Felippe Massa has been decalared as the winner of the Belgian Grand Prix after Hamilton was awarded 25 second penalty for his involvment in the incident with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen which saw the latter crashing out of the race, after he was leading right up front. This has pushed BMW Sauber’s Heidfeld to 2nd place and Hamilton drops to 3rd position. Great day fro STR-Ferrari as both their drivers finished in top 10 with Sebastian Vettel finishing 5th and Sebastien Bourdais finishing 6th. Had Hamilton not been penalised, he would have been leading the drivers standings with 80 points followed by Massa with 70 points. After being penalised and loosing crucial 2 podium places, Hamilton still leads the drivers standings with 76 points followed by Massa with 74 points. Robert Kubica is at 3rd position with 58 points, 1 point more than Raikkonen who is in 4th place. With 5 more races to go, the battle for the drivers championship is getting intense with Massa and Hamilton locking horns against each other.
Great outing for Kovalainen!!! It was a shock maiden win for McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen at the Hungarian Grand Prix after Ferrai’s Massa suffered an engine failure while leading with three laps remaining. It was really disappointing day for Ferrari as Massa had to retire at the end of the race. It was all set for a Massa victory but then his engine died in front of the main grandstand with three laps to go. Massa also got an added advantage when Hamilton had to pit with punctured left Tyre. Toyota’s Timo Glock put up an impressive performance to clinch a debutant podium finish. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen brought some cheer to the otherwise dull Ferrari camp. He finished 3rd well ahead Renault’s Fernando Alonso. It was disappointing day for McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton who finished 5th, starting from pole. But this did not affect his Driver’s standing. Lewis Hamilton leads the Drivers Standings despite a puncture just after the midway stage that saw him finish the race in fifth place. BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica finished a disappointing Eight.
It was a treat to watch McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton drive with perfection when other drivers were fumbling and finding it hard to grip on the slippery surface, thanks to the rain during the race. A brilliant British Grand Prix victory has lifted him right back into contention for the world championship, on a day when Kimi Raikkonen failed to shine and Ferrari team mate Felipe Massa and BMW Sauber’s Robert Kubica were the ones who came home pointless. Hamilton lapped all but two of the field and finished more than a minute ahead of Nick Heidfeld’s BMW Sauber. Hiedfeld who started from 5th did well to finish second ahead of Rubens Barrichello who finished third. Barrichello’s podium finish has brought some cheer to the Honda camp after their other driver Jenson Button failed to finish. Really disappointing day for Ferrari with Kimi Raikkonen finishing fourth and Massa, who spun at least five times in the race, came last of the 13 finishers and failed to pick up a point. McLaren’s Heikki Kovalainen finished 5th behind Kimi after he started from Pole. He could not capitalise his maiden Pole position to get to Maiden Victory, something for which he will be cursing himself 😦 Alonso has stuck to his 6-7-8 positions and he finished 6th ahead of Jarno Trulli and Kazuki Nakajima who was the last one to finish among the points.
Felipe Massa took lead of the driver’s championship after a decisive victory for Ferrari at the Magny-Cours circuit. Massa trailed Kimi Raikkonen for 38 of 70 laps but moved ahead as Kimi’s F2008 developed an exhaust problem. Kimi Raikkonen otherwise had a great race and easily finished second behind his teammate Massa. No other team could actually stood up against the red cars. Jarno Trulli finished 3rd behind Kimi giving Toyota their first podium since 2005.
Trulli fended off a last minute challenge from McLaren driver Heikki Kovalainen who finished 4th, bringing some cheer to the not so excited McLaren camp. He did great after starting from 10th position to finish 4th. Winner of Canadian GP Robert Kubica managed to garner some points for his BMW team to stay in the race for the Driver’s championship, he finished 5th ahead of Webber, Piquet and Alonso, both of Renault.
Yet another great day for Ferrari with their drivers finishing on the podium once again but this time separated by Hamilton in McLaren who finished Second ahead of Raikkonen in Ferrari. Massa took the chequered flag to put himself firmly back in championship contention. Hamilton took second place, less than a second ahead of Raikkonen. Kubica finished fourth ahead of BMW Sauber team mate Nick Heidfeld, who made up four places during the race to finish fifth. Alonso took sixth place for Renault ahead of Mark Webber for Red Bull and Nico Rosberg for Williams.
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Great day for Ferrari!!!! One-Two finish is what every team dreams of. This is their 3rd Consecutive win of the season. This Ferrari one-two in Spain means the Italian team regain the lead in the constructors table from BMW Sauber, with 47 to the German- Swiss squad’s 35. Stunning performance by Kimi Raikkonen and Massa. This was back to back wins for Raikkonen. The Finn kept his cool through the race with Massa and Hamilton pushing the race leader. It was a dissapointing day for Two Time world champion Alonso who had to retired from the race on the 35th lap when smoke started coming out from rear of the car. He could not take the advantage of Home venue. Alonso has yet to produce a podium finish this season. McLaren also did not have a good day out here in the Catalunya circuit except for the 3rd place finish of Hamilton. Their other driver Kovalainen was injured when his car dumped into the tyres. He was lucky as he escaped unhurt and no major injuries. He was carried away in a stretcher and then flown by helicopter to the hospital in Barcelona. BMW Sauber have had a very good season so far with their drivers garnering points at will. They are behind the leaders Ferari in 2nd position and 1 point ahead of McLaren in 3rd position. Kubica of BMW Sauber finished 4th ahead of Webber, Button, Nakajima and Trulli who finished 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th respectively. Force India looked to salvage a point but were unsucessful but a appreciative performance by Fisichella. Sutil of Force India retired in the first lap, which was a major set back for Force India, who are looking forward to finish all the races this season. Disappointing day for Renault as both their drivers failed to finish the race. Their car seems to lack the pace.
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A good day for McLaren with H.Kovalainen and L.Hamilton finishing at 3rd and 5th positions respectively. Kovalainen has been doing great this season. Raikkonen finishing top of the podium, a superb performance by him. At last Ferrari has got back to business this season, but their other driver Massa should have also been among the podium finishers, sad day for him. Anyways Kubica brings second to BMW Sauber-his best ever result. BMW Sauber were impressive last season and they are continuing their impressive performance even this season. The other BMW driver, Nick Heidfield also finishing among the points, he finished at 6th position. Jarno Trulli finished among points after a long gap, a good race for him too. Disappointing performance by Fernando Alonso and his Renault team. Hoping to see Alonso and Co back to business in the next race and even Ferrari to fire all cylinders.