1998 Belgian
Grand Prix
Spa-Francorchamps
Spa
4.33 miles

Aug 30th 1998

Spa circuit layout

Qualifying - Race - Analysis

Qualifying : Overcast, cold

1997 Pole: Jacques Villeneuve (Williams) 1m 49.450s

The Starting Grid

Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes BS 1m 48.682s
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes BS 1m 48.845s
Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen Honda GY 1m 49.728s
Michael Schumacher Ferrari GY 1m 49.797s
Eddie Irvine Ferrari GY 1m 50.189s
Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome GY 1m 50.204s
Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife BS 1m 50.462s
Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen Honda GY 1m 50.501s
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome GY 1m 50.686s
Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas GY 1m 51.189s
Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife BS 1m 51.648s
Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas GY 1m 51.851s
Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot BS 1m 52.572s
Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford BS 1m 52.670s
Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot BS 1m 52.784s
Pedro Diniz TWR Arrows BS 1m 53.037s
Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford BS 1m 53.149s
Mika Salo TWR Arrows BS 1m 53.207s
Tora Takagi Tyrrell-Ford GY 1m 53.237s
Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford GY 1m 54.850s
Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford BS 1m 55.084s
Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford BS 1m 55.520s
107 % rule time: 1m 56.289s  

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Race : 44 laps - Heavy rain, cold

The start

1997 Winner: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1h 33m 46.717s

The Result

Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen Honda GY 1h 43m 47.407s
Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen Honda GY 1h 43m 48.339s
Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas GY 1h 43m 54.647s
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome GY 1h 44m 19.649s
Pedro Diniz TWR Arrows BS 1h 44m 39.089s
Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot BS 2 laps down
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes BS 5 laps down
Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford BS 5 laps down
Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife BS 26 laps - collision w/Nakano
Eddie Irvine Ferrari GY 25 laps - spun off
Michael Schumacher Ferrari GY 25 laps - collision w/Coulthard
Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford BS 17 laps -
Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome GY 16 laps - spun off
Tora Takagi Tyrrell-Ford GY 10 laps -
Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford BS 8 laps - engine
Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife BS 0 laps - collision w/Coulthard
Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes BS 0 laps - spun
Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas GY 0 laps - collision w/Hakkinen
Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot BS Did not take restart
Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford BS Did not take restart
Mika Salo TWR Arrows BS Did not take restart
Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford GY Did not take restart

Fastest Lap :
Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 2m 03.766s
Lap Record : 1997: Jacques Villeneuve (Williams) 1m 52.692s

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