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1998 Formula One season

1998 FIA Formula One
World Championship season
Drivers' Champion: Mika Häkkinen
Constructors' Champion: McLaren-Mercedes
Previous: 1997 Next: 1999
File:David Coulthard 2007.jpg
Häkkinen's team-mate, David Coulthard (pictured in 2007), finished the season ranked third.

The 1998 Formula One season was the 49th season of FIA Formula One motor racing. It featured the 1998 FIA Formula One World Championship which commenced on 8 March and ended on 1 November after sixteen races. The Drivers' Championship was won by Mika Häkkinen and the Constructors' Championship was awarded to McLaren-Mercedes.[1]

Off-season changes

At the end of 1997, Renault withdrew as a direct engine supplier from Formula One. As a result, the two teams running Renault engines were forced to source alternative suppliers. Williams opted to run engines supplied by Mecachrome, who were working with Renault to develop the most recent iteration of their RS9 engine rebadged with the Mecachrome name. Benetton sourced a similar rebadged Renault engine from Playlife. Neither Williams nor Benetton were competitive to the same level as in previous seasons. Renault themselves would invest in Benetton for 2000, before buying the team outright in 2002. They would not supply engines to other competing teams again until 2007. The Prost and Jordan teams swapped their engine suppliers from 1997: Prost now used Peugeot, whilst Jordan used Mugen-Honda.

The 1998 season brought about two significant technical changes to reduce cornering speeds and aid overtaking.[2] The first was the reduction of the cars' track, making them much narrower than in 1997. The second was the introduction of grooved tyres to replace slicks. The front tyres had three grooves, with four on the rear tyres; for 1999, each tyre would have four grooves. Grooved tyres were a mainstay in Formula One until the reintroduction of slicks in 2009.[3] For 1998, both McLaren and Benetton switched from Goodyear to Bridgestone tyres, as the Japanese manufacturer expanded to work with six of the eleven teams in their second year competing in the sport. This would result in the two teams who became principal championship protagonists working with different tyre manufacturers. The two top teams from 1997, Williams and Ferrari, opted to retained Goodyear tyres.

Season summary

When the season commenced, it was immediately clear that McLaren had adapted to the new rule changes best, with their drivers locking out the front row of the grid at the opening race of the season in Australia, both more than half a second clear of 199495 world champion Michael Schumacher's Ferrari. Mika Häkkinen went on to take victory in controversial circumstances after team-mate David Coulthard moved over to allow him to pass in the closing laps, honouring a gentlemen's agreement that the driver leading at the first corner would win the race. Coulthard went on to finish second. This result was repeated in Brazil, although once again controversy was not far away, this time off the track: a protest was raised about a controversial braking system on the McLaren which was suggested to allow the drivers to brake front and rear wheels independently, contravening the rules. McLaren agreed not to run the system, but remained dominant in the race. With Goodyear making steps forward before Argentina, Schumacher was able to take his first win of the season, with team-mate Eddie Irvine in third. Häkkinen finished a distant second, but Coulthard only managed sixth after he was tipped into a spin early in the race by Schumacher.

Coulthard bounced back in Imola by gaining pole position and winning the race, which would be his lone win of the season, ahead of Schumacher and Irvine. Häkkinen suffered his first retirement of the season due to a gearbox failure. The progress made by Goodyear enabled Ferrari to excel on these twisty circuits. In Spain, however, the fast corners favoured McLaren and again they raced away to another 1–2 finish led by Häkkinen. A further win for Häkkinen in Monaco gave him a seventeen-point lead over Coulthard with Schumacher a further five points behind.

Schumacher fought back to win the next three races, while mistakes and mechanical failures cost both Häkkinen and Coulthard points. After the British Grand Prix, Schumacher had closed the gap to Häkkinen to just two points, while Coulthard was 26 points behind his team mate and looking unlikely to be able to fight for the championship. Consecutive wins in Austria and Germany for Häkkinen proved that McLaren still had the strongest car, but a strategic master stroke in Hungary allowed Schumacher to take the win (with Häkkinen only managing sixth) and close the championship gap to just seven points.

The start of a typically rain-filled Belgian Grand Prix saw one of the worst accidents in Formula One history, with over half the cars on the grid crashing into each other after the first corner; four of those drivers were unable to take the restart almost an hour later due to lack of spare cars. An action-packed race saw Häkkinen spin out into retirement at the restart after colliding with the Sauber of Johnny Herbert. This allowed Schumacher to lead comfortably before crashing into Coulthard when trying to lap his McLaren. The path was then clear for 1996 world champion Damon Hill to take Jordan's first ever win, followed by team-mate Ralf Schumacher in second.

Michael Schumacher bounced back to take a surprise victory in Italy, having initially outraced Häkkinen, who ended up finishing only fourth after brake problems sent him into two spins. The championship was now level with two races to go, with the result also bringing Ferrari back into contention for the constructors' world championship, being just ten points behind. For the next race in Luxembourg, Häkkinen managed to beat Schumacher in a straight fight. The season concluded in Japan, where Häkkinen won easily without any challenge from Schumacher, who stalled on the grid and retired from a blown tyre later in the race. This gave Häkkinen his first world championship and McLaren their eighth constructors' championship. 1997 constructors' champions Williams had a disappointing season overall, with only two podium finishes for reigning drivers' champion Jacques Villeneuve and one for Heinz-Harald Frentzen. However, in Japan they managed to secure third in the constructors' championship, ahead of Jordan and Benetton.

Safety Car

The Safety Car used during this season remained a specially modified CLK55 AMG first introduced in this role in 1997.[4]

Teams and drivers

The following teams and drivers competed in the 1998 FIA Formula One World Championship.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Driver Rounds
23x15px Winfield Williams Williams-Mecachrome FW20 Mecachrome GC37-01 G 1 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve All
2 23x15px Heinz-Harald Frentzen All
23x15px Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F300 Ferrari 047 G 3 23x15px Michael Schumacher All
4 23x15px Eddie Irvine All
23x15px Mild Seven Benetton Playlife Benetton-Playlife B198 Playlife GC37-01 B 5 23x15px Giancarlo Fisichella All
6 23x15px Alexander Wurz All
23x15px West McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13 Mercedes FO110G B 7 23x15px David Coulthard All
8 23x15px Mika Häkkinen All
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Jordan-Mugen-Honda 198 Mugen-Honda MF-301 HC G 9 23x15px Damon Hill All
10 23x15px Ralf Schumacher All
23x15px Gauloises Prost Peugeot Prost-Peugeot AP01 Peugeot A16 B 11 23x15px Olivier Panis All
12 23x15px Jarno Trulli All
23x16px Red Bull Sauber Petronas Sauber-Petronas C17 Petronas SPE-01D G 14 23x15px Jean Alesi All
15 23x15px Johnny Herbert All
23x15px Danka Zepter Arrows Arrows A19 Arrows T2-F1 B 16 23x15px Pedro Diniz All
17 23x15px Mika Salo All
23x15px HSBC Stewart Ford Stewart-Ford SF02 Ford VJ Zetec-R B 18 23x15px Rubens Barrichello All
19 23x15px Jan Magnussen 1–7
23x15px Jos Verstappen 8–16
23x15px PIAA Tyrrell Ford Tyrrell-Ford 026 Ford JD Zetec-R G 20 23x15px Ricardo Rosset All
21 Template:Country data JPN Toranosuke Takagi All
23x15px Fondmetal Minardi Team Minardi-Ford M198 Ford JD Zetec-R B 22 Template:Country data JPN Shinji Nakano All
23 23x15px Esteban Tuero All

All engines were 3.0 litre, V10 configuration.

Formula One World Championship race schedule

Rnd Race Date Location
1 Australian Grand Prix 8 March 23x15px Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne
2 Brazilian Grand Prix 29 March 23x15px Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo
3 Argentine Grand Prix 12 April 23x15px Autódromo Oscar Alfredo Gálvez, Buenos Aires
4 San Marino Grand Prix 26 April 23x15px Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola
5 Spanish Grand Prix 10 May 23x15px Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
6 Monaco Grand Prix 24 May 23x15px Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo
7 Canadian Grand Prix 7 June 23x15px Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
8 French Grand Prix 28 June 23x15px Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours
9 British Grand Prix 12 July 23x15px Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone
10 Austrian Grand Prix 26 July 23x15px A1-Ring, Spielberg, Styria
11 German Grand Prix 2 August 23x15px Hockenheimring, Hockenheim
12 Hungarian Grand Prix 16 August 23x15px Hungaroring, Budapest
13 Belgian Grand Prix 30 August 23x15px Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot
14 Italian Grand Prix 13 September 23x15px Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza
15 Luxembourg Grand Prix 27 September 23x15px Nürburgring, Nürburg
16 Japanese Grand Prix 1 November Template:Country data JPN Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka

Season review

Grands Prix

Round Grand Prix Pole Position Fastest Lap Winning Driver Winning Constructor Report
1 23x15px Australian Grand Prix 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px McLaren-Mercedes Report
2 23x15px Brazilian Grand Prix 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px McLaren-Mercedes Report
3 23x15px Argentine Grand Prix 23x15px David Coulthard 23x15px Alexander Wurz 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
4 23x15px San Marino Grand Prix 23x15px David Coulthard 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px David Coulthard 23x15px McLaren-Mercedes Report
5 23x15px Spanish Grand Prix 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px McLaren-Mercedes Report
6 23x15px Monaco Grand Prix 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px McLaren-Mercedes Report
7 23x15px Canadian Grand Prix 23x15px David Coulthard 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
8 23x15px French Grand Prix 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px David Coulthard 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
9 23x15px British Grand Prix 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
10 23x15px Austrian Grand Prix 23x15px Giancarlo Fisichella 23x15px David Coulthard 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px McLaren-Mercedes Report
11 23x15px German Grand Prix 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px David Coulthard 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px McLaren-Mercedes Report
12 23x15px Hungarian Grand Prix 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
13 23x15px Belgian Grand Prix 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Damon Hill
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Report
14 23x15px Italian Grand Prix 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Ferrari Report
15 23x15px Luxembourg Grand Prix 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px McLaren-Mercedes Report
16 Template:Country data JPN Japanese Grand Prix 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Michael Schumacher 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 23x15px McLaren-Mercedes Report

Drivers Championship standings

Pos Driver AUS
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BRA
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ARG
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SMR
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ESP
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MON
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CAN
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FRA
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GBR
23x15px
AUT
23x15px
GER
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HUN
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BEL
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ITA
23x15px
LUX
23x15px
JPN
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Points
1 23x15px Mika Häkkinen 1 1 2 Ret 1 1 Ret 3 2 1 1 6 Ret 4 1 1 100
2 23x15px Michael Schumacher Ret 3 1 2 3 10 1 1 1 3 5 1 Ret 1 2 Ret 86
3 23x15px David Coulthard 2 2 6 1 2 Ret Ret 6 Ret 2 2 2 7 Ret 3 3 56
4 23x15px Eddie Irvine 4 8 3 3 Ret 3 3 2 3 4 8 Ret Ret 2 4 2 47
5 23x15px Jacques Villeneuve 5 7 Ret 4 6 5 10 4 7 6 3 3 Ret Ret 8 6 21
6 23x15px Damon Hill 8 DSQ 8 10 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 4 4 1 6 9 4 20
7 23x15px Heinz-Harald Frentzen 3 5 9 5 8 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 9 5 4 7 5 5 17
8 23x15px Alexander Wurz 7 4 4 Ret 4 Ret 4 5 4 9 11 16 Ret Ret 7 9 17
9 23x15px Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 6 7 Ret Ret 2 2 9 5 Ret 7 8 Ret 8 6 8 16
10 23x15px Ralf Schumacher Ret Ret Ret 7 11 Ret Ret 16 6 5 6 9 2 3 Ret Ret 14
11 23x15px Jean Alesi Ret 9 5 6 10 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret 10 7 3 5 10 7 9
12 23x15px Rubens Barrichello Ret Ret 10 Ret 5 Ret 5 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS 10 11 Ret 4
13 23x15px Mika Salo Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 4 Ret 13 Ret Ret 14 Ret DNS Ret 14 Ret 3
14 23x15px Pedro Diniz Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 9 14 Ret Ret Ret 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 3
15 23x15px Johnny Herbert 6 11 Ret Ret 7 7 Ret 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 10 1
16 23x15px Jarno Trulli Ret Ret 11 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 12 Ret 6 13 Ret 12 1
17 23x15px Jan Magnussen Ret 10 Ret Ret 12 Ret 6 1
Template:Country data JPN Shinji Nakano Ret Ret 13 Ret 14 9 7 17 8 11 Ret 15 8 Ret 15 Ret 0
23x15px Esteban Tuero Ret Ret Ret 8 15 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret 11 NC Ret 0
23x15px Ricardo Rosset Ret Ret 14 Ret DNQ DNQ 8 Ret Ret 12 DNQ DNQ DNS 12 Ret DNQ 0
Template:Country data JPN Toranosuke Takagi Ret Ret 12 Ret 13 11 Ret Ret 9 Ret 13 14 Ret 9 16 Ret 0
23x15px Olivier Panis 9 Ret 15 11 16 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 12 DNS Ret 12 11 0
23x15px Jos Verstappen 12 Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 13 Ret 0
Pos Driver AUS
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BRA
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ARG
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SMR
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ESP
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MON
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CAN
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FRA
23x15px
GBR
23x15px
AUT
23x15px
GER
23x15px
HUN
23x15px
BEL
23x15px
ITA
23x15px
LUX
23x15px
JPN
Template:Country data JPN
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest lap

Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Championship points were awarded on a 10-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first six places at each event.[5]

Constructors Championship standings

File:Coulthard.jpg
McLaren-Mercedes won the Constructors' Championship (their most recent to date) with the MP4/13.
File:Ferrari at 1998 British Grand Prix.jpg
Ferrari placed second in the Constructors' Championship
File:Jacques Villeneuve 1998 Italy.jpg
Williams-Mecachrome placed third in the Constructors' Championship
Pos Constructor Car
no.
AUS
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BRA
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ARG
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SMR
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ESP
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MON
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CAN
23x15px
FRA
23x15px
GBR
23x15px
AUT
23x15px
GER
23x15px
HUN
23x15px
BEL
23x15px
ITA
23x15px
LUX
23x15px
JPN
Template:Country data JPN
Points
1 23x15px McLaren-Mercedes 7 2 2 6 1 2 Ret Ret 6 Ret 2 2 2 7 Ret 3 3 156
8 1 1 2 Ret 1 1 Ret 3 2 1 1 6 Ret 4 1 1
2 23x15px Ferrari 3 Ret 3 1 2 3 10 1 1 1 3 5 1 Ret 1 2 Ret 133
4 4 8 3 3 Ret 3 3 2 3 4 8 Ret Ret 2 4 2
3 23x15px Williams-Mecachrome 1 5 7 Ret 4 6 5 10 4 7 6 3 3 Ret Ret 8 6 38
2 3 5 9 5 8 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 9 5 4 7 5 5
4
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9 8 DSQ 8 10 Ret 8 Ret Ret Ret 7 4 4 1 6 9 4 34
10 Ret Ret Ret 7 11 Ret Ret 16 6 5 6 9 2 3 Ret Ret
5 23x15px Benetton-Playlife 5 Ret 6 7 Ret Ret 2 2 9 5 Ret 7 8 Ret 8 6 8 33
6 7 4 4 Ret 4 Ret 4 5 4 9 11 16 Ret Ret 7 9
6 23x16px Sauber-Petronas 14 Ret 9 5 6 10 12 Ret 7 Ret Ret 10 7 3 5 10 7 10
15 6 11 Ret Ret 7 7 Ret 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret 10
7 23x15px Arrows 16 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 6 9 14 Ret Ret Ret 11 5 Ret Ret Ret 6
17 Ret Ret Ret 9 Ret 4 Ret 13 Ret Ret 14 Ret DNS Ret 14 Ret
8 23x15px Stewart-Ford 18 Ret Ret 10 Ret 5 Ret 5 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret DNS 10 11 Ret 5
19 Ret 10 Ret Ret 12 Ret 6 12 Ret Ret Ret 13 Ret Ret 13 Ret
9 23x15px Prost-Peugeot 11 9 Ret 15 11 16 Ret Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 12 DNS Ret 12 11 1
12 Ret Ret 11 Ret 9 Ret Ret Ret Ret 10 12 Ret 6 13 Ret 12
23x15px Minardi-Ford 22 Ret Ret 13 Ret 14 9 7 17 8 11 Ret 15 8 Ret 15 Ret 0
23 Ret Ret Ret 8 15 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 16 Ret Ret 11 NC Ret
23x15px Tyrrell-Ford 20 Ret Ret 14 Ret DNQ DNQ 8 Ret Ret 12 DNQ DNQ DNS 12 Ret DNQ 0
21 Ret Ret 12 Ret 13 11 Ret Ret 9 Ret 13 14 Ret 9 16 Ret
Pos Constructor Car
no.
AUS
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BRA
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ARG
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SMR
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ESP
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MON
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CAN
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FRA
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GBR
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AUT
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GER
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HUN
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BEL
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ITA
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LUX
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JPN
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Points

Championship points were awarded on a 10-6-4-3-2-1 basis for the first six places at each event.[5]

References

  1. ^ FIA Formula One World Championship 1998/Championship standings, en.espnf1.com Retrieved on 3 June 2014
  2. ^ "Formula 1 Technical Regulation changes for 1998". grandprix.com. Retrieved 2014-10-20.
  3. ^ Inside F1, Understanding the Sport: Tyres. formula1.com. Retrieved 28 July 2013
  4. ^ "Mercedes-AMG GT S: Bernd Mayländers neues Safety-Car". 9 March 2015. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  5. ^ a b 1998 Formula One World Championship Sporting Regulations, www.fia.com via web.archive.org Retrieved on 3 June 2014

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