2008 Bahrain GP: Facts and stats

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Here are some of the stats and facts from the Bahrain Grand Prix – post any more you’ve spotted below…

Robert Kubica scored the first pole position for a Polish driver. It was the first time a non-McLaren or Ferrari driver had started from pole position since Fernando Alonso at Shanghai in 2006.

Kubica also finished on the podium for the second race in a row for the first time in his career.

Felipe Massa won the Bahrain Grand Prix for the second year in a row. It was his sixth win, giving him the same number as Tony Brooks, John Surtees (1964 champion), Jochen Rindt (1970 champion), Gilles Villeneuve, Jacques Laffite, Riccardo Patrese and Ralf Schumacher.

He is the third different winner this year in three races, and it was also his first victory not scored from pole position.

Kimi Raikkonen has finished on the podium in the last four Bahrain Grands Prix without winning it.

BMW lead the constructors’ championship for the first time ever, despite not having won a race yet.

Sebastian Vettel is the only driver yet to finish a race this year.

It was BMW’s 20th consecutive race in the points and Ferrari’s 35th. It was Raikkonen tenth consecutive points score.

Only three drivers retired, the fewest since last year’s Italian Grand Prix.

There were no British drivers in the top ten for the first time since the 2006 British Grand Prix.

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36 comments on 2008 Bahrain GP: Facts and stats

  1. Daniel said on 7th April 2008, 15:14

    At this point (third race), it’s probably the most tight title chase ever, with the fifth placed driver (Kovalainen, 14) only five points behind the leader (Raikkonen, 19)

  2. Dan M said on 7th April 2008, 15:55

    This is the first time I woke up at 7AM on a Sunday morning (US, Eastern Time Zone)

    I think that is the most impressive record.

  3. Dan M said on 7th April 2008, 16:03

    Also worth noting, Rubins has yet to score a point for a second straight year.

    Lewis seems to of lost his touch now that the pressure on him is building. I would say that of all the sophomores Kovi, Nico and Kubica have all outpreformed Lewis to this point. Would they have won the Championship last year if they were driving a McLaren?

  4. DanielPT said on 7th April 2008, 16:47

    Dan M, that is really a good question! How would have fared Nico, Kovi, Kubica and perhaps Button (who never had a championship winning car in his hands) or Webber (who never had a reliable car in his hands) ?

    Is Lewis losing is cool when he sees that Mclaren isn’t going to perform? 

    Actually it is the first time that Lewis has a real pressure (and what a pressure) to win. Before, he jumped all the time from Formula to Formula, so, as a rookie, no one expected that much of him. It is another subtle reason for him to have moved to Switzerland? Trying to relief things? A planned move from Hamilton family and Ron Dennis when they saw the first cracks?

    Well, Kovi would have lost it because of that torrid season start and because while he is taking the fight to Lewis he is not quite there yet. Kubica went pretty much anonymous last year and lost to Heidfeld, which is a solid driver but not WDC material (He is like Massa but in a BMW). Nico, on the other side, being a great qualifier, my guess is that he could nail it.
    Now how about Button or Webber? Maybe one day they will have their rightfuly deserved chance…

  5. Rabi said on 7th April 2008, 17:12

    The first race without Traction Control where Massa has not crashed

  6. Daniel said on 7th April 2008, 17:31

    DanielPT: Sorry, but even if I agreed that Massa isn’t a potential WDC, I wouldn’t compare him with Heidfeld… Heidfeld is much more like Barrichello… solid, good when tuning the car, but lacks the ultimate pace… Massa, on the other hands, is certainly fast, but sometimes is just too fast, and lacks attention…

  7. "Well, Kovi would have lost it because of that torrid season start and because while he is taking the fight to Lewis he is not quite there yet."

    Did not have to be the case. The other Finn, the one in the red car, also did not have have too good early part of the season last year (except the Australian win) and then he won the title…

  8. That’s pretty funny what Rabi noted about "the first race without Traction Control where Massa has not crashed".

    Anyway, you forgot another important record for Scuderia Ferrari: it was the 100th win under the Direction of Luca di Montezemolo.

  9. Daniel PT said on 7th April 2008, 19:23

    @ Milos: The other finn actually won 1 of the first races and did more or less the same as Massa, it was not a bad start, but it was not as expected. We can call it a disappointing start.  Everyone expected him to blast Massa from the spot. Kovi, on the other hand, got badly beaten by his teammate.

    @Daniel: Massa has is good days like every one else and he wins. His problem is that when its an off day it goes very wrong. He can hardly be a contender like this, but if he improves this, maybe then he can be WDC material. For kimi Bahrein was an off day… Heidfeld, yeah, i think you are right, Heidfeld is more like Rubinho. He does what is expected to do. He does not falter, but does not shines.

  10. verasaki said on 7th April 2008, 21:20

    this one isn’t mine, actually got it from speed tv :  all 3 drivers on the podium were either past or present sauber boys.

  11. Horacio said on 7th April 2008, 21:56

    Sauber has "0" influence on BMW F1 Team. They just left the name for a respect reason.

  12. Daniel said on 7th April 2008, 22:33

    verasaki: and adding on it, all drivers on podium are past or current Nick Heidfeld team-mates!

  13. Bbbut said on 8th April 2008, 0:43

    @Horacio This is not true! The car is still build in the same factory by the same guys.
    "0" influence? More like 50% Sauber influence at least…

  14. Fer no.65 said on 8th April 2008, 1:39

    @Rabi… you’re sooooooooooooooooo damn right!… the most impressive fact…

  15. Journeyer said on 8th April 2008, 5:41

    Vera, not just top 3, make it top 4!  Nick is a longtime Sauber driver.

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