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Felipe Massa wins the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton penalised

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Felipe Massa at 2008 Belgian Grand Prix

In what will come as a shocker to McLaren fans, Lewis Hamilton has been penalised for passing Kimi Raikkonen by passing a chicane by cutting it. It essentially places Lewis Hamilton at third place. The McLaren fans were shocked by the decision as it came after the race and celebrations.

Lewis Hamilton was penalised 25 seconds, a drive through penalty actually. The time was added to his time later on.

Kimi Raikkonen had led most of the race, but Lewis Hamilton in a controversial move cut across a chicane to overtake him. The move cost Lewis Hamilton dearly, Kimi Raikkonen while trying to pass Lewis Hamilton spun and went out of the race. But Felipe Massa was the ultimate gainer when Lewis Hamilton was penalised.

Now Lewis Hamilton leads Felipe Massa by only 2 points. Kimi Raikkonen on the other hand lost out on his great run at the Spa track in what would have been his 4th win although for different teams.

In the constructor’s championship , Ferrari lead McLaren by 12 points, McLaren is on 119, while Ferrari is on 131.

Nick Heidfeld who was being criticised a lot, was promoted to second place with Hamilton’s disqualification.

New Classification after Lewis Hamilton’s drive through penalty at the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix :

Pos Driver Team

1. Felipe Massa Ferrari

2. Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber

3. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes

4. Fernando Alonso Renault

5. Sebastien Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari

6. Robert Kubica BMW Sauber

7. Antonio Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari

8. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault

9. Timo Glock Toyota

10. Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes

11. David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault

12. Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota

13. Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari

14. Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota

15. Jenson Button Honda 16. Jarno Trulli Toyota

17. Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari

18. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari

Fastest lap of the 2008 Belgian Grand Prix: Kimi Raikkonen, 1:47.930

Image copyright : Ferrari Media

Juan Pablo Montoya stupid video files :P

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Montoya in a little fight after an accident (yup the F1 tradition is alive in NASCAR as well) 😛

Here is a video where Juan Pablo Montoya calls F1 legend Michael Schumacher ‘blind or stupid’. Schumi doesnt react to him.

But a comment very well summarises what Montoya was about, remember we didnt say it, we are just reproducing it 😉

Blah Blah Blah …. Montoya is better than Schumacher ……. what a load of c**p ……… Montoya isin’t even a has been ….. he’s a never was in the first place.

And just when we thought this guy couldnt have more stuff against him, we dugg around Youtube and found more (Warning : Expletives, 15+ only)

The idiot kept looking towards the Ferrari motorhome, oblivious of the fact that other living beings also occupy Earth, and then look at his attitude !

Written by Formula One Addict

July 14th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Felipe Massa wins Bahrain Grand Prix 2008


Felipe Massa wins Bahrain GP 2008

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa silenced a lot of voices today at Bahrain by running an almost perfect race to clinch the 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix. Teammate Kimi Raikkonen was second. Lewis Hamilton finished outside the points and lost the championship lead due to it. The Pole on pole Robert Kubica was third for the BMW team.

Nick Heidfeld claimed a calm fourth place behind teammate Robert Kubica. Young Heikki Kovalainen got McLaren F1 fifth place.

An interesting point in the race was when Lewis Hamilton ran into the back of Fernando Alonso, it made him pit and eventually this resulted in him being out of points. Some people say Fernando brake tested Lewis Hamilton, but i really dont think it was anything like that. I have seen the videos again and again and they look highly inconclusive. Later on Lewis Hamilton was apologetic to the McLaren F1 team :

“I am really disappointed and feel like I had let the team down”

“You need to pick up the pieces and then deliver points. I didn’t do that. The collision with Renault’s Fernando Alonso cost the race.” Lewis Hamilton said

giancarlo fisichella bahrain 2008

Meanwhile my best moment of the race was when Force India formula one’s Giancarlo Fisichella held back Lewis Hamilton for 3 laps, closing the door on Lewis countless times. The Force India car does show a lot of promise and hopefully they will be getting some points this season. Giancarlo eventually finished 12th. The final classification was :

Race result of the formula one Bahrain Grand Prix 2008

1 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari one hour 31 minutes 6.970 seconds
2 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari +3.339 secs
3 Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber +4.998
4 Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber +8.409
5 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes +26.789
6 Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota +41.314
7 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault +45.473
8 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota +55.889
9 Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota +1:09.500
10 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault +1:17.181
11 Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Honda +1:17.862
12 Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India-Ferrari one lap behind
13 Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes one lap
14 Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams-Toyota one lap
15 Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Toro Rosso-Ferrari one lap
16 Anthony Davidson (GB) Super Aguri-Honda one lap
17 Takuma Sato (Jpn) Super Aguri-Honda one lap
18 David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault one lap
19 Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India-Ferrari two laps
R Nelson Piquet Jr (Brz) Renault 40 laps completed
R Jenson Button (GB) Honda 19 laps
R Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 laps

Robert Kubica gets maiden pole at Bahrain

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This is a race he will remember forever, the Bahrain Grand Prix 2008. Robert Kubica got his first ever pole position breaking Ferrari’s hopes of dominance in the middle eastern circuit. Felipe Massa was second while Lewis Hamilton came third. Massa’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen could only manage fourth. It was an impressive fightback from the young Brit Lewis Hamilton who had crashed severely on Friday. His car was completely totalled and the McLaren engineers did a fine job of putting it back together.

Force India showed some guts on the track today but still couldnt qualify for the second qualifying session. Fisichella again clocked faster than Adrian Sutil by .3 of a second.

It promises to be a great race tomorrow with three teams fighting it out, but what has surprised me the most is Kubica’s dominance over teammate Nick Heidfeld who was drawing all the praise last year for being Mr.Consistent.

The qualifying positions were

1. Robert Kubica (Poland) BMW Sauber 1 min 33.096
2. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:33.123
3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:33.292
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 1:33.418
5. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) McLaren 1:33.488
6. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber 1:33.737
7. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Toyota 1:33.994
8. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Williams – Toyota 1:34.015
9. Jenson Button (Britain) Honda 1:35.057
10. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Renault 1:35.115
11. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault 1:32.371
12. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Honda 1:32.508
13. Timo Glock (Germany) Toyota 1:32.528
14. Nelsinho Piquet (Brazil) Renault 1:32.790
15. Sebastien Bourdais (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:32.915
16. Kazuki Nakajima (Japan) Williams – Toyota 1:32.943
17. David Coulthard (Britain) RedBull – Renault 1:33.433
18. Giancarlo Fisichella (Italy) Force India – Ferrari 1:33.501
19. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1:33.562
20. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India – Ferrari 1:33.845
21. Anthony Davidson (Britain) Super Aguri – Honda 1:34.140
22. Takuma Sato (Japan) Super Aguri – Honda 1:35.725

Kimi Raikkonen gets Ferrari’s 1st win of the season in Malaysia


Kimi Raikkonen celebrates winning Malaysian Grand PRix 2008

At the post race press confrence Kimi Raikkonen was true to his nickname of the iceman. The flying Finn (sorry Mika Hakkinen 😛 ) calmly replied to questions about the ‘tough’ race and said that it wasn’t too bad in Malaysia. His teammate Felipe Massa meanwhile had to retire when he went onto the gravel earlier in the race on lap 32.During the last race it looked like Kimi was uncomfortable without the traction control, but it looks like Massa is more uncomfortable without the tractions control. Kimi ran an almost perfect race, he could have overtaken Felipe on the 1st lap itself but decided to hold back and let his pit strategy do the overtaking for him. He lapped exceptionally well during his in lap and that sheer pace made overtaking Massa look like a piece of cake.

Lewis Hamilton was sort of robbed of a possible podium finish when his pitstop didnt goto plan and his pitstop got extended due to a problem in one of his wheels. He eventually finished 5th His teammate however finished on the podium in third place. Robert Kubica of BMW meanwhile finished second putting in another strong performance for the BMW team. Force India’s Giancarlo Fisichella got a nice 12th place finish much better than what most people would have expected from the ex-Spyker F1 team.

Giancarlo Fisichella Force India

Final Result of the formula one Malaysian Grand Prix 2008

Pos   Driver   Nat   Team   Time 
1 Kimi Raikkonen  FIN  Ferrari  31:18.6
2 Robert Kubica  PL  BMW Sauber  19.57
3 Heikki Kovalainen  FIN  McLaren-Mercedes  38.45
4 Jarno Trulli  I  Toyota  45.832
5 Lewis Hamilton  GB  McLaren-Mercedes  46.548
6 Nick Heidfeld  D  BMW Sauber  49.833
7 Mark Webber  AUS  Red Bull-Renault  01:08.1
8 Fernando Alonso  E  Renault  01:10.0
9 David Coulthard  GB  Red Bull-Renault  01:16.2
10 Jenson Button  GB  Honda  01:26.2
11 Nelson A. Piquet  BR  Renault  01:32.2
12 Giancarlo Fisichella  I  Force India-Ferrari  -1 lap 
13 Rubens Barrichello  BR  Honda  -1 lap 
14 Nico Rosberg  D  Williams-Toyota  -1 lap 
15 Anthony Davidson  GB  Super Aguri-Honda  -1 lap 
16 Takuma Sato  J  Super Aguri-Honda  -2 laps 
17 Kazuki Nakajima  J  Williams-Toyota  -2 laps 
DNF  Sebastian Vettel  D  Toro Rosso-Ferrari   
DNF  Felipe Massa  BR  Ferrari   
DNF  Adrian Sutil  D  Force India-Ferrari   
DNF  Timo Glock  D  Toyota   
DNF  Sebastien Bourdais  F  Toro Rosso-Ferrari