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The 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix, officially the V Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix, was the third round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir, Bahrain, on 6 April 2008.[1][2] The race would see Felipe Massa beat teammate Kimi Räikkönen to victory, as both Ferraris overcame Robert Kubica.[2]

Qualifying had seen Kubica become the first Polish driver to secure pole position for a Grand Prix, beating Massa in Q3 by 0.027s.[2] Lewis Hamilton and Räikkönen would share the second row, while Heikki Kovalainen and Nick Heidfeld shared the third.[2]

The start of the race would see Massa make the best start, sprinting into the first corner ahead of Kubica to snatch the lead.[2] Behind, Hamilton got a poor launch and hence had to battle his anti-stall system, dumping him back into the pack and allow Räikkönen to move into third unopposed.[2]

Hamilton would run in ninth after the first corner, although that got even worse when he misjusdged a lunge on Fernando Alonso into turn four and removed his front wing on the back of the Renault.[2] The Brit was left to scramble back to the pits for repairs, while Alonso continued with damage to his diffuser.[2]

Unaffected by all of this was Massa, who quickly established a lead over Kubica's BMW Sauber in the early stages, leaving the Pole to defend from Räikkönen.[2] However, Kubica's resistance would be broken before the end of lap three, the #1 Ferrari diving past the #4 BMW Sauber into turn four, with Räikkönen soon escaping from Kubica.[2]

The order stabilised after that, with Massa leading Räikkönen with a comfortable margin, while Kubica secured a safe third ahead of his teammate Heidfeld.[2] Elsewhere, Sebastian Vettel had dropped out after multiple collisions, while Hamilton had made very little ground, having only passed Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Anthony Davidson to run in sixteenth.[2]

Into the first round of stops and Kubica was the first to stop, sweeping in on lap seventeen to confirm that his pole effort had been dictated by fuel load rather than outright pace.[2] Räikkönen and Jarno Trulli were next to come in on lap twenty, Massa pitted on lap 21 without losing the lead, while Heidfeld and Kovalainen completed the rotation on the same lap.[2]

Räikkönen set about making his bid for the lead at the final round of stops, managing to chip a few hundredths out of Massa's lead a lap to close the gap from six seconds to three.[2] Behind, the order was fairly static, with Hamilton unable to move up the field and challenge for points, while Alonso was slowly sliding down the field as damage dictated his pace.[2]

The second round of stops came and went without issue, with Räikkönen stopping a lap earlier than Massa and was hence unable to challenge the Brazilian as he had in Malaysia.[2] Behind, Kubica emerged from his stop still with a safe margin over Heidfeld having briefly led the race, while Hamilton only gained one place in the final pit-phase, moving into thirteenth.[2]

With that the race was run, with Massa leading Räikkönen across the line by three seconds to secure an ominous one-two for Ferrari, and enforce his intentions to make a title bid.[2] Kubica duly completed the podium ahead of Heidfeld, while Kovalainen set fastest lap despite running in a distant fifth.[2] Trulli, Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg completed the points, with Hamilton trailing across the line a lap down in thirteenth.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Lewis Hamilton had maintained his early Championship lead at the Malaysian Grand Prix, fifth place moving him onto fourteen points after the opening two rounds. Kimi Räikkönen, meanwhile, had been the big winner both on and off track, leaping up into second with eleven, albeit level on points with Nick Heidfeld. Heikki Kovalainen was just a point further behind in fourth, with Robert Kubica completing the top five.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes continued to lead the way, leaving Malaysia on 24 points and with the same five point lead that they had started the weekend with. BMW Sauber had retained second, while Ferrari had leapt into third, but had less than half the points of McLaren after the opening two rounds. Williams-Toyota and Renault then completed the top five, with eight constructors on the board.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix is outlined below:

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2008 Ferrari 056 2008 2.4 V8 B
2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2008 Ferrari 056 2008 2.4 V8 B
3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.08 BMW P86/8 2.4 V8 B
4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.08 BMW P86/8 2.4 V8 B
5 Spain Fernando Alonso France ING Renault F1 Team Renault R28 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France ING Renault F1 Team Renault R28 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW30 Toyota RVX-08 2.4 V8 B
8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams FW30 Toyota RVX-08 2.4 V8 B
9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB4 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB4 Renault RS27 2.4 V8 B
11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF108 Toyota RVX-08 2.4 V8 B
12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF108 Toyota RVX-08 2.4 V8 B
14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2B Ferrari 056 2006 2.4 V8 B
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2B Ferrari 056 2006 2.4 V8 B
16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA108 Honda RA808E 2.4 V8 B
17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA108 Honda RA808E 2.4 V8 B
18 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri SA08A Honda RA808E 2.4 V8 B
19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri SA08A Honda RA808E 2.4 V8 B
20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM01 Ferrari 056 2007 2.4 V8 B
21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India F1 Team Force India VJM01 Ferrari 056 2007 2.4 V8 B
22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes FO 108V 2.4 V8 B
23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes FO 108V 2.4 V8 B
Source:[3]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 7 1:32.893 3 1:31.745 1 1:33.096 1
2 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 1 1:31.937 1 1:31.188 2 1:33.123 2
3 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 1:32.750 5 1:31.922 3 1:33.292 3
4 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 3 1:32.652 6 1:31.933 4 1:33.418 4
5 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 12 1:33.057 2 1:31.909 5 1:33.737 5
6 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 13 1:33.137 4 1:31.909 6 1:33.737 6
7 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 2 1:32.903 7 1:32.159 7 1:33.994 7
8 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 8 1:32.903 8 1:32.185 8 1:34.015 8
9 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 5 1:32.793 10 1:32.362 9 1:35.057 9
10 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 10 1:32.947 9 1:32.345 10 1:35.115 10
11 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 14 1:33.194 11 1:32.371 11
12 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 9 1:32.944 12 1:32.508 12
13 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 6 1:32.800 13 1:32.528 13
14 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 11 1:32.975 14 1:32.790 14
15 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 1:33.415 15 1:32.915 15
16 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 15 1:33.386 16 1:32.943 16
17 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 17 1:33.433 17
18 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 18 1:33.501 18
19 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 19 1:33.562 19
20 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 20 1:33.845 20
21 19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 21 1:34.140 21
22 18 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 22 1:35.725 22
Source:[4]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car to set their best time in that session.
  • Bold indicates the fastest driver's time in each session.

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Robert Kubica 2
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 2 3 ______________
Lewis Hamilton 4
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 3 5 ______________
Heikki Kovalainen 6
______________ Nick Heidfeld
Row 4 7 ______________
Jarno Trulli 8
______________ Nico Rosberg
Row 5 9 ______________
Jenson Button 10
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 6 11 ______________
Mark Webber 12
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 7 13 ______________
Timo Glock 14
______________ Nelson Piquet, Jr.
Row 8 15 ______________
Sébastien Bourdais 16
______________ Kazuki Nakajima
Row 9 17 ______________
David Coulthard 18
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
Row 10 19 ______________
Sebastian Vettel 20
______________ Adrian Sutil
Row 11 21 ______________
Anthony Davidson 22
______________ Takuma Sato

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

The full results for the 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 57 1:31:06.970 2 10
2 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 57 +3.339s 4 8
3 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 57 +4.998s 1 6
4 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 57 +8.409s 6 5
5 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57 +26.789s 5 4
6 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 57 +41.314s 7 3
7 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 57 +45.473s 11 2
8 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 57 +55.889s 8 1
9 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 57 +1:09.500 13
10 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 57 +1:17.181 10
11 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 57 +1:17.862 12
12 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 18
13 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 +1 Lap 3
14 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 56 +1 Lap 16
15 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 56 +1 Lap 15
16 19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 56 +1 Lap 21
17 18 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 56 +1 Lap 22
18 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 56 +1 Lap 17
19 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 55 +2 Laps 20
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 40 Gearbox 14
Ret 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 19 Damage 9
Ret 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 Collision 19
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Kimi Räikkönen had moved to the top of the Championship after his second placed finish in Bahrain, holding nineteen points to his name after three rounds. He hence had a three point lead over second placed Nick Heidfeld, while former leader Lewis Hamilton had slipped five off the lead in third. The Brit was then level on points with both Robert Kubica and Heikki Kovalainen, while Bahrain race winner Felipe Massa saw in sixth.

In the Constructors Championship BMW Sauber had left Bahrain at the head of the hunt, and moved on to 30 points for the season signalling a potential title bid. Ferrari were, however, just a point behind in second, while McLaren-Mercedes had only slipped two behind, having led the Championship before the race. Williams-Toyota and their engine suppliers Toyota then completed the top five, with both Honda powered teams and Force India-Ferrari yet to score.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 19 ▲1
2 Germany Nick Heidfeld 15 ▲1
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 14 ▼2
4 Poland Robert Kubica 14 ▲1
5 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 14 ▼1
6 Brazil Felipe Massa 10 ▲12
7 Italy Jarno Trulli 8 ▲1
8 Germany Nico Rosberg 7 ▼2
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 6 ▼2
10 Australia Mark Webber 4 ▲1
11 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 3 ▼2
12 France Sébastien Bourdais 2 ▼2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Germany BMW Sauber 30 ▲1
2 Italy Ferrari 29 ▲1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 28 ▼2
4 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 10
5 Japan Toyota 8 ▲1
6 France Renault 6 ▼1
7 Austria Red Bull-Renault 4
8 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 '3. Bahrain 2008', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/bahrein.aspx, (Accessed 23/02/2020)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 'Bahrain 2008: Massa's challenge finally on-track.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 06/03/2008), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/61736/1/bahrain-2008-massas-challenge-finally-on-track, (Accessed 23/02/2020)
  3. 'Bahrain 2008: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/bahrein/engages.aspx, (Accessed 23/02/2020)
  4. '2008 FORMULA 1 GULF AIR BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2008/races/827/bahrain/qualifying.html, (Accessed 23/02/2020)
  5. 'Bahrain 2008: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/bahrein/classement.aspx, (Accessed 23/02/2020)
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