2008 Formula One season

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2008
FIA Formula One World Championship season
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Lewis Hamilton, champion of the 2008 Formula One season
Felipe Massa finished second in the World Drivers' Championship, one point behind Hamilton
Kimi Räikkönen, the 2007 world champion, finished the season ranked 3rd.

The 2008 Formula One season was the 59th season of the Formula One World Championship, a motor racing championship for Formula One cars recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) — the governing body of motorsport — as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. The season was contested over eighteen rounds, which started in Australia on 16 March and ended in Brazil on 2 November. The 2008 season saw the debut of the Singapore Grand Prix, which was held at the Marina Bay Street Circuit, in Marina Bay, Singapore and was the first Formula One race held at night. The European Grand Prix moved to a new venue at the Valencia Street Circuit, in Valencia, Spain

Lewis Hamilton won the driver's title by a point – by overtaking Toyota's Timo Glock on the final corner of the final lap of the final grand prix of the season to claim the required 5th place finish – from Brazilian Felipe Massa while Massa's teammate, the 2007 world champion, Kimi Räikkönen was ranked third, with two wins. Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro won the constructors' title.[1] In winning the title, Hamilton became the youngest driver ever to win the title (a record since supplanted by Sebastian Vettel's winning of the 2010 driver's title) and the first black driver to do so. He was also the first British champion since Damon Hill in 1996.[2]

Eleven teams competed in the championship, although Super Aguri withdrew on 6 May from the 2008 Formula One season due to financial troubles, completing four races. New technical rules for 2008 included the banning of traction control after it was re-introduced in 2001. Fernando Alonso won the first race held in Singapore however only after team-mate Piquet deliberately crashed to cause a Safety Car period which helped Alonso's strategy. When Piquet admitted this to the press in 2009 Renault team-principal Briatore resigned. Some journalists dubbed this "Crashgate".

This was the last season for the Honda team before they pulled out of F1 later in December due to the global economic crisis. Then, Ross Brawn bought the team and renamed it to Brawn GP in February 2009 using the Mercedes-Benz engines. This was also the last Formula One season to race with grooved tyres, used since 1998, before slick tyres returned to Formula One in 2009.

It was the first time in the history of Formula One that all teams used the same two drivers throughout the season and it was the first time that all the race cars drove without traction control since the beginning of 2001.

Pre-season testing[edit]

Former double world champion Fernando Alonso tests the Renault R28 at Valencia.

The first multi-team test session started in Jerez on 14 January 2008. Ferrari, McLaren and Toyota all tested their 2008 cars. Williams tested a modified version of the FW29 whilst Renault and Red Bull tested their 2007 entries. Honda, Toro Rosso, Super Aguri and Force India also attended. BMW Sauber was not in attendance as they were launching the F1.08.[3] Testing then moved to Valencia on 22 January. Renault and Williams were the only teams on the track for the first day of testing. They were both testing their 2008 challengers.[4] They were joined by every other team except Super Aguri for the next three days. 1 February saw testing move to Barcelona. Again, all teams but Super Aguri were in action. The first day of testing saw Kazuki Nakajima crash his FW30.[5] It also saw racist abuse directed at Lewis Hamilton.[citation needed] Williams withdrew from testing on day three to try to fix the problem that caused Nakajima's crash. Meanwhile on 4 February, Ferrari and Toyota moved to Bahrain to continue testing the F2008 and TF108.[6]

On 12 February testing returned to Jerez. Red Bull and Williams were the only teams in action on the first day.[7] The second day of testing saw all teams but Ferrari and Toyota (who were still in Bahrain) attending. After postponing their SA08 launch and cancelling testing at Valencia, Super Aguri turned up to test their SA07B interim car for the first time.[8]

Testing moved to Barcelona on 19 February. The first day of tests got underway in rain with Williams, Red Bull, Renault and Toyota present. Nico Rosberg topped the time sheets for Williams. BMW were instead testing on their own in Jerez.[9] Super Aguri did not turn up despite promising a Q&A with the media. They blamed circumstances beyond their control. On the second day Ferrari turned up and topped the time sheets with Felipe Massa on another wet track. McLaren joined on the final day and Williams finished on top with Nakajima. The final multi-team test began on 25 February with every team but Super Aguri attending. Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets faster than both Kimi Räikkönen and Michael Schumacher. McLaren continued to outpace Ferrari on day two with both drivers on top and Toyota were fastest with Jarno Trulli on the final day.

Teams and drivers[edit]

There were a total of seven teams signed up to compete in the championship through an agreement with Formula One Management, with the other four major manufacturers in the Grand Prix Manufacturers' Association (GPMA) having signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix. All teams in both groups have two spots each on the 2008 grid. The following teams and drivers competed in the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship:[10]

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race drivers Rounds
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2008[11] Ferrari 056 B 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen[12] All
2 Brazil Felipe Massa[13] All
Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.08[14] BMW P86/8 B 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld[15] All
4 Poland Robert Kubica[15] All
France ING Renault F1 Team Renault R28[16] Renault RS27 B 5 Spain Fernando Alonso[17] All
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.[17] All
United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams-Toyota FW30[18] Toyota RVX-08[19] B 7 Germany Nico Rosberg[20] All
8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima[20] All
Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull-Renault RB4[21] Renault RS27 B 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard[22] All
10 Australia Mark Webber[23] All
Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF108[24] Toyota RVX-08 B 11 Italy Jarno Trulli[25] All
12 Germany Timo Glock[26] All
Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR2B[27]
STR3[28]
Ferrari 056 B 14 France Sébastien Bourdais[29] All
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel[30] All
Japan Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA108[31] Honda RA808E B 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button [32] All
17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello[33] All
Japan Super Aguri F1 Team ‡ Super Aguri-Honda SA08[34] Honda RA808E B 18 Japan Takuma Sato[10] 1–4
19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson[10] 1–4
India Force India F1 Team Force India-Ferrari VJM-01[35] Ferrari 056[36] B 20 Germany Adrian Sutil[37] All
21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella[37] All
United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren-Mercedes MP4-23[38] Mercedes FO108V B 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton[39] All
23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen[40] All
  • All engines were 2.4 litre V8 configuration.
  • Super Aguri withdrew on 6 May from the 2008 Formula One season due to financial troubles.

New entries[edit]

On 14 February 2006 the FIA president Max Mosley announced that all teams interested in competing in the 2008 World Championship would have a seven-day window during which they would have to submit an application to compete.[41] All eleven current teams applied, as well as several others. On April 28, 2006 the FIA announced that all of the current teams' applications for the 2008 season were granted, along with a new team Prodrive, fronted by the ex-BAR and -Benetton principal David Richards. There were 21 applications in total, several new teams applying included European Minardi F1 Team Ltd, Jordan Grand Prix, Direxiv and Carlin Motorsport. However despite the Prodrive application being accepted, Richards later announced that the team would not race in 2008 due to a dispute over the legality of customer cars.[42]

Team changes[edit]

  • Rumours about the possible sale of the Spyker team had been abundant in the paddock throughout the last few months of the 2007 season. Only a year after Spyker bought the team from Midland, Indian businessman Vijay Mallya bought the team for 88 million, several million more than Spyker paid.[43] On 24 October 2007, Mallya was granted permission to change the team's name to Force India. Force India had a driver announcement ceremony in January 2008 where it was revealed that Sutil would be second driver partnered by first driver Giancarlo Fisichella and test driver Vitantonio Liuzzi.[37]
  • On 28 April 2006, rallying and motorsports technology firm Prodrive were officially granted entry to Formula One when the FIA announced the list of entrants to the 2008 Formula One World Championship. While a total of 21 teams applied for entry, the FIA had always maintained that only 12 teams would be granted entry, meaning only one new team would line up on the grid in 2008. FIA president Max Mosley revealed that Prodrive had found the finances to support their bid. Also, Prodrive's chief executive, David Richards, has experience as a Formula One team principal".[44] However on 23 November 2007, after lengthy negotiations between FIA president Max Mosley regarding customer cars, Richards announced that Prodrive F1 would not compete in the 2008 Formula One World Championship, as the legal situation left no time for the team to be set up.[45]
  • During the 2008 season on May 6, the Super Aguri team folded and withdrew from Formula One. The team was in dire financial straits at the end of 2007 as the team did not receive a payment on a sponsorship deal.[46] Super Aguri rejected a buyout offer in January 2008 from an Indian consortium led by the CEO of the Spice Group, on the condition Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan drove in the line-up, because it meant demoting or cutting one of the team's 2007 drivers.[47] Despite this Super Aguri were unable to sign any contracts until agreements had been reached with their sponsors.[48] Sato and Davidson were confirmed on 10 March.[49] Super Aguri announced that a major deal had been made with Magma Group to solve the team's financial problems, however this fell through, and on 6 May 2008, Super Aguri withdrew from the Formula One World Championship.[50] It affirmed a prediction at the start of the season by Max Mosley saying the team would not make it to the final race in Brazil.[51]

Driver changes[edit]

Force India joined the sport after Vijay Mallya purchased the Spyker team.
After competing in the sport for ten years, Ralf Schumacher did not take part in the 2008 season. He was replaced at Toyota by 2007 GP2 Champion, Timo Glock.

Double world champion Fernando Alonso left McLaren after a single season to rejoin Renault. He was replaced at McLaren by Heikki Kovalainen, who had driven for Renault the previous season. Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault's other driver from 2007, moved to the newly renamed Force India team, in place of erstwhile Spyker driver Sakon Yamamoto, who became Renault's test development driver. Fisichella's place at Renault was taken by the team's test driver Nelson Piquet, Jr. (son of the three-time World Drivers' Champion Nelson Piquet).

After an unsuccessful test for Force India in December 2007, Ralf Schumacher left Toyota to drive for Mücke Motorsport in the DTM series. 2007 GP2 champion Timo Glock, who had also been the test driver for BMW Sauber, returned to a Formula One race seat in place of Schumacher. Christian Klien, previously the test driver for Honda, and the Estonian driver Marko Asmer took up test driver roles at BMW Sauber.

Sébastien Bourdais, who won his fourth consecutive Champ Car title in 2007, joined Toro Rosso in 2008, replacing Vitantonio Liuzzi, who moved to Force India as their test driver.

Season calendar[edit]

The FIA World Council approved the 2008 schedule on 24 October 2007. Singapore was Formula One's first ever night race.[52]

Round Grand Prix Circuit Date
1 Australian Grand Prix Australia Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 16 March
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 23 March
3 Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir 6 April
4 Spanish Grand Prix Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 27 April
5 Turkish Grand Prix Turkey Istanbul Park, Istanbul 11 May
6 Monaco Grand Prix Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo 25 May
7 Canadian Grand Prix Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 8 June
8 French Grand Prix France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours 22 June
9 British Grand Prix United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone 6 July
10 German Grand Prix Germany Hockenheimring, Hockenheim 20 July
11 Hungarian Grand Prix Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest 3 August
12 European Grand Prix Spain Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia 24 August
13 Belgian Grand Prix Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Stavelot 7 September
14 Italian Grand Prix Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza 14 September
15 Singapore Grand Prix Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit, Singapore 28 September
16 Japanese Grand Prix Japan Fuji Speedway, Oyama 12 October
17 Chinese Grand Prix China Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai 19 October
18 Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 2 November

Calendar changes[edit]

The new Marina Bay Street Circuit which hosted the Singapore Grand Prix at night

Rule changes[edit]

  • A standard Electronic Control Unit was supplied by Microsoft MES, a joint venture between Microsoft and McLaren Electronic Systems.[58]
  • Traction control and launch control banned along with several other electronic aids including engine braking reduction.[59]
  • An engine freeze to last five years was started in 2008,[60] with the first unscheduled engine change of the season not leading to the usual 10 place grid penalty.[61]
  • Fuel of the cars must have been made up of at least 5.75% biological materials.[62]
  • Gearboxes to last four races, 5 place grid penalty for a gear box change. If a driver did not finish a race, he was allowed to change the gearbox for the next race without receiving a penalty.[63]
  • Improved cockpit protection.[64]
  • The use of a spare car was restricted. Each competing team would not be allowed to have more than two cars available for use at any time. In this context, a car was considered as such if it was a partially assembled survival cell, fitted with an engine, any front suspension, bodywork, radiators, oil tanks or heat exchangers.[63]
  • Bridgestone will be the official tyre supplier for the 2008–2010 seasons.[65] They would also be marking their extreme wet weather tyres with a white line in the central groove to differentiate it from the softer wet weather tyre compound.[66]
  • No competing team was allowed to carry out more than 30,000 km (18,641 mi) of testing during the 2008 calendar year.[63]

Qualifying[edit]

  • The first part of qualifying lengthened to 20 minutes, and final part of qualifying shortened to 10 minutes. Teams taking part in Q3 would no longer be allowed to add fuel back to the car after qualifying to eliminate 'fuel-burn' phase.
  • A minimum lap time for each qualifying session was implemented from Round 3 in Bahrain to stop cars coasting back to the pits at dangerously low speeds as seen in Round 2 in Malaysia. Both Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen were demoted five grid places after the stewards decided that they had impeded Nick Heidfeld and Fernando Alonso. The minimum lap time was different for each race. For example, it was 1:39 in Bahrain.
  • From 8 May 2008, the FIA announced that, following Super Aguri's departure from Formula One, the qualifying procedures changed. Rather than six drivers being eliminated at the end of Q1, only the five lowest-qualified drivers would be eliminated. This increased the likelihood that one of the midfield contenders would drop out, as only the top 15 drivers would go through to Q2. At the end of Q2 five rather than six cars would be eliminated as well. [67]

Results and standings[edit]

Grands Prix[edit]

Rd. Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Report
1 Australia Australian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Germany Nick Heidfeld Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari Report
3 Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix Poland Robert Kubica Finland Heikki Kovalainen Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
4 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari Report
5 Turkey Turkish Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Finland Kimi Räikkönen Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
7 Canada Canadian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Finland Kimi Räikkönen Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber Report
8 France French Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kimi Räikkönen Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
9 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Finland Heikki Kovalainen Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
10 Germany German Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
11 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
12 Spain European Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Brazil Felipe Massa Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
13 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Finland Kimi Räikkönen Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
14 Italy Italian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Finland Kimi Räikkönen Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari Report
15 Singapore Singapore Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Finland Kimi Räikkönen Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Report
16 Japan Japanese Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Brazil Felipe Massa Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Report
17 China Chinese Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
18 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Brazil Felipe Massa Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report

Drivers[edit]

Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
CHN
China
BRA
Brazil
Points
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 1 5 13 3 2 1 Ret 10 1 1 5 2 3 7 3 12 1 5 98
2 Brazil Felipe Massa Ret Ret 1 2 1 3 5 1 13 3 17 1 1 6 13 7 2 1 97
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 8 1 2 1 3 9 Ret 2 4 6 3 Ret 18 9 15 3 3 3 75
4 Poland Robert Kubica Ret 2 3 4 4 2 1 5 Ret 7 8 3 6 3 11 2 6 11 75
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 4 8 10 Ret 6 10 Ret 8 6 11 4 Ret 4 4 1 1 4 2 61
6 Germany Nick Heidfeld 2 6 4 9 5 14 2 13 2 4 10 9 2 5 6 9 5 10 60
7 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 5 3 5 Ret 12 8 9 4 5 5 1 4 10 2 10 Ret Ret 7 53
8 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 5 8 12 Ret 8 Ret 6 5 1 5 6 9 4 35
9 Italy Jarno Trulli Ret 4 6 8 10 13 6 3 7 9 7 5 16 13 Ret 5 Ret 8 31
10 Germany Timo Glock Ret Ret 9 11 13 12 4 11 12 Ret 2 7 9 11 4 Ret 7 6 25
11 Australia Mark Webber Ret 7 7 5 7 4 12 6 10 Ret 9 12 8 8 Ret 8 14 9 21
12 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 7 Ret 2 6 11 Ret 10 Ret 4 8 Ret 19
13 Germany Nico Rosberg 3 14 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 16 9 10 14 8 12 14 2 11 15 12 17
14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello DSQ 13 11 Ret 14 6 7 14 3 Ret 16 16 Ret 17 Ret 13 11 15 11
15 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 6 17 14 7 Ret 7 Ret 15 8 14 13 15 14 12 8 15 12 17 9
16 United Kingdom David Coulthard Ret 9 18 12 9 Ret 3 9 Ret 13 11 17 11 16 7 Ret 10 Ret 8
17 France Sébastien Bourdais 7 Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 13 17 11 12 18 10 7 18 12 10 13 14 4
18 United Kingdom Jenson Button Ret 10 Ret 6 11 11 11 Ret Ret 17 12 13 15 15 9 14 16 13 3
19 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 12 12 10 Ret Ret Ret 18 Ret 16 15 14 17 Ret 14 Ret 17 18 0
20 Germany Adrian Sutil Ret Ret 19 Ret 16 Ret Ret 19 Ret 15 Ret Ret 13 19 Ret Ret Ret 16 0
21 Japan Takuma Sato Ret 16 17 13 0
22 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Ret 15 16 Ret 0
Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
CHN
China
BRA
Brazil
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Constructors[edit]

Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
CHN
China
BRA
Brazil
Points
1 Italy Ferrari 1 8 1 2 1 3 9 Ret 2 4 6 3 Ret 18 9 15 3 3 3 172
2 Ret Ret 1 2 1 3 5 1 13 3 17 1 1 6 13 7 2 1
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 22 1 5 13 3 2 1 Ret 10 1 1 5 2 3 7 3 12 1 5 151
23 5 3 5 Ret 12 8 9 4 5 5 1 4 10 2 10 Ret Ret 7
3 Germany BMW Sauber 3 2 6 4 9 5 14 2 13 2 4 10 9 2 5 6 9 5 10 135
4 Ret 2 3 4 4 2 1 5 Ret 7 8 3 6 3 11 2 6 11
4 France Renault 5 4 8 10 Ret 6 10 Ret 8 6 11 4 Ret 4 4 1 1 4 2 80
6 Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 7 Ret 2 6 11 Ret 10 Ret 4 8 Ret
5 Japan Toyota 11 Ret 4 6 8 10 13 6 3 7 9 7 5 16 11 Ret 5 Ret 8 56
12 Ret Ret 9 11 13 12 4 11 12 Ret 2 7 9 13 4 Ret 7 6
6 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 14 7 Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 13 17 11 12 18 10 7 18 12 10 13 14 39
15 Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 5 8 12 Ret 8 Ret 6 5 1 5 6 9 4
7 Austria Red Bull-Renault 9 Ret 9 18 12 9 Ret 3 9 Ret 13 11 17 11 16 7 Ret 10 Ret 29
10 Ret 7 7 5 7 4 12 6 10 Ret 9 12 8 8 Ret 8 14 9
8 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 7 3 14 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 16 9 10 14 8 12 14 2 11 15 12 26
8 6 17 14 7 Ret 7 Ret 15 8 14 13 15 14 12 8 15 12 17
9 Japan Honda 16 Ret 10 Ret 6 11 11 11 Ret Ret 17 12 13 15 15 9 14 16 13 14
17 DSQ 13 11 Ret 14 6 7 14 3 Ret 16 16 Ret 17 Ret 13 11 15
10 India Force India-Ferrari 20 Ret Ret 19 Ret 16 Ret Ret 19 Ret 15 Ret Ret 13 19 Ret Ret Ret 16 0
21 Ret 12 12 10 Ret Ret Ret 18 Ret 16 15 14 17 Ret 14 Ret 17 18
11 Japan Super Aguri-Honda 18 Ret 16 17 13 0
19 Ret 15 16 Ret
Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
CHN
China
BRA
Brazil
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

‡ Super Aguri withdrew from the Formula One world championship on May 6, 2008, with immediate effect.[68] The company went into administration a day later.[69]

Report[edit]

Hamilton took pole and his fifth career victory at the first race in Australia. BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld finished second while Williams's Nico Rosberg sealed his first podium finish. The race saw only seven drivers finish the race, reduced to six after Honda's Rubens Barrichello was disqualified for exiting the pits under a red light. Despite an engine problem, Toro Rosso debutant Sébastien Bourdais completed over 90% of the race distance, earning him points in seventh.

A grid penalty for impeding drivers and a pit stop mishap left Hamilton in fifth place at Malaysia, while Räikkönen took his 16th career victory after qualifying in pole position. BMW Sauber's Robert Kubica finished second for the first time with McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen third.

Hamilton qualified third at Bahrain despite a crash, with Kubica taking his first pole position. Massa won the race with team-mate Räikkönen in second. Kubica made it onto the podium, while Hamilton had a bad race, finishing 13th. He was back in the points at Barcelona, while Räikkönen took Ferrari's third consecutive victory, Massa making it another 1-2.

Massa took pole and won for the third successive Istanbul race, Hamilton splitting the Ferraris on the podium. At Monaco, Ferrari locked out the front row with Massa on pole, but on a bad day for Ferrari, with Räikkönen ruining what could have been Sutil's chance to score, Hamilton won the race despite a mid-race barrier scrape causing him a puncture. Kubica finished second and Massa was third.

Hamilton was on pole position at Montreal for the first time since the beginning of the season, a drought of five races, however a pit lane mishap involving himself and Räikkönen eliminated both drivers from the race. Kubica (who also got caught up in the mess but made it through safely) won for the first time with team-mate Heidfeld second. Räikkönen started the French Grand Prix on pole, but exhaust problems allowed team-mate Massa to get the better of him, and he took his third season victory. Hamilton won back-to-back at Silverstone and Hockenheim. Kovalainen took advantage of Massa's engine failure to take his first career victory at Hungary.

The new Valencia Street Circuit was the new host of the European Grand Prix, Massa taking pole and winning with Hamilton second. At Belgium, Hamilton qualified on pole and finished in first, though he received a 25-second penalty for gaining an advantage during a scrap with Räikkönen. Massa was the classified winner.

Toro Rosso driver Sebastian Vettel became the youngest ever pole man and victor after a stunning weekend at Monza. The race saw a downfall for the big teams, Kovalainen doing a good job for second.

Singapore hosted its first ever F1 race and F1's first ever night race, taking place at the Marina Bay Street Circuit. Massa qualified on pole, however, the race was to be a major blow to his championship. On lap 12, while Massa was leading, Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr. purposely crashed (see 'Race-fixing controversy' below), although Piquet never released this until dropped from the team after the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix, assisting team-mate Fernando Alonso, who went on to win. He was victorious from a fuel feed problem in Q2 leaving him 15th on the grid, though he still out-qualified Piquet Jr. Rosberg finished on the podium for the second and last time in 2008. Massa was leading ahead of Hamilton, however when he pitted under the safety car his fuel hose remained attached meaning that the pit crew had to run down the pit lane to detach it. This ruined Massa's race putting him in last position while Hamilton gained 6 points for 3rd place.

Alonso won again in Japan with Kubica second. Hamilton started the race on pole, however he was given a drive through penalty for running wide at the start and shortly afterwards was knocked into a spin by Felipe Massa. He was back to winning ways for the first time since Hockenheim, though, victorious at Shanghai.

At this point, Hamilton had a seven-point lead over Massa, meaning if Massa was to be the victor at his home race in Brazil, Hamilton would need to finish fifth, and he was holding this position though being stalked by Vettel, who eventually passed him on lap 69, as Massa won to momentarily take the title. Hamilton eventually regained fifth place, however, by passing Glock, who was struggling on dry tyres, and finished fifth to take the title by one point from Massa.

Race-fixing controversy[edit]

In a scandal that became known as "Crashgate" in the media, during the 2009 season around the time of the Belgium Grand Prix, allegations by former Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr. about his crash in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix led to charges of race-fixing against Renault and the departure of team boss Flavio Briatore and engineering director Pat Symonds.

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