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The 2008 Spanish Grand Prix, officially the L Gran Premio de España Telefónica was the fourth round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona, Spain, on 27 April 2008.[1][2] The race would see Kimi Räikkönen secure victory ahead of teammate Felipe Massa, in what proved to be the final race for fan favourites Super Aguri-Honda.[2]

The race weekend with an air of controversy surrounding it, with the FIA having placed the race under probation due to racist taunts having been heard during pre-season testing at the circuit.[2] This led to an increased presence of stewards among the crowd, although there would ultimately be no reports of racism during the weekend.[2]

Qualifying had seen Fernando Alonso give home fans hope of a home victory, although the Spanish ace was ultimately beaten to pole position by Championship leader Räikkönen.[2] Alonso therefore had to settle for second ahead of Massa and Robert Kubica, while Lewis Hamilton would share the third row with his teammate Heikki Kovalainen.[2]

The start saw Räikkönen ease clear of Alonso to secure the lead, while Massa sliced past the Renault to secure second through the first corner.[2] Behind, Hamilton dived past Kubica to claim fourth behind the Spaniard, as behind Adrian Sutil got caught out on the brakes trying to pass David Coulthard, and duly spun into Sebastian Vettel.[2]

Sutil and Vettel were out on the spot, with the amount of debris requiring the Safety Car to be called out.[2] After three laps the race was resumed with Räikkönen getting the jump on Massa to secure an early lead, while the Brazilian escaped the attentions of Alonso before the end of the restart lap.[2]

Indeed, the two Ferraris were on their own after than, with Räikkönen setting a searing pace out front, while Massa was able to ease clear of Alonso without too much drama.[2] Alonso hence came under pressure from Hamilton, although he would resist the attentions of his former teammate through to the first round of stops.[2]

Alonso was the first of the lead group to pit on lap sixteen, with Massa, Hamilton, Kubica and Räikkönen following him in on successive laps.[2] On track, meanwhile, Kovalainen suffered a worrying accident at turn three, spearing into the barriers as his front left tyre failed midway through the flat-out curve.[2]

The Safety Car was thrown immediately after the Finn's accident, meaning the pitlane was closed for two laps midway through the pit window.[2] Nick Heidfeld was the big loser as he had to stop while the pits were closed, while the rest of those yet to stop dived in on lap 26.[2] This resulted in some chaos in the pitlane, culminating in Rubens Barrichello and Giancarlo Fisichella colliding.[2]

The race resumed again on lap 29, with Räikkönen escaping from Massa, while Alonso retired shortly after with an engine failure.[2] Hamilton then held third from Kubica but was unable to challenge the two scarlet Ferraris, which duly disappeared into the distance as the second round of stops came and went.[2]

With that the race was run as Räikkönen eased through the final stint of the race to claim victory 3.2 seconds clear of Massa in second, securing Ferrari's second one-two in as many races.[2] Hamilton completed the podium in third ahead of Kubica, with Mark Webber, Jenson Button, Kazuki Nakajima and Jarno Trulli scoring the remaining points.[2]

BackgroundEdit

Kimi Räikkönen had moved to the top of the Championship after his second placed finish in Bahrain, holding nineteen points to his name after three rounds. He hence had a three point lead over second placed Nick Heidfeld, while former leader Lewis Hamilton had slipped five off the lead in third. The Brit was then level on points with both Robert Kubica and Heikki Kovalainen, while Bahrain race winner Felipe Massa saw in sixth.

In the Constructors Championship BMW Sauber had left Bahrain at the head of the hunt, and moved on to 30 points for the season signalling a potential title bid. Ferrari were, however, just a point behind in second, while McLaren-Mercedes had only slipped two behind, having led the Championship before the race. Williams-Toyota and their engine suppliers Toyota then completed the top five, with both Honda powered teams and Force India-Ferrari yet to score.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2008 Spanish 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 Spanish 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 1 1:20.701 3 1:20.784 1 1:21.813 1
2 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 3 1:21.347 4 1:20.804 2 1:21.904 2
3 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 12 1:21.528 1 1:20.584 3 1:22.058 3
4 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 6 1:21.423 2 1:20.597 4 1:22.065 4
5 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 4 1:21.366 7 1:20.825 5 1:22.096 5
6 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 8 1:21.430 6 1:20.817 6 1:22.231 6
7 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 11 1:21.494 10 1:20.984 7 1:22.429 7
8 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 2 1:21.158 9 1:20.907 8 1:22.529 8
9 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 9 1:21.466 5 1:20.815 9 1:22.542 9
10 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 5 1:21.409 8 1:20.894 10 1:22.699 10
11 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 14 1:21.548 11 1:21.049 11
12 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 15 1:21.690 12 1:21.117 12
13 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 16 1:21.757 13 1:21.211 13
14 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 7 1:21.427 14 1:21.230 14
15 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 10 1:21.472 15 1:21.349 15
16 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 13 1:21.540 16 1:21.724 16
17 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 17 1:21.810 17
18 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 1:22.108 18
19 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 19 1:22.516 19
20 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 20 1:23.224 20
21 19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 21 1:23.318 21
22 18 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 22 1:23.496 22
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 ______________
Kimi Räikkönen 2
______________ Fernando Alonso
Row 2 3 ______________
Felipe Massa 4
______________ Robert Kubica
Row 3 5 ______________
Lewis Hamilton 6
______________ Heikki Kovalainen
Row 4 7 ______________
Mark Webber 8
______________ Jarno Trulli
Row 5 9 ______________
Nick Heidfeld 10
______________ Nelson Piquet, Jr.
Row 6 11 ______________
Rubens Barrichello 12
______________ Kazuki Nakajima
Row 7 13 ______________
Jenson Button 14
______________ Timo Glock
Row 8 15 ______________
Nico Rosberg 16
______________ Sébastien Bourdais
Row 9 17 ______________
David Coulthard 18
______________ Sebastian Vettel
Row 10 19 ______________
Giancarlo Fisichella 20
______________ Adrian Sutil
Row 11 21 ______________
Anthony Davidson 22
______________ Takuma Sato

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 66 1:38:19.051 1 10
2 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 66 +3.228s 3 8
3 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 66 +4.187s 5 6
4 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 66 +5.694s 4 5
5 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 66 +35.938s 7 4
6 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 66 +53.010s 13 3
7 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 66 +58.244s 12 2
8 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 66 +59.435s 8 1
9 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 66 +1:03.073 9
10 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 65 +1 Lap 19
11 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 65 +1 Lap 14
12 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 65 +1 Lap 17
13 18 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda 65 +1 Lap 22
Ret 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 41 Engine 15
Ret 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 34 Engine 2
Ret 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 34 Damage 11
Ret 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 21 Accident 6
Ret 19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda 8 Radiator 21
Ret 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 7 Damage 16
Ret 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 6 Collision 10
Ret 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 0 Collision 20
Ret 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 Collision 18
Source:[5]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

Kimi Räikkönen used his second victory of the campaign to establish a nine point lead atop the Championship hunt in Spain, leaving Barcelona with 29 points to his name. Lewis Hamilton had moved back up into second to sit as the Finn's closest challenger, while Robert Kubica was just a point further back in third. Another point separated the Polish racer from Felipe Massa, while Nick Heidfeld completed the early season top five on sixteen.

In the Constructors Championship Ferrari had moved to the head of the pack with a second one-two in a row in Spain, and left the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya with 47 points. That translated to a twelve point lead over former leaders BMW Sauber, who left Spain just a point ahead of McLaren-Mercedes in third. Williams-Toyota were next ahead of Toyota, while Honda had their first points of the campaign, leaving Force India-Ferrari and the outgoing Super Aguri-Honda squads as the only pointless teams.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 29
2 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 20 ▲1
3 Poland Robert Kubica 19 ▲1
4 Brazil Felipe Massa 18 ▲2
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 16 ▼3
6 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 14 ▼1
7 Italy Jarno Trulli 9
8 Australia Mark Webber 8 ▲2
9 Germany Nico Rosberg 7 ▼1
10 Spain Fernando Alonso 6 ▼1
11 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 5
12 United Kingdom Jenson Button 3 ▲3
13 France Sébastien Bourdais 2 ▼1
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 47 ▲1
2 Germany BMW Sauber 35 ▼1
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 34
4 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 12
5 Japan Toyota 9
6 Austria Red Bull-Renault 8 ▲1
7 France Renault 6 ▼1
8 Japan Honda 3 ▲1
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2 ▼1

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

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  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 'Spain 2008: Finnish pleasure and Finnish pain.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 27/04/2008), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/61930/1/spain-2008-finnish-pleasure-and-finnish-pain, (Accessed 24/02/2020)
  3. 'Spain 2008: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/espagne/engages.aspx, (Accessed 24/02/2020)
  4. 'FORMULA 1 GRAN PREMIO DE ESPAÑA TELEFÓNICA 2008 - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2008/races/828/spain/qualifying.html, (Accessed 24/02/2020)
  5. 'Spain 2008: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/espagne/classement.aspx, (Accessed 24/02/2020)
  6. 6.0 6.1 [Archived] '2008 Spanish GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), https://web.archive.org/web/20190409185432/http://chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2008&gp=Spanish%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 24/02/2020) - Original
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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
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