2008 European Grand Prix stats and facts

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Felipe Massa had a lot to celebrate after the European Grand Prix after dominating the weekend. So did Bridgestone who marked their 200th F1 race start – regardless of the fact it was actually their 202nd appearance. Plus, which of Ayrton Senna’s records did Jenson Button match? Find out more F1 statistics and facts from … Continue reading 2008 European Grand Prix stats and facts

Thought the Valencia race was rubbish? Don’t blame the track, blame the rules

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Valencia’s first F1 race was not a classic. Looking at the rate the race poll it seems most people thought it was as boring as the Bahrain, Spanish and French Grands Prix. But let’s not jump to conclusions about the track. Circuit designer Hermann Tilke is not to blame for the paucity of action in … Continue reading Thought the Valencia race was rubbish? Don’t blame the track, blame the rules

Fine for Ferrari, Massa gets off free, and the FIA gets it wrong on every count

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Felipe Massa has not been punished following his incident in the pits with Adrian Sutil in today’s European Grand Prix. His Ferrari team has been fined ??10,000 (??7,979) for releasing him into the path of Sutil’s car following his second pit stop on lap 37. It’s a baffling verdict by the FIA and one that … Continue reading Fine for Ferrari, Massa gets off free, and the FIA gets it wrong on every count

Felipe Massa scores flawless win at Valencia (2008 European GP review)

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Felipe Massa is a hard man to beat from pole position and so it proved once again in the European Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton never managed to get on terms with the Ferrari driver but second place means he retains the lead in the drivers’ championship. But Massa is being investigated by the FIA stewards … Continue reading Felipe Massa scores flawless win at Valencia (2008 European GP review)

Ferrari mechanic injured and Massa faces penalty threat after pit lane problems

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Ferrari sufferd two problems with their pit stops within six laps of each other during the European Grand Prix. First Felipe Massa was released from his pit box as Adrian Sutil was going past him, and he had to drive alongside the Force India towards the pit exit. The stewards said they would rule on … Continue reading Ferrari mechanic injured and Massa faces penalty threat after pit lane problems

Thoughts on qualifying and the start (2008 European Grand Prix)

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Felipe Massa has the cards stacked in his favour: he’s starting from pole position at Valencia with the benefit of the clean side of the grid – now the organisers have swapped the grid around. But will the F1 pack get through the tricky first corners without a crash? What are their strategy options for … Continue reading Thoughts on qualifying and the start (2008 European Grand Prix)

Ferrari engines fill top four places in speed traps in qualifying at Valencia

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So much for Mercedes giving McLaren a 25 horsepower advantage – the engine doing the business at Valencia this weekend is the Ferrari. Here’s who set the top four maximum speeds in the second sector of the lap at Valencia (where the highest speeds are reached) during qualifying today: Position Drivers Car Speed 1 Sebastian … Continue reading Ferrari engines fill top four places in speed traps in qualifying at Valencia

Felipe Massa pips Lewis Hamilton to pole (2008 European Grand Prix qualifying)

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Felipe Massa took pole position for the first ever European Grand Prix in Valencia. He will rejoin his battle with Lewis Hamilton from the Hungarian Grand Prix as the McLaren driver took second place on the grid. Robert Kubica will start from third place ahead of Kimi Raikkonen. But the star of the session was … Continue reading Felipe Massa pips Lewis Hamilton to pole (2008 European Grand Prix qualifying)

First pictures of the Valencia F1 street track (2008 European Grand Prix)

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The Circuito Urbano Valencia saw F1 action for the first time today. Before the race weekend I wasn’t sure how good the track would look – footage from the first race at the circuit made the track look a bit featureless. But I thought it looked better during today’s free practice session. Here’s a selection … Continue reading First pictures of the Valencia F1 street track (2008 European Grand Prix)