The 1998 Formula One season was the 49th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It commenced on March 8, 1998, and ended on November 1 after sixteen races.

The season had many rule changes, including the introduction of grooved tyres and making the cars narrower to reduce downforce.

After a poor previous season, Damon Hill switched to Arrows by Jordan in an attempt to return to fight for victories in the 1998 season of Formula 1. Despite the improved performance, Hill stayed away from his goal.

It was clear that McLaren had adapted to the new rule changes best as Mika Häkkinen comfortably won the first two races, with team-mate David Coulthard finishing second in both. With Goodyear making steps forward before Argentina, Michael Schumacher was able to win there and take second at Imola, both slow and twisty circuits.

For the real fight was in the resurgent McLaren-Ferrari duel. The Finn Mika Hakkinen and Michael Schumacher competed for the title until the last race where the McLaren driver won out and got the first title of his career.

The year was highlighted also by falling income from Williams, that at no time could cope with two major competitors.

Grand Prix Date Winning Driver Team Laps Time
Australia 08/03/1998 Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 58 1:31’45.996
Brazil 29/03/1998 Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 72 1:37’11.747
Argentina 12/04/1998 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 72 1:48’36.175
San Marino 26/04/1998 David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 62 1:34’24.593
Spain 10/05/1998 Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 65 1:33’37.621
Monaco 24/05/1998 Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 78 1:51’23.595
Canada 07/06/1998 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 69 1:40’57.355
France 28/06/1998 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 71 1:34’45.026
Great Britain 12/07/1998 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 60 1:47’02.450
Austria 26/07/1998 Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 71 1:30’44.086
Germany 02/08/1998 Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 45 1:20’47.984
Hungary 16/08/1998 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 77 1:45’25.550
Belgium 30/08/1998 Damon Hill Jordan-Mugen-Honda 44 1:43’47.407
Italy 13/09/1998 Michael Schumacher Ferrari 53 1:17’09.672
Luxembourg 27/09/1998 Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 67 1:32’14.789
Japan 01/11/1998 Mika Hakkinen McLaren-Mercedes 51 1:27’22.535

Drivers Championship Standing

Position Driver Points
1 Mika Häkkinen 100
2 Michael Schumacher 86
3 David Coulthard 56
4 Eddie Irvine 47
5 Jacques Villeneuve 21
6 Damon Hill 20
7 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 17
8 Alexander Wurz 17
9 Giancarlo Fisichella 16
10 Ralf Schumacher 14

Constructor Championship Standing

Pos Constructor Points
1 McLaren-Mercedes 156
2 Ferrari 133
3 Williams-Mecachrome 38
4 Jordan-Mugen-Honda 34
5 Benetton-Playlife 33
6 Sauber-Petronas 10
7 Arrows 6
8 Stewart-Ford 5
9 Prost-Peugeot 1
10 Minardi-Ford 0

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