The 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, officially the XLVI Grand Prix du Canada, was the seventh race of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada, on 8 June 2008.[1][2] The race, which was the 30th Canadian Grand Prix to be held at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, would see Robert Kubica secure his and BMW Sauber's first and only F1 victory.[2]

Qualifying had seen Championship leader Lewis Hamilton stamp his authority on the rest of the field, securing a dominant pole position for McLaren-Mercedes.[2] Kubica would start from second ahead of Kimi Räikkönen and Fernando Alonso, while Felipe Massa found himself down in sixth alongside Nico Rosberg.[2]

After qualifying the drivers raised their concerns about the track surface, with the apexes of turns two, seven and ten showing evidence of breaking up during Saturday's running.[2] Remedial work was carried out overnight to rectify these issues, although the resurfaced sections were not able to properly set before the race.[2]

The start of the race saw Hamilton ease away from Kubica to claim an early lead, while Räikkönen slotted into third.[2] Behind, Rosberg got the jump on Alonso to secure fourth, while Heikki Kovalainen slipped behind Rubens Barrichello, but muscled his way back ahead of the Honda.[2]

The race soon settled down, with Hamilton escaping from Kubica by half a second a lap to establish a five second lead.[2] The Polish racer himself had a small margin over Räikkönen, while Rosberg had Alonso and Massa for company as the race became something of a procession.[2]

That was not to last, however, for Adrian Sutil was forced to stop at turn three on lap seventeen after a gearbox failure, and pulled his car off to the side.[2] Initially the Force India-Ferrari seemed enough out of harm's way that it could be dragged to safety without issue, only for a sudden fire at the back of the car to cause the marshals to call for the Safety Car.[2]

The appearance of the Safety Car caused chaos in the pits when they were reopened on lap nineteen, with the top seven of the field all stopping.[2] Räikkönen and Kubica both got the jump on Hamilton, with Räikkönen released alongside Kubica's BMW Sauber, only for both to have to stop at the end of the pitlane due to a red light.[2]

Hamilton was behind them and, having not seen the red light, speared straight into the back of Räikkönen, destroying both the Ferrari and his McLaren.[2] Rosberg also got himself tangled in the collision by hitting the back of the McLaren, and had to limp back for a new nose as a result.[2]

Nick Heidfeld duly emerged from the chaos at the head of the field, trailed by Barrichello and Mark Webber, while Kubica was down in ninth.[2] Heidfeld duly aced the restart to sprint clear of Barrichello, with the Brazilian's lack of pace causing a train of cars and limited Kubica's ability to climb back up the order.[2]

As a result of Barrichello's poor pace, Heidfeld established a huge 26 second lead by lap 30, and was able to pit and rejoin ahead of his Polish teammate.[2] Kubica, on a low-fuel two-stop, quickly dived past his teammate to move ahead, before the rest of the Barrichello train was broken apart by pitstops.[2]

Now with clear air ahead Kubica set about escaping from Heidfeld, establishing a thirteen second lead when Timo Glock finally stopped on lap 43.[2] Indeed, Heidfeld would subsequently lose more time as he was attacked by Alonso and later Coulthard, and hence allowed Kubica to pit for a second time and rejoin without losing the lead.[2]

With that the race was run, with Kubica making history as the first Polish driver to secure a race victory in a World Championship Grand Prix.[2] Heidfeld kept Coulthard at bay to make in a BMW Sauber one-two, with the Scot running out of fuel moments after crossing the finish line.[2] Glock, a resurgent Massa, Jarno Trulli, Barrichello and Sebastian Vettel secured the remaining points.[2]

Background[edit | edit source]

Victory, combined with a non-score for Kimi Räikkönen, meant that Lewis Hamilton left Monte Carlo with the Championship lead, holding 38 points and a three point advantage. Räikkönen slipped to second after finishing ninth in Monaco, while Felipe Massa had moved to within a point of his teammate in third. Robert Kubica was just two further back in fourth, before a twelve point gap split the Pole from his teammate Nick Heidfeld.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari continued to lead the charge, leaving Monaco with 69 points to their credit. McLaren-Mercedes had moved into second courtesy of Hamilton's second win, moving a point ahead of BMW Sauber as they tried to kick-start their season once again. Williams-Toyota and Red Bull-Renault were next, level on fifteen points, while Force India-Ferrari had once again failed to score.

Entry list[edit | edit source]

The full entry list for the 2008 Canadian 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 Overview[edit | edit source]

Qualifying[edit | edit source]

Q1[edit | edit source]

Q2[edit | edit source]

Q3[edit | edit source]

Qualifying Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:16.909 1 1:17.034 1 1:17.886 1
2 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 6 1:17.471 6 1:17.679 2 1:18.498 2
3 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 4 1:17.301 3 1:17.364 3 1:18.735 3
4 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 5 1:17.415 4 1:17.488 4 1:18.746 4
5 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 9 1:17.991 9 1:17.891 5 1:18.844 5
6 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 2 1:17.231 2 1:17.353 6 1:19.048 6
7 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 1:17.287 7 1:17.684 7 1:19.089 7
8 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 11 1:18.082 8 1:17.781 8 1:19.633 8
9 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 13 1:18.256 10 1:18.020 9 1:20.848 9
10 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 7 1:17.582 5 1:17.523 NC 10
11 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 14 1:18.321 11 1:18.031 11
12 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 8 1:17.638 12 1:18.062 12
13 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 12 1:18.168 13 1:18.238 13
14 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 10 1:18.039 14 1:18.327 14
15 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 15 1:18.505 15 1:18.393 15
16* 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 1:18.916 18
17 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 17 1:19.108 16
18 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 18 1:19.165 17
19 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 19 1:23.565 19
20 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari NC 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.

* Bourdais incurred a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change.[4]

Grid[edit | edit source]

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

Race[edit | edit source]

Report[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 70 1:36:24.227 2 10
2 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 70 +16.495s 8 8
3 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 70 +23.352s 13 6
4 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 70 +42.627s 11 5
5 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 70 +43.934s 6 4
6 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 70 +47.775s 14 3
7 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 70 +53.597s 9 2
8 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 70 +54.120s 20 1
9 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +54.433s 7
10 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 70 +54.749s 5
11 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 70 +1:07.540 PL
12 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 70 +1:11.299 10
13 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 18
Ret 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 51 Spin 17
Ret 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 46 Accident 12
Ret 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 44 Spin 4
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 43 Brakes 15
Ret 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 19 Collision 3
Ret 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 19 Collision 1
Ret 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 13 Gearbox 16
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Victory for Robert Kubica ensured that the Polish driver topped the Drivers' Championship for the first time in his career, leaving Canada with 42 points and a four point lead. Lewis Hamilton had made way for the Pole, with Felipe Massa having moved level with the Brit on 38 points, but behind on countback. Kimi Räikkönen, meanwhile, had slipped to fourth ahead of Nick Heidfeld, with seventeen drivers on the score sheet.

In the Constructors Championship it was Ferrari who continued to lead the charge, although they had seen their advantage all but eliminated. Indeed, BMW Sauber's first one-two meant that the German-Swiss alliance had moved onto 70 points for the season, and shot seventeen clear of McLaren-Mercedes in third. Elsewhere, Red Bull-Renault were in fourth ahead of Toyota, while Honda had moved back ahead of Toro Rosso-Ferrari.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Poland Robert Kubica 42 ▲3
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 38 ▼1
3 Brazil Felipe Massa 38
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 35 ▼2
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 28
6 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 15
7 Australia Mark Webber 15
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 12
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 9
10 Germany Nico Rosberg 8
11 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 7
12 United Kingdom David Coulthard 6 ▲4
13 Germany Timo Glock 5 ▲4
14 Germany Sebastian Vettel 5 ▼2
15 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 5 ▼1
16 United Kingdom Jenson Button 3 ▼3
17 France Sébastien Bourdais 2 ▼2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 73
2 Germany BMW Sauber 70 ▲1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 ▼1
4 Austria Red Bull-Renault 21 ▲1
5 Japan Toyota 17 ▲1
6 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 15 ▼2
7 France Renault 9
8 Japan Honda 8 ▲1
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 7 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[edit | edit source]

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 '7. Canada 2008', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/canada.aspx, (Accessed 25/02/2020)
  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 'Canada 2008: Kubica 'does a Hamilton' in Montreal.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 08/06/2008), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/62441/1/canada-2008-kubica-does-a-hamilton-in-montreal, (Accessed 25/02/2020)
  3. 'Canada 2008: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/canada/engages.aspx, (Accessed 25/02/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 'FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DU CANADA 2008 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2008/races/831/canada/qualifying.html, (Accessed 25/02/2020)
  5. 'Canada 2008: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/canada/classement.aspx, (Accessed 25/02/2020)
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