2008 Canadian F1 GP – Wolf’s Race Review

The race start was little disappointing – all the cars made it :-) and for the first 13 laps the race was rather uneventful. Lewis Hamilton pulled away from Robert Kubica and Kimi Raikkonen. He looked like the man to beat. The only excitement came from Nelson Piquet overtaking every car that got in his way. But then Adrian Sutil spun off and safety car was out on track. Once the pitlane opened pretty much all the cars that were not on one stop strategy dived into pitlane. Raikkonen and Kubica jumped ahead of Hamilton after their pitstops but had to stop at the red light at the pitlane exit. Lewis Hamilton did not look up to check the light, he did not look ahead to check the cars in front him and hit the rear end of Raikkonen’s car. Nico Rosberg joined the party moments later and rammed into Hamilton. Kubica escaped unscathed but Hamilton and Raikkonen were out of the race…

Hamilton’s stupid mistake opened the door for BMW Sauber. It looked first the luck was on Heidfeld’s side. Once the race restarted he pulled away from the field helped by not that quick Barrichello in second place. After his pitstop he still returned ahead of his team mate but the “hint” on team radio about slowing down lighter Kubica made the trick. Kubica passed Heidfeld and never looked back. BMW drivers were definitely helped by misfortune of their main rivals but … they grabbed the opportunity and more importantly made no mistakes in a race that was all about not making any mistakes … Deserved 1-2 finish for BMW and clearly popular win for Kubica just about a year after his scary crash at the same track … Nick Heidfeld now remains the only driver without DNF this season … Did not make him to look too happy on the podium though …


Not much went right for Ferrari this weekend. Raikkonen’s race was ruined by Lewis Hamilton, Massa’s by refueling problems. However Massa drove an excellent race overtaking several cars and at the end finishing 5th. The four points he scored today elevated him to 2nd in drivers championship. Raikkonen now scored zero points in 2 consecutive races …

McLaren hoped for race win but they leave Canada without points. Hamilton’s hopes ended in the pitlane (not for the first time) and Kovalainen did not really show much. I would expect driver of his qualities in a car as good as McLaren to be able to overtake struggling Vettel in Toro Rosso … It did not happen and I beginning to wonder for how much longer will Kovalainen’s lack of results be blamed on bad luck …

Mark Webber’s run of point scoring finishes came to an end but David Coulthard stepped in. Coulthard kept out of trouble and made the most out of his strategy. First podium of the season for Red Bull and 62nd in Coulthard’s career. His speach after the race was rather sentimental and I was expecting his retirement announcement anytime :-)

Mixed race for Honda. Button had to start from pitlane following his gearbox troubles in qualifying. It did not go much better for him in the race … Barrichello however recorded his second consecutive point finish and even lead the race for several laps …

Sebastian Vettel also started from the pitlane but it took him only few laps to overtake Bourdais. He climbed up to 8th place and managed to hold it despite some challenges from 9th Kovalainen. Bourdais summed up his weekend as the “the worst ever” …

Williams and Renault wasted an opportunity for some decent point haul. Nico Rosberg was doing quite well until he damaged his car in the pitlane incident with Hamilton. Kazuki Nakajima was on the edge of the points most of the race but then he hit Barrichello and his race was over. Piquet was fighting hard early on in the race overtaking both Toyotas but later lost some groud after a spin. At the end he had to retire from the race. Fernando Alonso was giving quite hard time to Nick Heidfeld, until he crashed out …

Toyota is another team that has reasons to celebrate. Both their cars avoided serious trouble (although Glock’s mistake allowed Massa to get ahead of Trulli) and came home in 4th and 6th. Glock scored his first points of the season and the best result of his F1 career.

Force India remain the only team with zero points and they were nowhere near them in Canada. Sutil had to retire due to break problems (causing the only safety car appearance). It looked like crashed Fisichella’s car may bring the safety car out too but at the end yellow flags were enough … Monaco was good while it lasted but Canada brought them back to Earth again …

2008 Canadian F1 GP race result

Next stop is France in 2 weeks time …

Photo: BMW AG

2 Comments Post a Comment
  1. The Canada Grand Prix was a good one. BRAVO KUBICA,
    Nice BMW double.
    Halminton watch out next time and reminber red mean stop. Anyway we known that it’s not easy to drive a F1 car and more over when people are driver they also forget to stop sometimes. Good luck for the next grand Prix

  2. StewNo Gravatar says:

    Poor Lewis, he’ll never live that blunder down and he’s still making excuses.

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