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, 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…

  2. "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…

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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…

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

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

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

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

  11. Sri said on 8th April 2008, 6:58

    Daniel PT: Heidfeld is more like Rubinho. He does what is expected to do. He does not falter, but does not shine

    Daniel: Heidfeld is much more like Barrichello… solid, good when tuning the car, but lacks the ultimate pace…

    You guys know who’s the only team mate that blew the socks off of Kimi Raikkonen. Kimi, the guy who’s considered to be the best of the current lot, who also happens to be the reigning champ. The correct answer is Nick Heidfeld(in Sauber, 2001). He was also a Mercedes sponsored driver, but he did not get a drive with them, like Schumacher. Will they(Macca) be sorry again, time will tell.

  12. Keith Collantine (@keithcollantine) said on 8th April 2008, 8:24

    I wouldn’t say Heidfeld "blew the socks off" Raikkonen. He scored a few more points than him – but remember that was Raikkonen’s debut season.

  13. Mark said on 8th April 2008, 12:45

    Yeah it was only Kimi’s First season BUT it was only Nick’s second season.
    He is also the only driver not to get spanked by Mark Webber when he was a teammate.  (Yoong, Pizzonia, Klien, Rosberg and DC)

    I’m with Sri, Nick is a gun!

  14. Melanie said on 8th April 2008, 13:38

    Yeah it was only Kimi’s First season BUT it was only Nick’s second season.
    He is also the only driver not to get spanked by Mark Webber when he was a teammate.  (Yoong, Pizzonia, Klien, Rosberg and DC)

    And Kimi was properly one of the most inexperienced rookies in recent history, with only 23 car races to his name. Nick was much more experienced. Kimi only lost by 3 points and more retirement then Nick. Kubica lost by a much bigger margin to Nick last year, but it seems like he will properly get the better of Nick this year. It is fair to say that Kimi would have properly also gotten the better of Nick in his second year.

    But Nick is generally a very underrated just like Webber.

  15. Sri said on 8th April 2008, 18:07

    Just one correction Melanie, Nick had one more retirement than Kimi in the 1991 season(I guess i think i originally did overstate it, but i think not by much). Do not get me wrong, am a huge Kimi fan. I like it every bit when he fiddles with the mike(he just could not stop himself, but i have not seen him do that in the recent races… sad…) in press conferences, takes a $#it, when Michael was being bid Farewell(well am a huge Michael fan too), monosyllabic speech,  or for that matter has to be woken up before a race or in the pub just being a guy. Also, when he races as James Hunt in a 500 mile skidoo endurance race and to top it off, wins it.

  16. Well, you could also argue that Coulthard "blew the socks off" Raikkonen in his first season at McLaren – he finished with nearly double the points. So, Heidfeld isn’t the only one. 2003 and 2004 turned out different, though…

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