2008_Malaysian_Grand_Prix

2008 Malaysian Grand Prix

The 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix was the second race of the 2008 Formula One season. It was held 2123 March at Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur.

Report

Practice

David Coulthard's Red Bull suspension was shattered on the curb of turn 12; hence the FIA forced the team to clarify their car design for safety reasons.

Qualifying

Session 1

There were very few surprises in this session, with both the Force Indias and both the Super Aguris failing to progress. Sébastien Bourdais again failed to progress through this first session, whilst Kazuki Nakajima who had already been given a 10-place penalty for this race, also failed to progress through to Q2. The weather was highly unpredictable, Renault thought that rain would arrive after seven minutes, the official source stated rain would arrive within 20 minutes of the start. In the end, no rain arrived. Notably, less than 1 second separated 1st from 16th.

Session 2

A few spots of rain greeted the start of this session, but it was otherwise dry. Both Hondas failed to progress, as did Coulthard, Nelson Piquet Jr., Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg. Lewis Hamilton and Felipe Massa produced poor first runs, so were forced to use a second set of tyres to ensure their qualification.

Session 3

Again, the rain did not arrive during this session. Massa produced a stunning lap to take the pole by 0.482 seconds ahead of his team-mate. The McLarens took row two, Heikki Kovalainen coming ahead of Hamilton, whose final lap fractionally beat that of Robert Kubica. Kubica was also narrowly beaten by Jarno Trulli. At the very end of the session, Kovalainen and Hamilton (as well as some other cars), slowed down in an attempt to save fuel. The stewards ruled that this impeded the progress of Nick Heidfeld and Fernando Alonso, thus the two McLaren drivers were demoted five places down the grid.

Race

At the start Massa came across the track to prevent Kimi Räikkönen from overtaking him. Hamilton was able to move up to fifth and Mark Webber up to fourth. Also on the first lap, Bourdais spun out of the race and Rosberg crashed into Timo Glock's Toyota, destroying his own front wing in the process.

On lap four Alonso and Heidfeld overtook Coulthard for ninth and eighth respectively. Adrian Sutil was forced to retire two laps later when he ran off the track and onto the grass, with hydraulic problems.

By lap nine Hamilton was within two seconds of Webber and the Ferraris of Massa and Räikkönen had opened up a lead on the rest of the field. Both set new fastest lap times over the next four laps. Webber pitted on lap 16, Massa on lap 17 and Räikkönen on lap 18, coming out ahead of Massa. Hamilton pitted on lap 19 and the team had a problem getting his front right tyre off, forcing him to stop for almost 20 seconds. This meant he came out behind Webber in 11th.

Räikkönen took the lead for the first time when Kubica pitted on lap 21. He would open up a lead of almost over four seconds in the next six laps. Hamilton was up to seventh by lap 26 but was still unable to overtake Webber. Hamilton was within half a second of him by lap 29 but this forced him to brake harder and lose time to the rest of the field.

Massa spun out of the race on lap 31 getting trapped in the gravel. This gave Räikkönen a lead of over 20 seconds from the next driver Kubica. Hamilton finally overtook Webber on lap 40 when he pitted. Vettel's engine failed one lap later and he was forced to retire. Hamilton would stay ahead of Webber after his second pit stop on lap 44. He was now six seconds behind Trulli in fourth and began to close that margin in the closing laps.

Alonso in eighth now began closing in on Webber. Hamilton was within 2 seconds of Trulli with 2 laps to go but was unable to pass him before the end of the race. Räikkönen won the race by over 20 seconds from Kubica who had his best ever finish in second, Kovalainen came third.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos No Name Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.347 1:34.412 1:35.748 1
2 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:35.645 1:34.188 1:36.230 2
3 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.227 1:34.759 1:36.613 81
4 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.392 1:34.627 1:36.709 91
5 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:35.205 1:34.960 1:36.711 3
6 4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:35.794 1:34.811 1:36.727 4
7 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:35.729 1:34.648 1:36.753 5
8 10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:35.440 1:34.967 1:37.009 6
9 5 Fernando Alonso

Renault 1:35.983 1:35.140 1:38.450 7
10 12 Timo Glock Toyota 1:35.891 1:35.000 1:39.656 10
11 16

Jenson Button Honda 1:35.847 1:35.208 11
12 9 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:36.058 1:35.408 12
13 6 Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1:36.074 1:35.562 13
14 17 Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:36.198 1:35.622 14
15 15 Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:36.111 1:35.648 15
16 7 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:35.843 1:35.670 16
17 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 1:36.240 17
18 8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:36.388 222
19 14 Sébastien Bourdais

Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:36.677 18
20 18

Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:37.087 19
21 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 1:37.101 20
22 19 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 1:37.481 21

  • Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen were each put back five places on the grid for impeding Nick Heidfeld and Fernando Alonso, respectively, during Q3.
  • Kazuki Nakajima incurred a ten-place grid penalty for colliding with Robert Kubica in the Australian Grand Prix.

Race

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 56 1:31:18.555 2 10
2 4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 56 +19.570 4 8
3 23 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 56 +38.450 8 6
4 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 56 +45.832 3 5
5 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 56 +46.548 9 4
6 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 56 +49.833 5 3
7 10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 56 +1:08.130 6 2
8 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 56 +1:10.041 7 1
9 9 David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 56 +1:16.220 12
10 16 Jenson Button Honda 56 +1:26.214 11
11 6 Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 56 +1:32.202 13
12 21 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 17
13 17 Rubens Barrichello Honda 55 +1 Lap 14
14 7 Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 55 +1 Lap 16
15 19 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 55 +1 Lap 21
16 18 Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 54 +2 Laps 19
17 8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 54 +2 Laps 22
Ret 15 Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 39 Engine 15
Ret 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 30 Spun off 1
Ret 20 Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 5 Hydraulics 20
Ret 12 Timo Glock Toyota 1 Collision 10
Ret 14 Sébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 Spun off 18

Standings after the race

Drivers' Championship standings
Pos Driver Points
1 Lewis Hamilton 14
2 Nick Heidfeld 11
3 Kimi Räikkönen 11
4 Heikki Kovalainen 10
5 Robert Kubica 8
Constructors' Championship standings
Pos Constructor Points
1 McLarenMercedes 24
2 BMW Sauber 19
3 Ferrari 11
4 WilliamsToyota 9
5 Renault 6

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