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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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AT&T Williams formula one team at Moscow: Photos et more

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Williams F1 at Moscow

More photos of the AT&T Williams team from Moscow inside the post.

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July 16th, 2008 at 5:44 pm

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.

Heiki Kovalainen takes pole, Webber second at British Grand Prix

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heiki kovalainen kimi Raikonen at British Grand Prix 2008

It was a day of surprises at the Silverstone, Heiki Kovalainen took pole position at the Silverstone track, while Mark Webber took a surprising second place. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was third in his scarlet Ferrari. Lewis Hamilton could only manage a dismal 4th place and was almost 8/10 of a second slower than the pole position man Heiki Kovalainen.

Ferrari’s Felipe Massa was unlucky as Ferrari were unable to send him out for another run when there was a problem changing one of his tyres.

Kovalainen was very excited with his maiden pole, he said

“It’s not going to be easy tomorrow, but my pace has been good all week, and I am confident our strategy will be a strong one as well. The target is to win the Grand Prix.

“It was quite difficult conditions. At the start of the final session, the wind picked up and I was all over the place. But it went much better on the second run.”

The difference in times of Webber and Coulthard seems to suggest a lighter fuel load for the top 2 cars on the grid. Kimi Raikkonen was also pleased with his time after the Friday practice session yesterday:

“Compared to yesterday it has been much better”

“Yesterday was very difficult, we have put in quite a lot of effort to try to sort my car out.

“We are not exactly where we want to be, but qualifying has never been my strongest point, and nobody knows how much fuel everyone is running.”  Kimi Raikkonen said

Force India F1 team had another disappointing session, Vijay Mallya’s outfit again brought up the back of the grid with Adrian Sutil outshining teammate Giancarlo Fisichella. Their so called ‘new aerodynamic package’ seems to be a big flop.

Qualifying Times for the formula one British Grand Prix 2008

1. Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.049 seconds
2. Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault 1:21.554
3. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:21.706
4. Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.835
5. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber 1:21.873
6. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault 1:22.029
7. Nelson Piquet (Bra) Renault 1:22.491
8. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:23.251
9. Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1:23.305
10. Robert Kubica (Pol) BMW Sauber no time
11. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault 1:20.174
12. Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota 1:20.274
13. Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:20.531
14. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota 1:20.601
15. Kazuki Nakajima (Jap) Williams-Toyota 1:21.112
16. Rubens Barrichello (Bra) Honda 1:21.512
17. Jenson Button (GB) Honda 1:21.631
18. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota 1:21.668
19. Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India-Ferrari 1:21.786
20. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India-Ferrari 1:21.885

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Felipe Massa wins Bahrain Grand Prix 2008

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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

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