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The LXIX Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland, otherwise known as the 2008 German Grand Prix, was the tenth round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Hockenheimring in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, on 20 July 2008.[1][2] The race would see Lewis Hamilton secure an impressive victory for McLaren-Mercedes, after his early domination of the race was ruined by a mid-race Safety Car.[2]

There would be a lot of hype surrounding the race after qualifying, as Hamilton narrowly edged out fellow title rival Felipe Massa in a duel for pole position.[2] Heikki Kovalainen got the sister McLaren into third ahead of Jarno Trulli, while the third man in the title hunt, Kimi Räikkönen, would only manage to claim sixth ahead of Robert Kubica.[2]

However, hopes of Hamilton being challenged were extinguished right at the start, with the #22 McLaren sprinting clear as the lights went out to secure the lead.[2] Massa was duly left to fend off a first corner lunge from Kovalainen for second, as behind Räikkönen was instantly passed by Kubica's BMW Sauber.[2]

Kovalainen had another lunge at Massa into the hairpin on the opening lap, with the subsequent congestion allowing Kubica to shoot past Fernando Alonso and Trulli to claim fourth.[2] The rest of the field would make it through the opening tour without issue, while Hamilton powered away to secure a two second lead.[2]

Hamilton's lead continued to grow during the early stages, as the fight for fourth ebbed and flowed as Räikkönen entered the mix.[2] That quartet would continue to fight through to the first round of stops, with Hamilton having established a twenty second lead by the time he opened the stops on lap eighteen.[2]

However, Hamilton would make his first mistake of the day after his stop, getting caught out on fresh tyres and hence allowing Trulli to pass, before almost colliding with the Toyota at the hairpin.[2] The Brit therefore had to wait for Trulli to stop at the end of the lap to safely make progress, although the sheer size of his lead meant that the #22 McLaren remained well clear of Massa.[2]

The race settled down as the rest of the field made their stops, with the order remaining unchanged through to lap 36.[2] At that point Timo Glock suffered a suspension failure and spun straight into the pitwall, bringing out the Safety Car as debris was strewn across the track.[2]

McLaren surprisingly gambled during the SC, opting not to pit Hamilton as the rest of the field dived in for their second stops.[2] The Brit hence had to escape up the road before making his second stop, with two cars in the form of Nick Heidfeld and Nelson Piquet, Jr. between him and Massa.[2]

Hamilton duly broke away at the restart, and set a succession of quick laps as Massa fought with Piquet and Heidfeld.[2] The McLaren duly stopped on lap 50 and emerged behind Kovalainen in fifth, before being instantly promoted to fourth once Heidfeld stopped.[2]

Piquet was left in the lead, as Hamilton breezed past Kovalainen and then Massa with significantly fresher tyres.[2] The Brit then caught and passed Piquet with a handful of laps to go, ensuring that he was in prime position to secure the race win.[2]

With that the race was over, with Hamilton able to secure victory by six seconds from Piquet, the Brazilian's maiden podium finish.[2] Massa ran out of time to get ahead of his compatriot and hence had to settle for third, while Heidfeld secured fourth ahead of Kovalainen, Räikkönen, Kubica and Sebastian Vettel.[2]

Background[]

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.

Entry list[]

The full entry list for the 2008 German 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 German 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 3 1:15.218 1 1:14.603 1 1:15.666 1
2 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 1 1:14.921 2 1:14.747 2 1:15.859 2
3 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 1:15.476 3 1:14.855 3 1:16.143 3
4 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 6 1:15.560 7 1:15.122 4 1:16.191 4
5 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 11 1:15.917 4 1:14.943 5 1:16.385 5
6 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 2 1:15.201 5 1:14.949 6 1:16.389 6
7 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 14 1:15.985 6 1:15.109 7 1:16.521 7
8 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 10 1:15.900 10 1:15.481 8 1:17.014 8
9 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 5 1:15.532 9 1:15.420 9 1:17.244 9
10 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 13 1:15.975 8 1:15.338 10 1:17.503 10
11 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 7 1:15.560 11 1:15.508 11
12 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 8 1:15.596 12 1:15.581 12
13 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 9 1:15.863 13 1:15.633 13
14 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 15 1:15.993 14 1:15.701 14
15 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 12 1:15.927 15 1:15.858 15
16 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 16 1:16.083 16
17 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 17 1:16.189 17
18 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 18 1:16.246 18
19 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 19 1:16.657 19
20 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 20 1:16.963 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.

Grid[]

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

Race[]

Report[]

Results[]

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 67 1:31:20.874 1 10
2 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 67 +5.586s 17 8
3 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 67 +9.339s 2 6
4 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 67 +9.825s 12 5
5 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 67 +12.411s 3 4
6 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 67 +14.403s 6 3
7 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 67 +22.682s 7 2
8 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 67 +33.299s 9 1
9 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 67 +37.158s 4
10 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 67 +37.625s 13
11 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 67 +38.600s 5
12 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 67 +39.111s 15
13 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 67 +54.971s 10
14 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 67 +1:00.003 16
15 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 67 +1:09.488 19
16 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 67 +1:24.093 20
17 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 66 +1 Lap 14
Ret 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 50 Damage 18
Ret 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 40 Oil leak 8
Ret 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 35 Suspension 11
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

Milestones[]

Standings[]

Lewis Hamilton moved clear atop the Championship with victory in Germany, having eked out a four point lead at the head of the hunt. Felipe Massa had retained his second place status on 54 points, while Kimi Räikkönen had slipped a further three behind, having been tied with Massa and Hamilton at the start of the weekend. Robert Kubica, meanwhile, had slipped ten behind, while Nick Heidfeld was seven off of his Polish teammate.

In the Constructors Championship it was still Ferrari who led the charge, leaving Germany with 105 points and the first team to break into triple figures for the campaign. Behind, BMW Sauber had left their home race still in second place, although the Anglo-German alliance of McLaren-Mercedes had closed to within three points of the Swiss-German team. Toyota were head of the next batch of teams, 61 points behind McLaren, with Red Bull-Renault and Renault just one and two points behind the Japanese manufacturer.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 58
2 Brazil Felipe Massa 54
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 51
4 Poland Robert Kubica 48
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 41
6 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 28
7 Italy Jarno Trulli 20
8 Australia Mark Webber 18
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 13
10 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 11
11 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 10 ▲6
12 Germany Nico Rosberg 8 ▼1
13 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 8 ▼1
14 United Kingdom David Coulthard 6 ▼1
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel 6
16 Germany Timo Glock 5 ▼2
17 United Kingdom Jenson Button 3 ▼1
18 France Sébastien Bourdais 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 105
2 Germany BMW Sauber 89
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 86
4 Japan Toyota 25
5 Austria Red Bull-Renault 24
6 France Renault 23 ▲1
7 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 16 ▼1
8 Japan Honda 14
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 8

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

References[]

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 '10. Germany 2008', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/62961/1/germany-2008-hamilton-beats-the-clock, (Accessed 27/02/2020)
  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 'Germany 2008: Hamilton beats the clock.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 20/07/2008), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/62961/1/germany-2008-hamilton-beats-the-clock, (Accessed 28/02/2020)
  3. 'Germany 2008: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/allemagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 27/02/2020)
  4. 'FORMULA 1 GROSSER PREIS SANTANDER VON DEUTSCHLAND 2008 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2008/races/834/germany/qualifying.html, (Accessed 27/02/2020)
  5. 'Germany 2008: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/allemagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 27/02/2020)
  6. [Archived] '2008 German GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), https://web.archive.org/web/20190410184627/http://chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2008&gp=German%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 27/02/2020) - Original
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