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British Grand Prix 2008

The 2008 British Grand Prix (officially the 2008 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 6 July 2008 at the Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, England. It was the ninth race of the 2008 Formula One World Championship. The race was held over 60 laps with a practice and qualifying round preceding the race.

Heikki Kovalainen started from pole position alongside Mark Webber in second and Kimi Räikkönen in third on the grid. On the first corner, Lewis Hamilton rose from fourth on the grid to second overtaking Webber and Räikkönen. Hamilton shadowed Kovalainen for the early stages of the race, until he took the lead on lap five. The race was won by Hamilton, racing for McLaren Mercedes ahead of Nick Heidfeld for BMW Sauber in second and Rubens Barrichello third in a Honda. Räikkönen made the fastest lap of the race on lap 18. Hamilton’s drive was acclaimed as one of Formula One’s finest by journalist David Tremayne.

Of the 20 drivers competing, 13 finished the race, with eight receiving world championship points. Hamilton’s win tied him for the lead of the Drivers’ Championship, alongside Felipe Massa and Räikkönen. In the Constructors Championship, Ferrari’s lead was reduced to 14 points over BMW Sauber, with McLaren a further 10 behind.

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2008 British Grand Prix
Race 9 of 18 in the 2008 Formula One World Championship
Race details
Date6 July 2008
Official name2008 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix
LocationSilverstone Circuit
CoursePermanent racing facility
Course length5.141 km (3.194 mi)
Distance60 laps, 308.355 km (191.604 mi)
WeatherRain, later drying
Pole position
Driver
  • Heikki Kovalainen
McLaren-Mercedes
Time1:21.049
Fastest lap
Driver Kimi RäikkönenFerrari
Time1:32.150 on lap 18
Podium
First
  • Lewis Hamilton
McLaren-Mercedes
Second
  • Nick Heidfeld
BMW Sauber
Third
  • Rubens Barrichello
Honda
Lap leaders

Practice and qualifying

Qualifying classification

PosNoDriverConstructorPart 1Part 2Part 3Grid
123 Heikki KovalainenMcLaren-Mercedes1:19.9571:19.5971:21.0491
210 Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault1:20.9821:19.7101:21.5542
31 Kimi RäikkönenFerrari1:20.3701:19.9711:21.7063
422 Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes1:20.2881:19.5371:21.8354
53 Nick HeidfeldBMW Sauber1:21.0221:19.8021:21.8735
65 Fernando AlonsoRenault1:20.9981:19.9921:22.0296
76 Nelson Piquet Jr.Renault1:20.8181:20.1151:22.4917
815 Sebastian VettelToro Rosso-Ferrari1:20.3181:20.1091:23.2518
92 Felipe MassaFerrari1:20.6761:20.0861:23.3059
104 Robert KubicaBMW Sauber1:20.4441:19.788no time10
119 David CoulthardRed Bull-Renault1:21.2241:20.17411
1212 Timo GlockToyota1:20.8931:20.27412
1314 Sébastien BourdaisToro Rosso-Ferrari1:20.5841:20.53113
1411 Jarno TrulliToyota1:21.1451:20.60114
158 Kazuki NakajimaWilliams-Toyota1:21.4071:21.11215
1617 Rubens BarrichelloHonda1:21.51216
1716 Jenson ButtonHonda1:21.63117
187 Nico RosbergWilliams-Toyota1:21.668PL
1920 Adrian SutilForce India-Ferrari1:21.78618
2021 Giancarlo FisichellaForce India-Ferrari1:21.88519
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Race

Race classification

PosNoDriverConstructorLapsTime/RetiredGridPoints
122 Lewis HamiltonMcLaren-Mercedes601:39:09.440410
23 Nick HeidfeldBMW Sauber60+1:08.57758
317 Rubens BarrichelloHonda60+1:22.273166
41 Kimi RäikkönenFerrari59+1 Lap35
523 Heikki KovalainenMcLaren-Mercedes59+1 Lap14
65 Fernando AlonsoRenault59+1 Lap63
711 Jarno TrulliToyota59+1 Lap142
88 Kazuki NakajimaWilliams-Toyota59+1 Lap151
97 Nico RosbergWilliams-Toyota59+1 LapPL
1010 Mark WebberRed Bull-Renault59+1 Lap2
1114 Sébastien BourdaisToro Rosso-Ferrari59+1 Lap13
1212 Timo GlockToyota59+1 Lap12
132 Felipe MassaFerrari58+2 Laps9
Ret4 Robert KubicaBMW Sauber39Spun off10
Ret16 Jenson ButtonHonda38Spun off17
Ret6 Nelson Piquet Jr.Renault35Spun off7
Ret21 Giancarlo FisichellaForce India-Ferrari26Spun off19
Ret20 Adrian SutilForce India-Ferrari10Spun off18
Ret15 Sebastian VettelToro Rosso-Ferrari0Collision8
Ret9 David CoulthardRed Bull-Renault0Collision11
Source:
Drivers’ Championship standings
Pos.DriverPoints
31 Lewis Hamilton48
12 Felipe Massa48
3 Kimi Räikkönen48
24 Robert Kubica46
5 Nick Heidfeld36
Source:
Constructors’ Championship standings
Pos.ConstructorPoints
1 Ferrari96
2 BMW Sauber82
3 McLaren-Mercedes72
14 Toyota25
15 Red Bull-Renault24
Source:

Pos.DriverPoints
31 Lewis Hamilton48
12 Felipe Massa48
3 Kimi Räikkönen48
24 Robert Kubica46
5 Nick Heidfeld36
Source:
Pos.ConstructorPoints
1 Ferrari96
2 BMW Sauber82
3 McLaren-Mercedes72
14 Toyota25
15 Red Bull-Renault24
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