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Brazilian Grand Prix: A Worthy 2008 F1 Finale – Complete Race and Season Results

Posted in BMW, Expensive Cars, Fast Cars, Ferrari, Mechanics, Mercedes Benz, Newsworthy, Pro Athlete Cars, Racing by Vito Rispo | November 5th, 2008 | Leave a Reply |

Filipe Massa did everything he could at his home track, but it just wasn’t enough to keep Lewis Hamilton from winning the overall title and becoming the youngest F1 drivers champion in history. For Massa to take the title, he would have not only had to finish 1st, but Hamilton would have had to finish in 6th place or worse. There were more than a few Brazilians hoping for a Hamilton crash. But it didn’t happen that way.

The entire season came down to the final lap of the final race, which was a great end to a great season. Massa led for nearly the whole race, and eventually converted his pole position into a win. The nail biting came from Hamilton’s position. He was in 6th place as Massa passed the finish line, but moved up past Timo Glock in the Toyota to finish in 5th, assuring him the championship by a single point. Glock’s inability to hold off Hamilton also assured that millions of Brazilians will now hate him along with his team, Toyota.

Former champion, Kimi Räikkönen, raced well, and positioned himself in solid third place, which helped his team, Ferrari, clinch the Constructors championship. Look for him to try to redeem himself next year, I think he will.

Big suprise of the season: Both Toro Rosso and Sebastian Vettel. Vettel ran in the lesser Red Bull car, and he performed the best out of all the minor drivers, I mean, he finished in fourth place in Brazil with the top guys scrambling for a win. He’s a competitor with tremendous talent, and I’ve said it before, Vettel is the kid to watch. I have little doubt that he’ll have at least one title under his belt one day. As for Toro Rosso, I honestly think they’ll eventually be a top constructor as well.

All Results

Race Results

1 MASSA Ferrari 1h34m11.435s
2 ALONSO Renault + 13.2s
3 RÄIKKÖNEN Ferrari + 16.2s
4 VETTEL STR-Ferrari + 38.0s
5 HAMILTON McLaren-Mercedes + 38.9s
6 GLOCK Toyota + 44.3s
7 KOVALAINEN McLaren-Mercedes + 55.0s
8 TRULLI Toyota + 68.4s
9 WEBBER Red Bull-Renault + 79.6s
10 HEIDFELD BMW Sauber + 1 lap
11 KUBICA BMW Sauber + 1 lap
12 ROSBERG Williams-Toyota + 1 lap
13 BUTTON Honda + 1 lap
14 BOURDAIS STR-Ferrari + 1 lap
15 BARRICHELLO Honda + 1 lap
16 SUTIL Force India-Ferrari + 2 laps
17 NAKAJIMA Williams-Toyota + 2 laps
18 FISICHELLA Force India-Ferrari + 2 laps
19 PIQUET Renault + 71 laps, accident
20 COULTHARD Red Bull-Renault + 71 laps, accident
MASSA Ferrari 1m13.736s

Driver’s Championship Standings

1 HAMILTON McLaren-Mercedes 98 Points
2 MASSA Ferrari 97 Points
3 RÄIKKÖNEN Ferrari 75 Points
4 KUBICA BMW Sauber 75 Points
5 ALONSO Renault 61 Points
6 HEIDFELD BMW Sauber 60 Points
7 KOVALAINEN McLaren-Mercedes 53 Points
8 VETTEL STR-Ferrari 35 Points
9 TRULLI Toyota 31 Points
10 GLOCK Toyota 25 Points
11 WEBBER Red Bull-Renault 21 Points
12 PIQUET Renault 19 Points
13 ROSBERG Williams-Toyota 17 Points
14 BARRICHELLO Honda 11 Points
15 NAKAJIMA Williams-Toyota 9 Points
16 COULTHARD Red Bull-Renault 8 Points
17 BOURDAIS STR-Ferrari 4 Points
18 BUTTON Honda 3 Points

Constructor’s Championship Standings

1 FERRARI 172 Points
3 BMW-SAUBER 135 Points
4 RENAULT 80 Points
5 TOYOTA 56 Points
6 STR-FERRARI 39 Points
9 HONDA 14 Points

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