1998 Japanese
Grand Prix
International Racing Course
3.64 miles

Nov 1st 1998

Suzuka circuit layout

Qualifying - Race - Analysis

Qualifying : Sunny and warm

1997 Pole: Jacques Villeneuve (Williams) 1m 36.071s

The Starting Grid

Michael Schumacher Ferrari GY 1m 36.293s
Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes BS 1m 36.471s
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes BS 1m 37.496s
Eddie Irvine Ferrari GY 1m 38.197s
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome GY 1m 38.272s
Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome GY 1m 38.448s
Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen Honda GY 1m 38.461s
Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen Honda GY 1m 38.603s
Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife BS 1m 38.959s
Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife BS 1m 39.080s
Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas GY 1m 39.234s
Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas GY 1m 39.448s
Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot BS 1m 40.037s
Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot BS 1m 40.111s
Mika Salo TWR Arrows BS 1m 40.387s
Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford BS 1m 40.502s
Tora Takagi Tyrrell-Ford GY 1m 40.619s
Pedro Diniz TWR Arrows BS 1m 40.687s
Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford BS 1m 40.943s
Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford BS 1m 41.315s
Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford BS 1m 42.358s
107 % rule time: 1m 43.033s  
Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford GY 1m 43.259s - DNQ

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Race : 51 laps - Bright and sunny

The start

1997 Winner: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1h 29m 48.446s

The Result

Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes BS 1h 27m 22.535s
Eddie Irvine Ferrari GY 1h 27m 29.026s
David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes BS 1h 27m 50.197s
Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen Honda GY 1h 28m 36.026s
Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome GY 1h 28m 36.392s
Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome GY 1h 28m 38.402s
Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas GY 1h 28m 58.588s
Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife BS 1h 29m 03.387s
Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife BS 1 lap down
Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas GY 1 lap down
Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot BS 1 lap down
Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot BS 3 laps down - not running
Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford BS 13 laps - throttle control
Michael Schumacher Ferrari GY 31 laps - tyre explosion!
Tora Takagi Tyrrell-Ford GY 28 laps - collision w/Tuero
Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford BS 28 laps - collision w/Takagi
Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford BS 25 laps - differential
Jos Verstappen Stewart-Ford BS 21 laps - gearbox
Mika Salo TWR Arrows BS 14 laps - hydraulics
Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen Honda GY 13 laps - engine
Pedro Diniz TWR Arrows BS 2 laps - spun off

Fastest Lap :
Michael Schumacher (Ferrari) 1m 40.190s
Lap Record : 1997: Heinz-Harald Frentzen (Williams) 1m 38.942s

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