News Update 08/24/2008

Olé Olé Felipe: Ferrari’s Felipe Massa put on a masterful performance to win Sunday’s inaugural European Grand Prix in the streets of Valencia. Starting from pole position he scored his fourth win of the season to get back in  the title hunt and now trails championship leader Lewis Hamilton of McLaren, who finished second, by only six points. Rober Kubica made his first appearance on the podium in third place since his maiden win for BMW in Montreal.

An engine failure provided a smoke screen for yet another dismal performance from reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen. Local hero Fernando Alonso was out on the opening lap, losing his rear wing courtesy of Kazuki Nakajima. Spa-Francorchamps is the next stop on the Formula 1 circuit.

Felipe Massa takes a great win in Valencia!

Hamilton sails into second place.

Robert Kubica third and Heikki fourth.

Vettel and Bourdais finish as they started.

Kimi with a pit stop disaster and an engine failure.

 Pos  Driver        Team                      Time
1.  Massa         Ferrari               (B)  1h35:32.339
2.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +     5.611
3.  Kubica        BMW Sauber            (B)  +    37.353
4.  Kovalainen    McLaren-Mercedes      (B)  +    39.703
5.  Trulli        Toyota                (B)  +    50.684
6.  Vettel        Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  +    52.625
7.  Glock         Toyota                (B)  +  1:07.990
8.  Rosberg       Williams-Toyota       (B)  +  1:11.457
9.  Heidfeld      BMW Sauber            (B)  +  1:22.177
10.  Bourdais      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    (B)  +  1:29.794
11.  Piquet        Renault               (B)  +  1:32.717
12.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +     1 lap
13.  Button        Honda                 (B)  +     1 lap
14.  Fisichella    Force India-Ferrari   (B)  +     1 lap
15.  Nakajima      Williams-Toyota       (B)  +     1 lap
16.  Barrichello   Honda                 (B)  +     1 lap
17.  Coulthard     Red Bull-Renault      (B)  +     1 lap

Fastest lap: Massa, 1:38.708

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                      On lap
Raikkonen     Ferrari               (B)    46
Sutil         Force India-Ferrari   (B)    42
Alonso        Renault               (B)    1

World Championship standings, round 12:               

Drivers:                    Constructors:            
1.  Hamilton      70        1.  Ferrari               121
2.  Massa         64        2.  McLaren-Mercedes      113
3.  Raikkonen     57        3.  BMW Sauber             96
4.  Kubica        55        4.  Toyota                 41
5.  Kovalainen    43        5.  Renault                31
6.  Heidfeld      41        6.  Red Bull-Renault       24
7.  Trulli        26        7.  Williams-Toyota        17
8.  Alonso        18        8.  Honda                  14
9.  Webber        18        9.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari     11
10.  Glock         15      
11.  Piquet        13      
12.  Barrichello   11      
13.  Vettel         9      
14.  Rosberg        9      
15.  Nakajima       8      
16.  Coulthard      6      
17.  Button         3      
18.  Bourdais       2