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Lewis Hamilton one step closer to title, wins in China

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lewis hamilton wins in China 2008

Lewis Hamilton came one step closer to winning his maiden formula one driver’s title by winning the 2008 formula one Chinese Grand Prix from pole. His closest competitor Felipe Massa was second in his Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton was fast from the start pulling away easily and making the Ferraris look gasping for pace. What is interesting though is that Kimi Raikkonen had slowed down to let Felipe Massa through much like a lot of the other formula one teams do within their teams. So when are team orders prohibited ? It did affect the outcome of the race. The swap reduced the damage to the Massa championship campaign but may just prove to be futile in the last race.

Fernando Alonso put in another strong(er?) performance to get a 4th place finish. The BMWs were 5th and 6th with Heidfeld finishing ahead of Robert Kubica this time.

The Red Bull of David Coulthard was 10th while teammate Mark WEbber was way back in 14th place.

Force India were as dismal as ever with Adrian Sutil not finishing the race and Fisichella finishing in 17th place (last).

The top 8 drivers were :

1 L. Hamilton  Vodafone McLaren Mercedes
2 F. Massa      Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
3 K. Raikkonen  Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro
4 F. Alonso    ING Renault F1 Team
5 N. Heidfeld  BMW Sauber F1 Team
6 R. Kubica    BMW Sauber F1 Team
7 T. Glock      Panasonic Toyota Racing
8 N. Piquet Jr. ING Renault F1 Team

So the title fight goes down to Brazil now, stay tuned for a post on that 🙂

Image: McLaren.com Media

Felipe Massa takes first pole under the lights at the Singapore Grand Prix

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Its an evening Felipe Massa shall never forget, the ambience was set, the lights were on and the Brazilian was in peak form. Felipe Massa steered his Ferrari F2008 in 1:44.801s, Lewis Hamilton in his McLaren was second on 1:45.465s ahead of Kimi Raikkonen who clocked 1:45.617s. Its suspected that Felipe Massa is on a lighter fuel load than Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen.

Felipe Massa takes pole at the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix

Sebastien Vettel seems to be taking his new found confident forward, he got 7th place in his Torro Rosso. Force India were very disappointing with both the cars bringing up the extreme rear. Here are the top 10 positions of the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix :

2008 Singapore Grand Prix start positions :

1 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1min 44.801secs
2 Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren 1:45.465
3 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:45.617

4 R Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 1:45.779
5 H Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren 1:45.873
6 N Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:45.964
7 S Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:46.244
8 T Glock (Ger) Toyota 1:46.328
9 N Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota 1:46.611
10 K Nakajima (Jpn) Williams-Toyota 1:47.547

2nd Photo Copyright : SpA Ferrari, Written Post is a copyright of http://F1chronicles.com

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

Lewis Hamilton wins German Grand Prix at Hockenheim, Massa Third

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Felipe Massa German Grand Prix on Podium

Lewis Hamilton drove a good race and won the German Grand Prix 2008. He was followed by Nelson Piquet jr and Felipe Massa for 2nd and 3rd places in Renault and Ferrari F1 respectively. You all must have read the different race reviews by now, so lets just get to the reactions :

Felipe Massa:

“It was a difficult race. Right from the beginning, Hamilton’s pace seemed unbeatable and I understood that it would be very hard to beat him. I never had good grip and, in the final stages, I also had brake problems and was not even able to attack Piquet, whom I congratulate on the first podium of his career. We must try and understand why, this weekend, we have not been a match for our rivals. They have definitely improved, but I think this was more a case of us having taken a step backwards. However, we are still confident: we have the ability to get out of this situation, right from the next race.”

Kimi Raikkonen getting refueled at Germany

Kimi Raikkonen:

“This was definitely not the kind of race we had been hoping for. We have struggled all weekend and we have to try and understand why. Usually, our race pace is always good, but today that was not the case, because I almost always suffered with a lack of grip: only in the final stages did the situation improve a little bit, but it was never enough to be competitive. We have a test in Jerez, where we will try and improve the car so as to arrive in Budapest in better shape. This is definitely not a crisis, but we have to study carefully the handling of the car to understand if we have taken the right road in terms of development.”

Lewis Hamilton

“I nailed it this afternoon: when the team told me I had to build a 23-second gap in just seven laps, I knew I had to drive over the limit – and I did. But I knew we had the best car this weekend and felt comfortable pushing hard to make up the gap. In the final stint, I had to work for today’s win – when the Safety Car came out, I questioned whether I should pit but I trusted the team to make the best decision on strategy. It didn’t quite work out – but I knew we had the pace in the car to keep pushing and want to say a big thank-you to Heikki, who realised I was quicker. I was able to slipstream past Felipe and then thought my work was done; then I had to do it all again to get past Nelson. But I made a couple of textbook moves to get past them both. Everybody in this team has worked so hard to make this victory happen. We mustn’t grow complacent but must feel assured that our efforts are being rewarded. We couldn’t have asked for more today.”

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Lewis Hamilton wins maiden home British Grand Prix

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It was an eventful race, and in the end Brit Lewis Hamilton emerged victorious to claim the golden trophy. A series of goof-ups by Ferrari in terms of tyres were enough to ruin Kimi’s race. Lewis was ecstatic after the race calling it his best win in terms of the race being the toughest for him to snatch.

He thanked his family after the race:

“I want to dedicate this to my family because as you can see I’ve had some troubles over the last couple of weeks and it’s been really tough,” Hamilton said.

“But as always your family are there when you need them.”

“The last couple of weeks I’ve been flat out with working very hard, just a lot of travelling, many different things and different emotions building,” he said.

“I’ve had a couple of bad races, and coming here  it would have been nice to get some points and maybe a win. I thought a one-two would be possible.

“My mind’s always been right , I just had a lot on my plate, really. It’s nothing too serious, just life in general.

“Some of my personal life, working very hard. Just before the race I spoke to my brother and said I just hope I keep it on the track, and he said don’t worry about that, you’re a master in the wet. That was great to hear that.”

BMW Sauber’s Nick Heidfeld came second, while Rubens Barrichello was a surprise third in his Honda. Kimi Raikkonen was 4th after a tyre blunder by Ferrari. Our pole position man Heiki Kovalainen was 5th.

2008 FIA Formula one British Grand Prix, Silverstone

1. Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren 1:39:09.440
2. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) BMW Sauber +01:08.577
3. Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Honda 01:22.273
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1 lap
5. Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren 1 lap
6. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault 1 lap
7. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1 lap
8. Kazuki Nakajima (Jap) Williams – Toyota 1 lap
9. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams – Toyota 1 lap
10. Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull – Renault 1 lap
11. Sebastien Bourdais (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari 1 lap
12. Timo Glock (Germany) Toyota 1 lap
13. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 2 laps

R Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber 21 laps
R Jenson Button (GB) Honda 21 laps
R Nelson Piquet (Bra) Renault 24 laps
R Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India – Ferrari 33 laps
R Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India – Ferrari 50 laps
R Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso – Ferrari Spin
R David Coulthard (GB) RedBull – Renault Spin

Fastest Lap of race : Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari 1:32.150, lap 18.

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