On this day in 1998, Michael Schumacher celebrated in the seventh race of the season in Canada while McLaren drivers Hakkinen and Coulthard retired due to gearbox failures.

McLaren started fiercely in the 1998 season with five wins and six pole positions in the first six races and was stopped only by Michael Schumacher in Argentina where he won ahead of Hakkinen.

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Incident involving Alesi, Trulli and Wurz at the start of the 1998 Canadian GP

After the sixth race in Monaco, Hakkinen led with 46 points, Coulthard had 29, Schumacher 24 while McLaren had 75 points, 36 more than Ferrari.

That is why Canada was key to Schumacher’s and Ferrari’s ambitions for the world championships, which Schumacher and Irvine had highlighted ahead of the race.

In qualifying, McLaren secured another front row but Schumacher had a great start and passed Hakkinen. The race was interrupted after start crash between Trulli, Alesi and Wurz but all three drivers used their spare cars and started the race again.

At the start of the race, Fisichella passed Schumacher but Hakkinen retired with a gearbox problem. Schumacher overtook Fisichella in the first lap, but due to his brother Ralf’s incident, a safety car came out on the track.

After SC, leading drivers Coulthard and Schumacher began to make the advantage over the rest of the pack and Scott retired during the second SC period.

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Michael Schumacher celebrates his 29th career victory and second in 1998

The incident between Salo and Herbert triggered the third safety car that Schumacher used for his third pitstop and when he returned to the track there were yellow flags. However, in the lap 20, when he left the pitlane, German blocked Frentzen in Williams, forced him to go to the grass and lose control, after which he retired.

Williams’s Patrick Head was furious and went to Jean Todt’s Ferrari pit-wall to talk about Schumacher’s behavior.

Schumacher later received 10-second stop-and-go penalty for incident with Frentzen, who dropped behind Hill in Jordan who Michael overtook in the lap 38 and returned to second place.

Schumacher overtook the leading Fisichella in lap 45 and kept the lead until the end of the race and celebrated 16 seconds ahead of the Fisichela and a minute ahead of his teammate Irvine.

The fourth was Wurz who recovered from the incident at the start of the race, and the last points in the fifth and sixth place were won by Barrichello and Magnussen.

With this victory Schumacher reduced Hakkinen’s advantage to 12 points, nine races before the end, and Ferrari got closer to McLaren at 22 points.

STARTING GRID

1 7 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 1:18.213
2 8 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 1:18.282 0.069
3 3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 1:18.497 0.284
4 5 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 1:18.826 0.613
5 10 Ralf Schumacher Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:19.242 1.029
6 1 J.Villeneuve Williams/Mecachrome 1:19.588 1.375
7 2 H-H.Frentzen Williams/Mecachrome 1:19.614 1.401
8 4 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:19.616 1.403
9 14 Jean Alesi Sauber/Petronas 1:19.693 1.480
10 9 Damon Hill Jordan/Mugen-Honda 1:19.717 1.504
11 6 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 1:19.765 1.552
12 15 Johnny Herbert Sauber/Petronas 1:19.845 1.632
13 18 R.Barrichello Stewart/Ford 1:19.953 1.740
14 12 Jarno Trulli Prost/Peugeot 1:20.188 1.975
15 11 Olivier Panis Prost/Peugeot 1:20.303 2.090
16 21 T.Takagi Tyrrell/Ford 1:20.328 2.115
17 17 Mika Salo Arrows 1:20.536 2.323
18 22 Shinji Nakano Minardi/Ford 1:21.230 3.017
19 16 Pedro Diniz Arrows 1:21.301 3.088
20 19 Jan Magnussen Stewart/Ford 1:21.629 3.416
21 23 Esteban Tuero Minardi/Ford 1:21.822 3.609
22 20 Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell/Ford 1:21.824 3.611

RACE RESULTS

1 3 M.Schumacher Ferrari 69 1:40:57.355
2 5 G.Fisichella Benetton/Playlife 69 1:41:14.017 16.662
3 4 Eddie Irvine Ferrari 69 1:41:57.414 1:00.059
4 6 Alexander Wurz Benetton/Playlife 69 1:42:00.587 1:03.232
5 18 R.Barrichello Stewart/Ford 69 1:42:18.868 1:21.513
6 19 Jan Magnussen Stewart/Ford 68 1:41:26.707 1 Lap
7 22 Shinji Nakano Minardi/Ford 68 1:41:27.937 1 Lap
8 20 Ricardo Rosset Tyrrell/Ford 68 1:42:17.371 1 Lap
9 16 Pedro Diniz Arrows 68 1:42:19.361 1 Lap
10 1 J.Villeneuve Williams/Mecachrome 63 1:41:14.604 6 Laps
(9) 23 Esteban Tuero Minardi/Ford 53 1:21:24.934 Electrical
(11) 9 Damon Hill Jordan/Mugen-Honda 42 1:09:22.006 Electrical
(3) 11 Olivier Panis Prost/Peugeot 39 1:00:17.696 Spun off
(4) 2 H-H.Frentzen Williams/Mecachrome 20 32:41.492 Spun off
(1) 7 David Coulthard McLaren/Mercedes 18 29:40.663 Throttle
(9) 15 Johnny Herbert Sauber/Petronas 18 29:50.599 Spun off
(12) 17 Mika Salo Arrows 18 29:52.095 Spun off
8 Mika Häkkinen McLaren/Mercedes 0 Gearbox
10 Ralf Schumacher Jordan/Mugen-Honda 0 Gearbox
14 Jean Alesi Sauber/Petronas 0 Collision
12 Jarno Trulli Prost/Peugeot 0 Collision
21 T.Takagi Tyrrell/Ford 0 Transmission

Fastest lap: Michael Schumacher – 1:19.379 (lap 48)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 7/16 RACES

1 Mika Häkkinen 46   10 10 6 10 10
2 Michael Schumacher 34   4 10 6 4 10
3 David Coulthard 29   6 6 1 10 6
4 Eddie Irvine 19   3 4 4 4 4
5 Giancarlo Fisichella 13   1 6 6
6 Alexander Wurz 12   3 3 3 3
7 Heinz-Harald Frentzen 8   4 2 2
8 Jacques Villeneuve 8   2 3 1 2
9 Rubens Barrichello 4   2 2
10 Mika Salo 3   3
11 Jean Alesi 3   2 1
12 Johnny Herbert 1   1
13 Pedro Diniz 1   1
14 Jan Magnussen 1   1

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 McLaren/Mercedes 75   16 16 7 10 16 10
2 Ferrari 53   3 4 14 10 4 4 14
3 Benetton/Playlife 25   4 3 3 6 9
4 Williams/Mecachrome 16   6 2 5 1 2
5 Stewart/Ford 5   2 3
6 Arrows 4   4
7 Sauber/Petronas 4   1 2 1

RACE – Part 1


RACE – Part 2


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