Damon Hill's drive to fourth place at the Japanese Grand Prix has enabled the Benson and Hedges Jordan team to break the McLaren-Ferrari-Williams-Benetton monopoly of the top four Constructors, which has stood since 1989. Hill's superb drive scored ...
Damon Hill's drive to fourth place at the Japanese Grand Prix has enabled the Benson and Hedges Jordan team to break the McLaren-Ferrari-Williams-Benetton monopoly of the top four Constructors, which has stood since 1989. Hill's superb drive scored three points to take Jordan into fourth place in the Constructor's Championship, and his overtaking of Heinz-Harald Frentzen in the chicane on the final lap brought Jordan its highest ever Championship points tally (34 points). Hill also placed himself sixth in the Drivers' Championship, only one point behind Villeneuve.
Ralf Schumacher was sadly unable to score more points for B & H Jordan in his final Grand Prix with the team as he was forced to retire after 13 laps with an engine failure.
DAMON HILL CHASSIS 06 Finished 4th "I am absolutely delighted! This has been a remarkable season - quite exceptional. Everyone in theteam has moved forward - everyone at Mugen-Honda, everyone at Goodyear, and of course everyone at Jordan Grand Prix. We can now look forward to next year and to being a top team. I even managed to overtake Heinz- Harald for good measure, so I am now going to celebrate with everyone at Jordan. I am also delighted for Mika. He has been solid all year and kept calm under attack. I said he would do it, and he has."
RALF SCHUMACHER CHASSIS 04 DNF - engine. This was a disappointing way for me to end my season and two years with Jordan. I would have loved to have won more points for the team, but it was not my lucky day. In fact it was not a lucky day for the Schumachers. The two re-starts meant the oil temperature in my car became very high and we were unable to do anything about it which meant that eventually the engine failed. I am very sorry for Michael. He came up so quickly behind me that it was normal for me to let him through, but sadly his race came to nothing as well I would like to thank everyone at Jordan for a great two years and an excellent 1998 season - or at least the second half of it. Eddie and I had a quiet chat at the end of the race and it was really quite emotional."
EDDIE JORDAN, TEAM OWNER "If you think that halfway through the season, before we scored our first point at Silverstone, we were 27 points behind Benetton, it is an amazing achievement to have beaten them. It is a very emotional moment - a combination of elation that we have finished higher in the Championship than ever in Jordan's Fl history, and sadness that we are losing Ralf. We have made a remarkable turnaround and can really say that we are on our way now that we have made it into the top four It is fantastic ! This result means a huge amount for the team - it is a just reward for everyone's hard work. It is difficult to express in words what it means. I would also like to add that it is sad that this is Tyrrell's final race. And I would like to give a personal thank you to Goodyear who have been fantastic to me and to Jordan."
Japanese GP Stewart Qualifying Report
Bridgestone Suzuka Test 98-11-03
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|Drivers||Ralf Schumacher , Heinz-Harald Frentzen , Damon Hill|
|Teams||Ferrari Shop Now , McLaren Shop Now , Williams , Benetton , Jordan|