2008 Winter season – Winners and loosers so far

With 2 months to go before the 2008 season kicks off in Melbourne let’s have a look at some early winners and loosers.

Looser – McLaren – Loosing Fernando Alonso (although they are probably happy they got rid of him)

Winner – Honda – Signing Ross Brawn as a team principal and Alex Wurz as the test driver – probably the best people around for these positions.

Looser – Ralf Schumacher – After being so sure he will be on the grid in 2008 he had to face the reality and admit his F1 racing is very likely over.

Winner – Renault – They have got Alonso back. He may be pain in the butt but he still is one hell of a driver.

Looser – Christian Klien – After loosing out the race for the Force India drive to Fisi and declaring no further interest in testing roles he is on the way out of F1.

Winner – Giancarlo Fisichella – He won the hottest contest for a 2008 race drive

Looser – Prodrive – They did not make it and they have given up

Winner – Williams – They still have Nico Rosberg

Looser – McLaren again – They will occupy the last garage in the pitlane

Winner – Heikki Kovalainen – Not wanted by Renault landed race seat with McLaren

Looser – Nelson Piquet Jr. – So far the only obvious No. 2 driver on the 2008 grid

What would you add to this list ?

8 Comments Post a Comment
  1. ParisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, thanks for this cheat sheet. Useful insight on the cast of characters in the unfolding F1 drama of ’08.

    So, Prodrive is Nodrive : )

    And the wait is over for the other Schu to drop..

  2. OllieNo Gravatar says:

    Winner: Force India. For starting to look like they may actuially improve.
    Loser: Honda. Because now, if they don’t improve, they are going to have serious egg on their face.

    Winner: The fans. Because 2008 is shaping up nicely for a great season of racing.
    Loser: Max Mosley. Just because.

  3. ShaunNo Gravatar says:

    Nelson Piquet Jr, yeah he is obviously the number 2 but he has still got himself an F1 drive with a decent team

  4. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    How could I forget Max Mosley :-)

    Of course Nelson Piquet Jr is in much better position than for example Tonio Liuzzi or Ralf Schumacher. I just feel a bit sorry for him. All the teams came out declaring drivers equality (at least at the beginning of the season), Nelson Piquet is so far the only one expected to play along from the very beginning.

  5. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    Loser: America, we lost our GP again. Thanks Bernie and Tony!
    Winner: No one wins when F1 leaves America.

  6. sergicaNo Gravatar says:

    Winner – Micheal Schumacher – 14 millon euros/year up to 2014….
    Winner – Alonso – 100 millon euros for 3 years…

  7. zblkhwkNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t know that Alonzo signed for 3 years. I hope for his sake Renault rejuvenates their efforts, because for the past two years rumors have been that they are ready to pull out.

  8. F1WolfNo Gravatar says:

    Alonso signed for 2 or 3 years, I am not sure exactly, but he also admitted that his contract is flexible and he would be able to leave after 1 season if the car does not perform


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