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1998 Belgian Grand Prix – Photo of the Day

Submitted by on November 15, 2014

1998 Belgian Grand PrixA disastrous scene unfolds during the opening moments of the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix. This was one race start which most certainly did not go to plan.

Thirteen cars were involved in the accident, which is said to have been caused when David Coulthard lost control of his McLaren in unsightly conditions. Four of the drivers involved in the pile-up were unable to rejoin the race when it was restarted, Coulthard however was not one of them.

Rubens Barrichello, Olivier Panis, Mika Salo and Ricardo Roset were the unlucky ones.

The race itself was most dominantly lead by Michael Schumacher, who commanded a huge 30 second lead by the 24 laps. However disaster struck when Schumacher lapped David Coulthard. David stayed close behind Schumacher following the overtake, the water spray from the Ferrari blinding his vision. Coulthard slammed into Schumacher, forcing the race leader to retire. David would finish the race in seventh position. Only eight cars finished the race, if nothing else, the 1998 Belgian Grand Prix was eventful!

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