March 29th 1998
Qualifying - Race - Analysis
Qualifying : Sunny and humid
1997 Pole: Jacques Villeneuve (Williams) 1m 16.004s
The Starting Grid
|Mika Hakkinen||McLaren-Mercedes BS||1m 17.092s|
|David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes BS||1m 17.757s|
|Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Williams-Mecachrome GY||1m 18.109s|
|Michael Schumacher||Ferrari GY||1m 18.250s|
|Alexander Wurz||Benetton-Playlife BS||1m 18.261s|
|Eddie Irvine||Ferrari GY||1m 18.449s|
|Giancarlo Fisichella||Benetton-Playlife BS||1m 18.652s|
|Ralf Schumacher||Jordan-Mugen Honda GY||1m 18.735s|
|Olivier Panis||Prost-Peugeot BS||1m 18.753s|
|Jacques Villeneuve||Williams-Mecachrome GY||1m 18.761s|
|Damon Hill||Jordan-Mugen Honda GY||1m 18.988s|
|Jarno Trulli||Prost-Peugeot BS||1m 19.069s|
|Rubens Barrichello||Stewart-Ford BS||1m 19.344s|
|Johnny Herbert||Sauber-Petronas GY||1m 19.375s|
|Jean Alesi||Sauber-Petronas BS||1m 19.449s|
|Jan Magnussen||Stewart-Ford BS||1m 19.644s|
|Tora Takagi||Tyrrell-Ford GY||1m 20.203s|
|Shinji Nakano||Minardi-Ford BS||1m 20.390s|
|Esteban Tuero||Minardi-Ford BS||1m 20.459s|
|Mika Salo||TWR Arrows BS||1m 20.481s|
|Ricardo Rosset||Tyrrell-Ford GY||1m 20.748s|
|Pedro Diniz||TWR Arrows BS||1m 20.847s|
107 % rule time: 1m 22.488s
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Race : 72 laps, sunny & humid
1997 Winner: Jacques Villeneuve (Williams) 1h 36m 09.990s
|Mika Hakkinen||McLaren-Mercedes BS||1h 37m 11.747s|
|David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes BS||1h 37m 12.849s|
|Michael Schumacher||Ferrari GY||1h 38m 12.297s|
|Alexander Wurz||Benetton-Playlife BS||1h 38m 19.200s|
|Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Williams-Mecachrome GY||1 lap down|
|Giancarlo Fisichella||Benetton-Playlife BS||1 lap down|
|Jacques Villeneuve||Williams-Mecachrome GY||1 lap down|
|Eddie Irvine||Ferrari GY||1 lap down|
|Jean Alesi||Sauber-Petronas GY||1 lap down|
|Jan Magnussen||Stewart-Ford BS||1 lap down|
|Johnny Herbert||Sauber-Petronas GY||67 laps - driver fatigue|
|Olivier Panis||Prost-Peugeot BS||61 laps - oil leak|
|Rubens Barrichello||Stewart-Ford BS||56 laps - gearbox|
|Ricardo Rosset||Tyrrell-Ford GY||52 laps - gearbox/spin|
|Esteban Tuero||Minardi-Ford BS||44 laps - brake system|
|Pedro Diniz||TWR Arrows BS||26 laps - engine|
|Tora Takagi||Tyrrell-Ford GY||19 laps - engine failure|
|Mika Salo||TWR Arrows BS||18 laps - engine|
|Jarno Trulli||Prost-Peugeot BS||17 laps - fuel pump|
|Shinji Nakano||Minardi-Ford BS||3 laps - spun off|
|Ralf Schumacher||Jordan-Mugen Honda GY||0 laps - spun off|
|Damon Hill||Jordan-Mugen Honda GY||Disqualified from 10th place - car underweight|
Fastest Lap :
Mika Hakkinen (McLaren) 1m 19.337s
Lap Record : 1997: Jacques Villeneuve (Williams) 1m 18.400s
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After having two wins handed to him, Mika Hakinnen finally showed he can win on his own merit, easily pacing McLaren teammate David Coulthard.
Although not quite as dominating as the previous race, the "Silver Arrows" were over a minute in front of Michael Schumacher and lapped up to 4th place. Of the rest of the finishers, particularly strong was the Benetton of Alexander Wurz, who drove a very maturely on his first visit to the track.
The Williams' once again struggled, with Heinz-Harald Frentzen only just holding off Giancarlo Fisichella in the second Benetton, while Jacques Villeneuve (having qualified a lowly 10th) had to fight to finish 7th.
During practice there were a couple of nasty crashes. Olivier Panis was lucky to walk away unscathed, while Johnny Herbert sprained his neck muscles enough that he was unable to finish the race.
As for the rest of the field, the engine and gearbox failures were prevelant, while Ralf Schumacher and Damon Hill gave Eddie Jordan an unwelcome 50th birthday presents. Hill by being disqualified from 10th for being 9kg underweight and the German by spinning off on the first lap. In the first two Grand Prix he has yet to complete a lap!
So the Hakkinen can truthfully
say he is a Grand Prix winner. If he keeps this up he will
overtake original "Flying Finn" Keke Rosberg in the
winners standings before the midpoint of the season...
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Photo credits : AP / McLaren Intl / Japan Tobacco Co