Formula 1 2008 Japanese Grand Prix

data

2008-10-12
16
Fuji Speedway
Fernando Alonso ALO
Lewis Hamilton HAM
Felipe Massa
lap 55 - 1:18.426
MAS

The 2008 Japanese Grand Prix was won by Fernando Alonso of Renault.
Despite being on pole position in Japan, Lewis Hamilton could not convert this into a win.

The race in Japan was round 16 of 18 of the 2008 season.

weather conditions

Weather conditions at 12 October 2008 04:30 GMT (raceday).

Mostly Cloudy
rain
61.27°F
41%
3.31 mph
81°
 

results

# driver constructor laps time points
1 67 1:30:21.892 10
2 67 +5.283 8
3 67 +6.400 6
4 67 +20.570 5
5 67 +23.767 4
6 67 +39.207 3
7 67 +46.158 2
8 67 +50.811 1
9 67 +54.120 0
10 67 +59.085 0
11 67 +1:02.096 0
12 67 +1:18.900 0
13 66 +1 Lap 0
14 66 +1 Lap 0
15 66 +1 Lap 0
21 Gearbox 0
16 Engine 0
8 Tyre 0
6 Driver Seat 0
0 Collision 0

grid

# driver constructor time
1 Lewis Hamilton McLaren 1:18.404
2 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari +0.240
3 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren +0.417
4 Fernando Alonso Renault +0.448
5 Felipe Massa Ferrari +0.470
6 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber +0.575
7 Jarno Trulli Toyota +0.622
8 Timo Glock Toyota +0.714
9 Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso +1.234
10 Sébastien Bourdais Toro Rosso +1.763
11 David Coulthard Red Bull +-1:-1.-217
12 Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault +-1:-1.-130
13 Mark Webber Red Bull +-1:-1.-50
14 Kazuki Nakajima Williams +0.190
15 Nico Rosberg Williams +0.268
16 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber +0.431
17 Rubens Barrichello Honda +0.478
18 Jenson Button Honda +0.696
19 Adrian Sutil Force India +0.759
20 Giancarlo Fisichella Force India +1.506

driver positions through the laps

2008 Japanese Grand Prix

The 2008 Japanese Grand Prix (formally the XXXIV Fuji Television Japanese Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race held on 12 October 2008, at the Fuji Speedway, Oyama, Japan. It was the 16th race of the 2008 Formula One season. The 67-lap race was won by Fernando Alonso for the Renault team from fourth position on the starting grid. Robert Kubica finished second for BMW Sauber, and Kimi Räikkönen third for Ferrari.

Lewis Hamilton, the eventual Drivers' Champion, led the Championship going into the race, and started from pole position alongside Räikkönen. Hamilton's McLaren teammate Heikki Kovalainen began from third, next to Alonso. At the first corner Hamilton braked late, forcing Räikkönen wide. Hamilton was later given a penalty, and was criticised by the British racing press for overaggressive driving. Ferrari driver Felipe Massa, Hamilton's principal Championship rival, was penalised after an incident on lap two in which he touched Hamilton's car, causing it to spin. The incident dropped Hamilton to the back of the field, from where he was unable to regain a points scoring position. Massa later collided with Sébastien Bourdais of Toro Rosso. Bourdais was penalised after the race, and demoted from sixth to tenth position. The penalty prompted widespread criticism from the racing media and ex-drivers.

The victory was Alonso's second consecutive win; he started from 15th on the grid to win the Singapore Grand Prix two weeks prior. Kubica held off a determined attack from Räikkönen in the closing laps to take second place. Massa's seventh place narrowed his gap to Hamilton in the Drivers' Championship to five points. Ferrari established a seven-point lead over the McLaren team in the Constructors' Championship, with two races of the season remaining.


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