The 1998 Canadian Grand Prix was the seventh round of the 1998 Formula One season, which took place on 7 June 1998 at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. The race was won by Michael Schumacher for Scuderia Ferrari, yet it is probably best remembered for the crash on the first lap involving Alexander Wurz, Jean Alesi and Jarno Trulli, which resulted in the race being red flagged and restarted, only for another collision to take place between Alesi and Trulli at the same corner, and the race being started once again under the safety car.
McLaren-Mercedes locked out the first row at the end of the qualifying session, with David Coulthard on pole position, followed by the Finnish driver Mika Hakkinen. It did not seem an easy weekend for Scuderia Ferrari, as the Maranello team began the Grand Prix third with Michael Schumacher and eighth (Eddie Irvine). However, at the start of the race Michael Schumacher started brilliantly and overtook Mika Hakkinen, whilst his brother Ralf Schumacher stalled. After five laps, the safety car came back in and the order was David Coulthard followed by Schumacher, Fisichella, Jacques Villeneuve, Rubens Barrichello and Heinz-Harald Frentzen, with Mika Hakkinen who was forced to retire due to a gearbox issue.
As the race got under way again, David Coulthard and Michael Schumacher started to pull away from the rest of the field, but the second McLaren-Mercedes was also forced to retire (lap 18), having a transmission problem. Michael Schumacher was given a 10-second stop-and-go penalty on lap 35 as a result of an incident that led to Frentzen steering off the track and onto the grass. The penalty momentarily put Michael behind Damon Hill, but the German driver had an outstanding race pace and quickly overtook his former rival to regain second place on lap 38. Then the Scuderia Ferrari driver took the lead on lap 45 when Giancarlo Fisichella went in for his only pit stop. Schumacher extended his lead over the rest of the pack, and by the time he made his second pit stop in order to refuel he was able to hold on to his first place and eventually finish the race with more than 16 seconds between himself and second-place finisher Fisichella, while his teammate Eddie Irvine finished third and completed a positive weekend for the Maranello team in the championship fight with McLaren-Mercedes.