Congratulations to Steffen, who was not only the first person to correctly identify all of the 2008 F1 season lap charts, but he also corrected one of them as well… All the finished lap charts in full are below – including Steffen’s correction of course!
Overtaking can be rare in Formula 1. But when the planets align and someone actually gets close enough to make a move, a genuinely exciting pass is a thing to savour. Although next year sees new regulations designed to enhance passing opportunities there were some fine overtaking moves this year. We?óÔé¼Ôäóve seen double passes, wet … Continue reading What was the best F1 pass of 2008?
The 2008 F1 season review DVD has a lot of action to pack in and so, for the first time ever, it has been released as a two-disc set. The quality of the footage is usually excellent on theses DVDs – have FOM kept that up while fixing the niggling faults that have afflicted recent … Continue reading 2008 F1 official DVD season review: “Luck does not come into it”
I’ve compiled the results from the 18 ‘rate the race’ polls of 2008 and crunched the numbers to find what were the most popular and least popular races of the year. Unsurprisingly Brazil came out on top as the fans’ favourite, with the European Grand Prix at the new Valencia Circuit voted worst race. Here’s … Continue reading Valencia was least popular race of 2008
It’s time for the final four. Who was my driver of the year? Read on to find out, and share your verdict below. 4. Felipe Massa Felipe Massa dominated in Valencia Mid-season ranking: 4 In my mind, Massa was definitely the best driver overall in 2008. Jean He was runner up in the world championship … Continue reading 2008 F1 driver rankings part 3
You’ve read my verdict on the drivers of 2008 – now it’s time for yours. Who was the best F1 driver this year? Cast your vote below…
What are the quotes you remember best from 2008? Here are some of the words that stick in my mind from this season, plus a few that were suggested in the forum.
Part two of the 2008 F1 driver rankings looks at numbers ten to five, plus more of your verdicts on the drivers of 2008. Don’t miss the final four tomorrow!
Drivers, racing, politics, penalties and economics – Ben Evans surveys them all in his verdict on 2008. The final five minutes of the 2008 Grand Prix season were as an exciting few moments as the sport has ever seen, with the destiny of the world championship changing hands three times in as many laps. For … Continue reading The Ben Evans column: 2008 in review
Who was the best driver of 2008? Who failed to perform? Did the best man win the world championship? Over the next three days I’m going to be rating and ranking the drivers of 2008, using your suggestions and ideas from the thread on the F1 Fanatic forum (which is still open for last-minute submissions). … Continue reading 2008 F1 drivers rankings part 1
What was the worst moment of the 2008 F1 season? Here are my least favourite moments of 2008, many of which were suggested by contributors on the F1 Fanatic forum.
Ferrari won yet another constructors?óÔé¼Ôäó championship in 2008, to the surprise of exactly no-one. Since 1999, they?óÔé¼Ôäóve only failed to win the title on two occasions, when Renault interrupted them from 2005-6. What was fascinating about Ferrari this year was the shift in the balance of power between their drivers, with Felipe Massa taking over … Continue reading The teams: Ferrari (F1 2008)
After that intense season finale it seems silly to ask what the best moment of the year was. But there were other high points besides that in 2008. Here’s some of the most popular suggestions from F1 Fanatic readers and a few of my favourites too.
The irony of McLaren?óÔé¼Ôäós season was that the team?óÔé¼Ôäós reliability won Lewis Hamilton the drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó championship, but their drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó inconsistency cost them the constructors?óÔé¼Ôäó championship. That?óÔé¼Ôäós putting it rather glibly: Hamilton wouldn?óÔé¼Ôäót have been champion without drives like his Silverstone master class. But the points he threw away in races like Bahrain and Montreal could … Continue reading The teams: McLaren (F1 2008)
It’s been a record-breaking season, with the youngest ever pole sitter, race winner and champion. Plus a raft of first-time winners and more interesting stats and facts about the 2008 championship.
The first in a two-part breakdown of all the statistics of the 2008 F1 season starts with a look at how the championship battles were won. Plus, who was the best qualifier, who crashed the most, and who led the most laps. And, why Lewis Hamilton would have missed the championship in 2002.
Grid penalties, drive-through penalties, time penalties ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ hardly an F1 session passed this year without some driver falling foul of the stewards. Penalties spoiled races and one particularly controversial one almost decided the drivers?óÔé¼Ôäó championship. Why were there so many this year?
BMW has marched closer to the front of the F1 field in clear, measurable steps since it took over Sauber at the end of 2005. They continued that progress in 2008 with their first pole position and first victory. But did they sacrifice performance ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ and potentially the championships ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ by prioritising their 2009 car … Continue reading The teams: BMW (F1 2008)
It was, by anyone?óÔé¼Ôäós standards, an error-strewn season. Crashes, spins and the odd pit blunder are part of Formula 1, but rarely have we seen so many of them committed by the championship front runners. Was it just a gaffe-prone year for the leading lights? Or are more mistakes inevitable in post-traction control F1?
Renault started the year struggling to get into Q3 and score points. Eight months later it has scored back-to-back victories in Singapore and Japan and re-signed star driver Fernando Alonso ?óÔé¼ÔÇ£ which seemed a remote possibility earlier on. Can it continue the progress over the winter and return to championship-challenging form in 2009?