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2008 Formula One season

2008 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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Lewis Hamilton, champion of the 2008 Formula One season.
Felipe Massa, runner-up in 2008 by a single point.
Kimi Räikkönen, the 2007 world champion, finished the season ranked 3rd.


The 2008 Formula One season was the 59th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It began on 16 March and ended on 2 November after eighteen Grands Prix. Lewis Hamilton became the Drivers' World Champion while Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro won the Constructors' title. In winning the title, Hamilton became the youngest driver ever to win the title and the first black driver to do so. He was also the first British champion since Damon Hill in 1996.

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 (MoU) at the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix. All teams in both groups have two spots each on the 2008 grid. One for each of their drivers determined through Qualifying on the Saturday of the race weekend (Sunday hosting the Grand Prix). The season sees the banning of traction control after it was re-introduced in 2001. 2008 also introduced two new street circuits. The Valencia Street Circuit and Marina Bay Street Circuit hosted the European GP and the new Singapore GP respectively. The Singapore GP was also the first Formula One event held at night.

Pre-season testing

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 was not in attendance as they were launching the F1.08 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. 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. It also saw racist abuse directed at Lewis Hamilton. 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.

On 12 February testing returned to Jerez. Red Bull and Williams were the only teams in action on the first day. 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.

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 Sauber were instead testing on their own in Jerez. 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

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. 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 (including the current teams and Prodrive), of which the following were notable: 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.

Teams signed with FOM

GPMA manufacturers (MoU with FOM)

Bernie Ecclestone had signed an agreement with the GPMA to end their threat of a breakaway series in 2008.

On 29 July 2008, the Formula One Teams Association (FOTA) was formed at a meeting of the teams competing in the 2008 championship. This new organization gives a united voice in ongoing discussions regarding the future of Formula One with the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone's Formula One Group. Headed by Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo, the first task of FOTA will be to negotiate the terms of the new Concorde Agreement, the commercial contract which governs the championship, with the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone.

New car launches

Constructor Chassis Launch date Launch location
Ferrari F2008 6 January 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Fiorano, Italy
McLaren-Mercedes MP4-23 7 January 22px-Flag of Germany.png Stuttgart, Germany
Toyota TF108 10 January 22px-Flag of Germany.png Cologne, Germany
BMW Sauber F1.08 14 January 22px-Flag of Germany.png Munich, Germany
Red Bull-Renault RB4 16 January 22px-Flag of Spain.svg.png Circuito Permanente de Jerez, Spain
Honda RA108 29 January 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Brackley, United Kingdom
Renault R28 31 January 22px-Flag of France.png Paris, France
Force India-Ferrari* VJM-01 7 February 22px-Flag of India.png Mumbai, India
Williams-Toyota FW30 No official launch
Toro Rosso-Ferrari* STR3 No official launch
Super Aguri-Honda SA08 No official launch

* Team started the season with updated versions of their 2007 car.

Notes

  • Super Aguri originally planned to unveil their 2008 challenger, the SA08, in Barcelona on 19 February but due to financial problems they had to postpone the launch and replace it with a Q&A session with the media which was later cancelled itself. On 10 March, just before the Australian Grand Prix, team boss Aguri Suzuki revealed that their 2008 challenger would be unveiled on March 14 during Friday practice.
  • Renault and Honda both started testing their 2008 cars a week before their official launch.
  • Although they did not have an official launch, Williams-Toyota gave the FW30 its track debut on 21 January at Valencia during winter testing with a livery of former Formula One drivers on the nose cone who have driven for Williams in the past 30 years. Their season livery was revealed at their photography studio in Oxfordshire on 3 March.
  • Toro Rosso-Ferrari started the 2008 season with an updated B spec version of their 2007 STR2 car stating that their 2008 challenger, the Toro Rosso STR3, was due to make its debut at the fourth or fifth round. The new car made its test debut in the hands of Red Bull junior driver, Brendon Hartley in Italy on 2 April, and was also tested by Sébastien Bourdais. The car made its public debut in Barcelona on April 16. It was later confirmed that the car would first race in Monaco.

Teams and drivers

The following constructors and drivers participated in the 2008 Formula One season.

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race drivers No. Official test driver(s)
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2008 Ferrari 056 B 1 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 31 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Badoer
22px-Flag of Spain.png Marc Gené
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa
22px-Flag of Germany.png BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.08 BMW P86/8 B 3 22px-Flag of Germany.png Nick Heidfeld 32 22px-Flag of Austria.png Christian Klien
Estonia flag.jpg Marko Asmer
4 22px-Flag of Poland.png Robert Kubica
22px-Flag of France.png ING Renault F1 Team Renault R28 Renault RS27 B 5 22px-Flag of Spain.png Fernando Alonso 33 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Lucas Di Grassi
22px-Flag of France.png Romain Grosjean
22px-Flag of Japan.png Sakon Yamamoto
6 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Nelson Piquet Jr.
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png AT&T WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW30 Toyota RVX-08 B 7 22px-Flag of Germany.png Nico Rosberg 34 22px-Flag of Germany.png Nico Hülkenberg
8 22px-Flag of Japan.png Kazuki Nakajima
22px-Flag of Austria.png Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB4 Renault RS27 B 9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard 35 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Sébastien Buemi
10 22px-Flag of Australia.png Mark Webber
22px-Flag of Japan.png Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF108 Toyota RVX-08 B 11 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Jarno Trulli 36 22px-Flag of Japan.png Kamui Kobayashi
12 22px-Flag of Germany.png Timo Glock
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2B
STR3
Ferrari 056 B 14 22px-Flag of France.png Sébastien Bourdais 37 22px-Flag of New Zealand.png Brendon Hartley
15 22px-Flag of Germany.png Sebastian Vettel
22px-Flag of Japan.png Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA108 Honda RA808E B 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jenson Button 38 22px-Flag of Austria.png Alexander Wurz
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Anthony Davidson
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Conway</ref>
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Luca Filippi
17 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello
22px-Flag of Japan.png Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA08 Honda RA808E B 18 22px-Flag of Japan.png Takuma Sato 39 none
19 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Anthony Davidson
22px-Flag of India.png Force India Formula One Team Force India VJM-01 Ferrari B 20 22px-Flag of Germany.png Adrian Sutil 40 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Vitantonio Liuzzi
21 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Vodafone McLarenMercedes McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes FO108V B 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 41
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Gary Paffett
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Paul di Resta
23 22px-Flag of Finland.png Heikki Kovalainen

Toro Rosso started 2008 with a modified version of their 2007 car, labelled the STR2B. The Italian team originally planned to introduce the new STR3 around the fourth or fifth round of the 2008 championship, but it finally made its debut in the sixth round, the Monaco Grand Prix.

Super Aguri withdrew on 6 May from the 2008 Formula One season due to financial troubles.

2008 was the first season where no driver was replaced during the course of the season. Usually some drivers are replaced either for an injury, a lack of performance or sponsorship related issues.

2008 race schedule

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

Round Official race title Grand Prix Circuit City / Location Date Time
Local UTC
1 22px-Flag of Australia.png ING Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit Melbourne 16 March 15:30 04:30
2 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysian GP Sepang International Circuit Kuala Lumpur 23 March 15:00 07:00
3 22px-Flag of Bahrain.png Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain GP Bahrain International Circuit Sakhir, Manama 6 April 14:30 11:30
4 22px-Flag of Spain.png Gran Premio de España Telefónica Spanish GP Circuit de Catalunya Montmeló 27 April 14:00 12:00
5 22px-Flag of Turkey.png Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand Prix Turkish GP Istanbul Park Istanbul 11 May 15:00 12:00
6 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Circuit de Monaco Monte-Carlo 25 May 14:00 12:00
7 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Grand Prix du Canada Canadian GP Circuit Gilles Villeneuve Montreal 8 June 13:00 17:00
8 22px-Flag of France.png Grand Prix de France French GP Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours Magny Cours 22 June 14:00 12:00
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Santander British Grand Prix British GP Silverstone Circuit Silverstone 6 July 13:00 12:00
10 22px-Flag of Germany.png Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland German GP Hockenheimring Hockenheim 20 July 14:00 12:00
11 22px-Flag of Hungary.png ING Magyar Nagydíj Hungarian GP Hungaroring Budapest 3 August 14:00 12:00
12 22px-Flag of Europe.png Telefónica Grand Prix of Europe European GP Valencia Street Circuit Valencia 24 August 14:00 12:00
13 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png ING Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps Spa 7 September 14:00 12:00
14 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Gran Premio Santander d'Italia Italian GP Autodromo Nazionale di Monza Monza 14 September 14:00 12:00
15 25px-Flag of Singapore.svg.png SingTel Singapore Grand Prix Singapore GP Marina Bay Street Circuit Marina Bay 28 September 20:00 12:00
16 22px-Flag of Japan.png Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Fuji Speedway Oyama 12 October 13:30 04:30
17 22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.png Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix Chinese GP Shanghai International Circuit Shanghai 19 October 15:00 07:00
18 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Grande Prêmio do Brasil Brazilian GP Autódromo José Carlos Pace São Paulo 2 November 15:00 17:00

† New circuits
‡ Night Race

Changes

Rule changes

ECU

Engine and gearbox

  • Max Mosley proposed an engine freeze for ten years. Later, all teams agreed to shorten the engine freeze to five years.
  • The first unscheduled engine change of the season for each car did not lead to the usual 10 place grid penalty.
  • Fuel of the cars must have been made up of at least 5.75% biological materials.
  • 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.

Cars

  • Improved cockpit protection.
  • 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.

Tyres

  • Bridgestone will be the official tyre supplier for the 2008-2010 seasons.

Qualifying

  • 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. The Q2-Q3 transition remained unchanged.

Testing

  • No competing team was allowed to carry out more than 30,000 km (18,641mi) of testing during the 2008 calendar year.

Driver changes

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.

Changed teams

Entered F1

Exited F1

Notes
Marko Asmer also drove in the GP2 Series with the FMS International team in 2008.

More information

Team changes

  • Rumours about the possible sale of the Jordan/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 billionaire Vijay Mallya bought the team for 88 million, several million more than Spyker paid. On 24 October 2007, Mallya was granted permission to change the team's name to Force India. He also said he would like to keep German driver Adrian Sutil for 2008. 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.
  • 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". Richards has previously acted as team principal of the Benetton and British American Racing teams. 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.
  • On 31 December 2007, Toyota announced that they would end their sponsorship deal with Kingfisher Airlines due to the fact that Kingfisher Airliners' owner Dr. Vijay Mallya wants to focus on the new F1 team Force India which was formed after Dr. Mallya's 2007 acquisition of Spyker F1 team. Although the team had a two year deal with the Indian airline company, both parties agreed to terminate the deal by 'mutual consent'.
  • 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. This has led to them becoming the poorest team in Formula One. Super Aguri rejected a buyout offer in January 2008 from an Indian consortium led by the CEO of the Spice Group on the cond. Despite this Super Aguri were unable to sign any contracts until agreements had been reached with their sponsors. Sato and Davidson were confirmed on 10 March.
    GP2 series driver Luca Filippi was linked to race for the team in 2008, however he instead stayed with the GP2 series for 2008. Super Aguri announced that a major deal had been made with Magma Group to solve the team's financial problems, however this fell through, supposedly because of Magma Group's unwillingness to invest money in a team with poor results. On 6 May 2008, Super Aguri withdrew from the Formula 1 World Championship<. 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.

Race changes

The new Marina Bay Street Circuit which hosted the Singapore Grand Prix at night.
  • It had been confirmed that Singapore would host a Grand Prix from 2008 for the next five years. It would be a street circuit, with the route designed by KBR. It had been confirmed that the Grand Prix would be a night race, with a start time of 20:00 local time (12:00 GMT) and run in an anti-clockwise direction to enhance safety by avoiding a bottle neck at the end of the start finish straight. It had also been revealed that practice sessions and qualifying would take place at night.
  • The European Grand Prix would take place at the Valencia Street Circuit in 2008, changing from the Nürburgring which hosted the event up until 2007. Because both German circuits share the right to host an F1 race, the German Grand Prix took place at Hockenheimring in 2008. It will continue to alternate between these two circuits yearly.
  • It had been confirmed that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway would not hold a Grand Prix in 2008; however, a possible return to Indianapolis in the future has not been completely ruled out.
  • In the run up to the 2007 French GP it was reported that it would be the last Grand Prix to be held at Magny-Cours. Some alternatives suggested for the French Grand Prix included Paul Ricard or a new circuit near Disneyland Paris or Charles de Gaulle airport. However on 24 July 2007 it was reported that Bernie Ecclestone had "agreed in principle to maintain the race at Magny-Cours in 2008, and even 2009, if there were no other alternatives."
  • The 2008 season also saw changes to the race start times for China, moved to 15:00 and Australia, moved from its traditional 14:00 slot to 15:30.

Other changes

  • On 7 March, the official Formula One tyre supplier Bridgestone announced that they would 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. This was so spectators could differentiate between the tyres in the same way they could with the dry compounds.

TV coverage

All broadcasters of Formula One worldwide take what is known as the world feed for the majority of their race coverage. The host broadcaster which produces the world feed has access to trackside, onboard and pitlane cameras. Timing, position and other graphics are also added to the world feed before it is provided to the broadcasters. For the 2008 season, Formula One Management, owner of the commercial rights to the sport acted as host broadcaster for 16 of the 18 rounds of the championship.

Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rd. Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Report
1 22px-Flag of Australia.png Australian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of Finland.png Heikki Kovalainen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
2 22px-Flag of Malaysia.png Malaysian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Germany.png Nick Heidfeld 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
3 22px-Flag of Bahrain.png Bahrain Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Poland.png Robert Kubica 22px-Flag of Finland.png Heikki Kovalainen 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
4 22px-Flag of Spain.png Spanish Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
5 22px-Flag of Turkey.png Turkish Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
6 22px-Flag of Monaco.png Monaco Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
7 22px-Flag of the Canada.png Canadian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Poland.png Robert Kubica 22px-Flag of Germany.png BMW Sauber Report
8 22px-Flag of France.png French Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png British Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Finland.png Heikki Kovalainen 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
10 22px-Flag of Germany.png German Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of Germany.png Nick Heidfeld 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
11 22px-Flag of Hungary.png Hungarian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Finland.png Heikki Kovalainen 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
12 22px-Flag of Europe.png European Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
13 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Belgian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report
14 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Italian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Germany.png Sebastian Vettel 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Germany.png Sebastian Vettel 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Toro Rosso-Ferrari Report
15 25px-Flag of Singapore.svg.png Singapore Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 22px-Flag of Spain.png Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of France.png Renault Report
16 22px-Flag of Japan.png Japanese Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Spain.png Fernando Alonso 22px-Flag of France.png Renault Report
17 22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.png Chinese Grand Prix 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren-Mercedes Report
18 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Brazilian Grand Prix 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari Report

Drivers

Pos Driver AUS
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MAL
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BHR
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ESP
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TUR
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MON
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CAN
22px-Flag of the Canada.png
FRA
22px-Flag of France.png
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png
GER
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HUN
22px-Flag of Hungary.png
EUR
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BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png
ITA
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif
SIN
25px-Flag of Singapore.svg.png
JPN
22px-Flag of Japan.png
CHN
22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.png
BRA
22px-Flag of Brazil.png
Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton 1 5 13 3 2 1 Ret 10 1 1 5 2 3 7 3 12 1 5 98
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa Ret Ret 1 2 1 3 5 1 13 3 17 1 1 6 13 7 2 1 97
3 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen 8 1 2 1 3 9 Ret 2 4 6 3 Ret 18 9 15 3 3 3 75
4 22px-Flag of Poland.png Robert Kubica Ret 2 3 4 4 2 1 5 Ret 7 8 3 6 3 11 2 6 11 75
5 22px-Flag of Spain.png Fernando Alonso 4 8 10 Ret 6 10 Ret 8 6 11 4 Ret 4 4 1 1 4 2 61
6 22px-Flag of Germany.png Nick Heidfeld 2 6 4 9 5 14 2 13 2 4 10 9 2 5 6 9 5 10 60
7 22px-Flag of Finland.png Heikki Kovalainen 5 3 5 Ret 12 8 9 4 5 5 1 4 10 2 10 Ret Ret 7 53
8 22px-Flag of Germany.png Sebastian Vettel Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 5 8 12 Ret 8 Ret 6 5 1 5 6 9 4 35
9 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Jarno Trulli Ret 4 6 8 10 13 6 3 7 9 7 5 16 13 Ret 5 Ret 8 31
10 22px-Flag of Germany.png Timo Glock Ret Ret 9 11 13 12 4 11 12 Ret 2 7 9 11 4 Ret 7 6 25
11 22px-Flag of Australia.png Mark Webber Ret 7 7 5 7 4 12 6 10 Ret 9 12 8 8 Ret 8 14 9 21
12 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Nelson Piquet Jr. Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 7 Ret 2 6 11 Ret 10 Ret 4 8 Ret 19
13 22px-Flag of Germany.png Nico Rosberg 3 14 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 16 9 10 14 8 12 14 2 11 15 12 17
14 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello DSQ 13 11 Ret 14 6 7 14 3 Ret 16 16 Ret 17 Ret 13 11 15 11
15 22px-Flag of Japan.png Kazuki Nakajima 6 17 14 7 Ret 7 Ret 15 8 14 13 15 14 12 8 15 12 17 9
16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard Ret 9 18 12 9 Ret 3 9 Ret 13 11 17 11 16 7 Ret 10 Ret 8
17 22px-Flag of France.png Sébastien Bourdais 7 Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 13 17 11 12 18 10 7 18 12 10 13 14 4
18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jenson Button Ret 10 Ret 6 11 11 11 Ret Ret 17 12 13 15 15 9 14 16 13 3
19 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 12 12 10 Ret Ret Ret 18 Ret 16 15 14 17 Ret 14 Ret 17 18 0
20 22px-Flag of Germany.png Adrian Sutil Ret Ret 19 Ret 16 Ret Ret 19 Ret 15 Ret Ret 13 19 Ret Ret Ret 16 0
21 22px-Flag of Japan.png Takuma Sato Ret 16 17 13 WD 0
22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Anthony Davidson Ret 15 16 Ret WD 0
Pos Driver AUS
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MAL
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BHR
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ESP
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TUR
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MON
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CAN
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FRA
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GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png
GER
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HUN
22px-Flag of Hungary.png
EUR
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BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png
ITA
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SIN
25px-Flag of Singapore.svg.png
JPN
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CHN
22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.png
BRA
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Points
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish, inc. non-classified finish
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD) - 2003-2007 only
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Injured or ill (Inj)
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

Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
22px-Flag of Australia.png
MAL
22px-Flag of Malaysia.png
BHR
22px-Flag of Bahrain.png
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain.png
TUR
22px-Flag of Turkey.png
MON
22px-Flag of Monaco.png
CAN
22px-Flag of the Canada.png
FRA
22px-Flag of France.png
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png
GER
22px-Flag of Germany.png
HUN
22px-Flag of Hungary.png
EUR
22px-Flag of Europe.png
BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png
ITA
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif
SIN
25px-Flag of Singapore.svg.png
JPN
22px-Flag of Japan.png
CHN
22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.png
BRA
22px-Flag of Brazil.png
Pts
1 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif 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 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png 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 22px-Flag of Germany.png 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 22px-Flag of France.png 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 22px-Flag of Japan.png 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 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif 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 22px-Flag of Austria.png 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 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png 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 22px-Flag of Japan.png 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 22px-Flag of India.png 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 22px-Flag of Japan.png Super Aguri-Honda 18 Ret 16 17 13 WD 0
19 Ret 15 16 Ret WD
Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
22px-Flag of Australia.png
MAL
22px-Flag of Malaysia.png
BHR
22px-Flag of Bahrain.png
ESP
22px-Flag of Spain.png
TUR
22px-Flag of Turkey.png
MON
22px-Flag of Monaco.png
CAN
22px-Flag of the Canada.png
FRA
22px-Flag of France.png
GBR
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png
GER
22px-Flag of Germany.png
HUN
22px-Flag of Hungary.png
EUR
22px-Flag of Europe.png
BEL
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png
ITA
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif
SIN
25px-Flag of Singapore.svg.png
JPN
22px-Flag of Japan.png
CHN
22px-Flag of the People's Republic of China.png
BRA
22px-Flag of Brazil.png
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish, inc. non-classified finish
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD) - 2003-2007 only
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Injured or ill (Inj)
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. The company went into administration a day later.

Statistics

Drivers

Pos Driver Constructor(s) Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.laps Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 18 5 10 7 1 98
2 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Felipe Massa Ferrari 18 6 10 6 3 97
3 22px-Flag of Finland.png Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 18 2 9 2 10 75
4 22px-Flag of Poland.png Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 18 1 7 1 0 75
5 22px-Flag of Spain.png Fernando Alonso Renault 18 2 3 0 0 61
6 22px-Flag of Germany.png Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 18 0 4 0 2 60
7 22px-Flag of Finland.png Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 18 1 3 1 2 53
8 22px-Flag of Germany.png Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 1 1 1 0 35
9 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Jarno Trulli Toyota 18 0 1 0 0 31
10 22px-Flag of Germany.png Timo Glock Toyota 18 0 1 0 0 25
11 22px-Flag of Australia.png Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 18 0 0 0 0 21
12 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 18 0 1 0 0 19
13 22px-Flag of Germany.png Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 18 0 2 0 0 17
14 22px-Flag of Brazil.png Rubens Barrichello Honda 18 0 1 0 0 11
15 22px-Flag of Japan.png Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 18 0 0 0 0 9
16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 18 0 1 0 0 8
17 22px-Flag of France.png Sébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 0 0 0 0 4
18 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jenson Button Honda 18 0 0 0 0 3
19 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 18 0 0 0 0 0
20 22px-Flag of Germany.png Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 18 0 0 0 0 0
21 22px-Flag of Japan.png Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 4 0 0 0 0 0
22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 4 0 0 0 0 0

Constructors

Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.laps Points
1 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ferrari F2008 Ferrari 36 8 19 8 13 172
2 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes 36 6 13 8 3 151
3 22px-Flag of Germany.png BMW Sauber F1.08 BMW 36 1 11 1 2 135
4 22px-Flag of France.png Renault R28 Renault 36 2 4 0 0 80
5 22px-Flag of Japan.png Toyota TF108 Toyota 36 0 2 0 0 56
6 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Toro Rosso STR2B, STR3 Ferrari 36 1 1 1 0 39
7 22px-Flag of Austria.png Red Bull RB4 Renault 36 0 1 0 0 29
8 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Williams FW30 Toyota 36 0 2 0 0 26
9 22px-Flag of Japan.png Honda RA108 Honda 36 0 1 0 0 14
10 22px-Flag of India.png Force India VJM-01 Ferrari 36 0 0 0 0 0
11 22px-Flag of Japan.png Super Aguri SA08 Honda 8 0 0 0 0 0


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