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The 2008 Monaco Grand Prix, otherwise known as the LXVI Grand Prix de Monaco, was the sixth round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on 25 May 2008.[1][2] The race would see Lewis Hamilton battle to victory in a race of mixed conditions, surviving two punctures to claim his maiden Monaco win.[2]

Qualifying had seen the two Ferraris put an updated suspension system to good use, with Felipe Massa claiming pole position ahead of Championship leading teammate Kimi Räikkönen.[2] Hamilton would start from third alongside his teammate Heikki Kovalainen, while Robert Kubica shared the third row with Nico Rosberg.[2]

Race day dawned with showers drifting across the Principality, meaning that the circuit was partially damp by the time the field gathered on the grid.[2] A late shower then caused the entire field to make a late switch to intermediate Bridgestone tyres, resulting in Räikkönen getting a penalty for his mechanics working on his car beyond the two minute warning.[2] Kovalainen then stalled on the formation lap and was forced to start from the pitlane.[2]

The start itself saw Massa calmly pull into the lead, while a poor start for Räikkönen allowed Hamilton to dive past the #1 Ferrari to secure second.[2] Behind, Kubica secured fourth while Fernando Alonso slithered past Rosberg for fifth, with the rest of the field making it through Sainte Devote without issue.[2]

Indeed, it was only when the field arrived at Lowes for the first time that there was any major contact, with Rosberg removing his front wing on the back of Kubica having lunged past Alonso.[2] The Williams-Toyota was then seen limping back to the pits, as Massa established a small lead over Hamilton as the rain intensified.[2]

Hamilton would opt against attacking Massa for the lead as the conditions worsened, although that ploy appeared to have back-fired when he clipped the barriers at Tabac on lap six and punctured his right-rear.[2] He duly limped back to the pits for a fresh set of intermediates and a heavy fuel load, rejoining in fifth just in time to see Alonso have an identical accident at Massenet.[2]

Two laps later and the race was brought under Safety Car control, as David Coulthard and Sébastien Bourdais clashed at Massenet.[2] This eliminated Massa's twelve second lead over Kubica, although the Brazilian racer was quick to begin rebuilding it when the race resumed three laps later.[2] Räikkönen had already stopped to serve his penalty, dropping to fourth ahead of Hamilton.[2]

Kubica inherited the lead soon after, Massa making his first mistake of the weekend and slid down the escape road at Sainte Devote.[2] Massa then retook the lead when Kubica made his stop on lap 26, and remained ahead of the Polish racer on lap 33 when he made his own stop, leaving Hamilton in the lead.[2]

Hamilton's long second stint proved crucial to the outcome of the race, for by the time he made his stop on lap 54 the conditions had improved enough to use slick tyres.[2] The Brit emerged with a secure lead over Massa, Kubica having also stopped for slicks, with the Brazilian's stop two laps later for slicks dumping him back behind the BMW Sauber.[2]

With that the race order seemed to have been settled, until a heavy accident for Rosberg and Piscine on lap 62 brought the Safety Car out once again.[2] Six laps later the race would resume with Hamilton sprinting clear of Kubica, while Räikkönen took out fourth placed Adrian Sutil after making a mess of his braking for Nouvelle Chicane.[2]

That, ultimately, proved to be the last major incident of the race, with Hamilton gratefully taking the chequered flag on lap 76, the race having reached the two hour time limit just as the McLaren picked up a second puncture.[2] Kubica and Massa completed the podium ahead of Mark Webber, while Sebastian Vettel secured his first points of the season in the new Toro Rosso-Ferrari.[2] Rubens Barrichello, Kazuki Nakajima and Kovalainen completed the scorers list, with Räikkönen recovering to ninth with fastest lap.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Kimi Räikkönen continued to lead the Championship hunt leaving the Turkish Grand Prix, although his advantage had been reduced by those chasing his 35 point tally. Indeed, race winner Felipe Massa had closed to within seven points of his teammate, and moved ahead of Lewis Hamilton, who matched the Brazilian's 28 point haul, but was behind courtesy of one win to Massa's two. Behind, Robert Kubica had slipped four points behind those two in fourth, while Nick Heidfeld had maintained his top five status.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had managed to extend their lead at the head of the hunt, having moved onto 63 points courtesy of another double-podium in Turkey. BMW Sauber had likewise secured a good points haul in Istanbul even if they had lost ground to Ferrari, and hence had remained two points ahead of McLaren-Mercedes. Behind, Williams-Toyota and Red Bull-Renault were both embarrassing their engine suppliers as they completed the top five, while the withdrawal of Super Aguri-Honda had left Force India-Ferrari as the only pointless team.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2008 Monaco 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 Monaco 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 1 1:15.190 1 1:15.110 1 1:15.787 1
2 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 4 1:15.717 5 1:15.404 2 1:15.815 2
3 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 3 1:15.582 3 1:15.322 3 1:15.839 3
4 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:15.295 4 1:15.389 4 1:16.165 4
5 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 6 1:15.977 6 1:15.483 5 1:16.171 5
6 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 5 1:15.935 2 1:15.287 6 1:16.548 6
7 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 13 1:16.646 9 1:15.827 7 1:16.852 7
8 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 12 1:16.306 7 1:15.598 8 1:17.203 8
9 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 7 1:16.074 8 1:15.745 9 1:17.343 9
10* 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 8 1:16.086 10 1:15.839 NC 15
11 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 11 1:16.285 11 1:15.907 10
12 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 10 1:16.259 12 1:16.101 11
13 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 14 1:16.650 13 1:16.455 12
14 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 15 1:16.756 14 1:16.479 13
15 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 9 1:16.208 15 1:16.537 14
16 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16 1:16.806 16
17 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 17 1:16.933 17
18* 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 1:16.955 19
19 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 19 1:17.225 18
20* 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 20 1:17.823 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.
  • * Coulthard, Vettel and Fisichella received five place grid penalties for changing their gearboxes.[4].

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 76 2:00:42.742 3 10
2 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 76 +3.064s 5 8
3 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 76 +4.811s 1 6
4 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 76 +19.295s 9 5
5 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 76 +24.657s 19 4
6 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 76 +28.408s 14 3
7 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 76 +30.180s 13 2
8 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 76 +33.191s 4 1
9 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 76 +33.792s 2
10 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 75 +1 Lap 7
11 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 75 +1 Lap 11
12 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 75 +1 Lap 10
13 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 75 +1 Lap 8
14 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 72 +4 Laps 12
Ret 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 67 Damage 18
Ret 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 59 Accident 6
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 47 Accident 17
Ret 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 36 Gearbox 20
Ret 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 7 Accident 15
Ret 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 7 Collision 16
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Victory, combined with a non-score for Kimi Räikkönen, meant that Lewis Hamilton left Monte Carlo with the Championship lead, holding 38 points and a three point advantage. Räikkönen slipped to second after finishing ninth in Monaco, while Felipe Massa had moved to within a point of his teammate in third. Robert Kubica was just two further back in fourth, before a twelve point gap split the Pole from his teammate Nick Heidfeld.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari continued to lead the charge, leaving Monaco with 69 points to their credit. McLaren-Mercedes had moved into second courtesy of Hamilton's second win, moving a point ahead of BMW Sauber as they tried to kick-start their season once again. Williams-Toyota and Red Bull-Renault were next, level on fifteen points, while Force India-Ferrari had once again failed to score.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 38 ▲2
2 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 35 ▼1
3 Brazil Felipe Massa 34 ▼1
4 Poland Robert Kubica 32
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 20
6 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 15
7 Australia Mark Webber 15
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 9
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 9
10 Germany Nico Rosberg 8
11 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 7
12 Germany Sebastian Vettel 4 ▲10
13 United Kingdom Jenson Button 3 ▼1
14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello 3 ▲2
15 France Sébastien Bourdais 2 ▼2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 69
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53 ▲1
3 Germany BMW Sauber 52 ▼1
4 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 15
5 Austria Red Bull-Renault 15
6 Japan Toyota 9
7 France Renault 9
8 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 6 ▲1
9 Japan Honda 6 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 '6. Monaco 2008', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/monaco.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 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 'Monaco 2008: Lewis bounces Ta-bac.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 25/05/2008), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/62276/1/monaco-2008-lewis-bounces-ta-bac, (Accessed 25/02/2020)
  3. 'Monaco 2008: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/monaco/engages.aspx, (Accessed 25/02/2020)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 'FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX DE MONACO 2008 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2008/races/830/monaco/qualifying.html, (Accessed 25/02/2020)
  5. 'Monaco 2008: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/monaco/classement.aspx, (Accessed 25/02/2020)
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