2008 French GP Stats and Facts

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Felipe Massa, Jarno Trulli, 2008 French Grand Prix podium, 470150

Here’s a look at the facts and statistics from the French Grand Prix including another new world championship leader.

Plus Kimi Raikkonen edges closer to a new record and Lewis Hamilton hits a career low.

Saturday saw Ferrari claim their 200th pole position – you can read a full statistical breakdown of that achievement here: Ferrari’s 200 pole positions.

Felipe Massa scored his third victory of the season giving him more wins this year than anyone else, and matching the three wins he scored last year. It was his eighth career victory, giving him as many as Jacky Ickx and 1967 world champion Denny Hulme. He also leads the world championship for the first time in his career.

Massa has also finished second and fifth eight times but his most frequent finishing position is, unusually, 11th, where he’s finished 10 times.

Fastest lap went to Kimi Raikkonen for the fifth consecutive races. That equals the second-best record for consecutive fastest laps held by Michael Schumacher, and is two off the all-time record held by Alberto Ascari that dates back to 1953. It was his 30th fastest lap, tying him for third place on the all-time list with Nigel Mansell, but 11 behind Alain Prost in second.

In a reversal of last year, Raikkonen took pole position and led the first lap, but finished second behind Massa.

A Ferrari finished in the points for the 40th consecutive race. It was their third consecutive win at Magny-Cours, each time with a different driver: Michael Schumacher, Raikkonen and Massa.

Jarno Trulli scored Toyota’s first podium since the 2006 Australian Grand Prix, when Ralf Schumacher finished third. Trulli’s last podium was even longer ago – the 2005 Spanish Grand Prix.

Fernando Alonso has not finished in the podium in any of the eight races so far this year. His most recent podium drought of the same length was in 2004 between the Malaysian and United States Grands Prix. However he did score his 500th career point.

Lewis Hamilton started from his worst qualifying position in F1 – 13th – and is now fourth in the drivers’ championship, the lowest he’s ever been. He also failed to score in two consecutive F1 races for the first time ever.

Nelson Piquet Jnr scored points for the first time in F1 and also had his best starting position, ninth.

Aided by the penalties for both the McLarens, the drivers in seventh, eighth and ninth on the grid were each in their best starting positions of the year: David Coulthard, Timo Glock and Nelson Piquet Jnr respectively.

Four different drivers have led the championship in the last four races: Raikkonen, Hamilton, Kubica and Massa:

F1 championship standings, France, 2008