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The 2008 Italian Grand Prix, officially the LXXIX Gran Premio Santander d'Italia, was the fourteenth race of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, which took place at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Monza, Italy, on 14 September 2008.[1][2] The race would see Sebastian Vettel secure his maiden F1 pole position and race victory, becoming the youngest ever race winner aged 21 years, 73 days.[2]

Indeed, in a weekend dictated by poor weather conditions, Vettel would emerge as a future star of the Championship, having secured pole in his Toro Rosso-Ferrari during qualifying.[2] Heikki Kovalainen claimed second ahead of Mark Webber in the Red Bull-Renault, while the sister Toro Rosso of Sébastien Bourdais would start from fourth.[2] Of the title protagonists Felipe Massa was the best placed in sixth, as Lewis Hamilton slumped to fifteenth.[2]

The weather remained poor into raceday, resulting in the race starting behind the Safety Car with the entire field made to start on extreme wet Bridgestone tyres.[2] Yet, after just one sighting lap the field would be released, with Vettel leading a cautious charge into the Rettifilo, as teammate Bourdais stalled from fourth at the original start.[2]

Vettel escaped up the road from Kovalainen during the early laps, with the field largely running in grid order as spray became a major concern.[2] Indeed, the only real battle in the field came between the out-of-place Kimi Räikkönen and Hamilton as they came through the midfield, with both passing David Coulthard at the same time.[2]

Hamilton went on to attack Räikkönen, but after overshooting the Rettifilo and handing the position back to the Finn, opted to remain behind him.[2] They continued to climb into the top ten before Hamilton finally made a move stick on Räikkönen, before breaking clear of the Finn with a succession of moves on Nick Heidfeld, Timo Glock, Robert Kubica and Fernando Alonso.[2]

Vettel was the first driver to pit on lap eighteen, although he would have a fair advantage over Kovalainen in second and hence remained ahead when the rest of the leaders stopped four laps later.[2] Shortly after the stops, with everyone staying on wet tyres, the rain would return, although after a five minute spell, in which Coulthard would gamble on inters and duly slid straight across the Rettifilo, it stopped and the circuit began to dry.[2]

A few laps later and there was an en-masse switch to inters, sparked by those on a one-stop, notably including Alonso, successfully making the semi-slick tyres work.[2] Vettel retained the lead with the field fairly spread out, although Hamilton emerged as the fastest driver in the running, lapping a full second quicker than the German youth as he reeled in Webber.[2]

Otherwise the final stint proved fairly tame, with Vettel skating through the closing stages to secure his and Toro Rosso's maiden victory, which was also notable as the first for a Ferrari engine outside of a Ferrari chassis.[2] It was also the first for an Italian based team other than Ferrari since Maserati won the 1957 German Grand Prix.[2]

Behind Vettel came Kovalainen and Robert Kubica, while Hamilton finished in seventh behind title rival Massa, leaving them just a point apart with four races to go.[2]

BackgroundEdit

The controversial conclusion to the Belgian Grand Prix saw Felipe Massa move right onto the back of the Championship leader Lewis Hamilton, leaving Spa just two off the lead. Indeed, Hamilton had moved onto 76 points to the Brazilian's 74, with the pair effectively the two main protagonists for the crown. Behind, Robert Kubica had remained mathematically in the hunt as he climbed to third ahead of Kimi Räikkönen, while Nick Heidfeld had moved back ahead of Heikki Kovalainen.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had managed to extend their lead as a result of the post-Spa fallout, leaving the Belgian circuit with a twelve point advantage. Indeed, McLaren-Mercedes had lost ground as a result of Hamilton's demotion, leaving Spa on 119 points, and just twelve ahead of BMW Sauber in third. Indeed, those three were the only teams capable of taking the Constructors crown, with Toyota 90 points behind Ferrari with five races to go.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2008 Italian 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 OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 3 1:35.464 1 1:35.837 1 1:37.555 1
2 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 1 1:35.214 2 1:35.843 2 1:37.631 2
3 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 12 1:36.001 6 1:36.306 3 1:38.117 3
4 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 6 1:35.543 5 1:36.175 4 1:38.445 4
5 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 4 1:35.485 3 1:35.898 5 1:38.767 5
6 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 5 1:35.536 10 1:36.676 6 1:38.894 6
7 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 10 1:35.906 4 1:36.008 7 1:39.152 7
8 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 14 1:36.297 7 1:36.518 8 1:39.751 8
9 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 9 1:35.737 8 1:36.525 9 1:39.787 9
10 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 8 1:35.709 9 1:36.626 10 1:39.906 10
11 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 7 1:35.553 11 1:36.697 11
12 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 13 1:36.280 12 1:36.698 12
13 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 15 1:36.485 13 1:37.284 13
14 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 11 1:35.965 14 1:37.522 14
15 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:35.394 15 1:39.265 15
16 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 16 1:36.510 16
17 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 17 1:36.630 17
18 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 18 1:36.653 18
19 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 19 1:37.006 19
20 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 20 1:37.417 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.

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 53 1:26:47.494 1 10
2 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +12.512s 2 8
3 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 53 +20.471s 11 6
4 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 53 +23.903s 8 5
5 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 53 +27.748s 10 4
6 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 53 +28.816s 6 3
7 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 +29.912s 15 2
8 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 53 +32.048s 3 1
9 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 53 +39.468s 14
10 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 53 +54.445s 17
11 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 53 +58.888s 9
12 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 53 +1:02.015 18
13 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 53 +1:05.954 7
14 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 53 +1:08.635 5
15 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 53 +1:13.370 19
16 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 52 +1 Lap 13
17 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 52 +1 Lap 16
18 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 52 +1 Lap 4
19 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 51 +2 Laps 20
Ret 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 11 Accident 12
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

  • Maiden pole position for Sebastian Vettel.[1]
    • Vettel set a new record for youngest ever pole sitter at 21 years, 72 days.
  • Toro Rosso scored their first and only pole position as a constructor.[1]
  • Vettel secured his maiden victory.[1]
    • The German youth became the youngest ever race winner aged 21 years, 73 days.
    • Also Vettel's maiden podium finish.[1]
  • Toro Rosso secured their first and only race victory.[1]
    • Toro Rosso became the first Italian team other than Ferrari to win a Grand Prix since Maserati won the 1957 German Grand Prix.
    • Maiden podium for Toro Rosso as a constructor.[1]
  • 209th win for Ferrari as an engine supplier.[1]
    • This was the first win for a Ferrari engine outside of a Ferrari chassis.[1]
  • Fourth and final podium finish for Heikki Kovalainen.[1]

StandingsEdit

The battle atop the Championship had intensified once again as a result of the Italian Grand Prix, with just a point separating the top two in the Championship with four rounds to go. Lewis Hamilton had just held onto the lead after his recovery drive to seventh in the race, although Felipe Massa would leave Monza just a point off the Brit in second. Behind, Robert Kubica had moved fourteen points off the lead as the dark horse for the title ahead of Kimi Räikkönen, while Nick Heidfeld had retained fifth.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari left their home race with their lead having been cut in two, holding a five point advantage after they moved their tally to 134 points. Their closest challengers were McLaren-Mercedes, who moved onto 129 points after Heikki Kovalainen scored a podium finish, while BMW Sauber had also gained ground in third. Next up were Toyota, remaining ahead of Renault on countback, while Toro Rosso-Ferrari were up to sixth after their maiden triumph on home soil.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 78
2 Brazil Felipe Massa 77
3 Poland Robert Kubica 64
4 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 57
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 53
6 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 51
7 Spain Fernando Alonso 28 ▲1
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 26 ▼1
9 Germany Sebastian Vettel 23 ▲3
10 Australia Mark Webber 20 ▼1
11 Germany Timo Glock 15 ▼1
12 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. 13 ▼1
13 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 11
14 Germany Nico Rosberg 9
15 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 8
16 United Kingdom David Coulthard 6
17 France Sébastien Bourdais 4
18 United Kingdom Jenson Button 3
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 134
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 129
3 Germany BMW Sauber 117
4 Japan Toyota 41
5 France Renault 41
6 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 27 ▲2
7 Austria Red Bull-Renault 26 ▼1
8 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 17 ▼1
9 Japan Honda 14

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 '14. Italy 2008', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/italie.aspx, (Accessed 18/03/2020)
  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 'Italy 2008: Flying Vettel earns his wings.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 14/09/2008), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/63560/1/italy-2008-flying-vettel-earns-his-wings, (Accessed 18/03/2020)
  3. 'Italy 2008: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/italie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 18/03/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 'FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO SANTANDER D'ITALIA 2008 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2008/races/838/italy/qualifying.html, (Accessed 18/03/2020)
  5. 'Italy 2008: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/italie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 18/03/2020)
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