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The 2008 Formula One season is the 59th FIA Formula One World Championship. It started in Melbourne on March 16, to Brazil, November 2. Lewis Hamilton became the World Champion with Felipe Massa runner-up by one point with the decider statistics similar to 2007.

Teams and Drivers[]

Entry List[]

Constructor Chassis Tyre No. Driver Rounds Test/Reserve Drivers
Team Engine
Ferrari F2008 B 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen All Italy Luca Badoer
Spain Marc Gené
Germany Michael Schumacher
Italy Valentino Rossi
Finland Mirko Bortolli
Italy Edoardo Piscopo
Italy Salvatore Cicatelli
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari 056 2 Brazil Felipe Massa All
BMW Sauber F1.08 B 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld All Austria Christian Klien
Estonia Marko Asmer
United Kingdom Andy Priaulx
Austria Philipp Eng
Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW P86/8 4 Poland Robert Kubica All
Renault R28 B 5 Spain Fernando Alonso All Brazil Lucas di Grassi
France Romain Grosjean
Japan Sakon Yamamoto
Netherlands Giedo van der Garde
France Jonathan Cochet
France ING Renault F1 Team Renault RS27 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr All
Williams-Toyota FW30 B 7 Germany Nico Rosberg All Germany Nico Hülkenberg
Spain Dani Clos
United Kingdom AT&T Williams Toyota TVX-08 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima All
Red Bull-Renault RB4 B 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard All Switzerland Sébastien Buemi
France Sebastien Loeb
New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Finland Mika Mäki
Russia Mikhail Aleshin
Austria Red Bull Racing Renault RS27 10 Australia Mark Webber All
Toyota TF108 B 11 Italy Jarno Trulli All Japan Kamui Kobayashi
Italy Andrea Calderelli
Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TVX-08 12 Germany Timo Glock All
Toro Rosso-Ferrari STR2B/STR3 B 14 France Sebastien Bourdais All New Zealand Brendon Hartley
Japan Takuma Sato
Spain Jaime Alguersuari
Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Ferrari 056 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel All
Honda RA108 B 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button All Austria Alexander Wurz
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson
United Kingdom Mike Conway
Italy Luca Filippi
Japan Takashi Kogure
Brazil Bruno Senna
Brazil Lucas di Grassi
Japan Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA808E 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello All
Super Aguri-Honda SA08 B 18 Japan Takuma Sato 1-4[1] United Kingdom James Rossiter
Japan Super Aguri F1 Team Honda RA808E 19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson 1-4[1]
Force India-Ferrari VJM01 B 20 Germany Adrian Sutil All Italy Vitantonio Luizzi
Spain Pedro de la Rosa
Germany Ralf Schumacher
India Force India F1 Team Ferrari 056 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella All
McLaren-Mercedes MP4-23 B 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton All Spain Pedro de la Rosa
United Kingdom Gary Paffett
United Kingdom Paul di Resta
United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Mercedes F0108V 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen All
  1. 1.0 1.1 Super Aguri withdrew from F1 following the fourth round (Spanish GP) of the 2008 season.

Dates Drivers Confirmed[]

Driver Date Confirmed Team
Jarno Trulli July 28 2006 Toyota
Kimi Räikkönen September 10 2006 Ferrari
David Coulthard July 6 2007 Red Bull-Renault
Mark Webber July 6 2007 Red Bull-Renault
Rubens Barrichello July 19 2007 Honda
Jenson Button July 19 2007 Honda
Sebastian Vettel August 2 2007 Toro Rosso-Ferrari
Sébastien Bourdais August 10 2007 Toro Rosso-Ferrari
Nick Heidfeld August 21 2007 BMW Sauber
Robert Kubica August 21 2007 BMW Sauber
Felipe Massa October 16 2007 Ferrari
Kazuki Nakajima November 7 2007 Williams-Toyota
Nico Rosberg November 7 2007 Williams-Toyota
Timo Glock November 19 2007 Toyota
Fernando Alonso December 10 2007 Renault
Nelson Piquet, Jr December 10 2007 Renault
Lewis Hamilton December 14 2007 McLaren-Mercedes
Heikki Kovalainen December 14 2007 McLaren-Mercedes
Giancarlo Fisichella January 10 2008 Force India-Ferrari
Adrian Sutil January 10 2008 Force India-Ferrari
Anthony Davidson March 10 2008 Super Aguri-Honda
Takuma Sato March 10 2008 Super Aguri-Honda



Round Race Title Grand Prix Circuit Date Time
Local UTC
1 ING Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Australia Albert Park, Melbourne March 16 17:00 06:00
2 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix Malaysian GP Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur March 23 15:00 07:00
3 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain GP Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir April 6 14:30 11:30
4 Gran Premio de España Telefónica Spanish GP Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona April 27 14:00 12:00
5 Petrol Offisi Turkish Grand Prix Turkish GP Turkey Istanbul Park, Istanbul May 11 15:00 12:00
6 Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Monaco Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo May 25 14:00 12:00
7 Grand Prix du Canada Canadian GP Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal June 8 13:00 17:00
8 Grand Prix de France French GP France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours June 22 14:00 12:00
9 Santander British Grand Prix British GP United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone July 6 13:00 12:00
10 Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland German GP Germany Hockenheimring, Hockenheim July 20 14:00 12:00
11 ING Magyar Nagydíj Hungarian GP Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest August 3 14:00 12:00
12 Telefónica Grand Prix of Europe European GP Spain Valencia Street Circuit, Valencia August 24 14:00 12:00
13 ING Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa September 7 14:00 12:00
14 Gran Premio Santander d'Italia Italian GP Italy Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza September 14 14:00 12:00
15 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix Singapore GP Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit, Marina Bay September 28 20:00 12:00
16 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Japan Fuji Speedway, Oyama October 12 13:30 04:30
17 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix Chinese GP China Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai October 19 15:00 07:00
18 Grande Prêmio do Brasil Brazilian GP Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo November 2 15:00 17:00

Schedule Changes[]

  • Singapore hosted its first Grand Prix in 2008, with a contract for the next five years. The race, held on a street circuit designed by KBR, is Formula One's first night race., The practice and qualifying sessions also take place at night.
  • The European Grand Prix took place at the Valencia Street Circuit in 2008, changing from the Nürburgring which hosted the event up until 2007. Because both German circuits share the right to host an F1 race, the German Grand Prix took place at Hockenheimring in 2008. It will continue to alternate between these two circuits yearly.
  • The Indianapolis Motor Speedway did not hold a Grand Prix in 2008; however, a possible return to Indianapolis in the future has not been completely ruled out although the US Grand Prix is due return in F1 2012 to a circuit in Austin, Texas.
  • In the run up to the 2007 French Grand Prix it was reported that it would be the last Grand Prix to be held at Magny-Cours. Some alternatives suggested for the French Grand Prix included Paul Ricard or a new circuit near Disneyland Paris or Charles de Gaulle airport. However on 24 July 2007 it was reported that Bernie Ecclestone had "agreed in principle to maintain the race at Magny-Cours in 2008, and even 2009, if there were no other alternatives.


V T E 2008 Formula One Season
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
Other Drivers Badoer • Buemi • Clos • Gené • Grosjean • Hartley • Hülkenberg • Klien • Kobayashi • Liuzzi • Loeb • Paffett • Rossi • Rossiter • M. Schumacher • R. Schumacher • Senna • Van der Garde • Wurz • Yamamoto
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
Tyres Bridgestone
Races Australia • Malaysia • Bahrain • Spain • Turkey • Monaco • Canada • France • Britain • Germany • Hungary • Europe • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • Japan • China • Brazil
See also 2007 Formula One Season • 2009 Formula One Season • Category
V T E Formula One Seasons
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