Finland tops in motor sports
Not only the Formula One world championship, but also the world rally driving championship went to Finland in 1998. Tommi Mäkinen's triumph in the latter was decided after an unbelievable piece of drama in the British rally, the final one of the season. Mäkinen, who had been ahead on points, appeared to have lost his chance when he skidded on a patch of oil and lost one of his rear wheels. Spain's Carlos Sainz now moved into the lead, but not for long: his car burst into flames only 500 metres short of the finishing line! Mäkinen became the first driver to take the championship three years in a row and Finland the first country to win both of the major world titles in motor sports in the same year.