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22px-Flag of Malaysia.svg  2008 Malaysian Grand Prix
Race details
Race 2 of 18 in the 2008 Formula One season
Sepang.svg
Date March 23, 2008
Official name X Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix
Location Sepang International Circuit
Sepang, Selangor, Malaysia
Course Permanent racing facility
5.543 km (3.376 mi)</td></tr>
Distance 56 laps, 310.408 km (189.056 mi)</td></tr>
Weather Sunny, partly cloudy
Pole position
Driver 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari
Time 1:35.748
Fastest lap
Driver Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber
Time 1:35.366 on lap 55
Podium
First 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari
Second 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber
Third 22px-Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes

The 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix (formally the X Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on March 23, 2008 at the Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Malaysia. It was the 2nd race of the 2008 Formula One season. The race, contested over 56 laps, was won by Kimi Räikkönen for the Ferrari team after starting from second position. Robert Kubica finished second in a BMW Sauber car, with Heikki Kovalainen third in a McLaren.

It was an all-Ferrari front row, as Felipe Massa started from pole position, with Räikkönen alongside. The McLarens of Kovalainen and Lewis Hamilton had been expected to line up behind the Ferraris on the second row, but both drivers were given five-place grid penalties post-qualifying for holding up Nick Heidfeld and Fernando Alonso respectively, dropping them to eighth and ninth on the grid. Massa cut across his Ferrari team-mate at the start, to stop him overtaking on the run to turn one. The top four of Massa, Räikkönen, Kubica and Mark Webber held station until the first round of pit stops. Räikkönen took the lead after these stops and after Massa retired following a spin into the gravel, the Finn cruised to a victory of nearly twenty seconds. Championship leader Hamilton could only finish in fifth position, after a tardy first stop on lap 19, with his McLaren team encountering a problem on his front right tyre and lost ground while trying to pass Webber.

Despite his fifth position, Hamilton kept the Drivers' Championship lead with 14 points, closely followed by Räikkönen and Heidfeld on 11. In the Constructors' Championship, McLaren also kept their lead, with their five-point lead from Australia staying intact. BMW Sauber moved into second place on 19, with Ferrari in third on 11.

ReportEdit

BackgroundEdit

The Grand Prix was contested by 22 drivers, in 11 teams of two.[1] The teams, also known as "constructors", were Ferrari, McLaren-Mercedes, Renault, Honda, Force India, BMW Sauber, Toyota, Red Bull Racing, Williams, Toro Rosso and Super Aguri.[1]

Prior to the race, McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton led the Drivers' Championship with 10 points, and BMW Sauber driver Nick Heidfeld was second with 8 points. Behind them in the Drivers' Championship, Nico Rosberg was third with 6 points in a Williams, and Fernando Alonso was fourth with 5 points in a Renault. Hamilton's team-mate Heikki Kovalainen was fifth with 4 points.[2] In the Constructors' Championship, McLaren–Mercedes were leading with 14 points, five points ahead of Williams, and BMW Sauber were third with 8 points.[2]

Practice and qualifyingEdit

Template:Quote box Three practice sessions were held before the race; the first was held on Friday morning and the second on Friday afternoon. Both sessions lasted 1 hour and 30 minutes with weather conditions dry throughout. The third session was held on Saturday morning and lasted an hour.[3]

David Coulthard 2008 Malaysia

David Coulthard's Red Bull RB4 suffered a worrying suspension breakage during practice; the team were allowed to compete after proving to the FIA that the cars were safe.

In the first session, Massa was fastest on a lap of 1:35.392, which was over a second faster than any of his rivals. Räikkönen ended up second, despite running out of fuel during the session, and Kovalainen ended up third, just under a tenth of a second slower than his fellow Finn.[4] Also during the session, the Red Bull Racing machine of David Coulthard suffered a track rod failure on the curb of turn 12, and forced the team to show the FIA clarification that their car design was safe for the Grand Prix, under Article 2.3 of the 2008 Formula One Technical Regulations.[5] Coulthard sat out the second practice session, which saw Hamilton top the timesheets with a lap of 1:35.055, beating Massa by 0.151 seconds, with Räikkönen a further two tenths back in third.[6] In preparation for the qualifying session, many teams put their cars on soft tyres for the third practice session. The soft tyre gives better performance than the harder type of tyre but is less durable than the harder compound.[7] Just like in Australia, the BMW of Heidfeld was fastest, setting a lap of 1:35.019, edging out the Ferraris of Räikkönen and Massa with Jarno Trulli's Toyota fourth, ending up just one-thousandth of a second behind Massa's time.[8]

Felipe Massa 2008 Malaysia 2

Felipe Massa, who took pole position in his Ferrari F2008.

Template:Quote box In qualifying, Massa earned his tenth career pole position, after recording a lap of 1:35.748 during the third and final session. He was joined on the front row by team-mate Räikkönen, although the Finn's fastest time was more than half a second slower than that of Massa.[9] Third and fourth had originally gone to the McLarens of Kovalainen and Hamilton, however post-qualifying, both drivers were demoted five places on the grid for dangerous driving; having completed their flying laps, the McLaren pair and other drivers slowed to conserve fuel on their in-laps, and impeded Nick Heidfeld of BMW Sauber and Fernando Alonso of Renault whilst they were both on flying laps.[10] This led to a new rule being introduced for Bahrain giving drivers a set time to complete in-laps in.[11] McLaren's misfortune was to the gain of the Toyota of Trulli, both victims of the impeding (Heidfeld and Alonso), Heidfeld's team-mate Kubica and Webber's Red Bull machine. Timo Glock rounded out the top ten in his Toyota.[9]

RaceEdit

Kimi Raikkonen 2008 Malaysia 2

Kimi Räikkönen won the race by nearly twenty seconds, ahead of Robert Kubica.

At the start Massa came across the track to prevent Räikkönen from overtaking him. Further back, Hamilton was able to move up to fifth and Webber up to fourth. Also on the first lap, Sébastien Bourdais spun out of the race, causing a chain reaction between the Williams of Nico Rosberg and Glock's Toyota, destroying the front wing of his Williams FW30 in the process. On lap four, Alonso and Heidfeld overtook the Red Bull of David 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.

Kimi Raikkonen 2008 Malaysia 3

Kimi Räikkönen took his and Ferrari's first win of the year.

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 twenty seconds, and in the process he lost around twelve seconds[12] to the Ferraris, meaning he came out behind Webber in 11th.

Robert Kubica 2008 Malaysia 2

Robert Kubica finished second for BMW Sauber.

Räikkönen took the lead for the first time when Kubica pitted on lap 21. He would open up a lead of almost 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 two seconds of Trulli with two laps to go but was unable to pass him before the end of the race. Räikkönen won the race by nearly twenty seconds from Kubica who had his best ever finish in second; Kovalainen came third.[13] Nick Heidfeld and BMW Sauber earned their first fastest lap,[14] giving Heidfeld a record in "most races before first fastest lap" with 134, surpassing the former record of 114 held by Thierry Boutsen.

ClassificationEdit

QualifyingEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Grid
1 2 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.347 1:34.412 1:35.748 1
2 1 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:35.645 1:34.188 1:36.230 2
3 23 22px-Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.227 1:34.759 1:36.613 81
4 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:35.392 1:34.627 1:36.709 91
5 11 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:35.205 1:34.960 1:36.711 3
6 4 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:35.794 1:34.811 1:36.727 4
7 3 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:35.729 1:34.648 1:36.753 5
8 10 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1:35.440 1:34.967 1:37.009 6
9 5 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 1:35.983 1:35.140 1:38.450 7
10 12 Flag of Germany Timo Glock Toyota 1:35.891 1:35.000 1:39.656 10
11 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 1:35.847 1:35.208 11
12 9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 1:36.058 1:35.408 12
13 6 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1:36.074 1:35.562 13
14 17 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Honda 1:36.198 1:35.622 14
15 15 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:36.111 1:35.648 15
16 7 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 1:35.843 1:35.670 16
17 21 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 1:36.240 17
18 8 Flag-of-japansmall Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 1:36.388 222
19 14 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1:36.677 18
20 18 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 1:37.087 19
21 20 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 1:37.101 20
22 19 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 1:37.481 21
Source:[14]
  1. - Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen were each put back five places on the grid for impeding Nick Heidfeld and Fernando Alonso, respectively, during Q3.[10]
  2. - Kazuki Nakajima incurred a ten-place grid penalty for colliding with Robert Kubica in the Australian Grand Prix.[15]

RaceEdit

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 1 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 56 1:31:18.555 2 10
2 4 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 56 +19.570 4 8
3 23 22px-Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes 56 +38.450 8 6
4 11 22px-Flag of Italy Jarno Trulli Toyota 56 +45.832 3 5
5 22 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 56 +46.548 9 4
6 3 Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 56 +49.833 5 3
7 10 25px-AustraliaFLAG Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 56 +1:08.130 6 2
8 5 22px-Flag of Spain Fernando Alonso Renault 56 +1:10.041 7 1
9 9 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom David Coulthard Red Bull-Renault 56 +1:16.220 12
10 16 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Jenson Button Honda 56 +1:26.214 11
11 6 25px-Brazilflag Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 56 +1:32.202 13
12 21 22px-Flag of Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Force India-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 17
13 17 25px-Brazilflag Rubens Barrichello Honda 55 +1 Lap 14
14 7 Flag of Germany Nico Rosberg Williams-Toyota 55 +1 Lap 16
15 19 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Anthony Davidson Super Aguri-Honda 55 +1 Lap 21
16 18 Flag-of-japansmall Takuma Sato Super Aguri-Honda 54 +2 Laps 19
17 8 Flag-of-japansmall Kazuki Nakajima Williams-Toyota 54 +2 Laps 22
Ret 15 Flag of Germany Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari 39 Hydraulics 15
Ret 2 25px-Brazilflag Felipe Massa Ferrari 30 Spun off 1
Ret 20 Flag of Germany Adrian Sutil Force India-Ferrari 5 Hydraulics 20
Ret 12 Flag of Germany Timo Glock Toyota 1 Collision 10
Ret 14 22px-Flag of France Sébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari 0 Spun off 18
Source:[14]

Standings after the race Edit

Drivers' Championship standings[14]
Pos Driver Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 14
2= 22px-Flag of Finland Kimi Räikkönen 11
2= Flag of Germany Nick Heidfeld 11
4 22px-Flag of Finland Heikki Kovalainen 10
5 22px-Flag of Poland Robert Kubica 8
Constructors' Championship standings[14]
Pos Constructor Points
1 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom McLaren-Mercedes 24
2 Flag of Germany BMW Sauber 19
3 22px-Flag of Italy Ferrari 11
4 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Williams-Toyota 9
5 22px-Flag of France Renault 6
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

ReferencesEdit

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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Championship Classification". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 2008-11-17. Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. http://web.archive.org/web/20080822014119/http://www.fia.com/en-GB/sport/championships/f1/Pages/ChampionshipClassification.aspx. Retrieved 2008-11-17. 
  3. (PDF) 2008 Formula One Sporting Regulations. FIA. 2008-05-19. http://argent.fia.com/web/fia-public.nsf/475632E46002BEDAC125744F004312F4/$FILE/F1.SPORTING.REGULATIONS.19-05-2008.pdf. Retrieved 2008-11-13. 
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  9. 9.0 9.1 Beer, Matt (2008-03-22). "Massa leads all-Ferrari front row at Sepang". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Archived from the original on 2010-02-01. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/65985. Retrieved 2009-03-16. 
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