec-R 3.0 V10 B
23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Italy Fondmetal Minardi Team Minardi M198 Ford Cosworth JD Zetec-R 3.0 V10 B
Source:[1]

Practice OverviewEdit

Free Practice 1Edit

Free Practice 2Edit

Warm-UpEdit

Practice ResultsEdit

The full practice results for the 1998 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

No. Driver Constructor FP1 FP2 Warm-Up
Time Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos.
1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 1:41.252 8 1:39.883 5 1:41.510 7
2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 1:40.389 3 1:38.874 4 1:41.452 6
3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:39.823 1 1:38.429 1 1:40.431 1
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:40.615 4 1:40.552 9 1:41.246 5
5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:42.224 10 1:40.265 8 1:42.611 9
6 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:42.628 11 1:41.002 12 1:42.881 14
7 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.845 6 1:38.673 2 1:40.710 2
8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:40.644 5 1:38.752 3 1:41.056 3
9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:41.098 7 1:40.146 7 1:41.902 8
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:40.336 2 1:40.003 6 1:41.119 4
11 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:43.493 14 1:40.857 10 1:42.727 12
12 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 1:43.121 13 1:42.786 19 1:43.834 17
14 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:43.788 16 1:40.925 11 1:42.700 11
15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:43.894 18 1:41.543 15 1:42.837 13
16 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows 1:44.468 19 1:41.889 17 1:44.273 20
17 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Arrows 1:43.634 15 1:41.823 16 1:42.650 10
18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:43.854 17 1:41.172 14 1:44.205 19
19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:42.191 9 1:41.924 18 1:43.935 18
20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:45.054 21 DNP DNP
21 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:42.833 12 1:41.105 13 1:43.776 16
22 Japan Shinji Nakano Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:44.632 20 1:43.013 20 1:43.593 15
23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:46.396 22 1:43.048 21 1:45.733 21
Source:[2][3][4]

QualifyingEdit

Qualifying ReportEdit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 1998 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Time Gap Ave. Speed
1 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 1:36.293 219.231 km/h
2 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:36.471 +0.178s 218.826 km/h
3 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1:37.496 +1.203s 216.526 km/h
4 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 1:38.197 +1.904s 214.980 km/h
5 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 1:38.272 +1.979s 214.816 km/h
6 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 1:38.448 +2.155s 214.432 km/h
7 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:38.461 +2.310s 214.095 km/h
8 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 1:38.603 +2.310s 214.095 km/h
9 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:38.959 +2.666s 213.325 km/h
10 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 1:39.080 +2.787s 213.064 km/h
11 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:39.234 +2.941s 212.734 km/h
12 14 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 1:39.448 +3.155s 212.276 km/h
13 11 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 1:40.037 +3.744s 211.026 km/h
14 12 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 1:40.111 +3.818s 210.870 km/h
15 17 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Arrows 1:40.387 +4.094s 210.290 km/h
16 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:40.502 +4.209s 210.050 km/h
17 21 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:40.619 +4.326s 209.805 km/h
18 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows 1:40.687 +4.394s 209.664 km/h
19 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 1:40.943 +4.650s 209.132 km/h
20 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:41.315 +5.022s 208.364 km/h
21 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 1:42.358 +6.065s 206.241 km/h
107% Time: 1:43.033[5]
NC 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 1:43.259 +6.966s 204.441 km/h
Source:[5][6]
  • Bold indicates a driver's best/qualifying time.

GridEdit

The full grid for the 1998 Japanese Grand Prix is shown below:

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Mika Häkkinen 2
______________ David Coulthard
Row 2 3 ______________
Eddie Irvine 4
______________ Heinz-Harald Frentzen
Row 3 5 ______________
Jacques Villeneuve 6
______________ Ralf Schumacher
Row 4 7 ______________
Damon Hill 8
______________ Alexander Wurz
Row 5 9 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 10
______________ Johnny Herbert
Row 6 11 ______________
Jean Alesi 12
______________ Olivier Panis
Row 7 13 ______________
Mika Salo 14
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 8 15 ______________
Tora Takagi 16
______________ Pedro Diniz
Row 9 17 ______________
Jos Verstappen 18
______________ Shinji Nakano
Row 10 19 ______________
Esteban Tuero 20
______________ Jarno Trulli*
Row 11 21 ______________
Michael Schumacher* 22
______________
  • * Trulli and Michael Schumacher had started at the back of the grid on the second start.

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 1998 Japanese Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Finland Mika Häkkinen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 51 1:27:22.535 1 10
2 4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Italy Ferrari 51 +6.491s 3 6
3 7 United Kingdom David Coulthard United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 51 +27.662s 2 4
4 9 United Kingdom Damon Hill Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 51 +1:13.491 7 3
5 2 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 51 +1:13.857 4 2
6 1 Canada Jacques Villeneuve United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 51 +1:15.867 5 1
7 14 France Jean Alesi Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 51 +1:36.053 11
8 5 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Italy Benetton-Playlife 51 +1:41.302 9
9 6 Austria Alexander Wurz Italy Benetton-Playlife 50 +1 lap 8
10 15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 50 +1 lap 10
11 11 France Olivier Panis France Prost-Peugeot 50 +1 lap 12
12* 12 Italy Jarno Trulli France Prost-Peugeot 48 Engine 20
Ret 22 Japan Shinji Nakano Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 40 Throttle 18
Ret 3 Germany Michael Schumacher Italy Ferrari 31 Puncture 21
Ret 21 Japan Tora Takagi United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth 28 Collision 15
Ret 23 Argentina Esteban Tuero Italy Minardi-Ford Cosworth 28 Collision 19
Ret 18 Brazil Rubens Barrichello United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 25 Hydraulics 14
Ret 19 Netherlands Jos Verstappen United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 21 Transmission 17
Ret 17 Finland Mika Salo United Kingdom Arrows 14 Hydraulics 13
Ret 10 Germany Ralf Schumacher Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 13 Engine 6
Ret 16 Brazil Pedro Diniz United Kingdom Arrows 2 Spin 16
DNQ 20 Brazil Ricardo Rosset United Kingdom Tyrrell-Ford Cosworth
Source:[7]
  • * Trulli was still classified despite retiring as he had completed 90% of the race distance.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts.
1 Finland Mika Häkkinen 100
2 Germany Michael Schumacher 86
3 United Kingdom David Coulthard 56
4 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine 47
5 Canada Jacques Villeneuve 21
6 United Kingdom Damon Hill 20
7 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen 17
= Austria Alexander Wurz 17
9 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella 16
10 Germany Ralf Schumacher 14
11 France Jean Alesi 9
12 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 4
13 Finland Mika Salo 3
= Brazil Pedro Diniz 3
15 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert 1
= Denmark Jan Magnussen 1
= Italy Jarno Trulli 1
International Cup for Manufacturers
Pos. Team Pts.
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 156
2 Italy Ferrari 133
3 United Kingdom Williams-Mecachrome 38
4 Ireland Jordan-Mugen-Honda 34
5 Italy Benetton-Playlife 33
6 Switzerland Sauber-Petronas 10
7 United Kingdom Arrows 6
8 United Kingdom Stewart-Ford Cosworth 5
9 France Prost-Peugeot 1

Only point scoring drivers and teams are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 'Japan 1998: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1998/japon/engages.aspx, (Accessed 13/05/2020)
  2. '1998 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix - PRACTICE 1', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2020), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1998/races/686/japan/practice-1.html, (Accessed 13/05/2020)
  3. '1998 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix - PRACTICE 2', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2020), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1998/races/686/japan/practice-2.html, (Accessed 13/05/2020)
  4. '1998 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix - WARM UP', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2020), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1998/races/686/japan/practice-0.html, (Accessed 13/05/2020)
  5. 5.0 5.1 'Japan 1998: Qualifications', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1998/japon/qualification.aspx, (Accessed 13/05/2020)
  6. '1998 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Ltd., 2020), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/1998/races/686/japan/qualifying-0.html, (Accessed 13/05/2020)
  7. 'Japan 1998: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/1998/japon/classement.aspx, (Accessed 13/05/2020)
V T E 1998 Formula One Season
Teams Williams • Ferrari • Benetton • McLaren • Jordan • Prost • Sauber • Arrows • Stewart • Tyrrell • Minardi
Engines Arrows • Ferrari • Ford • Mecachrome • Mercedes • Mugen-Honda • Petronas • Peugeot • Playlife
Drivers Villeneuve • 2 Frentzen • 3 M. Schumacher • 4 Irvine • 5 Fisichella • 6 Wurz • 7 Coulthard • 8 Häkkinen • 9 Hill • 10 R. Schumacher • 11 Panis • 12 Trulli • 14 Alesi • 15 Herbert • 16 Diniz • 17 Salo • 18 Barrichello • 19 Magnussen • 19 Verstappen • 20 Rosset • 21 Takagi • 22 Nakano • 23 Tuero
Other Drivers Badoer • De la Rosa • Heidfeld • Kristensen • Montoya • Zonta
Cars McLaren MP4/13 • Ferrari F300 • Williams FW20 • Jordan 198 • Benetton B198 • Sauber C17 • Arrows A19 • Stewart SF02 • Prost AP01 • Minardi M198 • Tyrrell 026
Tyres Goodyear • Bridgestone
Races Australia • Brazil • Argentina • San Marino • Spain • Monaco • Canada • France • Britain • Austria • Germany • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Luxembourg • Japan
See also 1997 Formula One Season • 1999 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Japan Japanese Grand Prix
Circuits Fuji (1976–1977, 2007–2008), Suzuka (1987–2006, 2009–present)
SuzukaCircuit2005
Races 197619771978–1986 • 19871988198919901991199219931994 • 19951996199719981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017201820192020
See also Pacific Grand Prix
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