It has been a week since the grand 2008 F1 season finale, it is about the time to begin the evaluations here. Not everything went according to pre-season predictions, some teams did better some much worse than expected (or hoped). But let’s forget about the cars and focus on the drivers here. This is the part one of my 2008 Formula 1 driver rankings, positions 22 to 16.
We have survived the first week of the official Formula 1 off season, here is brief summary of what has happened:
It looks like ages ago now, but it has been only a week since Lewis Hamilton won the 2008 F1 driver’s title, the first for McLaren since Mika Hakkinen’s title back in 1999. The constructors title went to Ferrari, the 8th constructors title for Ferrari in last 10 seasons.
Only 2 days later the “Lewis Hamilton 2008 World Championship die cast presentation” was announced. These guys are quick .
As expected Fernando Alonso will stay with Renault, perhaps not so expected was the decision of Renault to stay with Nelson Piquet.
There are 2 reasons for this post:
1) To congratulate Steve Robertson one more time for the win.
2) To motivate everybody to join us again next year for the 2009 Prediction Game
There are worse things that can happen to you than this:
The MUMM bottles were delivered last week and that pretty much concludes the 2008 Prediction Game. Well almost, 2 prizes haven’t been claimed yet. If that does not happen within next 2 weeks then bad luck, game over .
The 55th Macau Grand Prix will be held between November 13 – 16, 2008 on the Guia Circuit in Macau. The provisional entry for its star event – the Formula 3 race – has already been released. The Macau GP Formula 3 race traditionally features the best of the best from different Formula 3 series around the world. There may not be any big big names on this list, but how big names were Robert Kubica or Sebastian Vettel back in 2005 …
Here is the updated Entry List for the Windsor Arch Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix:
It is funny how the actions of the almost rookie driver became the topic of heated debates following the final race of 2008 season. But how did Glock actually end up in that position ?
Well on the Brazilian GP race day it was combination of his tactics and the weather. He was well behind Hamilton before the rain, and without the rain he would not even be ahead of Hamilton in those final stages. There would be no drama and no premature celebrations in Ferrari garage. Unless of course all the cars ahead of him planned one more splash and dash stop even without rain.
That was the race day. But how come neither Massa nor Hamilton were able to lock title earlier ? How come we even had to talk about Timo Glock ? They both had their opportunities… (read on)
It feels like ages ago when I went to Melbourne back in March to watch the season opening race. Those days we still had 11 teams and shark fin engine cover was a Red Bull only specialty. So let’s refresh the memory and have a look back at the way the title race evolved in 2008:
Round one – Australia
I though that we we had in Brazil in 2007 was as good as it gets when it comes to title deciding season ending Formula 1 races. I was wrong .
Both Hamilton and Massa could have had wrapped the title before the Brazilian Grand Prix. But the reliability problems, driver mistakes, safety cars, rain soaked races and some controversial decisions of stewards created the foundations for potentially interesting final race.
It took less than 2 days since Lewis Hamilton clinched his first Formula 1 Championship and the first collectable memorabilia has been announced. Available from OnPole is 1:18 scale diecast model Vodafone McLaren Mercedes 2008 Lewis Hamilton World Championship special edition.
For diecast collectors and especially Lewis Hamilton fans this may be something not to be missed out on. If all goes well this Minichamps replica should be available in mid-December.
The 2008 season is over. Here is the first of the series of posts looking back at the past 7 Formula 1 action filled months.
The 2008 season started with 11 teams and 22 drivers on the grid. Unfortunately Super Aguri team folded after only four races and Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson found themselves out of job. These two were however the only driver job casualties of the entire season. We did not have a single driver change in 2008 season, no driver missed even one race. All the teams raced all the races with the same drivers.
It may look quite normal in the normal life that people keep their jobs for a year but it definitely is not a common occurence in Formula 1 racing. I checked the records all the way back to 1995. (I did not venture further back to the era of pre-qualifying and 30 – 40 plus drivers per season.) There was not a single season from 1995 to 2007 without some drivers loosing their jobs or at least missing a race. All we had were few “close calls” in recent years:
Well, the 2008 Formula 1 title was decided in the last corner and the same can be said about our little prediction game . At the end it was the 25 points bonus for correct pre-season prediction of the 2008 F1 drivers champion that made the difference. Read on to find out the results of the final round as well as the winners of the MUMM bottles:
We can positively say that the title race went down to the wire. Lewis Hamilton had his title in control for most of the race. But then the rain came in the final laps and 2 laps from the end he dropped behing Sebastian Vettel to 6th place. While the cameras focused on Hamilton vs Vettel fight for 5th place the fourth placed Glock slowed down (loosing 22 sec on the last lap) and Hamiton took the 5t place back in the last corner. Massa’s camp did not notice that and went on celebrating, Hamilton’s camp realized that and went on celebrating too … It was bizzare but nail biting finish to the 2008 season, the title was decided on the last corner of the final race of the season .
And here comes the season finale. Welcome to the Live Blog coverage of the title deciding Brazilian GP. Join the debate below !
This Live Blog has now ended, you can replay it inside this post.