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The V Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix (alternately the 2008中石化中国大奖赛 or the 2008 Zhōngshíhuà zhōngguó dàjiǎng sài in Chinese), was the seventeenth and penultimate round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China, on 19 October 2008.[1][2] The race would be won by Lewis Hamilton, as result which extended his Championship lead to seven points ahead of the Season Finale.[2]

Indeed, Hamilton was attempting to seal the Championship in China, knowing that the title was his if he outscored Felipe Massa by six points.[2] The Brit duly claimed pole position in qualifying having topped all three sessions, although his Brazilian rival Massa secured third on the grid behind Ferrari teammate Kimi Räikkönen.[2]

The start of the race saw Hamilton sprint off the grid to claim an early lead, while Räikkönen gave chase ahead of Massa.[2] Behind, Heikki Kovalainen got the jump on Fernando Alonso for fourth, Nick Heidfeld shot up to sixth, while Sébastien Bourdais took Jarno Trulli out at the first corner.[2]

After Alonso elbowed his way back past Kovalainen the order at the head of the field stabilised, with Hamilton leading the two Ferraris, Alonso, Kovalainen and Heidfeld.[2] The Brit duly managed to break clear in the early laps to build a four second lead, although by lap ten Räikkönen was the fastest man on track and would begin reeling the #22 McLaren-Mercedes back in.[2]

The first round of stops opened on lap twelve, with Mark Webber the first to stop and sparking a slow trickle of drivers into the pits.[2] Massa and Alonso were the first of the leaders to stop on lap fourteen, with Hamilton and Räikkönen stopping a lap later to leave Kovalainen in front of Heidfeld.[2]

Once those two made their stops the order returned to how it had been before the stops, with Hamilton holding a safe seven second lead over Räikkönen, while Massa retained third.[2] The Ferraris would slowly manage to close the gap the lead McLaren during the second stint, aided by the disappearance of Kovalainen when the Finn picked up a puncture.[2]

The second round of stops ultimately decided the race, with Hamilton able to gain more time on the two scarlet Ferraris and hence saw his lead balloon out to thirteen seconds.[2] That prompted the two Ferraris to swap positions on lap 49 with Räikkönen unable to match Hamilton's pace, meaning Massa moved through into second.[2]

With that the race was run, with Hamilton cruising to the chequered flag to claim victory and a seven point margin heading into the season finale.[2] Massa was second ahead of Räikkönen to complete the podium, while Alonso kept Heidfeld at bay to secure fourth.[2] Robert Kubica claimed sixth as his title bid formally came to an end, while Timo Glock and Nelson Piquet, Jr. picked up the remaining points.[2]

Background[]

Lewis Hamilton saw his Championship lead cut by two points as a result of the Japanese Grand Prix, and hence left the Fuji Speedway with a five point advantage. Felipe Massa had hence closed in on the Brit at the head of the field, and was one of only two drivers who could deny Hamilton the crown. Indeed, Robert Kubica still entertained hopes of becoming the 2008 World Champion, although he would have to outscore Hamilton by three points in China just to stay in the hunt.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had moved back to the top of the pack, largely due to the fact that McLaren-Mercedes had failed to score. Indeed, the Brit squad had gone from holding a one point lead to trailing the Scuderia by seven points, with those two still the main protagonists with two rounds to go. BMW Sauber were still in the hunt in third, fourteen off the lead, but had long since acknowledged that their focus was on the 2009 season.

Entry list[]

The full entry list for the 2008 Chinese 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[]

Qualifying[]

Q1[]

Q2[]

Q3[]

Qualifying Results[]

The full qualifying results for the 2008 Chinese 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 1:35.566 1 1:34.947 1 1:36.303 1
2 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 6 1:35.983 4 1:35.355 2 1:36.645 2
3 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 5 1:35.971 2 1:35.135 3 1:36.889 3
4 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 4 1:35.769 7 1:35.461 4 1:36.927 4
5 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:35.623 3 1:35.216 5 1:36.930 5
6* 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 11 1:36.238 9 1:35.686 6 1:37.083 16
7 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 10 1:36.224 6 1:35.403 7 1:37.201 9
8 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 3 1:35.752 5 1:35.386 8 1:37.685 6
9 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 8 1:36.104 10 1:35.715 9 1:37.934 7
10 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 12 1:36.239 8 1:35.478 10 1:38.885 8
11 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 7 1:36.029 11 1:35.722 10
12 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 14 1:36.503 12 1:35.814 11
13 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 9 1:36.210 13 1:35.937 12
14 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 15 1:36.640 14 1:36.079 13
15 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 13 1:36.434 15 1:36.210 14
16 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 16 1:36.731 15
17 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 17 1:36.863 17
18 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 18 1:37.053 18
19 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 19 1:37.730 19
20 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 20 1:37.739 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.
  • * Webber was awarded a ten place grid penalty for changing his engine.[4]
  • Heidfeld was awarded a three place grid penalty for impeding Coulthard during Q1.[4]

Grid[]

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

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 1:31:57.403 1 10
2 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 56 +14.925s 3 8
3 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 56 +16.445s 2 6
4 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 56 +18.370s 4 5
5 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 56 +28.923s 9 4
6 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 56 +33.219s 11 3
7 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 56 +41.722s 12 2
8 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 56 +56.645s 10 1
9 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 56 +1:04.339 6
10 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 56 +1:14.842 15
11 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 56 +1:25.061 13
12 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 56 +1:30.847 17
13 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 56 +1:31.457 8
14 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 56 +1:32.422 16
15 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 55 +1 Lap 14
16 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 55 +1 Lap 18
17 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 20
Ret 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 49 Hydraulics 5
Ret 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 13 Gearbox 19
Ret 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 2 Damage 7
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

Milestones[]

Standings[]

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 94
2 Brazil Felipe Massa 87
3 Poland Robert Kubica 75
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 69
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 60
6 Spain Fernando Alonso 53 ▲1
7 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 51 ▼1
8 Germany Sebastian Vettel 30
9 Italy Jarno Trulli 30
10 Germany Timo Glock 22 ▲1
11 Australia Mark Webber 21 ▼1
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 156
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 145
3 Germany BMW Sauber 135
4 France Renault 72
5 Japan Toyota 52
6 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 34
7 Austria Red Bull-Renault 29
8 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 26
9 Japan Honda 14

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[]

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References:

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  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 'China 2008: Hamilton stakes title claim.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 19/10/2008), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/64035/1/china-2008-hamilton-stakes-title-claim, (Accessed 19/03/2020)
  3. 'China 2008: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/chine/engages.aspx, (Accessed 19/03/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 '2008 FORMULA 1 SINOPEC CHINESE GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2008/races/841/china/qualifying.html, (Accessed 19/03/2020)
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  6. [Archived] '2008 Chinese GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), https://web.archive.org/web/20190410001949/http://chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2008&gp=Chinese%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 19/03/2020) - Original
V T E China Chinese Grand Prix
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Teams Ferrari • BMW Sauber • Renault • Williams • Red Bull • Toyota • Toro Rosso • Honda • Super Aguri • Force India • McLaren
Engines BMW • Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault • Toyota
Drivers Räikkönen • 2 Massa • 3 Heidfeld • 4 Kubica • 5 Alonso • 6 Piquet • 7 Rosberg • 8 Nakajima • 9 Coulthard • 10 Webber • 11 Trulli • 12 Glock • 14 Bourdais • 15 Vettel • 16 Button • 17 Barrichello • 18 Sato • 19 Davidson • 20 Sutil • 21 Fisichella • 22 Hamilton • 23 Kovalainen
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Cars Ferrari F2008 • McLaren MP4-23 • BMW Sauber F1.08 • Renault R28 • Toyota TF108 • Toro Rosso STR2B • Toro Rosso STR3 • Red Bull RB4 • Williams FW30 • Honda RA108 • Force India VJM01 • Super Aguri SA08
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