It happened today

Magny Cours 1998, one-two no. 42 for Scuderia

28 Jun 1998

On 28th June 1998, the French Grand Prix was held at Magny Cours. Mika Hakkinen in the McLaren was quickest in qualifying, beating Michael Schumacher and his F300 by just over two tenths. On the second row were their respective team-mates, David Coulthard and Eddie Irvine. At the start, the two McLarens got away well, unlike the Ferraris. However, Jos Verstappen stalled in the Stewart on the grid, which meant the race was halted and the start procedure repeated.

Luckily for the Ferrari men, things went the other way to the first attempt with the two F300s getting the better of the McLarens, which got bogged down. Schumacher took the lead at the first corner, followed by Irvine, who had Hakkinen on his tail.

After around 20 laps, during which Schumacher pulled away, the Finn tried a move on Irvine which came off. However, not long after, Hakkinen spun and dropped back. Schumacher won with a bit under 20 seconds in hand over Irvine, who crossed the line with Hakkinen right behind, so that the 42nd one-two finish for Ferrari was achieved by the margin of just 172 thousandths in favour of the Northern Irish driver. For the team it was win number 116 and Schumacher’s 30th.