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The 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, officially the XXXVII Grande Prêmio do Brasil was the eighteenth and final round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace in São Paulo, Brazil, on 2 November 2008.[1][2] The race would see Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa duel for the 2008 World Championship, which would ultimately be decided by an overtake on the final lap.[2]

Arriving in Brazil it was Hamilton who held the advantage in the Championship, holding a seven point lead over Massa.[2] Likewise, they're teams McLaren-Mercedes and Ferrari would arrive with the Constructors Championship to fight for, with the latter starting the finale on the upper-hand with eleven points in hand.[2]

Qualifying for the finale saw Massa gain an advantage, as he claimed pole position ahead of Jarno Trulli.[2] Hamilton would manage to secure fourth behind Massa's teammate Kimi Räikkönen, with the Brit knowing that fifth place in the race, regardless of Massa's finishing position, would get him the title.[2]

Rain would plague race day, with a late-shower resulting in everyone bar Robert Kubica changing their tyres to intermediates on the grid.[2] The Polish racer instead gambled on slicks, although he would dive into the pits at the end of the formation lap having found the conditions too tricky, meaning he started from the pitlane.[2]

The start saw Massa sprint into an early lead, with the rest of the field getting away in grid order to leave Hamilton in fourth behind Räikkönen.[2] At the back, meanwhile, David Coulthard's final race ended at the second corner when he was tapped into a spin by Nico Rosberg, which pushed him into Kazuki Nakajima and broke his suspension.[2]

Nelson Piquet, Jr. then had an accident all on his own at turn three to bring out the Safety Car, with the circuit already drying enough for some to gamble on slicks even behind the SC.[2] When the race resumed on lap five Massa retained the lead from Trulli, Räikkönen and Hamilton, while Rosberg and Jenson Button made early stops for slicks a lap later.[2]

The latter duo's strong pace soon saw the rest of the field flood into the pits, although there would be some major changes to the order.[2] Indeed, while Massa had retained the lead, Sebastian Vettel had leapt into second, Fernando Alonso had jumped to third, Räikkönen moved ahead of Trulli but dropped to fourth and Giancarlo Fisichella streaked up from last to fifth, and was harassing Räikkönen having been the first to stop.[2]

Massa and Vettel exchanged several fastest laps at the head of the field, as Hamilton found himself stuck in sixth behind Fisichella.[2] Indeed, it was only on lap eighteen that the Brit finally elbowed his way through, before being promoted an additional place when a low-fuelled Vettel stopped on lap 27.[2]

The order settled after that, with the second round of stops seeing Massa retain the lead ahead of Alonso, while Räikkönen remained in third ahead of Hamilton.[2] That order would hence give Hamilton the Championship title, and even a charging Vettel could do little to affect the title picture.[2]

However, the skies over São Paulo were darkening, and on lap 63 the rain returned, prompting Heidfeld to dive in for inters very early.[2] The rain increased and Alonso and Räikkönen dived in on lap 65, with Hamilton and Vettel following in a lap later, while Massa remained out until lap 67.[2]

Timo Glock was the only driver to remain on slicks, and hence jumped to fourth in the field as the rain intensified in the final two laps.[2] Hamilton, meanwhile, had slipped to sixth as Vettel had elbowed his way ahead of him, and hence started the final lap looking as though he would miss-out on the title for a second season.[2]

Massa duly crossed the line to claim the race victory, while Alonso and Räikkönen completed the podium.[2] Hamilton, meanwhile, would remain in sixth, until he and Vettel passed a very slow Glock, whose pace had collapsed on the final lap, at the final corner, promoting the Brit to fifth.[2] That simultaneously made Hamilton the World Champion by a single point, and broke the hearts of Massa, Ferrari and the 80,000 strong home crowd.[2]

BackgroundEdit

The Championship fight was down to just two drivers ahead of the season finale in Brazil, with Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa the two pretenders. Hamilton would hold a fair advantage ahead of the finale, arriving in Brazil with a seven point lead, and would therefore win the title if he finished fifth or higher, regardless of what Massa could do. Massa, meanwhile, would have to either win the race with Hamilton lower than fifth, or finish second with Hamilton finishing eighth or out of the points.

The Constructors Championship would also go down to the finale, with just eleven points separating the top two in the field. In a reversal of the Drivers' Championship, however, it was Ferrari would would land in São Paulo with the advantage, and would win the title if they outscored McLaren-Mercedes by seven points. The Anglo-German squad, meanwhile, would likely have to claim second and fifth minimum to beat the Scuderia, although that would not be enough if Ferrari scored more than a point.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2008 Brazilian 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 STR3 Ferrari 056 2007 2.4 V8 B
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR3 Ferrari 056 2007 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
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 Brazilian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 1 1:11.830 4 1:11.875 1 1:12.368 1
2 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 6 1:12.226 10 1:12.107 2 1:12.737 2
3 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 2 1:12.083 6 1:11.950 3 1:12.825 3
4 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 1:12.213 3 1:11.856 4 1:12.830 4
5 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 8 1:12.366 1 1:11.768 5 1:12.917 5
6 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 4 1:12.214 9 1:12.090 6 1:12.967 6
7 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 11 1:12.390 2 1:11.845 7 1:13.082 7
8 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 9 1:12.371 7 1:12.026 8 1:13.297 8
9 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 13 1:12.498 8 1:12.075 9 1:14.105 9
10 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 5 1:12.223 5 1:11.909 10 1:14.230 10
11 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 7 1:12.348 11 1:12.137 11
12 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 12 1:12.409 12 1:12.289 12
13 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 10 1:12.381 13 1:12.300 13
14 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 15 1:12.690 14 1:12.717 14
15 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 14 1:12.548 15 1:13.139 15
16 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 16 1:12.800 16
17 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 17 1:12.810 17
18 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 18 1:13.002 18
19 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 19 1:13.426 19
20 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 20 1:13.508 20
Source: [4]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 71 1:34:11.435 1 10
2 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 71 +13.298s 6 8
3 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 71 +16.235s 3 6
4 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 71 +38.011s 7 5
5 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +38.907s 4 4
6 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 71 +44.368s 10 3
7 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 71 +55.074 5 2
8 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 71 +1:08.433 2 1
9 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 71 +1:19.666 12
10 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 70 +1 Lap 8
11 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 70 +1 Lap PL
12 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 70 +1 Lap 18
13 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 70 +1 Lap 17
14 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 70 +1 Lap 9
15 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 70 +1 Lap 15
16 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 69 +2 Laps 20
17 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 69 +2 Laps 16
18 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 69 +2 Laps 19
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 0 Accident 11
Ret 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 0 Collision 14
Source: [5]

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Lewis Hamilton was declared the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship Champion, ending the season with 98 points and five race wins. Felipe Massa hence fell shy of a maiden crown by just a single point with six victories, while Kimi Räikkönen claimed third on the final day with 75 points. Robert Kubica was next, level on 75 with the Finn, while Fernando Alonso secured fifth with 61 points.

In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who had emerged as the 2008 Constructors Championship, having scored 172 points across the season. McLaren-Mercedes would end the season as runners-up in second, claiming 151 points, while BMW Sauber may have rued their decision to stop development early on, as they finished third on 135 points. Renault and Toyota would completed the top five, while Force India-Ferrari were the only team not to score having completed the full F1 campaign.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 98
2 Brazil Felipe Massa 97
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 75 ▲1
4 Poland Robert Kubica 75 ▼1
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 61 ▲1
6 Germany Nick Heidfeld 60 ▼1
7 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 53
8 Germany Sebastian Vettel 35
9 Italy Jarno Trulli 31
10 Germany Timo Glock 25
11 Australia Mark Webber 21
12 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 19
13 Germany Nico Rosberg 17
14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 11
15 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 9
16 United Kingdom David Coulthard 8
17 France Sébastien Bourdais 4
18 United Kingdom Jenson Button 3
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 172
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 151
3 Germany BMW Sauber 135
4 France Renault 80
5 Japan Toyota 56
6 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 39
7 Austria Red Bull-Renault 29
8 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 26
9 Japan Honda 14

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 '18. Brazil 2008', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/bresil.aspx, (Accessed 19/03/2020)
  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 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 'Brazil 2008: Last lap agony and ecstasy.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 02/11/2008), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/64188/1/brazil-2008-last-lap-agony-and-ecstasy, (Accessed 19/03/2020)
  3. 'Brazil 2008: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/bresil/engages.aspx, (Accessed 19/03/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 "FORMULA 1 GRANDE PREMIO DO BRASIL 2008 - Qualifying". Formula1.com. Formula One Management. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2008/races/842/brazil/qualifying.html. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  5. "FORMULA 1 GRANDE PREMIO DO BRASIL 2008 - Race". Formula1.com. Formula One Management. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2008/races/842/brazil.html. Retrieved 18 November 2017.
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