AskBiography Logo   Latest News  Follow Us on Twitter  Follow Us on Google Buzz  Became Fan - Facebook  Subscribe to RSSRSS   Bookmark and Share

2008 Brazilian Grand Prix

Grand PrixBrazilian
DateNovember 2,
Race No18
Season No18
Official NameXXXVII Grande Prêmio do Brasil
LocationAutódromo José Carlos Pace, São Paulo, Brazil
CoursePermanent racing facility
Course Mi2.677
Course Km4.309
Distance Laps71
Distance Mi190.067
Distance Km305.909
WeatherRain at beginning and end, otherwise drying
Pole DriverFelipe Massa
Pole TeamFerrari
Pole Time1:12.368
Pole CountryBrazil
Fast DriverFelipe Massa
Fast TeamFerrari
Fast Time1:13.736
Fast Lap36
Fast CountryBrazil
First DriverFelipe Massa
First TeamFerrari
First CountryBrazil
Second DriverFernando Alonso
Second TeamRenault
Second CountrySpain
Third DriverKimi Räikkönen
Third TeamFerrari
Third CountryFinland

     Home | Grand Prix race report | 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix

The 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix (formally the XXXVII Grande Prêmio do Brasil) was a Formula One motor race held on November 2, 2008, at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Interlagos, in São Paulo, Brazil. It was the 18th and final race of the 2008 Formula One season. The race, contested over 71 laps, was won by Ferrari driver Felipe Massa after starting from pole position. Fernando Alonso finished second in a Renault, and Kimi Räikkönen third in a Ferrari.

Massa started the race alongside Toyota driver Jarno Trulli. Massa's team-mate Räikkönen began from third next to McLaren driver Lewis Hamilton. Rain fell minutes before the race, delaying the start, and as the track dried Massa established a lead of several seconds. More rain late in the race made the last few laps treacherous for the drivers, but could not prevent Massa from winning the Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel of Toro Rosso finished in fourth place behind Alonso and Räikkönen. Hamilton passed Toyota's Timo Glock in the final corners of the race to finish fifth, securing him the points needed to take the Drivers' Championship.

Hamilton received praise from many in the Formula One community, including former Champions Damon Hill and Michael Schumacher. The McLaren driver also received official congratulations from Queen Elizabeth II and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Massa's win secured him second in the Drivers' Championship, and helped Ferrari win the Constructors' Championship. The Grand Prix was David Coulthard's final race; the Scot retired after 246 race starts.

Warning: simplexml_load_file( [function.simplexml-load-file]: failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.0 410 Gone in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Warning: simplexml_load_file() [function.simplexml-load-file]: I/O warning : failed to load external entity "" in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 257

Fatal error: Call to a member function children() on a non-object in /home/askbio/public_html/index_bio.php on line 260