In 1998 I was too busy listening to “beats”, smoking, and chasing girls and I had stopped following F1 for a bit. To my loss I know! I have of course in between then and now, read about that season, watched some highlights, seen the famous Belgian GP mass crash etc. But I had not really looked into the season in depth.
I just finished watching the FIA 1998 Season Review and wow wow wow what a fascinating year. I was interested to watch it after reading here on F1 Fanatic members views of their favorite seasons and 98 constantly was popping up.
Not only for the on track stuff, the review shows a lot of the strange stuff going on in the pitlane and paddock. Sylvester Stallone at nearly every race it seemed. I guess he had made a deal with Bernie to do a F1 movie and somehow that turned into “Driven”? Team bosses routinely walking over to other teams and asking for assistance in letting their quicker cars through? Don’t see that anymore! Patrick Head giving Jean Todt an earful after another in a countless list of Schumi dangerous moves. Eddie Jordans ridiculously obvious wig. Damon Hill talking quite candidly about just about anything and how on earth did he end up at Jordan? A hideous livery on the Williams team and the engine named “Mechachrome”. HAHA, you can’t base a teams performance on their livery and engine name, but you just had a feeling with that combo on a Williams it was never going to work.
I saw something that had me wondering.
I knew that paddle shift systems came out in the late 80′s and all the cars still had a clutch for starts and stops and I actually thought they had this up until maybe ten years ago. But here in 98 the cars already don’t have a clutch pedal, so how was the clutch handled, on the steering wheel like now? Schumi stalled in the pits at a race, how did he do that? And also his major stall at the Suzuka start.
Although I only witnessed this season on a review, it is now definitely in my top two or three seasons.