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The 2008 British Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LXI Santander British Grand Prix, was the ninth round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire, UK, on 6 July 2008.[1][2] The race would see Lewis Hamilton claim what has been widely regarded as his greatest F1 victory, dominating the Grand Prix in changeable conditions.[2]

Qualifying would see Hamilton's McLaren-Mercedes teammate Heikki Kovalainen claim his maiden pole position, beating a low-fuelled Mark Webber of Red Bull-Renault.[2] Kimi Räikkönen then claimed third ahead of Hamilton, while Championship leader Felipe Massa would start from ninth.[2]

Heavy rain on race morning left the Silverstone Circuit soaked, although as the race start approached the rain cleared and the circuit began to dry.[2] That meant that the entire field started on intermediate tyres, while Nico Rosberg decided to start in the pitlane after making several setup changes to compensate for the conditions.[2]

The top three on the grid all struggled to get off the line, allowing Hamilton to charge past Räikkönen and Webber to challenge Kovalainen for the lead.[2] The two McLarens touched wheels in Copse before Kovalainen emerged with the lead ahead of Hamitlon, while Räikkönen muscled his way past Webber for third.[2]

Indeed, qualifying would be as good as it got for Webber, for the Australian racer would spin at the start of the Hangar Straight, tumbling to the back of the field.[2] Massa also got caught out by the conditions and spun at Bridge, while David Coulthard and Sebastian Vettel collided and hence ended up in the gravel.[2]

The top three pulled clear during the early stages, as Massa spun for a second time while Fernando Alonso moved past Nelson Piquet, Jr. and Nick Heidfeld.[2] Kovalainen would lead through until lap five, when Hamilton dived inside his teammate into Stowe, with the Finn managing to prevent Räikkönen following the Brit through.[2]

With that Hamilton was away, lapping over a second a lap quicker than his teammate to build a six second lead by lap ten.[2] Kovalainen, meanwhile, had only just established himself in second when he spun, allowing Räikkönen through to entertain hopes of challenging Hamilton.[2]

The Ferrari emerged as the stronger car as a dry line began to form, resulting in the #1 car closing in on the #22 McLaren as the first stint came to its conclusion.[2] Räikkönen was the first to stop and stayed on the same set of inters, Ferrari gambling on the track continuing to dry at the same rate, while McLaren swapped Hamilton onto a fresh set of intermediates a lap later.[2]

Moments after Hamilton exited the pits the rain returned, allowing the Brit to instantly establish an eight second lead over the Ferrari.[2] Räikkönen was instead caught by Kovalainen and Heidfeld, with the BMW Sauber passing both Finns as they focused on each other fighting for second.[2]

Räikkönen abandoned the fight with Kovalainen on lap 30 as he stopped for fresh tyres, with the rain continuing to fall.[2] Kovalainen followed him in a few laps later having been passed by Robert Kubica, while the two Hondas became the first drivers to stop for extreme wets, with Jenson Button queuing behind Rubens Barrichello.[2]

Despite the worsening conditions Hamilton would opt to take a fresh set of inters at his second stop, having established a thirty second lead over Heidfeld.[2] That appeared to have been a mistake at the Brit had suffered a spin shortly before his stop, while Barrichello was running nine seconds a lap quicker as he climbed through the midfield.[2]

Indeed, Barrichello would get as high as second with moves on Heidfeld and Jarno Trulli, Kubica having retired after a spin into the gravel, before being forced to make a quick "splash and dash" for fuel late on.[2] That dropped him to third, while a late stop for Trulli left Kovalainen in fourth, only for the #23 McLaren to spin and let Alonso and Räikkönen through.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Hamilton eased clear in the final stint to claim victory by over a minute, the largest winning margin since the 1995 Australian Grand Prix.[2] Heidfeld was second ahead of Barrichello, claiming his first podium since leaving Ferrari, with Räikkönen and Kovalainen ahead of Alonso.[2] Trulli and Kazuki Nakajima secured the remaining points.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Victory for Felipe Massa carried the Brazilian racer to the top of the Championship hunt again, leaving Magny-Cours with a two point advantage. Robert Kubica had made way for the Brazilian but remained a title contender with 46 points, while Kimi Räikkönen had moved up to third with 43. Lewis Hamilton was next up in fourth, ten points behind Massa, while Nick Heidfeld was a further ten behind in fifth.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had picked up their third one-two to enhance their Championship lead, moving onto 91 points for the campaign. BMW Sauber had slipped seventeen points behind in second, while they held a sixteen point margin over McLaren-Mercedes in third. A 34 point gap then split McLaren from Red Bull-Renault in fourth, with Toyota just a point off the Austrian entry in fifth.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2008 British 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 British Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:19.957 2 1:19.597 1 1:21.049 1
2 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 10 1:20.982 3 1:19.710 2 1:21.554 2
3 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 4 1:20.370 6 1:19.971 3 1:21.706 3
4 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:20.288 1 1:19.537 4 1:21.835 4
5 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 12 1:21.022 5 1:19.802 5 1:21.873 5
6 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 11 1:20.998 7 1:19.992 6 1:22.029 6
7 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 8 1:20.818 10 1:20.115 7 1:22.491 7
8 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 3 1:20.318 9 1:20.109 8 1:23.251 8
9 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 7 1:20.676 8 1:20.086 9 1:23.305 9
10 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 5 1:20.444 4 1:19.788 NC 10
11 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 14 1:21.224 11 1:20.174 11
12 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 9 1:20.893 12 1:20.274 12
13 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 6 1:20.584 13 1:20.531 13
14 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 13 1:21.145 14 1:20.601 14
15 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 15 1:21.407 15 1:21.112 15
16 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 16 1:21.512 16
17 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 17 1:21.631 17
18 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 18 1:21.668 18
19 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 19 1:21.786 19
20 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 20 1:21.885 20
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 ______________
Heikki Kovalainen 2
______________ Mark Webber
Row 2 3 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 4
______________ Lewis Hamilton
Row 3 5 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 6
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 4 7 ______________
Nelson Piquet, Jr. 8
______________ Sebastian Vettel
Row 5 9 ______________
Felipe Massa 10
______________ Robert Kubica
Row 6 11 ______________
David Coulthard 12
______________ Timo Glock
Row 7 13 ______________
Sébastien Bourdais 14
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 8 15 ______________
Kazuki Nakajima 16
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 9 17 ______________
Jenson Button 18
______________ Nico Rosberg*
Row 10 19 ______________
Adrian Sutil 20
______________ Giancarlo Fisichella
  • * Rosberg started from the pit lane after a number of set-up changes.

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 60 1:39:09.440 4 10
2 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 60 +1:08.577 5 8
3 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 60 +1:22.273 16 6
4 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 59 +1 Lap 3 5
5 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 59 +1 Lap 1 4
6 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 59 +1 Lap 6 3
7 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 59 +1 Lap 14 2
8 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 59 +1 Lap 15 1
9 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 59 +1 Lap 20
10 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 59 +1 Lap 2
11 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 59 +1 Lap 13
12 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 59 +1 Lap 12
13 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 58 +2 Laps 9
Ret 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 39 Spin 10
Ret 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 38 Accident 17
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 35 Spin 7
Ret 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 26 Spin 19
Ret 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 10 Spin 18
Ret 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 Collision 8
Ret 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 0 Collision 11
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Lewis Hamilton picked up his third win of the campaign on home soil to claim 48 points at the halfway point in the season, as well as the Championship lead. However, both Felipe Massa and Kimi Räikkönen had scored 48 points in the opening three rounds of the Championship, with Hamilton only deemed ahead on countback. Furthermore, Robert Kubica was just two behind in fourth to make it a four-horse race heading into the second half of the season, while Nick Heidfeld was twelve off the lead in fifth.

In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who led the charge heading into the second half of the season, leaving the British Grand Prix with 96 points. BMW Sauber would sit in second at the start of the second phase of the campaign, fourteen off the lead, with a ten point gap between themselves and McLaren-Mercedes in third. Toyota were next having overtaken Red Bull-Renault in the UK, with only Force India-Ferrari and the withdrawn Super Aguri-Honda squads having failed to score in the first half of the season.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 48 ▲3
2 Brazil Felipe Massa 48 ▼1
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 48
4 Poland Robert Kubica 46 ▼2
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 36
6 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 24
7 Italy Jarno Trulli 20
8 Australia Mark Webber 18
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 13
10 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 11 ▲5
11 Germany Nico Rosberg 8 ▼1
12 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 8 ▼1
13 United Kingdom David Coulthard 6 ▼1
14 Germany Timo Glock 5 ▼1
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel 5 ▼1
16 United Kingdom Jenson Button 3
17 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 2
18 France Sébastien Bourdais 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 96
2 Germany BMW Sauber 82
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 72
4 Japan Toyota 25 ▲1
5 Austria Red Bull-Renault 24 ▼1
6 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 16
7 France Renault 15
8 Japan Honda 14
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 7

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 '9. Britain 2008', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/grande-bretagne.aspx, (Accessed 26/02/2020)
  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 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 'Britain 2008: Lewis walks on water for home glory.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 06/07/2008), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/62794/1/britain-2008-lewis-walks-on-water-for-home-glory, (Accessed 26/02/2020)
  3. 'Britain 2008: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/grande-bretagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 26/02/2020)
  4. '2008 FORMULA 1 SANTANDER BRITISH GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2008/races/833/great-britain/qualifying.html, (Accessed 26/02/2020)
  5. 'Britain 2008: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/grande-bretagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 26/02/2020)
  6. [Archived] '2008 British GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), https://web.archive.org/web/20190409235003/http://chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2008&gp=British%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 26/02/2020) - Original
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