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25px-Canadaflag  2008 Canadian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 7 of 18 in the 2008 Formula One season
Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.svg
Date June 8, 2008
Official name XLV Grand Prix du Canada
Location Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
Course Street circuit
4.361 km (2.71 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 70 laps, 305.27 km (189.7 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Sunny; Air 26-28°C, Track 34-42°C
Pole position
Driver 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
Time 1:17.886
Fastest lap
Driver 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Scuderia Ferrari
Time 1:17.387 on lap 14
Podium
First 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber
Second Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber
Third 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault

The 2008 Canadian Grand Prix (formally the XLV Grand Prix du Canada) was a Formula One motor race held on June 8, 2008 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal. It was the 7th race of the 2008 Formula One season. The race, contested over 70 laps, was won by Robert Kubica for the BMW Sauber team after starting from second position. Nick Heidfeld finished second in the other BMW Sauber, with David Coulthard third in a Red Bull. Lewis Hamilton, who started from pole position, failed to finish the race, retiring on lap 19 after crashing into the back of Kimi Räikkönen's Ferrari in the pit lane.[1] It turned out to be BMW Sauber's only win and 1-2 finish, as they pulled out of F1 at the end of the 2009 season.


ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

Ahead of the race, the organizers unveiled a new paddock and media center facilities at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.[2] Also the site where Robert Kubica crashed in last year's race was modified. The wall on which Kubica crashed was moved closer to the track to decrease angle of impact. Additionally, debris fencing was put on the wall to prevent any hazard to cars on the other side of the wall.[3]

PracticeEdit

Felipe Massa 2008 Canada

Felipe Massa set the fastest lap time in the first free practice session on Friday.

The Friday practice session started in wet conditions which resulted in most of the drivers venturing out in the latter half of the hour, some of them, such as Lewis Hamilton, emerging only during final minutes of the session. Ferrari's Felipe Massa recorded the fastest lap in this session, followed by Robert Kubica and Heikki Kovalainen.[4] In the second session of the day, Lewis Hamilton aced while Kubica continued to record good timings at number two. Kimi Räikkönen recorded third fastest lap time compared to his fifth fastest in the earlier session. Timo Glock suffered a minor accident after he hit the wall on turn four.[5] Nico Rosberg, however, sprung a surprise by topping the Saturday session ahead of Räikkönen and Hamilton. The session was red flagged 45 minutes in when Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel hit the wall after losing control at turn nine, resulting in a number of drivers being unable to complete their flying laps. Further, Vettel's teammate Sébastien Bourdais suffered a crash at turn five.[6]

QualifyingEdit

Lewis rounds turn 2 Canada 2008

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for McLaren.

First sessionEdit

Lewis Hamilton recorded the fastest time for the session, ahead of Felipe Massa and Heikki Kovalainen. Sebastian Vettel's poor season continued after he could not compete the qualifying following his crash in third practice session. Others eliminated in this session were Sébastien Bourdais, Adrian Sutil, Giancarlo Fisichella and Jenson Button. Bourdais received a five place grid penalty due to a gearbox change following the earlier practice session. Button too suffered a gearbox problem during his first lap run and clocked the slowest time for the session.

Second sessionEdit

Track cleaning 2008 Canada

Resurfaced sections of the track began to break up in practice and qualifying and had to be repaired on numerous occasions.

Qualifying conditions were hampered by a disintegrating track, which caused most drivers to record slower times than in Q1. Track officials were seen clearing the track of debris in between sessions.[7] Toyota's Jarno Trulli suffered significantly from these conditions, his car spinning twice during the second session. Trulli, along with Timo Glock, Kazuki Nakajima, David Coulthard and Nelson Piquet Jr., was unable to progress to the next session.

Hamilton once again topped this session, with Massa and Räikkönen coming second and third respectively.

Third sessionEdit

Hamilton recorded quick times during early laps of the session, which were only surpassed by Robert Kubica towards the end of the session. But Hamilton on his final flying lap overcame Kubica's time claiming his second pole position at Montreal. Räikkönen came in third with teammate Massa pushed down to sixth position. Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg exhibited remarkable performances, taking positions four and five respectively.

Mark Webber, who also became a victim of the breaking track surface, could not compete in Q3 after damaging his car at the end of second session.

Pre-raceEdit

There was severe criticism from drivers about track conditions.[8][9] The track was said to be breaking up on turn two, the exit of turn seven and also the apex and exit of turn 10.[10] The authorities applied chemicals on turn 2 and carried out further resurfacing of track on turn 11 – the hairpin – following Saturday's qualifying session.[11]

In the live interviews prior to the start Martin Brundle asked Bernie Ecclestone, "There are some pikeys there at turn 10 putting tarmac down – what do you think of that?". His use of the word "pikey" was later criticised by an Equality and Human Rights Commission spokesman.[12] Ofcom, after receiving seven complaints, ordered an assessment for any breach of broadcasting code, based on which the need of formal investigation was to be decided. ITV later apologised, and admitted that they had explained the situation of the word with Brundle and as a result, no further action was taken.[13]

RaceEdit

StartEdit

2008 Canadian GP lap 1 turn 2

Lewis Hamilton leads Robert Kubica, Kimi Räikkönen and the rest of the field at the start of the race.

After overnight track work to fix problems with the track at turn 10,[14] the race started with Hamilton holding his lead and all the cars making it through the first corner. Hamilton built up a lead of over 5 seconds over Robert Kubica before Adrian Sutil had a gearbox failure[15] on the 16th lap and parked his car after turn 3.[16] Sutil's car was off the track but after it caught fire the safety car was brought out, and there was a rush of drivers into the pits as all of the six lead drivers went in for their pit stops. Hamilton led Räikkönen and Kubica into the pitlane but Räikkönen took the lead as they left their garages, with Kubica alongside him and Hamilton behind.

Pit lane incidentEdit

Pitlane collision 2008 Canada

In the aftermath of the collision, Kimi Räikkönen and Hamilton retired from the race, whilst Nico Rosberg continued with a broken front wing.

Template:Quote box Räikkönen came to a stop at the end of the pit lane as the exit was closed, with the red indicator light on. Räikkönen was alongside Kubica at the end of the pit lane when Hamilton sped towards them not noticing the red light at first.[17] Hamilton slid into the back of Räikkönen's car, with Nico Rosberg further hitting the back of Hamilton. Both Hamilton and Räikkönen retired from the race, each leaving their vehicles at the exit of the pitlane. Both Hamilton and Rosberg were penalised a 10 place grid penalty at the next Grand Prix in France.[18] Rosberg continued the race, but stopped again for a new wing. Meanwhile, Massa had to make a second stop in the following lap, since his car wasn't refuelled during his first stop due to technical problems.[19]

There were seven different race leaders over the next section of the race until most of the drivers each took pit stops leaving Heidfeld in the lead. Kubica was in a much lighter and faster car and overtook Heidfeld after only his first lap out of the pits.

RetirementsEdit

Kubica + Heidfeld + Alonso 2008 Canada

Kubica passing team-mate Nick Heidfeld for the net lead of the race after both had made their first pitstops.

The remainder of the race had fewer incidents, despite the surface of the circuit severely degrading over the course of the race. Nelson Piquet Jr. suffered another retirement, his fifth of the year from seven races, on the 39th lap because of abnormal brake wear.[20] Piquet had also spun off the circuit earlier in the race while running in a points-paying position due to brake failure, but fell to the back of the field before he reversed his car to get back onto the track. Piquet's team-mate at Renault F1 and former world champion Fernando Alonso was running in a strong third place and was pushing Nick Heidfeld for second place before spinning off and damaging his front wing and suspension. Kazuki Nakajima broke his front wing after hitting the back of Jenson Button in turn ten on the 46th lap, and was forced to retire when the front wing detached itself completely and was stuck under the chassis as he was about to enter pitlane. This was Lewis Hamilton's only retirement in the championship.[21] Giancarlo Fisichella was running last after his car engine stalled during his first pit stop,[15] and later he spun and hit the wall after the chicane at turn nine.

Closing stagesEdit

Felipe Massa fought back towards the end of the race, after finding himself last since making three pit stops in total due to earlier incidents. Massa overtook both Barrichello and Kovalainen at the same time through the hairpin at turn ten as his rivals struggled for grip. With a few laps to spare the Brazilian overtook Jarno Trulli when the Italian got caught up behind Timo Glock, who was recovering from running wide at turn two.

Robert Kubica 2008 Canada 2

The race was won by Robert Kubica, who took his and BMW Sauber's first F1 victory.

Barrichello + Vettel + Kovalainen Canada 2008

A late-race scrap between Rubens Barrichello, Sebastian Vettel and Heikki Kovalainen provided on-track entertainment.

Kubica had built up a substantial lead over the course of the race and was never threatened while he raced towards the finish. Heidfeld held onto second place leading to the first one-two finish for the BMW Sauber team. David Coulthard finished third to score his first points of the season and his first podium finish since the 2006 Monaco Grand Prix, but had to run to the podium after his car ran out of fuel 50 meters from where the podium finishers park. Toyota drivers finished fourth and sixth, with Massa between them in fifth. Barrichello kept the seventh position and Vettel defended eighth place from Kovalainen. Thus, no McLaren driver finished in the points for the first time since the 2006 United States Grand Prix, and neither Ferrari nor McLaren took a podium finish for the first time since the 2006 Malaysian Grand Prix.

The win for BMW Sauber marked the first time a German constructor had won a Formula One Grand Prix since the 1962 French Grand Prix, as well as the first and only win for BMW engines since the 2004 Brazilian Grand Prix which Juan Pablo Montoya won for Williams.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Sebastian Vettel 2008 Canada

Sebastian Vettel could not take part in qualifying

Pos No Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:16.909 1:17.034 1:17.886 1
2 4 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:17.471 1:17.679 1:18.498 2
3 1 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:17.301 1:17.364 1:18.735 3
4 5 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:17.415 1:17.488 1:18.746 4
5 7 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:17.991 1:17.891 1:18.844 5
6 2 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:17.231 1:17.353 1:19.048 6
7 23 22px-Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:17.287 1:17.684 1:19.089 7
8 3 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:18.082 1:17.781 1:19.633 8
9 17 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:18.256 1:18.020 1:20.848 9
10 10 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:17.582 1:17.523 no time 1 10
11 12 Flag of Germany Timo Glock Toyota 1:18.321 1:18.031 11
12 8 Flag-of-japansmall Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:17.638 1:18.062 12
13 9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:18.168 1:18.238 13
14 11 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:18.039 1:18.327 14
15 6 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1:18.505 1:18.393 15
16 14 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:18.916 18 2
17 20 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 1:19.108 16
18 21 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 1:19.165 17
19 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:23.565 20 3
20 15 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari no time 4 19 3
  1. - Mark Webber spun into the wall and damaged his right front suspension during the second part of qualifying, thus he was unable to compete in the third part.[22]
  2. - Sébastien Bourdais incurred a five place grid penalty for a gearbox change.[23]
  3. - Started from the pitlane.[24]
  4. - Sebastian Vettel was unable to take part in qualifying due to damaging his car during third practice.[23]

RaceEdit

Heidfeld Canada 2008

Nick Heidfeld finished second to make it a BMW Sauber one-two.

David Coulthard 2008 Canada

David Coulthard took the final podium position for Red Bull Racing, his last podium in Formula One.

Track wear 2008 Canada

The track surface was significantly worn by the end of the Grand Prix.

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 4 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 70 1:36:24.227 2 10
2 3 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 70 +16.495 8 8
3 9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 70 +23.352 13 6
4 12 Flag of Germany Timo Glock Toyota 70 +42.627 11 5
5 2 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari 70 +43.934 6 4
6 11 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 70 +47.775 14 3
7 17 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Honda 70 +53.597 9 2
8 15 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 70 +54.120 19 1
9 23 22px-Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 70 +54.433 7
10 7 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 70 +54.749 5
11 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 70 +1:07.540 20
12 10 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 70 +1:11.299 10
13 14 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 69 +1 Lap 18
Ret 21 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 51 Spun off 17
Ret 8 Flag-of-japansmall Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 46 Accident 12
Ret 5 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 44 Spun off 4
Ret 6 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 43 Brakes 15
Ret 1 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 19 Collision 3
Ret 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 19 Collision 1
Ret 20 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 13 Gearbox 16

Standings after the race Edit

Drivers' Championship standings[25]
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica 42
2 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa 38
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 38
4 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 35
5 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld 28
Constructors' Championship standings[25]
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 73
2 Flag of Germany BMW Sauber 70
3 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 53
4 22px-Flag of Austria Red Bull-Renault 21
5 Flag-of-japansmall Toyota 17
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

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