2008 Formula One season

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2008 FIA Formula One World Championship season
Lewis Hamilton
Champion driver Lewis Hamilton
Second driver Felipe Massa
Third driver Kimi Räikkönen
Champion constructor Ferrari

Previous season: 2007   Next season: 2009

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]


Teams and drivers[change | edit source]

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)
Italy Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro Ferrari Ferrari F2008[3] Ferrari Type 056 2.4 L V8 B 1 Finland Kimi Räikkönen[4] Italy Luca Badoer[5]
Spain Marc Gené[5]
Germany Michael Schumacher[6]
2 Brazil Felipe Massa[7]
Germany BMW Sauber F1 Team BMW Sauber Sauber F1.08[8] BMW P86/8 2.4 L V8 B 3 Germany Nick Heidfeld[9] Austria Christian Klien[10]
Estonia Marko Asmer[10]
4 Poland Robert Kubica[9]
France ING Renault F1 Team Renault Renault R28[11] Renault RS27 2.4 L V8 B 5 Spain Fernando Alonso[12] Brazil Lucas di Grassi[13]
France Romain Grosjean[14]
Japan Sakon Yamamoto[15]
6 Brazil Nelson Piquet, Jr.[12]
United Kingdom AT&T Williams Williams Williams FW30[16] Toyota RVX-08 2.4 L V8[17] B 7 Germany Nico Rosberg[18] Germany Nico Hülkenberg[19]
8 Japan Kazuki Nakajima[18]
Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull Red Bull RB4[20] Renault RS27 2.4 L V8 B 9 United Kingdom David Coulthard[21] Switzerland Sébastien Buemi[22]
10 Australia Mark Webber[23]
Japan Panasonic Toyota Racing Toyota Toyota TF108[24] Toyota RVX-08 2.4 L V8 B 11 Italy Jarno Trulli[25] Japan Kamui Kobayashi[26]
12 Germany Timo Glock[27]
Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR2B[28]
Toro Rosso STR3[29]
Ferrari Type 056 2.4 L V8 B 14 France Sébastien Bourdais[30] New Zealand Brendon Hartley[31]
15 Germany Sebastian Vettel[32]
Japan Honda Racing F1 Team Honda Honda RA108[33] Honda RA808E 2.4 L V8 B 16 United Kingdom Jenson Button[34] Austria Alexander Wurz[35]
United Kingdom Anthony Davidson[36]
United Kingdom Mike Conway[37]
Italy Luca Filippi[37]
17 Brazil Rubens Barrichello[38]
Japan Super Aguri F1 Team Super Aguri Super Aguri SA08[39] Honda RA808E 2.4 L V8 B 18 Japan Takuma Sato[2] none
19 United Kingdom Anthony Davidson[2]
India Force India Formula One Team Force India Force India VJM01[40] Ferrari Type 056 2.4 L V8[41] B 20 Germany Adrian Sutil[42] Italy Vitantonio Liuzzi[42]
21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella[42]
United Kingdom Vodafone McLaren Formula One Team McLaren McLaren MP4-23[43] Mercedes-Benz FO 108V 2.4 L V8 B 22 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton[44] Spain Pedro de la Rosa[45]
United Kingdom Gary Paffett[45]
23 Finland 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[change | edit source]

  • 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[change | edit source]

After competing in the sport for ten years, Ralf Schumacher did not take part in the 2008 season.

Changed teams

Entered F1

Exited F1

2008 Race Calendar[change | edit source]

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 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[50] 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

Rule changes[change | edit source]

  • 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[change | edit source]

  • 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[change | edit source]

Grands Prix[change | edit source]

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

Drivers[change | edit source]

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)
(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[change | edit source]

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
Points
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
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[change | edit source]

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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