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The 2008 Formula One season was the 59th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It began on 16 March and ended on 2 November with eighteen Grand Prix races.

Lewis Hamilton won the driver's title by a point - by overtaking Toyota's Timo Glock on the final corner 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. 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.

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 . 2008 also introduced two new street circuits. The Valencia Street Circuitmarker and Marina Bay Street Circuitmarker hosted the European GPmarker and the new Singapore GP respectively. The Singapore GP was also the first Formula One event held at night.

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 GPmarker in February of using the Mercedes-Benz engines. This was also the last Formula One season to race with grooved tyres, used since , before slick tyres returned to Formula One in .

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

Pre-season testing



The first multi-team test session started in Jerezmarker on 14 January 2008. Ferrari, McLarenmarker and Toyota all tested their 2008 cars. Williams tested a modified version of the FW29 whilst Renaultmarker 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 Valenciamarker 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 Barcelonamarker. 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 Bahrainmarker 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 Barcelonamarker 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.

Team controversy

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).

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 Ferrarimarker 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 Fioranomarker, Italymarker
McLarenmarker-Mercedes MP4-23 7 January Stuttgartmarker, Germanymarker
Toyota TF108 10 January Cologne, Germanymarker
BMW Sauber F1.08 14 January Munichmarker, Germanymarker
Red Bull-Renaultmarker RB4 16 January Circuito de Jerezmarker, Spainmarker
Honda RA108 29 January Brackleymarker, United Kingdommarker
Renaultmarker R28 31 January Parismarker, Francemarker
Force India-Ferrari* VJM-01 7 February Mumbaimarker, Indiamarker
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
  • Renaultmarker 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 Valenciamarker 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 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 Italymarker 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 Rounds No. Official test driver(s)

Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2008 Ferrari 056 1 Kimi Räikkönen 1-18 31 Luca Badoer

Marc Gené

Michael Schumacher
2 Felipe Massa 1-18
BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.08 BMW P86/8 3 Nick Heidfeld 1-18 32 Christian Klien

Marko Asmer
4 Robert Kubica 1-18
ING Renault F1 Teammarker Renaultmarker R28 Renaultmarker RS27 5 Fernando Alonso 1-18 33 Lucas Di Grassi

Romain Grosjean

Sakon Yamamoto
6 Nelson Piquet, Jr. 1-18
AT&T WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW30 Toyota RVX-08 7 Nico Rosberg 1-18 34 Nico Hülkenberg
8 Kazuki Nakajima 1-18
Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB4 Renaultmarker RS27 9 David Coulthard 1-18 35 Sébastien Buemi
10 Mark Webber 1-18
Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF108 Toyota RVX-08 11 Jarno Trulli 1-18 36 Kamui Kobayashi
12 Timo Glock 1-18
Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2B

STR3
Ferrari 056 14 Sébastien Bourdais 1-18 37 Brendon Hartley
15 Sebastian Vettel 1-18
Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA108 Honda RA808E 16 Jenson Button 1-18 38 Alexander Wurz

Anthony Davidson

Mike Conway

Luca Filippi
17 Rubens Barrichello 1-18
Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA08 Honda RA808E 18 Takuma Sato 1-4 39 none
19 Anthony Davidson 1-4
Force India Formula One Team Force India VJM-01 Ferrari 056

20 Adrian Sutil 1-18 40 Vitantonio Liuzzi
21 Giancarlo Fisichella 1-18
Vodafone McLarenmarker Mercedes McLarenmarker MP4-23 Mercedes FO108V 22 Lewis Hamilton 1-18 41 Pedro de la Rosa

Gary Paffett

Paul di Resta
23 Heikki Kovalainen 1-18
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. However, the withdrawal of Super Aguri meant that the line up was still not identical at every race.

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 Date Time
Local UTC
1 ING Australian Grand Prixmarker Australian GPmarker Albert Park Grand Prix Circuitmarker, Melbournemarker 16 March 15:30 04:30
2 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prixmarker Malaysian GPmarker Sepang International Circuitmarker, Kuala Lumpurmarker 23 March 15:00 07:00
3 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prixmarker Bahrain GPmarker Bahrain International Circuitmarker, Sakhir, Manamamarker 6 April 14:30 11:30
4 Gran Premio de Españamarker Telefónica Spanish GPmarker Circuit de Catalunyamarker, Barcelonamarker 27 April 14:00 12:00
5 Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand Prixmarker Turkish GPmarker Istanbul Parkmarker 11 May 15:00 12:00
6 Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Circuit de Monacomarker 25 May 14:00 12:00
7 Grand Prix du Canadamarker Canadian GPmarker Circuit Gilles Villeneuvemarker, Montrealmarker 8 June 13:00 17:00
8 Grand Prix de Francemarker French GPmarker Circuit de Nevers Magny-Coursmarker, Magny-Coursmarker 22 June 14:00 12:00
9 Santander British Grand Prixmarker British GPmarker Silverstone Circuitmarker 6 July 13:00 12:00
10 Großer Preismarker Santander von Deutschlandmarker German GPmarker Hockenheimringmarker 20 July 14:00 12:00
11 ING Magyar Nagydíjmarker Hungarian GPmarker Hungaroringmarker, Budapestmarker 3 August 14:00 12:00
12 Telefónica Grand Prix of Europemarker European GPmarker Valencia Street Circuitmarker 24 August 14:00 12:00
13 ING Belgian Grand Prixmarker Belgian GPmarker Circuit de Spa-Francorchampsmarker, Spamarker 7 September 14:00 12:00
14 Gran Premiomarker Santander d'Italiamarker Italian GPmarker Autodromo Nazionale di Monzamarker 14 September 14:00 12:00
15 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix Singapore GP Marina Bay Street Circuitmarker 28 September 20:00 12:00
16 Fuji Televisionmarker Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Fuji Speedwaymarker, Oyamamarker 12 October 13:30 04:30
17 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prixmarker Chinese GPmarker Shanghai International Circuitmarker 19 October 15:00 07:00
18 Grande Prêmio do Brasilmarker Brazilian GPmarker Autódromo José Carlos Pacemarker, São Paulomarker 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



Changed teams

Entered F1

Exited F1

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

Kazuki Nakajima actually replaced Alex Wurz at the 2007 Brazilian Grand Prix.

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. 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". 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.
  • 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 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 condition Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan drove in the line-up, because it meant demoting or cutting one of the team's 2007 drivers. 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 One 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

  • It had been confirmed that Singaporemarker 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 Prixmarker would take place at the Valencia Street Circuitmarker in 2008, changing from the Nürburgringmarker which hosted the event up until 2007. Because both German circuits share the right to host an F1 race, the German Grand Prixmarker took place at Hockenheimringmarker in 2008. It will continue to alternate between these two circuits yearly.
  • It had been confirmed that the Indianapolis Motor Speedwaymarker 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-Coursmarker. Some alternatives suggested for the French Grand Prixmarker included Paul Ricard or a new circuit near Disneyland Parismarker or Charles de Gaulle airportmarker. 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 Chinamarker, moved to 15:00 and Australiamarker, 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.


Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rd. Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Report
1 Australian Grand Prixmarker Lewis Hamilton Heikki Kovalainen Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
2 Malaysian Grand Prixmarker Felipe Massa Nick Heidfeld Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Reportmarker
3 Bahrain Grand Prixmarker Robert Kubica Heikki Kovalainen Felipe Massa Ferrari Reportmarker
4 Spanish Grand Prixmarker Kimi Räikkönen Kimi Räikkönen Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari Reportmarker
5 Turkish Grand Prixmarker Felipe Massa Kimi Räikkönen Felipe Massa Ferrari Reportmarker
6 Monaco Grand Prix Felipe Massa Kimi Räikkönen Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
7 Canadian Grand Prixmarker Lewis Hamilton Kimi Räikkönen Robert Kubica BMW Sauber Report
8 French Grand Prixmarker Kimi Räikkönen Kimi Räikkönen Felipe Massa Ferrari Report
9 British Grand Prixmarker Heikki Kovalainen Kimi Räikkönen Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
10 German Grand Prixmarker Lewis Hamilton Nick Heidfeld Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
11 Hungarian Grand Prixmarker Lewis Hamilton Kimi Räikkönen Heikki Kovalainen McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
12 European Grand Prixmarker Felipe Massa Felipe Massa Felipe Massa Ferrari Report
13 Belgian Grand Prixmarker Lewis Hamilton Kimi Räikkönen Felipe Massa Ferrari Report
14 Italian Grand Prixmarker Sebastian Vettel Kimi Räikkönen Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari Report
15 Singapore Grand Prix Felipe Massa Kimi Räikkönen Fernando Alonso Renaultmarker Report
16 Japanese Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton Felipe Massa Fernando Alonso Renaultmarker Report
17 Chinese Grand Prixmarker Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton McLarenmarker-Mercedes Report
18 Brazilian Grand Prixmarker Felipe Massa Felipe Massa Felipe Massa Ferrari Report


Drivers

Pos Driver AUS

MALmarker

BHRmarker

ESPmarker

TURmarker

MON

CAN

FRA

GBR

GER

HUN

EUR

BEL

ITA

SIN

JPN

CHN

BRA

Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 1 5 13 3 2 1 Ret 10 1 1 5 2 3 7 3 12 1 5 98
2 Felipe Massa Ret Ret 1 2 1 3 5 1 13 3 17 1 1 6 13 7 2 1 97
3 Kimi Räikkönen 8 1 2 1 3 9 Ret 2 4 6 3 Ret 18 9 15 3 3 3 75
4 Robert Kubica Ret 2 3 4 4 2 1 5 Ret 7 8 3 6 3 11 2 6 11 75
5 Fernando Alonso 4 8 10 Ret 6 10 Ret 8 6 11 4 Ret 4 4 1 1 4 2 61
6 Nick Heidfeld 2 6 4 9 5 14 2 13 2 4 10 9 2 5 6 9 5 10 60
7 Heikki Kovalainen 5 3 5 Ret 12 8 9 4 5 5 1 4 10 2 10 Ret Ret 7 53
8 Sebastian Vettel Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 5 8 12 Ret 8 Ret 6 5 1 5 6 9 4 35
9 Jarno Trulli Ret 4 6 8 10 13 6 3 7 9 7 5 16 13 Ret 5 Ret 8 31
10 Timo Glock Ret Ret 9 11 13 12 4 11 12 Ret 2 7 9 11 4 Ret 7 6 25
11 Mark Webber Ret 7 7 5 7 4 12 6 10 Ret 9 12 8 8 Ret 8 14 9 21
12 Nelson Piquet, Jr. Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 7 Ret 2 6 11 Ret 10 Ret 4 8 Ret 19
13 Nico Rosberg 3 14 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 16 9 10 14 8 12 14 2 11 15 12 17
14 Rubens Barrichello DSQ 13 11 Ret 14 6 7 14 3 Ret 16 16 Ret 17 Ret 13 11 15 11
15 Kazuki Nakajima 6 17 14 7 Ret 7 Ret 15 8 14 13 15 14 12 8 15 12 17 9
16 David Coulthard Ret 9 18 12 9 Ret 3 9 Ret 13 11 17 11 16 7 Ret 10 Ret 8
17 Sébastien Bourdais 7 Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 13 17 11 12 18 10 7 18 12 10 13 14 4
18 Jenson Button Ret 10 Ret 6 11 11 11 Ret Ret 17 12 13 15 15 9 14 16 13 3
19 Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 12 12 10 Ret Ret Ret 18 Ret 16 15 14 17 Ret 14 Ret 17 18 0
20 Adrian Sutil Ret Ret 19 Ret 16 Ret Ret 19 Ret 15 Ret Ret 13 19 Ret Ret Ret 16 0
21 Takuma Sato Ret 16 17 13 WD

0
22 Anthony Davidson Ret 15 16 Ret WD

0
Pos Driver AUS

MALmarker

BHRmarker

ESPmarker

TURmarker

MON

CAN

FRA

GBR

GER

HUN

EUR

BEL

ITA

SIN

JPN

CHN

BRA

Points


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

MALmarker

BHRmarker

ESPmarker

TURmarker

MON

CAN

FRA

GBR

GER

HUN

EUR

BEL

ITA

SIN

JPN

CHN

BRA

Pts
1 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 McLarenmarker-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 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 Renaultmarker 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 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 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 Red Bull-Renaultmarker 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 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 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 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 Super Aguri-Honda 18 Ret 16 17 13 WD

0
19 Ret 15 16 Ret WD

Pos Constructor Car

No.
AUS

MALmarker

BHRmarker

ESPmarker

TURmarker

MON

CAN

FRA

GBR

GER

HUN

EUR

BEL

ITA

SIN

JPN

CHN

BRA

Pts


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 McLarenmarker-Mercedes 18 5 10 7 1 98
2 Ferrari 18 6 10 6 3 97
3 Ferrari 18 2 9 2 10 75
4 BMW Sauber 18 1 7 1 0 75
5 Renaultmarker 18 2 3 0 0 61
6 BMW Sauber 18 0 4 0 2 60
7 McLarenmarker-Mercedes 18 1 3 1 2 53
8 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 1 1 1 0 35
9 Toyota 18 0 1 0 0 31
10 Toyota 18 0 1 0 0 25
11 Red Bull-Renaultmarker 18 0 0 0 0 21
12 Renaultmarker 18 0 1 0 0 19
13 Williams-Toyota 18 0 2 0 0 17
14 Honda 18 0 1 0 0 11
15 Williams-Toyota 18 0 0 0 0 9
16 Red Bull-Renaultmarker 18 0 1 0 0 8
17 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 0 0 0 0 4
18 Honda 18 0 0 0 0 3
19 Force India-Ferrari 18 0 0 0 0 0
20 Force India-Ferrari 18 0 0 0 0 0
21 Super Aguri-Honda 4 0 0 0 0 0
22 Super Aguri-Honda 4 0 0 0 0 0


Constructors

Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.laps Points
1 Ferrari F2008 Ferrari 36 8 19 8 13 172
2 McLarenmarker MP4-23 Mercedes 36 6 13 8 3 151
3 BMW Sauber F1.08 BMW 36 1 11 1 2 135
4 Renaultmarker R28 Renaultmarker 36 2 4 0 0 80
5 Toyota TF108 Toyota 36 0 2 0 0 56
6 Toro Rosso STR2B, STR3 Ferrari 36 1 1 1 0 39
7 Red Bull RB4 Renaultmarker 36 0 1 0 0 29
8 Williams FW30 Toyota 36 0 2 0 0 26
9 Honda RA108 Honda 36 0 1 0 0 14
10 Force India VJM-01 Ferrari 36 0 0 0 0 0
11 Super Aguri SA08 Honda 8 0 0 0 0 0


Report

The 2008 Formula 1 season was one of the closest in the history of the sport. Kimi Räikkönen rivaled Lewis Hamilton during the first half of the season, and Felipe Massa challenged Hamilton through the second half. The championship came down to a single overtake of Timo Glock by Lewis Hamilton to surpass Felipe Massa by one point.

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.

Race-fixing controversy

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.

References

  1. 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship Classifications Retrieved from www.fia.com on 13 November 2008
  2. http://www.nextautos.com/motorsports/williams-f1-celebrates-thirty-years-with-anniversary-livery
  3. Ecclestone agrees to keep French GP


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