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2008 FIA Formula One World Championship season
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The 2008 Formula One season was the 59th FIA Formula One World Championship season. It began on 16 March and ended on 2 November with eighteen Grand Prix races.

Lewis Hamilton won the driver's title by a point – by overtaking Toyota's Timo Glock on the final corner of the final grand prix of the season to claim the required 5th place finish – from Brazilian Felipe Massa while Massa's teammate, the 2007 world champion, Kimi Räikkönen was ranked third, with two wins. Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro won the constructors' title.<ref>2008 FIA Formula One World Championship Classifications Retrieved from www.fia.com on 13 November 2008</ref> In winning the title, Hamilton became the youngest driver ever to win the title and the first black driver to do so. He was also the first British champion since Damon Hill in 1996.<ref>Template:Citation/core{{#if:|}}</ref>

Eleven teams competed in the championship, although Super Aguri withdrew on 6 May from the 2008 Formula One season due to financial troubles, completing four races. New technical rules for 2008 included the banning of traction control after it was re-introduced in 2001. 2008 also introduced two new street circuits. The Valencia Street Circuit and Marina Bay Street Circuit hosted the European GP and the new Singapore GP respectively. The Singapore GP was also the first Formula One event held at night.

This was the last season for the Honda team before they pulled out of F1 later in December due to the global economic crisis. Then, Ross Brawn bought the team and renamed it to Brawn GP in February of 2009 using the Mercedes-Benz engines. This was also the last Formula One season to race with grooved tyres, used since 1998, before slick tyres returned to Formula One in 2009.

It was the first time in the history of Formula One that all teams have used the same two drivers throughout the season and it was the first time that all the race cars were driving without traction control since 1994.

Pre-season testing

The first multi-team test session started in Jerez on 14 January 2008. Ferrari, McLaren and Toyota all tested their 2008 cars. Williams tested a modified version of the FW29 whilst Renault and Red Bull tested their 2007 entries. Honda, Toro Rosso, Super Aguri and Force India also attended. BMW Sauber was not in attendance as they were launching the F1.08.<ref name="2008 Testing 1">{{#if: 2008 testing gets underway in Spain

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On 12 February testing returned to Jerez. Red Bull and Williams were the only teams in action on the first day.<ref name="2008 Testing 5, Day 1">{{#if: Jerez day one – Red Bull lead Williams in Spain

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Testing moved to Barcelona on 19 February. The first day of tests got underway in rain with Williams, Red Bull, Renault and Toyota present. Nico Rosberg topped the time sheets for Williams. BMW were instead testing on their own in Jerez.<ref name="2008 Testing 6">{{#if: Barcelona day one – Rosberg sets wet benchmark

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Teams and Drivers

There were a total of seven teams signed up to compete in the championship through an agreement with Formula One Management, with the other four major manufacturers in the Grand Prix Manufacturers’ Association (GPMA) having signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the 2006 Spanish Grand Prix. All teams in both groups have two spots each on the 2008 grid. The following teams and drivers competed in the 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship:<ref name="2008 Entry List">{{#if: 2008 FIA Formula One Entry List

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All 34 Template:Country flagicon Nico Hülkenberg<ref name="Nicolas Hülkenberg">{{#if: Hülkenberg confirmed as Williams tester for 2008 {{#if: {{#if: [[{{{authorlink}}}|{{#if: , {{{first}}} }} {{{author}}}
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All 35 Template:Country flagicon Sébastien Buemi<ref name="Sébastien Buemi">{{#if: Buemi confirmed as Red Bull test and reserve driver {{#if: {{#if: [[{{{authorlink}}}|{{#if: , {{{first}}} }} {{{author}}}
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All 36 Template:Country flagicon Kamui Kobayashi<ref name="Kamui Kobayashi">{{#if: Kobayashi announced as Toyota third driver {{#if: {{#if: [[{{{authorlink}}}|{{#if: , {{{first}}} }} {{{author}}}
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All 38 Template:Country flagicon Alexander Wurz<ref name="Alexander Wurz">{{#if: Wurz signs to Honda as test and reserve driver {{#if: {{#if: [[{{{authorlink}}}|{{#if: , {{{first}}} }} {{{author}}}
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Super Aguri withdrew on 6 May from the 2008 Formula One season due to financial troubles.

New Entries

On 14 February 2006 the FIA president Max Mosley announced that all teams interested in competing in the 2008 World Championship would have a seven-day window during which they would have to submit an application to compete.<ref>{{#if: Mosley gives GPMA deadline to sign up

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Team Changes

  • Rumours about the possible sale of the Spyker team had been abundant in the paddock throughout the last few months of the 2007 season. Only a year after Spyker bought the team from Midland, Indian businessman Vijay Mallya bought the team for €88 million, several million more than Spyker paid.<ref>{{#if: Mallya and Mol are new Spyker owners
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  • On 28 April 2006, rallying and motorsports technology firm Prodrive were officially granted entry to Formula One when the FIA announced the list of entrants to the 2008 Formula One World Championship. While a total of 21 teams applied for entry, the FIA had always maintained that only 12 teams would be granted entry, meaning only one new team would line up on the grid in 2008. FIA president Max Mosley revealed that Prodrive had found the finances to support their bid. Also, Prodrive's chief executive, David Richards, has experience as a Formula One team principal".<ref>{{#if: And the 12th team for 2008 is...
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  • During the 2008 season on May 6, the Super Aguri team folded and withdrew from Formula One. The team was in dire financial straits at the end of 2007 as the team did not receive a payment on a sponsorship deal.<ref>{{#if: Super Aguri set to cut 30 jobs
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Toro Rosso-Ferrari* STR3 No official launch
Super Aguri-Honda SA08 No official launch

* Team started the season with updated versions of their 2007 car.

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Changed teams

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2008 Race Calendar

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Round Official race title Grand Prix Circuit Date Time
Local UTC
1 ING Australian Grand Prix Australian GP Template:Country flagicon Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit, Melbourne 16 March 15:30 04:30
2 Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix Malaysian GP Template:Country flagicon Sepang International Circuit, Kuala Lumpur 23 March 15:00 07:00
3 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix Bahrain GP Template:Country flagicon Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Manama 6 April 14:30 11:30
4 Gran Premio de España Telefónica Spanish GP Template:Country flagicon Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona 27 April 14:00 12:00
5 Petrol Ofisi Turkish Grand Prix Turkish GP Template:Country flagicon Istanbul Park 11 May 15:00 12:00
6 Grand Prix de Monaco Monaco GP Template:Country flagicon Circuit de Monaco 25 May 14:00 12:00
7 Grand Prix du Canada Canadian GP Template:Country flagicon Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal 8 June 13:00 17:00
8 Grand Prix de France French GP Template:Country flagicon Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Magny-Cours 22 June 14:00 12:00
9 Santander British Grand Prix British GP Template:Country flagicon Silverstone Circuit 6 July 13:00 12:00
10 Großer Preis Santander von Deutschland German GP Template:Country flagicon Hockenheimring 20 July 14:00 12:00
11 ING Magyar Nagydíj Hungarian GP Template:Country flagicon Hungaroring, Budapest 3 August 14:00 12:00
12 Telefónica Grand Prix of Europe<ref>{{#if: Telefónica is European GP Sponsor (Translated from Spanish) {{#if: {{#if: [[{{{authorlink}}}|{{#if: , {{{first}}} }} {{{author}}}
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European GP Template:Country flagicon Valencia Street Circuit 24 August 14:00 12:00
13 ING Belgian Grand Prix Belgian GP Template:Country flagicon Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, Spa 7 September 14:00 12:00
14 Gran Premio Santander d'Italia Italian GP Template:Country flagicon Autodromo Nazionale di Monza 14 September 14:00 12:00
15 SingTel Singapore Grand Prix Singapore GP Template:Country flagicon Marina Bay Street Circuit 28 September 20:00 12:00
16 Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix Japanese GP Template:Country flagicon Fuji Speedway, Oyama 12 October 13:30 04:30
17 Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix Chinese GP Template:Country flagicon Shanghai International Circuit 19 October 15:00 07:00
18 Grande Prêmio do Brasil Brazilian GP Template:Country flagicon Autódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo 2 November 15:00 17:00

† New circuits
‡ Night Race

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  • Gearboxes to last four races, 5 place grid penalty for a gear box change. If a driver did not finish a race, he was allowed to change the gearbox for the next race without receiving a penalty.<ref name="2008rules">{{#if: Understanding F1 2008: New regulations
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  • The use of a spare car was restricted. Each competing team would not be allowed to have more than two cars available for use at any time. In this context, a car was considered as such if it was a partially assembled survival cell, fitted with an engine, any front suspension, bodywork, radiators, oil tanks or heat exchangers.<ref name="2008rules" />
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  • No competing team was allowed to carry out more than 30,000 km (18,641 mi) of testing during the 2008 calendar year.<ref name="2008rules" />

Qualifying

  • The first part of qualifying lengthened to 20 minutes, and final part of qualifying shortened to 10 minutes. Teams taking part in Q3 would no longer be allowed to add fuel back to the car after qualifying to eliminate 'fuel-burn' phase.
  • A minimum lap time for each qualifying session was implemented from Round 3 in Bahrain to stop cars coasting back to the pits at dangerously low speeds as seen in Round 2 in Malaysia. Both Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen were demoted five grid places after the stewards decided that they had impeded Nick Heidfeld and Fernando Alonso. The minimum lap time was different for each race. For example, it was 1:39 in Bahrain.
  • From 8 May 2008, the FIA announced that, following Super Aguri's departure from Formula One, the qualifying procedures changed. Rather than six drivers being eliminated at the end of Q1, only the five lowest-qualified drivers would be eliminated. This increased the likelihood that one of the midfield contenders would drop out, as only the top 15 drivers would go through to Q2. The Q2-Q3 transition remained unchanged.<ref>{{#if: Qualifying adjusted after Aguri exit
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Results and standings

Grands Prix

Rd. Grand Prix Pole position Fastest lap Winning driver Winning constructor Report
1 Template:Country flagicon Australian Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton Template:Country flagicon Heikki Kovalainen Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton Template:Country flagicon McLaren-Mercedes Report
2 Template:Country flagicon Malaysian Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Nick Heidfeld Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Ferrari Report
3 Template:Country flagicon Bahrain Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Robert Kubica Template:Country flagicon Heikki Kovalainen Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Ferrari Report
4 Template:Country flagicon Spanish Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Ferrari Report
5 Template:Country flagicon Turkish Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Ferrari Report
6 Template:Country flagicon Monaco Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton Template:Country flagicon McLaren-Mercedes Report
7 Template:Country flagicon Canadian Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Robert Kubica Template:Country flagicon BMW Sauber Report
8 Template:Country flagicon French Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Ferrari Report
9 Template:Country flagicon British Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Heikki Kovalainen Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton Template:Country flagicon McLaren-Mercedes Report
10 Template:Country flagicon German Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton Template:Country flagicon Nick Heidfeld Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton Template:Country flagicon McLaren-Mercedes Report
11 Template:Country flagicon Hungarian Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Heikki Kovalainen Template:Country flagicon McLaren-Mercedes Report
12 Template:Country flagicon European Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Ferrari Report
13 Template:Country flagicon Belgian Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Ferrari Report
14 Template:Country flagicon Italian Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Sebastian Vettel Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Sebastian Vettel Template:Country flagicon Toro Rosso-Ferrari Report
15 Template:Country flagicon Singapore Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Template:Country flagicon Fernando Alonso Template:Country flagicon Renault Report
16 Template:Country flagicon Japanese Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Fernando Alonso Template:Country flagicon Renault Report
17 Template:Country flagicon Chinese Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton Template:Country flagicon McLaren-Mercedes Report
18 Template:Country flagicon Brazilian Grand Prix Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Template:Country flagicon Ferrari Report

Drivers

Pos Driver AUS
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MAL
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BHR
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ESP
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TUR
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MON
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CAN
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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EUR
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BEL
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ITA
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SIN
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JPN
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CHN
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BRA
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Points
1 Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton 1 5 13 3 2 1 Ret 10 1 1 5 2 3 7 3 12 1 5 98
2 Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Ret Ret 1 2 1 3 5 1 13 3 17 1 1 6 13 7 2 1 97
3 Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen 8 1 2 1 3 9 Ret 2 4 6 3 Ret 18 9 15 3 3 3 75
4 Template:Country flagicon Robert Kubica Ret 2 3 4 4 2 1 5 Ret 7 8 3 6 3 11 2 6 11 75
5 Template:Country flagicon Fernando Alonso 4 8 10 Ret 6 10 Ret 8 6 11 4 Ret 4 4 1 1 4 2 61
6 Template:Country flagicon Nick Heidfeld 2 6 4 9 5 14 2 13 2 4 10 9 2 5 6 9 5 10 60
7 Template:Country flagicon Heikki Kovalainen 5 3 5 Ret 12 8 9 4 5 5 1 4 10 2 10 Ret Ret 7 53
8 Template:Country flagicon Sebastian Vettel Ret Ret Ret Ret 17 5 8 12 Ret 8 Ret 6 5 1 5 6 9 4 35
9 Template:Country flagicon Jarno Trulli Ret 4 6 8 10 13 6 3 7 9 7 5 16 13 Ret 5 Ret 8 31
10 Template:Country flagicon Timo Glock Ret Ret 9 11 13 12 4 11 12 Ret 2 7 9 11 4 Ret 7 6 25
11 Template:Country flagicon Mark Webber Ret 7 7 5 7 4 12 6 10 Ret 9 12 8 8 Ret 8 14 9 21
12 Template:Country flagicon Nelson Piquet, Jr. Ret 11 Ret Ret 15 Ret Ret 7 Ret 2 6 11 Ret 10 Ret 4 8 Ret 19
13 Template:Country flagicon Nico Rosberg 3 14 8 Ret 8 Ret 10 16 9 10 14 8 12 14 2 11 15 12 17
14 Template:Country flagicon Rubens Barrichello DSQ 13 11 Ret 14 6 7 14 3 Ret 16 16 Ret 17 Ret 13 11 15 11
15 Template:Country flagicon Kazuki Nakajima 6 17 14 7 Ret 7 Ret 15 8 14 13 15 14 12 8 15 12 17 9
16 Template:Country flagicon David Coulthard Ret 9 18 12 9 Ret 3 9 Ret 13 11 17 11 16 7 Ret 10 Ret 8
17 Template:Country flagicon Sébastien Bourdais 7 Ret 15 Ret Ret Ret 13 17 11 12 18 10 7 18 12 10 13 14 4
18 Template:Country flagicon Jenson Button Ret 10 Ret 6 11 11 11 Ret Ret 17 12 13 15 15 9 14 16 13 3
19 Template:Country flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella Ret 12 12 10 Ret Ret Ret 18 Ret 16 15 14 17 Ret 14 Ret 17 18 0
20 Template:Country flagicon Adrian Sutil Ret Ret 19 Ret 16 Ret Ret 19 Ret 15 Ret Ret 13 19 Ret Ret Ret 16 0
21 Template:Country flagicon Takuma Sato Ret 16 17 13 WD 0
22 Template:Country flagicon Anthony Davidson Ret 15 16 Ret WD 0
Pos Driver AUS
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MAL
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BHR
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ESP
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TUR
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MON
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CAN
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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EUR
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BEL
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ITA
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SIN
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JPN
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CHN
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BRA
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Points

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† Drivers did not finish the Grand Prix, but were classified as they completed over 90% of the race distance.

Constructors

Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
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MAL
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BHR
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ESP
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TUR
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MON
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CAN
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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EUR
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BEL
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ITA
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SIN
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JPN
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CHN
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BRA
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Pts
1 Template:Country flagicon 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 Template:Country flagicon 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 Template:Country flagicon 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 Template:Country flagicon 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 Template:Country flagicon 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 Template:Country flagicon 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 Template:Country flagicon 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 Template:Country flagicon 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 Template:Country flagicon 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 Template:Country flagicon 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 Template:Country flagicon Super Aguri-Honda 18 Ret 16 17 13 WD 0
19 Ret 15 16 Ret WD
Pos Constructor Car
No.
AUS
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MAL
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BHR
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ESP
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TUR
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MON
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CAN
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FRA
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GBR
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GER
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HUN
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EUR
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BEL
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ITA
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SIN
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JPN
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CHN
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BRA
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Pts

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Statistics

Drivers

Pos Driver Constructor(s) Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.laps Points
1 Template:Country flagicon Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 18 5 10 7 1 98
2 Template:Country flagicon Felipe Massa Ferrari 18 6 10 6 3 97
3 Template:Country flagicon Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 18 2 9 2 10 75
4 Template:Country flagicon Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 18 1 7 1 0 75
5 Template:Country flagicon Fernando Alonso Renault 18 2 3 0 0 61
6 Template:Country flagicon Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 18 0 4 0 2 60
7 Template:Country flagicon Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 18 1 3 1 2 53
8 Template:Country flagicon Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 1 1 1 0 35
9 Template:Country flagicon Jarno Trulli Toyota 18 0 1 0 0 31
10 Template:Country flagicon Timo Glock Toyota 18 0 1 0 0 25
11 Template:Country flagicon Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 18 0 0 0 0 21
12 Template:Country flagicon Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 18 0 1 0 0 19
13 Template:Country flagicon Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 18 0 2 0 0 17
14 Template:Country flagicon Rubens Barrichello Honda 18 0 1 0 0 11
15 Template:Country flagicon Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 18 0 0 0 0 9
16 Template:Country flagicon David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 18 0 1 0 0 8
17 Template:Country flagicon Sébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 18 0 0 0 0 4
18 Template:Country flagicon Jenson Button Honda 18 0 0 0 0 3
19 Template:Country flagicon Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 18 0 0 0 0 0
20 Template:Country flagicon Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 18 0 0 0 0 0
21 Template:Country flagicon Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 4 0 0 0 0 0
22 Template:Country flagicon Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 4 0 0 0 0 0

Constructors

Pos Constructor Chassis Engine Starts Wins Podiums Poles F.laps Points
1 Template:Country flagicon Ferrari F2008 Ferrari 36 8 19 8 13 172
2 Template:Country flagicon McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes 36 6 13 8 3 151
3 Template:Country flagicon BMW Sauber F1.08 BMW 36 1 11 1 2 135
4 Template:Country flagicon Renault R28 Renault 36 2 4 0 0 80
5 Template:Country flagicon Toyota TF108 Toyota 36 0 2 0 0 56
6 Template:Country flagicon Toro Rosso STR2B, STR3 Ferrari 36 1 1 1 0 39
7 Template:Country flagicon Red Bull RB4 Renault 36 0 1 0 0 29
8 Template:Country flagicon Williams FW30 Toyota 36 0 2 0 0 26
9 Template:Country flagicon Honda RA108 Honda 36 0 1 0 0 14
10 Template:Country flagicon Force India VJM-01 Ferrari 36 0 0 0 0 0
11 Template:Country flagicon Super Aguri SA08 Honda 8 0 0 0 0 0

Report

The 2008 Formula 1 season was one of the closest in the history of the sport. Kimi Räikkönen rivaled Lewis Hamilton during the first half of the season, and Felipe Massa challenged Hamilton through the second half. The championship came down to a single overtake of Timo Glock by Lewis Hamilton to surpass Felipe Massa by one point.

TV coverage

All broadcasters of Formula One worldwide take what is known as the world feed for the majority of their race coverage. The host broadcaster which produces the world feed has access to trackside, onboard and pitlane cameras. Timing, position and other graphics are also added to the world feed before it is provided to the broadcasters. For the 2008 season, Formula One Management, owner of the commercial rights to the sport acted as host broadcaster for 16 of the 18 rounds of the championship.<ref>{{#if: From Track to Screen

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  • In the Arab world, practice, qualifications and races were broadcast exclusively by Al Jazeera Sports.
  • In Australia, qualification was aired early in the morning on the race day. The race had recently been shown live on Ten HD. If it started at 10:00pm AEST, it would be shown later on Network Ten, however if at a different time, it would be shown live.
  • In Brazil, all races and qualifications were broadcast by Rede Globo.
  • In Canada, the races were shown on TSN, although in Quebec, it also aired on RDS.
  • In France, both qualifications and races were broadcast by TF1.
  • In Greece ALPHA TV broadcast the Grands Prix live.
  • In India, all races were broadcast by ESPNStar alliance, primarily on Star Sports.
  • In Japan, Fuji TV broadcast all the races and qualifications, digests in terrestrial channel and live in satellite channel (Fuji CS721) via SKY PerfecTV. In parallel with the two channels, the company started broadcasting high-definition live program in HD satellite channel (Fuji CSHD) after the 2008 Bahrain Grand Prix.
  • In Malaysia, the race is broadcast live on Pay-TV Astro's ESPNStar Star-Sport's channel. Free TV channel RTM's shows the race delayed, and takes the ITV commentary feed.
  • In Mexico, all races were broadcast live on Fox Sports, and by Televisa's XHTV Canal 4 a few hours later using a tape delay broadcast.
  • In Singapore, Star Sports and ESPN broadcast qualification sessions on Saturday, and the race itself on Sunday.
  • In Sweden, the qualification was broadcast in both TV 6 and Viasat Motor simultaneously, although Viasat Motor did not have commercials.
  • In the United Kingdom, ITV provided the coverage for the last time before the BBC took over in 2009.
  • In the United States, all races were broadcast live on the Speed cable channel except for four races broadcast by the terrestrial Fox: the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, 2008 French Grand Prix, 2008 British Grand Prix and the 2008 German Grand Prix. However, only the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix was televised live, and others were tape delayed.
  • In Venezuela, all races were broadcast live on Televen, and by Meridiano Televisión a few hours later using a tape delay broadcast.

Race-fixing controversy

In a scandal that became known as "Crashgate" in the media, during the 2009 season around the time of the Belgium Grand Prix, allegations by former Renault driver Nelson Piquet Jr. about his crash in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix led to charges of race-fixing against Renault and the departure of team boss Flavio Briatore and engineering director Pat Symonds.

See Also

Formula One World Championship seasons

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