On this day in 1998, Mika Hakkinen won his fifth race in the first ten races in 1998 after the battle with Michael Schumacher while David Coulthard managed to finish second after he was 19th in the second lap.

Hakkinen had two points of advantage ahead of Schumacher, who celebrated in the last three races in Canada, France and the UK, where he controversialy won driving through the pitlane, and McLaren had three-point advantage ahead of Ferrari.

Fisichella won his first pole position for Benetton ahead of Alesi in Sauber and Hakkinen and Schumacher. Irvine was eighth in Ferrari and Coulthard in McLaren only 14th.

Hakkinen started off well from the third place and took the lead in the first corner and in the second corner two Arrows drivers crashed and pushed Coulthard who needed new nose and front wing. But safety car came out and allowed him to catch up with the leaders.

Austrian GP F1 1998 Coulthard spins Photo Twitter

After retiring the car, Schumacher pressed Hakkinen (one stop) with a lighter car (two stops), but he went wide while he tried to beat him and Fisichella passed him easily.

Schumacher overtook Fisichella and continued to press Hakkinen, but came out very wide on the gravel and broke his front wing, after which he returned almost one lap behind Hakkinen.

Fisichella and Alesi collided and retired in the second corner, which made easier for Coulthard to come back from behind, eventually finishing second, five seconds behind winner Hakkinen.

Michael struggled to beat his brother Ralf, but Irvine slowed down due to alleged braking problems, so Schumacher finished third behind two McLaren drivers. Ralf finished fifth and Villeneuve sixth.

After Austria, Hakkinen increased its advantage in front of Schumacher to eight points, and McLaren was 12 points ahead of Ferrari.

STARTING GRID

1 5 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 1:29.598
2 14 Jean Alesi Sauber/Petronas 1:30.317 0.719
3 8 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 1:30.517 0.919
4 3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:30.551 0.953
5 18 R.Barrichello Stewart/Ford 1:31.005 1.407
6 17 Mika Salo Arrows 1:31.028 1.430
7 2 H-H.Frentzen Williams/Mecachrome 1:31.515 1.917
8 4 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:31.651 2.053
9 10 Ralf Schumacher Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:31.917 2.319
10 11 Olivier Panis Prost/Peugeot 1:32.081 2.483
11 1 J.Villeneuve Williams/Mecachrome 1:32.083 2.485
12 19 Jos Verstappen Stewart/Ford 1:32.099 2.501
13 16 Pedro Diniz Arrows 1:32.206 2.608
14 7 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:32.399 2.801
15 9 Damon Hill Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:32.718 3.120
16 12 Jarno Trulli Prost/Peugeot 1:32.906 3.308
17 6 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 1:33.185 3.587
18 15 Johnny Herbert Sauber/Petronas 1:33.205 3.607
19 23 Esteban Tuero Minardi/Ford 1:33.399 3.801
20 21 T.Takagi Tyrrell/Ford 1:34.090 4.492
21 22 Shinji Nakano Minardi/Ford 1:34.536 4.938
22 20 Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell/Ford 1:34.910 5.312

RACE RESULTS

1 8 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 71 1:30:44.086
2 7 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 71 1:30:49.375 5.289
3 3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 71 1:31:23.178 39.092
4 4 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 71 1:31:28.062 43.976
5 10 Ralf Schumacher Jordan/Mugen-Honda 71 1:31:34.740 50.654
6 1 J.Villeneuve Williams/Mecachrome 71 1:31:37.288 53.202
7 9 Damon Hill Jordan/Mugen-Honda 71 1:31:57.710 1:13.624
8 15 Johnny Herbert Sauber/Petronas 70 1:30:56.888 1 Lap
9 6 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 70 1:30:58.611 1 Lap
10 12 Jarno Trulli Prost/Peugeot 70 1:31:33.536 1 Lap
11 22 Shinji Nakano Minardi/Ford 70 1:31:44.313 1 Lap
12 20 Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell/Ford 69 1:33:28.193 2 Laps
(12) 19 Jos Verstappen Stewart/Ford 51 1:07:38.060 Engine
(14) 23 Esteban Tuero Minardi/Ford 30 40:49.014 Spun off
(2) 5 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 21 28:01.034 Collision
(5) 14 Jean Alesi Sauber/Petronas 21 28:22.227 Collision
(6) 2 H-H.Frentzen Williams/Mecachrome 16 22:05.064 Engine
(9) 18 R.Barrichello Stewart/Ford 8 11:59.240 Brakes
(18) 16 Pedro Diniz Arrows 3 5:37.442 Collision
(20) 17 Mika Salo Arrows 1 1:57.392 Collision
11 Olivier Panis Prost/Peugeot 0 Clutch
21 T.Takagi Tyrrell/Ford 0 Collision

Fastest lap: David Coulthard 1:12.878 (lap 30)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 10/16 RACES

1 Mika Häkkinen 66   10 10 6 10 10 4 6 10
2 Michael Schumacher 58   4 10 6 4 10 10 10 4
3 David Coulthard 36   6 6 1 10 6 1 6
4 Eddie Irvine 32   3 4 4 4 4 6 4 3
5 Alexander Wurz 17   3 3 3 3 2 3
6 Giancarlo Fisichella 15   1 6 6 2
7 Jacques Villeneuve 12   2 3 1 2 3 1
8 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 8   4 2 2
9 Rubens Barrichello 4   2 2
10 Mika Salo 3   3
11 Jean Alesi 3   2 1
12 Ralf Schumacher 3   1 2
13 Johnny Herbert 1   1
14 Pedro Diniz 1   1
15 Jan Magnussen 1   1

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 McLaren/Mercedes 102   16 16 7 10 16 10 5 6 16
2 Ferrari 90   3 4 14 10 4 4 14 16 14 7
3 Benetton/Playlife 32   4 3 3 6 9 2 5
4 Williams/Mecachrome 20   6 2 5 1 2 3 1
5 Stewart/Ford 5   2 3
6 Arrows 4   4
7 Sauber/Petronas 4   1 2 1
8 Jordan/Mugen-Honda 3   1 2

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