|Circuit Gilles Villeneuve
June 7th 1998
Qualifying - Race - Analysis
Qualifying : Cloudy
1997 Pole: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1m 18.095s
The Starting Grid
|David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes BS||1m 18.213s|
|Mika Hakkinen||McLaren-Mercedes BS||1m 18.282s|
|Michael Schumacher||Ferrari GY||1m 18.497s|
|Giancarlo Fisichella||Benetton-Playlife BS||1m 18.826s|
|Ralf Schumacher||Jordan-Mugen Honda GY||1m 19.242s|
|Jacques Villeneuve||Williams-Mecachrome GY||1m 19.588s|
|Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Williams-Mecachrome GY||1m 19.614s|
|Eddie Irvine||Ferrari GY||1m 19.616s|
|Jean Alesi||Sauber-Petronas BS||1m 19.693s|
|Damon Hill||Jordan-Mugen Honda GY||1m 19.717s|
|Alexander Wurz||Benetton-Playlife BS||1m 19.765s|
|Johnny Herbert||Sauber-Petronas GY||1m 19.845s|
|Rubens Barrichello||Stewart-Ford BS||1m 19.953s|
|Jarno Trulli||Prost-Peugeot BS||1m 20.188s|
|Olivier Panis||Prost-Peugeot BS||1m 20.303s|
|Tora Takagi||Tyrrell-Ford GY||1m 20.328s|
|Mika Salo||TWR Arrows BS||1m 20.536s|
|Shinji Nakano||Minardi-Ford BS||1m 21.230s|
|Pedro Diniz||TWR Arrows BS||1m 21.301s|
|Jan Magnussen||Stewart-Ford BS||1m 21.629s|
|Esteban Tuero||Minardi-Ford BS||1m 21.822s|
|Ricardo Rosset||Tyrrell-Ford GY||1m 21.824s|
|107 % rule time:||1m 23.687s|
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Race : 69 laps - cloudy
1997 Winner: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1h 17m 40.616s race stopped after 56 laps
|Michael Schumacher||Ferrari GY||1h 40m 57.355s|
|Giancarlo Fisichella||Benetton-Playlife BS||1h 41m 14.017s|
|Eddie Irvine||Ferrari GY||1h 41m 57.413s|
|Alexander Wurz||Benetton-Playlife BS||1h 42m 00.587s|
|Rubens Barrichello||Stewart-Ford BS||1h 42m 18.867s|
|Jan Magnussen||Stewart-Ford BS||1 lap down|
|Shinji Nakano||Minardi-Ford BS||1 lap down|
|Ricardo Rosset||Tyrrell-Ford GY||1 lap down|
|Pedro Diniz||TWR Arrows BS||1 lap down|
|Jacques Villeneuve||Williams-Mecachrome GY||6 laps down|
|Esteban Tuero||Minardi-Ford BS||53 laps - electrics|
|Damon Hill||Jordan-Mugen Honda GY||42 laps - electrics|
|Olivier Panis||Prost-Peugeot BS||39 laps - throttle/spun off|
|Heinz-Harald Frentzen||Williams-Mecachrome GY||20 laps - collision w/Schumacher|
|David Coulthard||McLaren-Mercedes BS||18 laps - throttle linkage|
|Johnny Herbert||Sauber-Petronas GY||18 laps - spun off|
|Mika Salo||TWR Arrows BS||18 laps - hit barriers|
|Tora Takagi||Tyrrell-Ford GY||0 laps - clutch|
|Ralf Schumacher||Jordan-Mugen Honda GY||0 laps - clutch|
|Jean Alesi||Sauber-Petronas GY||0 laps - crash with Trulli|
|Jarno Trulli||Prost-Peugeot BS||0 laps - crash with Alesi|
|Mika Hakkinen||McLaren-Mercedes BS||0 laps - gearbox|
Fastest Lap :
Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1m 19.379s
Previous Lap Record : 1997: David Coulthard (McLaren) 1m 19.635s
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By the time the Grand Prix got underway, at the third attempt, we had already lost 20 percent of the field! Most notable among them being Mika Hakinnen who managed only a few yards after the second start.
David Coulthard took off from pole into the lead followed by Michael Schumacher but the McLaren fell foul of a broken throttle linkage after 18 laps. From then on, the only person Schumacher had to beat was himself, something he almost managed when he exited the pits and shoved Heinz-Harald Frentzen into the gravel. The 10 second stop and go penalty brought Giancarlo Fisichella closer but a baulky gearbox kept the Italian from mounting a serious charge.
The award for sticking to it must go to Alexander Wurz, who somersaulted his Benetton several times at the first start, was in the middle of the incident after the second start and still managed to come in a gallant fourth!
Eddie Irvine picked up a podium finish to boost Ferrari's Constructors Championship hopes, while both Rubens Barrichello and Jan Magnussen earned crucial points for Stewart. At his home race, Jacques Villeneuve seemed under intense pressure to perform well and it showed when he tried a desperate outbraking manoeuvre on Fisichella on the third restart (caused by a bizarre incident - Pedro Diniz spun and a collected a large portion of fresh turf, which he proceeded to drop around the circuit...). Villeneuve locked up all his wheels, spun off then pulled back on in front of Esteban Tuero, who had no way to avoid hitting the Williams. The Minardi continued, but the Canadian lost many laps while his crew replaced his rear wing.
Are there cracks beginning to show in the McLaren-Mercedes armour? It may be a little premature but the Tifosi have at least a glimmer of hope for one championship...maybe two...
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