1998 British
Grand Prix
3.194 miles

July 12th 1998

Qualifying - Race - Analysis

Qualifying : Overcast, cold

Villeneuve shone in qualifying

1997 Pole: Jacques Villeneuve (Williams) 1m 21.598s

The Starting Grid

Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes BS 1m 23.271s
Michael Schumacher Ferrari GY 1m 23.720s
Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome GY 1m 24.102s
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes BS 1m 24.310s
Eddie Irvine Ferrari GY 1m 24.436s
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome GY 1m 24.442s
Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen Honda GY 1m 24.542s
Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas BS 1m 25.081s
Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas GY 1m 25.084s
Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen Honda GY 1m 25.461s
Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife BS 1m 25.654s
Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife BS 1m 25.760s
Pedro Diniz TWR Arrows BS 1m 26.376s
Mika Salo TWR Arrows BS 1m 26.487s
Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot BS 1m 26.808s
Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot BS 1m 26.847s
Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford BS 1m 26.948s
Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford BS 1m 26.990s
Tora Takagi Tyrrell-Ford GY 1m 27.061s
Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford BS 1m 28.051s
Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford BS 1m 28.123s
Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford GY 1m 28.608s
107 % rule time: 1m 29.100s  

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Race : 60 laps - wet

The start

1997 Winner: Jacques Villeneuve (Williams) 1h 28m 01.665s

The Result

Michael Schumacher Ferrari GY 1h 47m 12.450s
Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes BS 1h 47m 24.915s
Eddie Irvine Ferrari GY 1h 47m 31.649s
Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife BS 1 lap down
Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife BS 1 lap down
Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen Honda GY 1 lap down
Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome GY 1 lap down
Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford BS 2 laps down
Tora Takagi Tyrrell-Ford GY 4 laps down
Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas GY 53 laps - electrics
Pedro Diniz TWR Arrows BS 45 laps - spun off
Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot BS 40 laps -
Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford BS 39 laps - spun off
Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford BS 38 laps - spun off
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes BS 37 laps - spun off
Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot BS 37 laps - spun off
Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford GY 29 laps - spun off
Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford BS 29 laps - spun off
Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas GY 27 laps - spun off
Mika Salo TWR Arrows BS 27 laps - spun off
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome GY 15 laps - spun off
Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen Honda GY 13 laps - spun off

Fastest Lap :
Micheal Schumacher (Ferrari) 1m 35.704s
Lap Record : 1992: Nigel Mansell (Williams) 1m 17.070s

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Alesi - always good in the rain

Analysis :
Just a typical English summers day...up to your sidepods in water.

Once again Michael Schumacher showed he has no equal in the rain, while Ferrari teammate Eddie Irvine was on the podium yet again.
After taking yet another pole, Mika Hakinnen led comfortably until the heavens opened and the slick track got the better of him. His offroad excursion damaging the underside of the car and forcing him to be content with second.
David Coulthard fell foul of the deluge along with a huge portion of the field, including Damon Hill (who was the first to go). While Jordan teammate Ralf Schumacher finally brought home a point for the team, both the Benetton's ran consistently (though not strongly) with Alexander Wurz again showing experience beyond his years.
Sauber's Jean Alesi, who like Fisichella always runs well in the rain, had a great run spoiled by one of the few mechanical failures in the race.

Jean Todt gets doused by his drivers

Scumacher really turned up the pressure on Hakkinen with this win, while the consistent podium finishes of Irvine have the Tifosi poised well for the Constructors championship.
It is now up to McLaren (and Coulthard) to show that they have an answer.

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