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2008 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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Lewis Hamilton, champion of the 2008 Formula One season
Felipe Massa, runner-up in 2008 by a single point
Kimi Räikkönen, the 2007 world champion, finished the season ranked 3rd.

The 2008 Formula One season was the 59th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It began on 16 March and ended on 2 November with eighteen Grand Prix races.

Lewis Hamilton won the driver's title by a point - by overtaking Toyota's Timo Glock on the final corner of the final grand prix of the season to claim the required 5th place finish - from Brazilian Felipe Massa while Massa's teammate, the 2007 world champion, Kimi Räikkönen was ranked third, with two wins. Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro won the constructors' title.[1] In winning the title, Hamilton became the youngest driver ever to win the title and the first black driver to do so. He was also the first British champion since Damon Hill in 1996.[2]

Eleven teams competed in the championship, although Super Aguri withdrew on 6 May from the 2008 Formula One season due to financial troubles, completing four races. New technical rules for 2008 included the banning of traction control after it was re-introduced in 2001. 2008 also introduced two new street circuits. The Valencia Street Circuit and Marina Bay Street Circuit hosted the European GP and the new Singapore GP respectively. The Singapore GP was also the first Formula One event held at night.

This was the last season for the Honda team before they pulled out of F1 later in December due to the global economic crisis. Then, Ross Brawn bought the team and renamed it to Brawn GP in February of 2009 using the Mercedes-Benz engines. This was also the last Formula One season to race with grooved tyres, used since 1998, before slick tyres returned to Formula One in 2009.

It was the first time in the history of Formula One that all teams have used the same two drivers throughout the season and it was the first time that all the race cars were driving without traction control since 1994.

Contents

Pre-season testing

Former double world champion Fernando Alonso tests the Renault R28 at Valencia.

The first multi-team test session started in Jerez on 14 January 2008. Ferrari, McLaren and Toyota all tested their 2008 cars. Williams tested a modified version of the FW29 whilst Renault and Red Bull tested their 2007 entries. Honda, Toro Rosso, Super Aguri and Force India also attended. BMW was not in attendance as they were launching the F1.08.[3] Testing then moved to Valencia on 22 January. Renault and Williams were the only teams on the track for the first day of testing. They were both testing their 2008 challengers.[4] They were joined by every other team except Super Aguri for the next three days. 1 February saw testing move to Barcelona. Again, all teams but Super Aguri were in action. The first day of testing saw Kazuki Nakajima crash his FW30.[5] It also saw racist abuse directed at Lewis Hamilton. Williams withdrew from testing on day three to try to fix the problem that caused Nakajima's crash. Meanwhile on 4 February, Ferrari and Toyota moved to Bahrain to continue testing the F2008 and TF108.[6]

On 12 February testing returned to Jerez. Red Bull and Williams were the only teams in action on the first day.[7] The second day of testing saw all teams but Ferrari and Toyota (who were still in Bahrain) attending. After postponing their SA08 launch and cancelling testing at Valencia, Super Aguri turned up to test their SA07B interim car for the first time.[8]

Testing moved to Barcelona on 19 February. The first day of tests got underway in rain with Williams, Red Bull, Renault and Toyota present. Nico Rosberg topped the time sheets for Williams. BMW Sauber were instead testing on their own in Jerez.[9] Super Aguri did not turn up despite promising a Q&A with the media. They blamed circumstances beyond their control. On the second day Ferrari turned up and topped the time sheets with Felipe Massa on another wet track. McLaren joined on the final day and Williams finished on top with Nakajima. The final multi-team test began on 25 February with every team but Super Aguri attending. Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets faster than both Kimi Räikkönen and Michael Schumacher. McLaren continued to outpace Ferrari on day two with both drivers on top and Toyota were fastest with Jarno Trulli on the final day.

Teams and Drivers

There were a total of seven teams signed up to compete in the championship through an agreement with Formula One Management, with the other four major manufacturers in the Grand Prix Manufacturers’ Association (GPMA) having signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix. All teams in both groups have two spots each on the 2008 grid. The following teams and drivers competed in the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship:[10]

Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race drivers Rounds No. Test driver(s)
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari F2008[11] Ferrari 056 B 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen[12] 1-18 31 Italy Luca Badoer[13]
Spain Marc Gené[13]
Germany Michael Schumacher[14]
2 Brazil Felipe Massa[15] 1-18
Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber F1.08[16] BMW P86/8 B 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld[17] 1-18 32 Austria Christian Klien[18]
Estonia Marko Asmer[18]
4 Poland Robert Kubica[17] 1-18
France ING Renault F1 Team Renault R28[19] Renault RS27 B 5 Spain Fernando Alonso[20] 1-18 33 Brazil Lucas Di Grassi[21]
France Romain Grosjean[22]
Japan Sakon Yamamoto[23]
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.[20] 1-18
United Kingdom AT&T WilliamsF1 Team Williams FW30[24] Toyota RVX-08[25 ] B 7 Germany Nico Rosberg[26] 1-18 34 Germany Nico Hülkenberg[27]
8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima[26] 1-18
Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB4[28] Renault RS27 B 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard[29] 1-18 35 Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[30]
10 Australia Mark Webber[31] 1-18
Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota TF108[32] Toyota RVX-08 B 11 Italy Jarno Trulli[33] 1-18 36 Japan Kamui Kobayashi[34]
12 Germany Timo Glock[35] 1-18
Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2B[36]
STR3[37]
Ferrari 056 B 14 France Sébastien Bourdais[38] 1-18 37 New Zealand Brendon Hartley[39]
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel[40] 1-18
Japan Honda Racing F1 Team Honda RA108[41] Honda RA808E B 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button [42] 1-18 38 Austria Alexander Wurz[43]
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson[44]
United Kingdom Mike Conway[45]
Italy Luca Filippi[45]
17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello[46] 1-18
Japan Super Aguri F1 Super Aguri SA08[47] Honda RA808E B 18 Japan Takuma Sato[10] 1-4 39 none
19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson[10] 1-4
India Force India Formula One Team Force India VJM-01[48] Ferrari 056[49] B 20 Germany Adrian Sutil[50 ] 1-18 40 Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi[50 ]
21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella[50 ] 1-18
United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Mercedes McLaren MP4-23[51] Mercedes FO108V B 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton[52] 1-18 41 Spain Pedro de la Rosa[53]
United Kingdom Gary Paffett[53]
United Kingdom Paul di Resta[54]
23 Finland Heikki Kovalainen[55] 1-18

Super Aguri withdrew on 6 May from the 2008 Formula One season due to financial troubles.

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New Entries

On 14 February 2006 the FIA president Max Mosley announced that all teams interested in competing in the 2008 World Championship would have a seven-day window during which they would have to submit an application to compete.[56] All eleven current teams applied, as well as several others. On April 28, 2006 the FIA announced that all of the current teams' applications for the 2008 season were granted, along with a new team Prodrive, fronted by the ex-BAR and -Benetton principal David Richards. There were 21 applications in total, several new teams applying included European Minardi F1 Team Ltd, Jordan Grand Prix, Direxiv and Carlin Motorsport. However despite the Prodrive application being accepted, Richards later announced that the team would not race in 2008 due to a dispute over the legality of customer cars.[57]

Team Changes

  • Rumours about the possible sale of the Spyker team had been abundant in the paddock throughout the last few months of the 2007 season. Only a year after Spyker bought the team from Midland, Indian billionaire Vijay Mallya bought the team for 88 million, several million more than Spyker paid.[58] On 24 October 2007, Mallya was granted permission to change the team's name to Force India. Force India had a driver announcement ceremony in January 2008 where it was revealed that Sutil would be second driver partnered by first driver Giancarlo Fisichella and test driver Vitantonio Liuzzi.[50 ]
  • On 28 April 2006, rallying and motorsports technology firm Prodrive were officially granted entry to Formula One when the FIA announced the list of entrants to the 2008 Formula One World Championship. While a total of 21 teams applied for entry, the FIA had always maintained that only 12 teams would be granted entry, meaning only one new team would line up on the grid in 2008. FIA president Max Mosley revealed that Prodrive had found the finances to support their bid. Also, Prodrive's chief executive, David Richards, has experience as a Formula One team principal".[59] However on 23 November 2007, after lengthy negotiations between FIA president Max Mosley regarding customer cars, Richards announced that Prodrive F1 would not compete in the 2008 Formula One World Championship, as the legal situation left no time for the team to be set up.[60]
  • During the 2008 season on May 6, the Super Aguri team folded and withdrew from Formula One. The team was in dire financial straits at the end of 2007 as the team did not receive a payment on a sponsorship deal.[61] Super Aguri rejected a buyout offer in January 2008 from an Indian consortium led by the CEO of the Spice Group, on the condition Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan drove in the line-up, because it meant demoting or cutting one of the team's 2007 drivers.[62] Despite this Super Aguri were unable to sign any contracts until agreements had been reached with their sponsors.[63] Sato and Davidson were confirmed on 10 March. [64]Super Aguri announced that a major deal had been made with Magma Group to solve the team's financial problems, however this fell through, and on 6 May 2008, Super Aguri withdrew from the Formula One World Championship.[65] It affirmed a prediction at the start of the season by Max Mosley saying the team would not make it to the final race in Brazil.[66]

New car launches

Constructor Chassis Launch date Launch location
Ferrari F2008 6 January[67] Italy Fiorano, Italy
McLaren-Mercedes MP4-23 7 January[68] Germany Stuttgart, Germany
Toyota TF108 10 January[69] Germany Cologne, Germany
BMW Sauber F1.08 14 January[70] Germany Munich, Germany
Red Bull-Renault RB4 16 January[71] Spain Circuito de Jerez, Spain
Honda RA108 29 January[72] United Kingdom Brackley, United Kingdom
Renault R28 31 January[73] France Paris, France
Force India-Ferrari* VJM-01 7 February[74] India Mumbai, India
Williams-Toyota FW30 No official launch[75]
Toro Rosso-Ferrari* STR3 No official launch
Super Aguri-Honda SA08 No official launch

* Team started the season with updated versions of their 2007 car.

Notes

  • Renault and Honda both started testing their 2008 cars a week before their official launch.[76][77]
  • Although they did not have an official launch, Williams-Toyota gave the FW30 its track début on 21 January at Valencia during winter testing with a livery of former Formula One drivers on the nose cone who have driven for Williams in the past 30 years.[78] Their season livery was revealed at their photography studio in Oxfordshire on 3 March.
  • Toro Rosso started the 2008 season with an updated B specification version of their 2007 STR2 car stating that their 2008 challenger, the Toro Rosso STR3, was due to make its début at the fourth or fifth round. The new car made its test début in the hands of Red Bull junior driver, Brendon Hartley in Italy on 2 April, and was also tested by Sébastien Bourdais. The car made its public début in Barcelona on April 16.[37] It was later confirmed that the car would first race in Monaco.[79]

Driver changes

After competing in the sport for ten years, Ralf Schumacher did not take part in the 2008 season. He was replaced at Toyota by 2007 GP2 Champion, Timo Glock.

Changed teams

Entered F1

Exited F1

2008 Race Calendar

The FIA World Council approved the 2008 schedule on 24 October 2007. Singapore was Formula One's first ever night race.[80]

Round Official race title Grand Prix Circuit Date Time
Local UTC
1 ING Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Australia Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 16 March 15:30 04:30
2 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysian GP Malaysia Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 23 March 15:00 07:00
3 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain GP Bahrain Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Manama 6 April 14:30 11:30
4 Gran Premio de España Telefónica Spanish GP Spain Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 27 April 14:00 12:00
5 Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand Prix Turkish GP Turkey Istanbul Park 11 May 15:00 12:00
6 Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Monaco Circuit de Monaco 25 May 14:00 12:00
7 Grand Prix du Canada Canadian GP Canada Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 8 June 13:00 17:00
8 Grand Prix de France French GP France Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours 22 June 14:00 12:00
9 Santander British Grand Prix British GP United Kingdom Silverstone Circuit 6 July 13:00 12:00
10 Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland German GP Germany Hockenheimring 20 July 14:00 12:00
11 ING Magyar Nagydíj Hungarian GP Hungary Hungaroring, Budapest 3 August 14:00 12:00
12 Telefónica Grand Prix of Europe[81] European GP Spain Valencia Street Circuit 24 August 14:00 12:00
13 ING Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP Belgium Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa 7 September 14:00 12:00
14 Gran Premio Santander d'Italia Italian GP Italy Autodromo Nazionale di Monza 14 September 14:00 12:00
15 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix Singapore GP Singapore Marina Bay Street Circuit 28 September 20:00 12:00
16 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Japan Fuji Speedway, Oyama 12 October 13:30 04:30
17 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix Chinese GP People's Republic of China Shanghai International Circuit 19 October 15:00 07:00
18 Grande Prêmio do Brasil Brazilian GP Brazil Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 2 November 15:00 17:00

† New circuits
‡ Night Race

Calender changes

The new Marina Bay Street Circuit which hosted the Singapore Grand Prix at night

Rule changes

  • A standard Electronic Control Unit was supplied by Microsoft MES, a joint venture between Microsoft and McLaren Electronic Systems.[87]
  • Traction control and launch control banned along with several other electronic aids including engine braking reduction.[88]
  • An engine freeze to last five years was started in 2008,[89] with the first unscheduled engine change of the season not leading to the usual 10 place grid penalty.[90]
  • Fuel of the cars must have been made up of at least 5.75% biological materials.[91]
  • Gearboxes to last four races, 5 place grid penalty for a gear box change. If a driver did not finish a race, he was allowed to change the gearbox for the next race without receiving a penalty.[92]
  • Improved cockpit protection.[93]
  • The use of a spare car was restricted. Each competing team would not be allowed to have more than two cars available for use at any time. In this context, a car was considered as such if it was a partially assembled survival cell, fitted with an engine, any front suspension, bodywork, radiators, oil tanks or heat exchangers.[92]
  • Bridgestone will be the official tyre supplier for the 2008-2010 seasons.[94] They would also be marking their extreme wet weather tyres with a white line in the central groove to differentiate it from the softer wet weather tyre compound.[95]
  • No competing team was allowed to carry out more than 30,000 km (18,641 mi) of testing during the 2008 calendar year.[92]

Qualifying

  • The first part of qualifying lengthened to 20 minutes, and final part of qualifying shortened to 10 minutes. Teams taking part in Q3 would no longer be allowed to add fuel back to the car after qualifying to eliminate 'fuel-burn' phase.
  • A minimum lap time for each qualifying session was implemented from Round 3 in Bahrain to stop cars coasting back to the pits at dangerously low speeds as seen in Round 2 in Malaysia. Both Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen were demoted five grid places after the stewards decided that they had impeded Nick Heidfeld and Fernando Alonso. The minimum lap time was different for each race. For example, it was 1:39 in Bahrain.
  • From 8 May 2008, the FIA announced that, following Super Aguri's departure from Formula One, the qualifying procedures changed. Rather than six drivers being eliminated at the end of Q1, only the five lowest-qualified drivers would be eliminated. This increased the likelihood that one of the midfield contenders would drop out, as only the top 15 drivers would go through to Q2. The Q2-Q3 transition remained unchanged.[96]

Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rd. Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Report
1 Australia Australian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
2 Malaysia Malaysian Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Germany Nick Heidfeld Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari Report
3 Bahrain Bahrain Grand Prix Poland Robert Kubica Finland Heikki Kovalainen Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
4 Spain Spanish Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari Report
5 Turkey Turkish Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Finland Kimi Räikkönen Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
6 Monaco Monaco Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
7 Canada Canadian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Finland Kimi Räikkönen Poland Robert Kubica Germany BMW Sauber Report
8 France French Grand Prix Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Kimi Räikkönen Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
9 United Kingdom British Grand Prix Finland Heikki Kovalainen Finland Kimi Räikkönen United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
10 Germany German Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Nick Heidfeld United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
11 Hungary Hungarian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Finland Kimi Räikkönen Finland Heikki Kovalainen United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
12 Spain European Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Brazil Felipe Massa Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
13 Belgium Belgian Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Finland Kimi Räikkönen Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report
14 Italy Italian Grand Prix Germany Sebastian Vettel Finland Kimi Räikkönen Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari Report
15 Singapore Singapore Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Finland Kimi Räikkönen Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Report
16 Japan Japanese Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Brazil Felipe Massa Spain Fernando Alonso France Renault Report
17 People's Republic of China Chinese Grand Prix United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes Report
18 Brazil Brazilian Grand Prix Brazil Felipe Massa Brazil Felipe Massa Brazil Felipe Massa Italy Ferrari Report

Drivers

Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
CHN
People's Republic of China
BRA
Brazil
Points
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 1 5 13 3 2 1 Ret 10 1 1 5 2 3 7 3 12 1 5 98
2 Brazil Felipe Massa Ret Ret 1 2 1 3 5 1 13 3 17 1 1 6 13 7 2 1 97
3 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 8 1 2 1 3 9 Ret 2 4 6 3 Ret 18 9 15 3 3 3 75
4 Poland Robert Kubica Ret 2 3 4 4 2 1 5 Ret 7 8 3 6 3 11 2 6 11 75
5 Spain Fernando Alonso 4 8 10 Ret 6 10 Ret 8 6 11 4 Ret 4 4 1 1 4 2 61
6 Germany Nick Heidfeld 2 6 4 9 5 14 2 13 2 4 10 9 2 5 6 9 5 10 60
7 Finland Heikki Kovalainen 5 3 5 Ret 12 8 9 4 5 5 1 4 10 2 10 Ret Ret 7 53
8 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 5 8 12 Ret 8 Ret 6 5 1 5 6 9 4 35
9 Italy Jarno Trulli Ret 4 6 8 10 13 6 3 7 9 7 5 16 13 Ret 5 Ret 8 31
10 Germany Timo Glock Ret Ret 9 11 13 12 4 11 12 Ret 2 7 9 11 4 Ret 7 6 25
11 Australia Mark Webber Ret 7 7 5 7 4 12 6 10 Ret 9 12 8 8 Ret 8 14 9 21
12 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr. Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 7 Ret 2 6 11 Ret 10 Ret 4 8 Ret 19
13 Germany Nico Rosberg 3 14 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 16 9 10 14 8 12 14 2 11 15 12 17
14 Brazil Rubens Barrichello DSQ 13 11 Ret 14 6 7 14 3 Ret 16 16 Ret 17 Ret 13 11 15 11
15 Japan Kazuki Nakajima 6 17 14 7 Ret 7 Ret 15 8 14 13 15 14 12 8 15 12 17 9
16 United Kingdom David Coulthard Ret 9 18 12 9 Ret 3 9 Ret 13 11 17 11 16 7 Ret 10 Ret 8
17 France Sébastien Bourdais 7 Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 13 17 11 12 18 10 7 18 12 10 13 14 4
18 United Kingdom Jenson Button Ret 10 Ret 6 11 11 11 Ret Ret 17 12 13 15 15 9 14 16 13 3
19 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 12 12 10 Ret Ret Ret 18 Ret 16 15 14 17 Ret 14 Ret 17 18 0
20 Germany Adrian Sutil Ret Ret 19 Ret 16 Ret Ret 19 Ret 15 Ret Ret 13 19 Ret Ret Ret 16 0
21 Japan Takuma Sato Ret 16 17 13 WD 0
22 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Ret 15 16 Ret WD 0
Pos Driver AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
CHN
People's Republic of China
BRA
Brazil
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Bold - Pole
Italics - Fastest Lap

† Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Constructors

Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
CHN
People's Republic of China
BRA
Brazil
Pts
1 Italy Ferrari 1 8 1 2 1 3 9 Ret 2 4 6 3 Ret 18 9 15 3 3 3 172
2 Ret Ret 1 2 1 3 5 1 13 3 17 1 1 6 13 7 2 1
2 United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 22 1 5 13 3 2 1 Ret 10 1 1 5 2 3 7 3 12 1 5 151
23 5 3 5 Ret 12 8 9 4 5 5 1 4 10 2 10 Ret Ret 7
3 Germany BMW Sauber 3 2 6 4 9 5 14 2 13 2 4 10 9 2 5 6 9 5 10 135
4 Ret 2 3 4 4 2 1 5 Ret 7 8 3 6 3 11 2 6 11
4 France Renault 5 4 8 10 Ret 6 10 Ret 8 6 11 4 Ret 4 4 1 1 4 2 80
6 Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 7 Ret 2 6 11 Ret 10 Ret 4 8 Ret
5 Japan Toyota 11 Ret 4 6 8 10 13 6 3 7 9 7 5 16 11 Ret 5 Ret 8 56
12 Ret Ret 9 11 13 12 4 11 12 Ret 2 7 9 13 4 Ret 7 6
6 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 14 7 Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 13 17 11 12 18 10 7 18 12 10 13 14 39
15 Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 5 8 12 Ret 8 Ret 6 5 1 5 6 9 4
7 Austria Red Bull-Renault 9 Ret 9 18 12 9 Ret 3 9 Ret 13 11 17 11 16 7 Ret 10 Ret 29
10 Ret 7 7 5 7 4 12 6 10 Ret 9 12 8 8 Ret 8 14 9
8 United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 7 3 14 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 16 9 10 14 8 12 14 2 11 15 12 26
8 6 17 14 7 Ret 7 Ret 15 8 14 13 15 14 12 8 15 12 17
9 Japan Honda 16 Ret 10 Ret 6 11 11 11 Ret Ret 17 12 13 15 15 9 14 16 13 14
17 DSQ 13 11 Ret 14 6 7 14 3 Ret 16 16 Ret 17 Ret 13 11 15
10 India Force India-Ferrari 20 Ret Ret 19 Ret 16 Ret Ret 19 Ret 15 Ret Ret 13 19 Ret Ret Ret 16 0
21 Ret 12 12 10 Ret Ret Ret 18 Ret 16 15 14 17 Ret 14 Ret 17 18
11 Japan Super Aguri-Honda 18 Ret 16 17 13 WD 0
19 Ret 15 16 Ret WD
Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
Australia
MAL
Malaysia
BHR
Bahrain
ESP
Spain
TUR
Turkey
MON
Monaco
CAN
Canada
FRA
France
GBR
United Kingdom
GER
Germany
HUN
Hungary
EUR
Spain
BEL
Belgium
ITA
Italy
SIN
Singapore
JPN
Japan
CHN
People's Republic of China
BRA
Brazil
Pts
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(from 2003 onwards)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Bold - Pole
Italics - Fastest Lap

† Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

‡ Super Aguri withdrew from the Formula One world championship on May 6, 2008, with immediate effect.[97] The company went into administration a day later.[98]

Statistics

Drivers

Pos Driver Constructor(s) Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.laps Points
1 United Kingdom Hamilton, LewisLewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 18 5 10 7 1 98
2 Brazil Massa, FelipeFelipe Massa Ferrari 18 6 10 6 3 97
3 Finland Räikkönen, KimiKimi Räikkönen Ferrari 18 2 9 2 10 75
4 Poland Kubica, RobertRobert Kubica BMW Sauber 18 1 7 1 0 75
5 Spain Alonso, FernandoFernando Alonso Renault 18 2 3 0 0 61
6 Germany Heidfeld, NickNick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 18 0 4 0 2 60
7 Finland Kovalainen, HeikkiHeikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 18 1 3 1 2 53
8 Germany Vettel, SebastianSebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 1 1 1 0 35
9 Italy Trulli, JarnoJarno Trulli Toyota 18 0 1 0 0 31
10 Germany Glock, TimoTimo Glock Toyota 18 0 1 0 0 25
11 Australia Webber, MarkMark Webber Red Bull-Renault 18 0 0 0 0 21
12 Brazil Piquet Jr., NelsonNelson Piquet Jr. Renault 18 0 1 0 0 19
13 Germany Rosberg, NicoNico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 18 0 2 0 0 17
14 Brazil Barrichello, RubensRubens Barrichello Honda 18 0 1 0 0 11
15 Japan Nakajima, KazukiKazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 18 0 0 0 0 9
16 United Kingdom Coulthard, DavidDavid Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 18 0 1 0 0 8
17 France Bourdais, SébastienSébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 0 0 0 0 4
18 United Kingdom Button, JensonJenson Button Honda 18 0 0 0 0 3
19 Italy Fisichella, GiancarloGiancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 18 0 0 0 0 0
20 Germany Sutil, AdrianAdrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 18 0 0 0 0 0
21 Japan Sato, TakumaTakuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 4 0 0 0 0 0
22 United Kingdom Davidson, AnthonyAnthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 4 0 0 0 0 0

Constructors

Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.laps Points
1 Italy Ferrari F2008 Ferrari 36 8 19 8 13 172
2 United Kingdom McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes 36 6 13 8 3 151
3 Germany BMW Sauber F1.08 BMW 36 1 11 1 2 135
4 France Renault R28 Renault 36 2 4 0 0 80
5 Japan Toyota TF108 Toyota 36 0 2 0 0 56
6 Italy Toro Rosso STR2B, STR3 Ferrari 36 1 1 1 0 39
7 Austria Red Bull RB4 Renault 36 0 1 0 0 29
8 United Kingdom Williams FW30 Toyota 36 0 2 0 0 26
9 Japan Honda RA108 Honda 36 0 1 0 0 14
10 India Force India VJM-01 Ferrari 36 0 0 0 0 0
11 Japan Super Aguri SA08 Honda 8 0 0 0 0 0

Report

The 2008 Formula 1 season was one of the closest in the history of the sport. Kimi Räikkönen rivaled Lewis Hamilton during the first half of the season, and Felipe Massa challenged Hamilton through the second half. The championship came down to a single overtake of Timo Glock by Lewis Hamilton to surpass Felipe Massa by one point.

TV coverage

All broadcasters of Formula One worldwide take what is known as the world feed for the majority of their race coverage. The host broadcaster which produces the world feed has access to trackside, onboard and pitlane cameras. Timing, position and other graphics are also added to the world feed before it is provided to the broadcasters. For the 2008 season, Formula One Management, owner of the commercial rights to the sport acted as host broadcaster for 16 of the 18 rounds of the championship.[99]

Race-fixing controversy

In a scandal that became known as "Crashgate" in the media, during the 2009 season around the time of the Belgium Grand Prix, allegations by former Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr. about his crash in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix led to charges of race-fixing against Renault and the departure of team boss Flavio Briatore and engineering director Pat Symonds.

References

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File:Hamilton 2008 Singapore GP
Lewis Hamilton, champion of the 2008 Formula One season.

The 2008 Formula One season was the 59th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It began on March 16 and was over on November 2 after eighteen races. Lewis Hamilton became the Drivers' World Champion while Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro won the Constructors' title.[1]

Contents

Teams and drivers

The following teams and drivers competed in the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship:[2]

Team Constructor Chassis Engine Tyre No. Race Drivers Test driver(s)
File:Flag of Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari Ferrari F2008[3] Ferrari Type 056 2.4 L V8 B 1 File:Flag of Kimi Räikkönen[4] Luca Badoer[5]
Marc Gené[5]
Michael Schumacher[6]
2 File:Flag of Felipe Massa[7]
File:Flag of BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber Sauber F1.08[8] BMW P86/8 2.4 L V8 B 3 File:Flag of Nick Heidfeld[9] Christian Klien[10]
Marko Asmer[10]
4 File:Flag of Robert Kubica[9]
File:Flag of ING Renault F1 Team Renault Renault R28[11] Renault RS27 2.4 L V8 B 5 File:Flag of Fernando Alonso[12] Lucas di Grassi[13]
Romain Grosjean[14]
Sakon Yamamoto[15]
6 File:Flag of Nelson Piquet, Jr.[12]
File:Flag of the United AT&T Williams Williams Williams FW30[16] Toyota RVX-08 2.4 L V8[17] B 7 File:Flag of Nico Rosberg[18] Nico Hülkenberg[19]
8 File:Flag of Kazuki Nakajima[18]
File:Flag of Red Bull Racing Red Bull Red Bull RB4[20] Renault RS27 2.4 L V8 B 9 File:Flag of the United David Coulthard[21] Sébastien Buemi[22]
10 File:Flag of Mark Webber[23]
File:Flag of Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota Toyota TF108[24] Toyota RVX-08 2.4 L V8 B 11 File:Flag of Jarno Trulli[25] Kamui Kobayashi[26]
12 File:Flag of Timo Glock[27]
File:Flag of Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2B[28]
Toro Rosso STR3[29]
Ferrari Type 056 2.4 L V8 B 14 File:Flag of Sébastien Bourdais[30] Brendon Hartley[31]
15 File:Flag of Sebastian Vettel[32]
File:Flag of Honda Racing F1 Team Honda Honda RA108[33] Honda RA808E 2.4 L V8 B 16 File:Flag of the United Jenson Button[34] Alexander Wurz[35]
Anthony Davidson[36]
Mike Conway[37]
Luca Filippi[37]
17 File:Flag of Rubens Barrichello[38]
File:Flag of Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri Super Aguri SA08[39] Honda RA808E 2.4 L V8 B 18 File:Flag of Takuma Sato[2] none
19 File:Flag of the United Anthony Davidson[2]
File:Flag of Force India Formula One Team Force India Force India VJM01[40] Ferrari Type 056 2.4 L V8[41] B 20 File:Flag of Adrian Sutil[42] Vitantonio Liuzzi[42]
21 File:Flag of Giancarlo Fisichella[42]
File:Flag of the United Vodafone McLaren Formula One Team McLaren McLaren MP4-23[43] Mercedes-Benz FO 108V 2.4 L V8 B 22 File:Flag of the United Lewis Hamilton[44] Pedro de la Rosa[45]
Gary Paffett[45]
23 File:Flag of Heikki Kovalainen[46]

Team started the 2008 season with an updated version of their 2007 car.
Super Aguri withdrew from the 2008 Formula One season on 6 May due to financial troubles.

Team changes

  • Only a year after Spyker bought the Midland team, Indian businessman Vijay Mallya bought the team for 88 million.[47] Mallya was allowed to change the team's name to Force India.
  • During the 2008 season on 6 May, the Super Aguri team folded and withdrew from Formula One. The team was in financial problems at the end of 2007. The team did not receive payment on a sponsorship deal.[48]

Driver changes

[[File:|thumb|After competing in the sport for ten years, Ralf Schumacher did not take part in the 2008 season.]]

Changed teams

Entered F1

  • Sébastien Bourdais: Came from Champ Car World Series and joined Scuderia Toro Rosso
  • Marko Asmer: Came from British Formula Three Championship and joined BMW Sauber F1 as a test driver

Exited F1

2008 Race Calendar

The FIA World Council approved the 2008 schedule on 24 October 2007. Singapore was Formula One's first ever night race.[49]

Round Official race title Grand Prix Circuit Date Time
Local UTC
1 ING Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 16 March 15:30 04:30
2 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysian GP Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 23 March 15:00 07:00
3 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain GP Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Manama 6 April 14:30 11:30
4 Gran Premio de España Telefónica Spanish GP Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 27 April 14:00 12:00
5 Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand Prix Turkish GP Istanbul Park 11 May 15:00 12:00
6 Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Circuit de Monaco 25 May 14:00 12:00
7 Grand Prix du Canada Canadian GP Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 8 June 13:00 17:00
8 Grand Prix de France French GP Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours 22 June 14:00 12:00
9 Santander British Grand Prix British GP Silverstone Circuit 6 July 13:00 12:00
10 Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland German GP Hockenheimring 20 July 14:00 12:00
11 ING Magyar Nagydíj Hungarian GP Hungaroring, Budapest 3 August 14:00 12:00
12 Telefónica Grand Prix of Europe[50] European GP Valencia Street Circuit 24 August 14:00 12:00
13 ING Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa 7 September 14:00 12:00
14 Gran Premio Santander d'Italia Italian GP Autodromo Nazionale di Monza 14 September 14:00 12:00
15 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix Singapore GP Marina Bay Street Circuit 28 September 20:00 12:00
16 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Fuji Speedway, Oyama 12 October 13:30 04:30
17 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix Chinese GP File:Flag of the People' Shanghai International Circuit 19 October 15:00 07:00
18 Grande Prêmio do Brasil Brazilian GP Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 2 November 15:00 17:00

New circuits
Night Race

Rule changes

  • A standard Electronic Control Unit (ECU) was supplied by Microsoft and McLaren Electronic Systems.[51]
  • Traction control and launch control were banned. Other electronic aids including engine braking were also baned.[52]
  • Engine design changes will not be allowed for five years was started in 2008[53]
  • Fuel used in the race cars must contain at least 5.75% biological materials.[54]
  • Gearboxes (transmissions) must last four races.[55]
  • Cockpit protection was improved.[56]
  • Teams were not allowed to bring a third race car to use as a spare.[55]
  • Bridgestone will be the official tyre supplier for the 2008–2010 seasons.[57]
  • Team were not allowed to test more than 30,000 km (18,641 mi) during the 2008 calendar year.[55]

Qualifying

  • The first qualifying session was lengthened to 20 minutes. The third qualifying session was shortened to 10 minutes. After Q3, teams would no longer be allowed to add fuel back to the car. This got rid of the 'fuel-burn' phase.
  • A minimum lap time for each qualifying session was implemented starting in Bahrain. This was to stop cars coasting back to the pits at dangerously low speeds.
  • Following the departure of Super Aguri from Formula One, only the five drivers would be eliminated from Q1.[58]

Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rd. Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor
1 Australian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton Heikki Kovalainen Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
2 Malaysian Grand Prix Felipe Massa Nick Heidfeld Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
3 Bahrain Grand Prix Robert Kubica Heikki Kovalainen Felipe Massa Ferrari
4 Spanish Grand Prix Kimi Räikkönen Kimi Räikkönen Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
5 Turkish Grand Prix Felipe Massa Kimi Räikkönen Felipe Massa Ferrari
6 Monaco Grand Prix Felipe Massa Kimi Räikkönen Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
7 Canadian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton Kimi Räikkönen Robert Kubica BMW Sauber
8 French Grand Prix Kimi Räikkönen Kimi Räikkönen Felipe Massa Ferrari
9 British Grand Prix Heikki Kovalainen Kimi Räikkönen Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
10 German Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton Nick Heidfeld Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
11 Hungarian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton Kimi Räikkönen Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
12 European Grand Prix Felipe Massa Felipe Massa Felipe Massa Ferrari
13 File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgian Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton Kimi Räikkönen Felipe Massa Ferrari
14 Italian Grand Prix Sebastian Vettel Kimi Räikkönen Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari
15 Singapore Grand Prix Felipe Massa Kimi Räikkönen Fernando Alonso Renault
16 Japanese Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton Felipe Massa Fernando Alonso Renault
17 File:Flag of the People' Chinese Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
18 Brazilian Grand Prix Felipe Massa Felipe Massa Felipe Massa Ferrari

Drivers

Pos Driver AUS
MAL
BHR
ESP
TUR
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
EUR
BEL
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
ITA
SIN
JPN
CHN
File:Flag of the People'
BRA
Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 1 5 13 3 2 1 Ret 10 1 1 5 2 3 7 3 12 1 5 98
2 Felipe Massa Ret Ret 1 2 1 3 5 1 13 3 17 1 1 6 13 7 2 1 97
3 Kimi Räikkönen 8 1 2 1 3 9 Ret 2 4 6 3 Ret 18 9 15 3 3 3 75
4 Robert Kubica Ret 2 3 4 4 2 1 5 Ret 7 8 3 6 3 11 2 6 11 75
5 Fernando Alonso 4 8 10 Ret 6 10 Ret 8 6 11 4 Ret 4 4 1 1 4 2 61
6 Nick Heidfeld 2 6 4 9 5 14 2 13 2 4 10 9 2 5 6 9 5 10 60
7 Heikki Kovalainen 5 3 5 Ret 12 8 9 4 5 5 1 4 10 2 10 Ret Ret 7 53
8 Sebastian Vettel Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 5 8 12 Ret 8 Ret 6 5 1 5 6 9 4 35
9 Jarno Trulli Ret 4 6 8 10 13 6 3 7 9 7 5 16 13 Ret 5 Ret 8 31
10 Timo Glock Ret Ret 9 11 13 12 4 11 12 Ret 2 7 9 11 4 Ret 7 6 25
11 Mark Webber Ret 7 7 5 7 4 12 6 10 Ret 9 12 8 8 Ret 8 14 9 21
12 Nelson Piquet, Jr. Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 7 Ret 2 6 11 Ret 10 Ret 4 8 Ret 19
13 Nico Rosberg 3 14 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 16 9 10 14 8 12 14 2 11 15 12 17
14 Rubens Barrichello DSQ 13 11 Ret 14 6 7 14 3 Ret 16 16 Ret 17 Ret 13 11 15 11
15 Kazuki Nakajima 6 17 14 7 Ret 7 Ret 15 8 14 13 15 14 12 8 15 12 17 9
16 David Coulthard Ret 9 18 12 9 Ret 3 9 Ret 13 11 17 11 16 7 Ret 10 Ret 8
17 Sébastien Bourdais 7 Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 13 17 11 12 18 10 7 18 12 10 13 14 4
18 Jenson Button Ret 10 Ret 6 11 11 11 Ret Ret 17 12 13 15 15 9 14 16 13 3
19 Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 12 12 10 Ret Ret Ret 18 Ret 16 15 14 17 Ret 14 Ret 17 18 0
20 Adrian Sutil Ret Ret 19 Ret 16 Ret Ret 19 Ret 15 Ret Ret 13 19 Ret Ret Ret 16 0
21 Takuma Sato Ret 16 17 13 WD 0
22 Anthony Davidson Ret 15 16 Ret WD 0
Pos Driver AUS
MAL
BHR
ESP
TUR
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
EUR
BEL
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
ITA
SIN
JPN
CHN
File:Flag of the People'
BRA
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(starting in 2003)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Constructors

Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
MAL
BHR
ESP
TUR
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
EUR
BEL
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
ITA
SIN
JPN
CHN
File:Flag of the People'
BRA
Points
1 Ferrari 1 8 1 2 1 3 9 Ret 2 4 6 3 Ret 18 9 15 3 3 3 172
2 Ret Ret 1 2 1 3 5 1 13 3 17 1 1 6 13 7 2 1
2 McLaren-Mercedes 22 1 5 13 3 2 1 Ret 10 1 1 5 2 3 7 3 12 1 5 151
23 5 3 5 Ret 12 8 9 4 5 5 1 4 10 2 10 Ret Ret 7
3 BMW Sauber 3 2 6 4 9 5 14 2 13 2 4 10 9 2 5 6 9 5 10 135
4 Ret 2 3 4 4 2 1 5 Ret 7 8 3 6 3 11 2 6 11
4 Renault 5 4 8 10 Ret 6 10 Ret 8 6 11 4 Ret 4 4 1 1 4 2 80
6 Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 7 Ret 2 6 11 Ret 10 Ret 4 8 Ret
5 Toyota 11 Ret 4 6 8 10 13 6 3 7 9 7 5 16 11 Ret 5 Ret 8 56
12 Ret Ret 9 11 13 12 4 11 12 Ret 2 7 9 13 4 Ret 7 6
6 Toro Rosso-Ferrari 14 7 Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 13 17 11 12 18 10 7 18 12 10 13 14 39
15 Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 5 8 12 Ret 8 Ret 6 5 1 5 6 9 4
7 Red Bull-Renault 9 Ret 9 18 12 9 Ret 3 9 Ret 13 11 17 11 16 7 Ret 10 Ret 29
10 Ret 7 7 5 7 4 12 6 10 Ret 9 12 8 8 Ret 8 14 9
8 Williams-Toyota 7 3 14 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 16 9 10 14 8 12 14 2 11 15 12 26
8 6 17 14 7 Ret 7 Ret 15 8 14 13 15 14 12 8 15 12 17
9 Honda 16 Ret 10 Ret 6 11 11 11 Ret Ret 17 12 13 15 15 9 14 16 13 14
17 DSQ 13 11 Ret 14 6 7 14 3 Ret 16 16 Ret 17 Ret 13 11 15
10 Force India-Ferrari 20 Ret Ret 19 Ret 16 Ret Ret 19 Ret 15 Ret Ret 13 19 Ret Ret Ret 16 0
21 Ret 12 12 10 Ret Ret Ret 18 Ret 16 15 14 17 Ret 14 Ret 17 18
11 Super Aguri-Honda 18 Ret 16 17 13 WD 0
19 Ret 15 16 Ret WD
Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
MAL
BHR
ESP
TUR
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
EUR
BEL
File:Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
ITA
SIN
JPN
CHN
File:Flag of the People'
BRA
Points

Driver did not finish the Grand Prix, but was classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.
Super Aguri withdrew from the Formula One world championship on May 6, 2008.

Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Red Did not qualify (DNQ)
Did not pre-qualify (DNPQ)
Black Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Race cancelled (C)
Light blue Practiced only (PO)
Friday test driver (TD)
(starting in 2003)
Blank Did not practice (DNP)
Excluded (EX)
Did not arrive (DNA)
Withdrew entry before the event (WD)

Bold – Pole
Italics – Fastest Lap

Race-fixing controversy

A scandal developed that became known as "Crashgate" in the media, during the 2009 season around the time of the Belgium Grand Prix. Claims were made by former Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr. about his crash in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix. This led to charges of race-fixing against Renault. Team boss Flavio Briatore and engineering director Pat Symonds left Renault.

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