Grid positions and race-start data

Here’s the most important data for the start of the race (as at time of posting).

Pos / Driver / Team (engine) / Time / Race fuel (+/- 1 lap) / Pit-stop Strategy / Notes: KERS = using Kinetic Energy Recovery System (in Boost Button). Diff = Diffuser deemed ‘legal’, but stewards’ decision under appeal.

1 Jenson Button 22 Brawn (Mercedes engine) 1:26.202 Fuel 59.9kg/20 laps (2 stops) (Diff)
2 Rubens Barrichello 23 Brawn (Mercedes engine) 1:26.505 Fuel 61.6 kg/21 laps (2 stops) (Diff)
3 Sebastian Vettel 15 Red Bull (Renault engine) 1:26.830 Fuel 51.0 kg/17 laps (2 stops)
4 Robert Kubica 5 BMW Sauber 1:26.914 Fuel 45.0 kg/15 laps (2 stops)
5 Nico Rosberg 16 Williams (Toyota engine) 1:26.973 Fuel 52.0 kg/ 17 aps (2 stops) (Diff)
6 Felipe Massa 3 Ferrari 1:27.033 Fuel 49.0 kg/16 laps (2 stops) (KERS)
7 Kimi Raikkonen 4 Ferrari 1:27.163 Fuel 50.5 kg/17 laps (2 stops) (KERS)
8 Mark Webber 14 Red Bull (Renault engine) 1:27.246 Fuel 57.0 kg/19 laps (2 stops)
9 Nick Heidfeld 6 BMW Sauber 1:25.504 Fuel 86.0 kg/29 laps (1 stop) (KERS)
10 Fernando Alonso 7 Renault 1:25.605 Fuel 75.7 kg/25 laps (1 stop) (KERS)
11 Kazuki Nakajima 17 Williams (Toyota engine) 1:25.607 Fuel 75.5 kg/25 laps (1 stop) (Diff)
12 Heikki Kovalainen 2 McLaren (Mercedes engine) 1:25.726 Fuel 85.6kg/29 laps (1 stop) (KERS)
13 Sebastien Buemi 12 Toro Rosso (Ferrari engine) 1:26.503 Fuel 70.5 kg/24 laps (2 stops)
14 Nelson Piquet Jr 8 Renault 1:26.598 Fuel 89.1 kg/30 laps (1 stop) (KERS)
15 Giancarlo Fisichella 21 Force India (Mercedes engine) 1:26.677 Fuel 84.0 kg/28 laps (1 stop)
16 Adrian Sutil 20 Force India (Mercedes engine) 1:26.742 Fuel 79.5 kg/27 laps (1 stop)
17 Sebastien Bourdais 11 Toro Rosso (Ferrari engine) 1:26.964 Fuel 57.5 kg/19 laps (2 stops)
18 Lewis Hamilton 1 McLaren (Mercedes engine) (gearbox change) Fuel 50.0 kg/17 laps (2 stops) (KERS)
19 Timo Glock 10 Toyota (time excluded for ‘rear wing too flexible’) Fuel 55.0 kg/18 laps (2 stops) (Diff)
20 Jarno Trulli 9 Toyota (time excluded for ‘rear wing too flexible’) Fuel 65.0 kg/22 laps (2 stops) (Diff)

2008 Race Results Summary

Again, sorry for the lack of formatting. The info is more important than the aesthetics.
Venue/Date/Winning Driver/Team

Australia 16/03/2008. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes

Malaysia 23/03/2008 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari

Bahrain 06/04/2008 Felipe Massa Ferrari

Spain 27/04/2008 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari

Turkey 11/05/2008 Felipe Massa Ferrari

Monaco 25/05/2008 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes

Canada 08/06/2008 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber

France 22/06/2008 Felipe Massa Ferrari

Great Britain 06/07/2008 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes

Germany 20/07/2008 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes

Hungary 03/08/2008 Heikki Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes

Europe 24/08/2008 Felipe Massa Ferrari

Belgium 07/09/2008 Felipe Massa Ferrari

Italy 14/09/2008 Sebastian Vettel STR-Ferrari

Singapore 28/09/2008 Fernando Alonso Renault

Japan 12/10/2008 Fernando Alonso Renault

China 19/10/2008 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes

Brazil 02/11/2008 Felipe Massa Ferrari



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.

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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

I’m out of the competition :-(

Just a quick note to say I took part in Round 3 of the competition on Wednesday, but didn’t get through to Round 4 due to a combination of a bad car and my stupid driving. When (if) I get a chance, I’ll write more fully about what happened another time.

Thanks for all the messages of support I’ve had.

So You Want to be an F1 Driver – competition update

I’m getting a lot of visitors looking for information on the So World F1 Driver competition.  The current news is that Round 3 is on next week, and some people have received letters saying they’re through.  I haven’t had a letter so I’ve contacted So World and I’m waiting for confirmation one way or the other.

If you want to find all articles about this competition (and the previous one, which I was also in), [EDIT] click ‘So F1’ tag underneath the title of this post. [Previously under the category “So You Want to be an F1 Driver”.]

Wish me luck!