The 2008 French Grand Prix, otherwise known as the XCIV Grand Prix de France, was the eighth round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in Magny-Cours, France, on 22 June 2008.[1][2] The race would see Felipe Massa claim victory, as race leading teammate Kimi Räikkönen picked up an exhaust issue that caused his pace to collapse mid-race.[2]

It was the Finn who had emerged ahead during qualifying, edging out Ferrari teammate Massa to secure pole position by 0.041s.[2] Lewis Hamilton qualified in third but started from thirteenth after being penalised for hitting Räikkönen in Canada, while Championship leader Robert Kubica would start from fifth.[2]

The start of the race was heralded by news that rain was drifting towards Magny-Cours, and had already washed away some rubber in the morning, although the circuit itself was bone dry for the start.[2] Regardless, Räikkönen would ace his start to claim an early lead from Massa , while Fernando Alonso was passed instantly by Jarno Trulli and Kubica.[2]

Alonso got his revenge on Kubica later during the opening lap, while Hamilton managed to battle his way into tenth.[2] Out front, meanwhile, Räikkönen would set about establishing a lead over Massa, with the two scarlet Ferraris quickly able to drop Trulli's Toyota.[2]

The order at the head of the field soon stabilised, with Räikkönen and Massa running close together, while Alonso could find no way past Trulli, with Kubica chasing him.[2] Hamilton, meanwhile, would move into the points with a dive past teammate Heikki Kovalainen, only to be slapped with a drive-through penalty for cutting turn seven on the opening lap.[2]

Hamilton served the penalty instantly on lap fourteen, and hence dropped back to his starting position of thirteenth.[2] Out front, meanwhile, the two Ferraris suddenly improved their pace and began lapping a second quicker than Trulli, as Alonso became the first of the leaders to make their first stop on lap sixteen.[2]

Trulli and Kubica stopped four laps later, followed on successive laps by Räikkönen and Massa, with the Finn emerging with a healthy lead over Massa.[2] Their strong pace continued after the stop, with Trulli still holding third while Kubica had jumped Alonso.[2]

However, the picture at the head of the field would soon change, for an exhaust failure for Räikkönen on lap thirty saw the Finn's pace waver.[2] Massa began to eat away at his teammate's lead, and would pass the Finn unopposed on lap 39, before establishing a ten second lead before the second round of stops.[2]

Massa held the lead through the stops, and was able to ease his pace in the final stint, just as rain began to fall on the circuit.[2] Räikkönen, meanwhile, saw his right-hand exhaust completely fall apart, although fears of being challenged by Trulli were eliminated when the Italian came under attack from Kovalainen in the closing stages.[2]

Trulli would, however, hold onto third, scoring his first podium finish since the 2005 Spanish Grand Prix, as Massa cruised across the line to secure victory.[2] Räikkönen trailed in a distant second to secure the Scuderia's third one-two of the campaign, as both drivers moved up in the Championship standings.[2] Elsewhere, Kubica would finish in fifth ahead of Mark Webber, Nelson Piquet, Jr. registered his points finish in seventh, while Alonso claimed the final point in eighth.[2]

Background[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.

Entry list[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 2 1:15.133 2 1:15.161 1 1:16.449 1
2 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 1 1:15.024 1 1:15.041 2 1:16.490 2
3* 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 1:15.634 3 1:15.293 3 1:16.693 13
4 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 7 1:15.754 5 1:15.483 4 1:16.840 3
5 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 3 1:15.521 4 1:15.362 5 1:16.920 4
6 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 11 1:15.965 8 1:15.639 6 1:16.944 10
7 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 5 1:15.687 10 1:15.723 7 1:17.037 5
8 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 13 1:16.020 6 1:15.488 8 1:17.233 6
9 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 8 1:15.802 9 1:15.654 9 1:17.426 7
10 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 6 1:15.727 7 1:15.558 10 1:17.596 8
11 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 9 1:15.848 11 1:15.770 9
12 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 12 1:16.006 12 1:15.786 11
13 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 10 1:15.918 13 1:15.816 12
14 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 14 1:16.072 14 1:16.045 14
15* 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 15 1:16.085 15 1:16.235 19
16 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 16 1:16.243 15
17 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 17 1:16.306 16
18 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 18 1:16.330 20
19 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 19 1:16.971 17
20 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 20 1:17.053 18
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.
  • * Hamilton and Rosberg were both awarded ten place grid penalties for causing a collision with Räikkönen at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix.[4]
  • Kovalainen handed a five place grid penalty for impeding Webber during Q3.[4]
  • Barrichello awarded a five place grid penalty for changing his gearbox.[4]

Grid[edit | edit source]

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

Race[edit | edit source]

Report[edit | edit source]

Results[edit | edit source]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 70 1:31:50.245 2 10
2 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 70 +17.984s 1 8
3 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 70 +28.250s 4 6
4 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +28.929s 10 5
5 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 70 +30.512s 5 4
6 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 70 +40.304s 6 3
7 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 70 +41.033s 9 2
8 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 70 +43.372s 3 1
9 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 70 +51.021s 7
10 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 70 +54.538s 13
11 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 70 +57.700s 8
12 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 70 +58.065s 12
13 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 70 +1:02.079 11
14 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 69 +1 Lap 20
15 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 69 +1 Lap 15
16 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 69 +1 Lap 19
17 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 14
18 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 17
19 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 18
Ret 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 16 Damage 16
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Brazil Felipe Massa 48 ▲2
2 Poland Robert Kubica 46 ▼1
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 43 ▲1
4 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 38 ▼2
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 28
6 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 20
7 Italy Jarno Trulli 18 ▲1
8 Australia Mark Webber 18 ▼1
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 10
10 Germany Nico Rosberg 8
11 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 7
12 United Kingdom David Coulthard 6
13 Germany Timo Glock 5
14 Germany Sebastian Vettel 5
15 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 5
16 United Kingdom Jenson Button 3
17 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 2 ▲2
18 France Sébastien Bourdais 2 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 91
2 Germany BMW Sauber 74
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 58
4 Austria Red Bull-Renault 24
5 Japan Toyota 23
6 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 15
7 France Renault 12
8 Japan Honda 8
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 7

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 '8. France 2008', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/france.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 'France 2008: Ferrari give Hamilton the ol' 1-2.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 22/06/2008), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/62586/1/france-2008-ferrari-give-hamilton-the-ol-1-2, (Accessed 25/02/2020)
  3. 'France 2008: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/france/engages.aspx, (Accessed 25/02/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 'FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE 2008 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2008/races/832/france/qualifying.html, (Accessed 25/02/2020)
  5. 'France 2008: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/france/classement.aspx, (Accessed 25/02/2020)
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