19 years ago today, November 1, Mika häkkinen celebrated his first career championship title.
Before the final race of the season-1998 Suzuka Finn was in the lead in the overall standings, ahead of Michael Schumacher by only four points.
Michael won the qualification, but could not make the start of the race from the pole position, as the motor is on its F300 stalled.
The Ferrari mechanics managed to start the engine, however, Michael was forced to start the Grand Prix of Japan from the tail of the grid.
Failure main rival in the title battle has opened, the pilot of McLaren road to victory not only in the standings, but in racing: Hakkinen beat Eddie Irvine, finished second, more than six seconds.
Schumacher did not see the chequered flag in Suzuka for the reason of gathering in the distance.
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