2008 Driver Championship Results

Sorry about the lack of formatting; better to get it out soon than pretty.


1 Lewis Hamilton. British. McLaren-Mercedes. 98 pts.

2 Felipe Massa. Brazilian. Ferrari. 97 pts.

3 Kimi Räikkönen. Finnish. Ferrari. 75 pts.

4 Robert Kubica. Polish. BMW Sauber. 75 pts.

5 Fernando Alonso. Spanish. Renault. 61 pts.

6 Nick Heidfeld German. BMW. Sauber. 60 pts.

7 Heikki Kovalainen. Finnish. McLaren-Mercedes. 53 pts.

8 Sebastian Vettel. German. STR-Ferrari. 35 pts.

9 Jarno Trulli. Italian. Toyota. 31 pts.

10 Timo Glock. German. Toyota. 25 pts.

11 Mark Webber. Australian. Red Bull-Renault. 21 pts.

12 Nelsinho Piquet. Brazilian. Renault. 19 pts.

13 Nico Rosberg. German. Williams-Toyota. 17 pts.

14 Rubens Barrichello. Brazilian. Honda. 11 pts.

15 Kazuki Nakajima. Japanese. Williams-Toyota. 9 pts.

16 David Coulthard. British Red. Bull-Renault. 8 pts.

17 Sebastien Bourdais. French. STR-Ferrari. 4 pts.

18 Jenson Button. British. Honda. 3 pts.

19 Giancarlo Fisichella. Italian. Force India-Ferrari. 0 pts.

20 Adrian Sutil. German. Force India-Ferrari. 0 pts.

21 Takuma Sato. Japanese. Super Aguri-Honda. 0 pts.

22 Anthony Davidson. British. Super Aguri-Honda. 0 pts.

Constructors’ Championship 2008 result

Here’s the way the Constructors’ Championship ended last year.

1st: Ferrari 172
2nd: McLaren-Mercedes 151
3rd: BMW Sauber 135
4th: Renault 80
5th: Toyota 56
6th: Toro Rosso-Ferrari 34
7th: Red Bull-Renault 29
8th: Williams-Toyota 26
9th: Honda 14
10th: Force India-Ferrari 0 (lack of funds meant they couldn’t race after

BBC TV Schedule for Australia

All times GMT

Friday 27 March
Practice (Times TBC): 0125-0305, BBC Red Button/BBC Radio 5 Live sports
0525-0705, BBC Red Button/BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra/online

Saturday 28th March
Practice: 0255-0405, BBC Red Button/BBC Radio 5 Live sports extra/online
Qualifying: 0500-0715, BBC One/BBC Red Button/Radio 5 Live sports
Re-run: 1300-1415, BBC One

Sunday 29th March All times BST
Race: 0600-0900, BBC One/BBC Red Button/Radio 5 Live/online
Race re-run: 1300-1500, BBC One/BBC Red Button/online
Highlights: 1900-2000, BBC Three/BBC Red Button/online

I think the ‘Red Button’ coverage is a small window, low bandwidth version.
We’ll have to wait and see.

Driver line-up

Less than a week to go, and I’m way behind what I wanted to do before the
start of the season. Here’s the driver line-up.

McLaren: Lewis Hamilton, Heikki Kovalainen
Ferrari: Felipe Massa, Kimi Raikkonen
BMW Sauber: Robert Kubica, Nick Heidfeld
Renault: Fernando Alonso, Nelson Piquet Jr
Toyota: Janro Trulli, Timo Glock
Toro Rosso (Ferrari): Sebastien Bourdais, Sebastien Buemi
Red Bull (Renault): Mark Webber, Sebastian Vettel
Williams (Toyota): Nico Rosberg, Kazuki Nakajima
Force India: Adrian Sutil, Giancarlo Fisichella
Branw GP: Jenson Button, Rubens Barrichello

Last year’s standing will be posted later this week.

Follow me at www.twitter.com/BowenRacing for updates.

F1 2009 Calendar

Only seven weeks to go!!!

I hope to make better use of this website for F1 this year.  Time permitting I will be posting practice times, race results, Championship standings, and whatever else will help me (and you) keep in touch with the Championship.

To start, here are the race dates for 2009.

Mar 29 Australia
Apr 5 Malaysia
Apr 19 China
Apr 26 Bahrain
May 10 Spain
May 24 Monaco
Jun 7 Turkey
Jun 21 Great Britain
Jul 12 Germany
Jul 26 Hungary
Aug 23 Europe (Valencia)
Aug 30 Belgium
Sep 13 Italy
Sep 27 Singapore
Oct 4 Japan
Oct 18 Brazil
Nov 1 Abu Dhabi

Brundle and Coulthard included in BBC F1 Team


Two posts in one day!


Not many posts about F1 lately, but I wanted to share this old news I’ve just seen.  Martin Brundle will be commentating and David Coulthard will ‘a pundit’ with Eddie Jordan and the anchorman Jake Humphrey (who?).


I must say, I don’t like the ITV-football-style sound of an anchorman and two pundits, but I’m absolutely delighted that Martin will still be commentating and that David will be involved.  David Coulthard has so much good stuff to say, and the more former drivers involved, the better.


I’m so pleased we’ve got rid of the adverts; I’ve been doing my bladder exercises already.  And talking of bladders, I’m glad we won’t have to listen to James Allen’s constant stream of irrelevant analogies.


Shame though that we’ll lose Louise Goodman.  She got off to a shaky start but was later able to get great access and(sometimes flirty) interviews with some of my favourite drivers.  Some people won’t be happy, but I’m pleased to see Ted Kravitz joining the Beeb’s line-up.  More of a worry for me is Lee McKenzie (female) who I don’t think I’ve seen, but she comes from ITV and Sky (oh oh) and is daughter of an F1 newspaper reported (oh oh again).  Hope we’re not dumbing down.


I haven’t been keeping up with the news, so I wonder if they’ll bring back the music from the old BBC Grand Prix programme, The Chain by Fleetwood Mac.  Listen to it now, and if it doesn’t bring a smile to your face, make your heart race and give you goose pimples at the end, then you’re either too young, or not an F1 fan.

Race in a real F1 race, as it’s run, from your sofa

I can’t see this happening for a few years, and I think there would be a subscription model that’s fairly expensive. But there’s the potential to play an F1 racing game against real F1 drivers, live, real-time, as the race is run, as if you were really there on track. Read about it here on the BBC motorsport website.

Now that’s what I call a racing simulator!

Hamilton has the wrong attitude

This BBC report says that Hamilton thinks the 10 grid-place penalty is harsh, and the rule is ‘silly’. He’s currently my favourite driver, but his attitude is beginning to wind me up.

You don’t crash in the pit lane, period. It’s the most dangerous part of the circuit, and you need to have respect for all the people who work there. On the track you’re only likely hurt yourself or another driver; and that’s the risk you accept when you go racing. On the track, you respect yellow flags for the safety of yourself and the marshalls. The pit lane is a permanent danger zone, and rules are in place to protect people there. There is no excuse for not observing pit-lane rules.

I accept that the red light was on at the end of the pit lane to stop cars exiting the pit into the train of cars following the safety car, but it’s still a pit lane rule. If you don’t adhere to that rule, the people in the pit lane are at risk.

Hamilton’s attitude is bordering on Michael Shumacher’s attitude; I’m number one and I’ll do what I want. As F1 uncensored said on Twitter, Hamilton lacks humility. I don’t agree with much of what F1 uncendored says (grin), but I agree on this point.

Come on Lewis, you’re losing the respect of the fans (and those who work in F1 I assume). Far better to say “I made a mistake, I’m sorry, and I’ve learned from it”.