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The 1998 Monaco Grand Prix was a Formula One held at Monaco on May 24, 1998. The race was won by Mika Häkkinen, his fourth win of the season.

Qualifying Summary

The biggest surprise in qualifying on the Saturday was Giancarlo Fisichella. He managed to put his car up into third place, behind only the two McLaren-Mercedes. At one stage Fisichella was the fastest driver. Michael Schumacher, who was for the world championship qualified fourth which was a big disappointment for the thousand of Italian fans who travelled to Monaco for the race.

Race Summary

A perfect start from both McLaren-Mercedes saw them lead through the first corner, with Häkkinen ahead of Coulthard. Fisichella and Schumacher were running 3rd and 4th. In the early stages the two McLaren-Mercedes pulled ahead, netting 12 fastest laps between them from laps 4 to 12. The pack stretched out behind them, while Heinz-Harald Frentzen succumbed to pressure from Eddie Irvine. On lap 18 David Coulthard retired with engine problems.

Michael Schumacher was first to pit for fuel on lap 30. One lap later Giancarlo Fisichella went in, although he came out of the pits behind the Ferrari. Soon Michael came up behind Alexander Wurz and tried to get past him at all costs. When the two came to the Lowes corner, Michael went down the inside but the Austrian did not give way. The two cars touched and the Ferrari was damaged. Michael went in to pit for repairs, and he eventually came out three laps down on the leader Mika Häkkinen.

Wurz appeared unaffected by the contact, but his suspension broke due to damage from the collision and he had a huge accident coming out of the tunnel, finally stopping at the Nouvelle chicane. After Wurz's second accident on lap 42, the order was Mika Häkkinen followed by Giancarlo Fisichella, Eddie Irvine, Jean Alesi, and Mika Salo. However five laps from the end Jean Alesi experienced gearbox problems, and he was forced to pull out of the race, promoting Pedro Diniz to sixth. Michael Schumacher attempted to pass Diniz in the chicane, but they made contact. This second accident broke his front wing, and Michael finally ended up two laps down in tenth place, out of the points.

Classification

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 8 Template:Country flagicon Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 78 1:51:23.595 1 10
2 5 Template:Country flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella Benetton-Playlife 78 +11.475 3 6
3 4 Template:Country flagicon Eddie Irvine Ferrari 78 +41.378 7 4
4 17 Template:Country flagicon Mika Salo Arrows 78 +1:00.363 8 3
5 1 Template:Country flagicon Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Mecachrome 77 +1 Lap 13 2
6 16 Template:Country flagicon Pedro Diniz Arrows 77 +1 Lap 12 1
7 15 Template:Country flagicon Johnny Herbert Sauber-Petronas 77 +1 Lap 9  
8 9 Template:Country flagicon Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 76 +2 Laps 15  
9 22 Template:Country flagicon Shinji Nakano Minardi-Ford 76 +2 Laps 19  
10 3 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher Ferrari 76 +2 Laps 4  
11 21 Template:Country flagicon Toranosuke Takagi Tyrrell-Ford 76 +2 Laps 20  
12 14 Template:Country flagicon Jean Alesi Sauber-Petronas 72 Gearbox 11  
Ret 12 Template:Country flagicon Jarno Trulli Prost-Peugeot 56 Gearbox 10  
Ret 11 Template:Country flagicon Olivier Panis Prost-Peugeot 49 Wheel 18  
Ret 10 Template:Country flagicon Ralf Schumacher Jordan-Mugen-Honda 44 Suspension 16  
Ret 6 Template:Country flagicon Alexander Wurz Benetton-Playlife 42 Spun off 6  
Ret 19 Template:Country flagicon Jan Magnussen Stewart-Ford 30 Suspension 17  
Ret 7 Template:Country flagicon David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 17 Engine 2  
Ret 18 Template:Country flagicon Rubens Barrichello Stewart-Ford 11 Suspension 14  
Ret 2 Template:Country flagicon Heinz-Harald Frentzen Williams-Mecachrome 5 Collision 5  
Ret 23 Template:Country flagicon Esteban Tuero Minardi-Ford 0 Spun off 21  
DNQ 20 Template:Country flagicon Riccardo Rosset Tyrrell-Ford 0 Did Not Qualify DNQ  

Standings after Grand Prix

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Template:Country flagicon Mika Häkkinen 46
2 Template:Country flagicon David Coulthard 29
3 Template:Country flagicon Michael Schumacher 24
4 Template:Country flagicon Eddie Irvine 15
5 Template:Country flagicon Alexander Wurz 9
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 Template:Country flagicon McLaren-Mercedes 75
2 Template:Country flagicon Ferrari 39
3 Template:Country flagicon Williams-Mecachrome 16
4 Template:Country flagicon Benetton-Playlife 16
5 Template:Country flagicon Sauber-Petronas 4
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.