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The IV Petrol Ofisi Türkiye Grand Prix'si, otherwise known as the 2008 Turkish Grand Prix, was the fifth round of the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship, staged at the Istanbul Park Racing Circuit near Istanbul, Turkey, on 11 May 2008.[1][2] The race would see Felipe Massa secure his third straight pole and victory at the Turkish Grand Prix, as Rubens Barrichello broke the record for most Grand Prix starts.[2]

Ahead of the race news emerged that Super Aguri had entered administration, the result of a major backer withdrawing funding.[3] An attempt by Dubai International Capital, trading under the name "Magma Group" had been made to take over the Aguri team, although that was ultimately rejected by senior staff over concerns over how the payment would be implemented.[3]

Qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix hence saw a tweak to the knockout stages, with only five cars being removed in both Q1 and Q2, to leave ten drivers in Q3.[2] Regardless, it was Istanbul specialist Massa who emerged on pole position for Ferrari, sharing the front row with Heikki Kovalainen.[2]

The start of the race saw Massa sprint into an early lead, leaving Kovalainen to be beaten into turn one by his teammate Lewis Hamilton.[2] Kimi Räikkönen tried to follow the Brit past the #23 McLaren-Mercedes but was squeezed by his compatriot, resulting in the front wing the Ferrari shredding Kovalainen's left rear tyre.[2]

Kovalainen quickly dropped to the back of the field, as behind Giancarlo Fisichella crashed out spectacularly, the Force India-Ferrari flying over the back of Kazuki Nakajima's Williams-Toyota.[2] Their collision preceded that of Sebastian Vettel and Adrian Sutil, with the sheer amount of debris and Fisichella's ruined Force India meaning that the Safety Car was called upon to clear the circuit.[2]

The restart came on lap three, with Massa sprinting clear of Hamitlon, while Räikkönen attacked Fernando Alonso for fourth, having slipped behind the Spaniard and Robert Kubica.[2] The Finn duly secured fourth and went sprinting off after Kubica, with the top four soon breaking clear of Alonso's Renault.[2]

The first round of stops were begun by Alonso on lap fifteen, with Hamilton the next to stop a lap later, having exchanged fastest laps with Massa.[2] The Brazilian pitted on lap nineteen along with Kubica and rejoined ahead of the Brit, allowing Räikkönen to lead for a lap before making his stop.[2]

That stop left Räikkönen ahead of Kubica, while Nick Heidfeld managed to jump Alonso to secure fifth.[2] Out front, meanwhile, Hamilton had short-fuelled to gamble on a three-stop strategy, and duly passed Massa on lap 24 with a lunge at turn twelve.[2]

Hamilton did his best to break clear, and rejoined in third after making his second stop on lap 32.[2] Massa made his second and final stop eight laps later and rejoined ten seconds behind the Brit, while Räikkönen stopped a lap later and rejoined a further seven seconds off.[2]

The Brit continued to stretch his lead during his third stint, opening it out to just above fourteen seconds before pitting on lap 45.[2] He rejoined in between the two Ferraris, and duly set about demolishing Massa's lead, although the Brazilian was able to maintain a similar pace to the McLaren.[2]

Although Hamilton continued to eek into Massa's advantage the race victory was never in doubt, with Massa remaining three seconds clear of Hamilton to claim his third win in a row in Turkey.[2] Räikkönen completed the podium having closed in on Hamilton in the closing stages, while Kubica and Heidfeld picked up solid points for BMW Sauber.[2] Alonso, Mark Webber and Nico Rosberg secured the remaining points.[2]

BackgroundEdit

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.

Entry listEdit

The full entry list for the 2008 Turkish 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:[4]

Practice OverviewEdit

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

The full qualifying results for the 2008 Turkish 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 1:25.994 3 1:26.192 1 1:27.617 1
2 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 6 1:26.736 4 1:26.290 2 1:27.808 2
3 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 2 1:26.192 6 1:26.477 3 1:27.923 3
4 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 3 1:26.457 1 1:26.050 4 1:27.936 4
5 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 7 1:26.761 2 1:26.129 5 1:28.390 5
6 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 8 1:26.773 5 1:26.466 6 1:28.417 6
7 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 9 1:26.836 8 1:26.522 7 1:28.422 7
8 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 5 1:26.695 10 1:26.522 8 1:28.836 8
9 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 11 1:27.107 9 1:26.607 9 1:28.882 9
10 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 10 1:26.939 7 1:26.520 10 1:29.959 10
11 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 13 1:27.367 11 1:27.012 11
12 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 12 1:27.355 12 1:27.219 12
13 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 14 1:27.428 13 1:27.298 13
14 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 15 1:27.442 14 1:27.412 14
15 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 4 1:26.614 15 1:27.806 15
16 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 16 1:27.547 16
17 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 17 1:27.568 17
18 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 1:27.621 18
19* 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 19 1:27.807 20
20 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 20 1:28.325 19
WD 18 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda Withdrawn
WD 19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda Withdrawn
Source:[5]
  • 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.
  • * Fisichella was awarded a three place grid penalty for exiting the pitlane when a red light was show in FP1.[5]
  • Both Sato and Davidson's entries were withdrawn as Super Aguri had entered administration.[5]

GridEdit

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

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

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

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 2 Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari 58 1:26:49.451 1 10
2 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 58 +3.779s 3 8
3 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 58 +4.271s 4 6
4 4 Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber 58 +21.945s 5 5
5 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld Germany BMW Sauber 58 +38.741s 9 4
6 5 Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault 58 +53.724s 7 3
7 10 Australia Mark Webber Austria Red Bull-Renault 58 +1:04.229 6 2
8 7 Germany Nico Rosberg United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 58 +1:11.406 11 1
9 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard Austria Red Bull-Renault 58 +1:15.270 10
10 11 Italy Jarno Trulli Japan Toyota 58 +1:16.344 8
11 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button Japan Honda 57 +1 Lap
12 23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 57 +1 Lap 2
13 12 Germany Timo Glock Japan Toyota 57 +1 Lap 15
14 17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Japan Honda 57 +1 Lap 12
15 6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. France Renault 57 +1 Lap 17
16 20 Germany Adrian Sutil India Force India-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 19
17 15 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 57 +1 Lap 14
Ret 14 France Sébastien Bourdais Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 24 Suspension 18
Ret 8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 1 Damage 16
Ret 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella India Force India-Ferrari 0 Collision 20
WD 18 Japan Takuma Sato Japan Super Aguri-Honda
WD 19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Japan Super Aguri-Honda
Source:[6]
  • T Indicates a driver used their test/spare car.

MilestonesEdit

StandingsEdit

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.

World Championship for Drivers
Pos. Driver Pts. +/-
1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 35
2 Brazil Felipe Massa 28 ▲2
3 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 28 ▼1
4 Poland Robert Kubica 24 ▼1
5 Germany Nick Heidfeld 20
6 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 14
7 Australia Mark Webber 10 ▲1
8 Italy Jarno Trulli 9 ▼1
9 Spain Fernando Alonso 9 ▲1
10 Germany Nico Rosberg 8 ▼1
11 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 5
12 United Kingdom Jenson Button 3
13 France Sébastien Bourdais 2
World Championship for Constructors
Pos. Team Pts. +/-
1 Italy Ferrari 63
2 Germany BMW Sauber 44
3 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 42
4 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 13
5 Austria Red Bull-Renault 10 ▲1
6 Japan Toyota 9 ▼1
7 France Renault 9
8 Japan Honda 3
9 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 2

Only point scoring drivers and constructors are shown.

ReferencesEdit

Images and Videos:

References:

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 '5. Turkey 2008', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2014), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/turquie.aspx, (Accessed 24/02/2020)
  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 'Turkey 2008: Massa attack as McLaren fight back.', crash.net, (Crash Media Group, 11/05/2008), https://www.crash.net/f1/race-report/62107/1/turkey-2008-massa-attack-as-mclaren-fight-back, (Accessed 24/02/2020)
  3. 3.0 3.1 [Archived] 'Aguri trucks barred from paddock', itv-f1.com, (ITV, 04/05/2008), https://web.archive.org/web/20080607232309/http://www.itv-f1.com/news_article.aspx?id=42499, (Accessed 24/02/2020) - Original
  4. 'Turkey 2008: Entrants', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2015), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/turquie/engages.aspx, (Accessed 24/02/2020)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 '2008 FORMULA 1 PETROL OFISI TURKISH GRAND PRIX - QUALIFYING', formula1.com, (Formula One World Championship Limited, 2006), https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2008/races/829/turkey/qualifying.html, (Accessed 24/02/2020)
  6. 'Turkey 2008: Result', statsf1.com, (Stats F1, 2016), https://www.statsf1.com/en/2008/turquie/classement.aspx, (Accessed 24/02/2020)
  7. [Archived] '2008 Turkish GP', chicanef1.com, (Chicane F1, 2014), https://web.archive.org/web/20190412065733/http://chicanef1.com/racetit.pl?year=2008&gp=Turkish%20GP&r=1, (Accessed 24/02/2020) - Original
V T E Turkey Turkish Grand Prix
Circuits Istanbul Park (2005-2011)
Istanbul Park
Races 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011
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
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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
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