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The 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix, formally known as the X Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix, was the second round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Sepang International Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia, on 23 March 2008.[1][2] The race would see Kimi Räikkönen secure his first victory of the season, overcoming teammate Felipe Massa as the Brazilian span out.[2]

Qualifying had seen the Ferraris steal the show, with Massa claiming pole position ahead of teammate Räikkönen.[2] They were trailed by the two McLaren-Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen, although they were both handed five-place grid penalties for blocking other drivers during Q3.[2]

Massa would defend his lead aggressively at the start, sweeping across to the inside of the circuit to prevent Räikkönen from lunging inside into the first corner.[2] The rest of the field hence charged in behind the two scarlet cars, with Hamilton managing to leap up to fifth from eighth, taking advantage of an outside line through turn one.[2]

Timo Glock and Nico Rosberg also made their mark on the race early on, with Rosberg taking his compatriot out with an ambitious lunge into turn four.[2] That, other than a race ending spin for Sébastien Bourdais, was the only major drama of the opening lap, with Massa opening out a small lead over Räikkönen.[2]

The early laps saw Massa and Räikkönen escape up the road from Robert Kubica, with the Polish racer also able to build a gap over fourth placed Mark Webber.[2] The Australian racer duly came under pressure from Hamilton as the first round of stops loomed, as behind Fernando Alonso and Nick Heidfeld made ground after their qualifying issues caused by the two McLarens.[2]

Webber was the first member of the leading groups to stop, sweeping his Red Bull-Renault into the pits at the end of lap sixteen.[2] Massa and Räikkönen followed him in on the next two laps, while Hamilton stayed out until lap nineteen, setting a succession of quick laps, only for an issue with the front right wheel costing him twelve seconds in the pits.[2]

Kubica was the last of the leaders to stop on lap 21, handing the lead over to Räikkönen who had jumped Massa courtesy of a quick in-lap and a shorter fuel stop than his teammate.[2] The Finn duly built a four second lead over the Brazilian to establish himself in the lead, with Massa pushing hard to reduce the gap.[2]

That, ultimately, proved to be Massa's downfall, for a spin on lap 31 saw the #2 Ferrari beach itself in the gravel and hence drop out of the race.[2] That left Kubica in second behind Räikkönen, Heikki Kovalainen in third on a one-stop, and Jarno Trulli up in fourth ahead of the Webber/Hamilton fight.[2]

The second round of stops saw little change to the order out front, with Räikkönen maintaining a healthy lead over Kubica, while Kovalainen remained a distant third.[2] Hamilton, meanwhile, would finally overcome Webber to secure fifth and go charging off after Trulli, although time was fast running out for the Brit to catch the #11 Toyota.[2]

Out front, meanwhile, Räikkönen would cruise through the final stint to secure victory, leading Kubica across the line by almost twenty seconds.[2] Kovalainen was next ahead of Trulli, who fended off Hamilton's last lap challenge, while Heidfeld jumped Webber in the final stint and grabbed fastest lap.[2] The Australian racer was hence relegated to seventh ahead of Alonso, with seventeen drivers making it to the chequered flag, almost three times the number that had in Australia a week earlier.[2]

Heidfeld's maiden fastest lap meant he set a new record for most starts before setting fastest lap at 134, beating Thierry Boutsen's record of 114.[1]

BackgroundEdit

Victory at the opening race of the 2008 season left Lewis Hamilton at the head of the field, the Brit establishing a two point advantage. Nick Heidfeld and Nico Rosberg were next ahead of Fernando Alonso and Heikki Kovalainen, while Kimi Räikkönen had opened his title defence with a single point. That left the Finn in eighth behind maiden scorers Kazuki Nakajima and Sébastien Bourdais.

In the Constructors Championship it had been a very strong opening day for McLaren-Mercedes, as they streaked to the top of the table with fourteen points. That meant that they held a five point lead over Williams-Toyota in second, the only other team with two point scorers in Australia, while BMW Sauber completed the early top three. Renault were next on five ahead of Toro Rosso-Ferrari, while title defenders Ferrari had opened their account with a solitary point.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2008 Malaysian 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 STR2B Ferrari 056 2006 2.4 V8 B
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2B Ferrari 056 2006 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
18 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri SA08A Honda RA808E 2.4 V8 B
19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri SA08A 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 Malaysian Grand Prix are outlined below:

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos. Time Pos. Time Pos. Time
1 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 3 1:35.347 2 1:34.412 1 1:35.748 1
2 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 6 1:35.645 1 1:34.188 2 1:36.230 2
3* 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:35.227 5 1:34.759 3 1:36.613 8
4 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 1:35.392 3 1:34.627 4 1:36.709 4
5 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 1 1:35.205 7 1:34.690 5 1:46.711 3
6 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 8 1:35.794 6 1:34.811 6 1:36.727 4
7 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 7 1:35.729 4 1:34.648 7 1:36.753 5
8 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 5 1:35.440 8 1:34.967 8 1:37.009 6
9 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 12 1:35.983 10 1:35.140 9 1:38.450 7
10 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 11 1:35.891 9 1:35.000 10 1:39.656 10
11 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 10 1:35.847 11 1:35.208 11
12 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 13 1:36.058 12 1:35.408 12
13 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 14 1:36.074 13 1:35.562 13
14 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 16 1:36.198 14 1:35.622 14
15 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 15 1:36.111 15 1:35.648 15
16 16 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 9 1:35.843 16 1:35.670 16
17 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 17 1:36.240 17
18 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 18 1:36.388 22
19 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 19 1:36.677 19
20 18 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 20 1:37.087 19
21 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 21 1:37.101 20
22 19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 22 1:37.481 21
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.
  • * Kovalainen was awarded a five place grid penalty for impeding Alonso during Q3.[4]
  • Hamilton was awarded a five place grid penalty for impeding Heidfeld during Q3.[4]
  • Nakajima served a ten place grid penalty for causing a collision with Kubica at the 2008 Australian Grand Prix.[4]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Felipe Massa 2
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 2 3 ______________
Jarno Trulli 4
______________ Robert Kubica
Row 3 5 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 6
______________ Mark Webber
Row 4 7 ______________
Fernando Alonso 8
______________ Heikki Kovalainen
Row 5 9 ______________
Lewis Hamilton 10
______________ Timo Glock
Row 6 11 ______________
Jenson Button 12
______________ David Coulthard
Row 7 13 ______________
Nelson Piquet, Jr. 14
______________ Rubens Barrichello
Row 8 15 ______________
Sebastian Vettel 16
______________ Nico Rosberg
Row 9 17 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 18
______________ Sébastien Bourdais
Row 10 19 ______________
Takuma Sato 20
______________ Adrian Sutil
Row 11 21 ______________
Anthony Davidson 22
______________ Kazuki Nakajima

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 56 1:31:18.555 2 10
2 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 56 +19.570s 4 8
3 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 +38.450s 8 6
4 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 56 +45.832s 3 5
5 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 56 +46.548s 9 4
6 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 56 +49.833s 5 3
7 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 56 +1:08.130 6 2
8 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 56 +1:10.041 7 1
9 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 56 +1:16.220 12
10 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 56 +1:26.214 11
11 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 56 +1:32.202 13
12 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 17
13 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 55 +1 Lap 14
14 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 55 +1 Lap 16
15 19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 55 +1 Lap 21
16 18 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 54 +2 Laps 19
17 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 54 +2 Laps 22
Ret 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 39 Hydraulics 15
Ret 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 30 Spin 1
Ret 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 5 Hydraulics 20
Ret 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 1 Collision 10
Ret 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 Spin 18
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Lewis Hamilton had maintained his early Championship lead at the Malaysian Grand Prix, fifth place moving him onto fourteen points after the opening two rounds. Kimi Räikkönen, meanwhile, had been the big winner both on and off track, leaping up into second with eleven, albeit level on points with Nick Heidfeld. Heikki Kovalainen was just a point further behind in fourth, with Robert Kubica completing the top five.

In the Constructors Championship McLaren-Mercedes continued to lead the way, leaving Malaysia on 24 points and with the same five point lead that they had started the weekend with. BMW Sauber had retained second, while Ferrari had leapt into third, but had less than half the points of McLaren after the opening two rounds. Williams-Toyota and Renault then completed the top five, with eight constructors on the board.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 14
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 11 ▲6
3 Germany Nick Heidfeld 11 ▼1
4 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 10 ▲1
5 Poland Robert Kubica 8 ▲4
6 Germany Nico Rosberg 6 ▼3
7 Spain Fernando Alonso 6 ▼3
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 5 ▲1
9 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 3 ▼3
10 France Sébastien Bourdais 2 ▼3
11 Australia Mark Webber 2 ▼2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 24
2 Germany BMW Sauber 19 ▲1
3 Italy Ferrari 11 ▲3
4 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 9 ▼2
5 France Renault 6 ▼1
6 Japan Toyota 5 ▲1
7 Austria Red Bull-Renault 2
8 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2 ▼3

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 '2. Malaysia 2008', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/malaisie.aspx, (Accessed 23/02/2020)
  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 'Malaysia 2008: Unstoppable Kimi sends out warning.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 23/03/2008), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/61607/1/malaysia-2008-unstoppable-kimi-sends-out-warning, (Accessed 23/02/2020)
  3. 'Malaysia 2008: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/malaisie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 23/02/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 '2008 FORMULA 1 PETRONAS MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2008/races/826/malaysia/qualifying.html, (Accessed 23/02/2020)
  5. 'Malaysia 2008: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/malaisie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 23/02/2020)
V T E Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix
Circuits Sepang International Circuit (1999–present)
Sepang
Races 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017
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
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