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2008 Formula One Season

Posted by jenz30 on October 23, 2008

As this Formula One season comes to a close, it would be nice to look back over the highs and lows of the sport this year.

2008 saw the banning of traction control after it was re-introduced in 2001 and also created two new street circuits,The Valencia Street Circuit and Marina Bay Street Circuit which hosted the European GP and the new Singapore GP respectively. The Singapore GP was also the first Formula One event held at night.

Teams

11 teams signed up this year:

  • Ferrari
  • Red Bull
  • Force India
  • Super Aguri
  • Toro Rosso
  • Toyota
  • Williams
  • BMW Sauber
  • Honda
  • McLaren-Mercedes
  • Renault

On 29 July 2008, the Formula One Teams Association FOTA was created at a meeting of the teams competing in this year’s championship. FOTA gives a united voice in ongoing discussions regarding the future of Formula One with the FIA and Bernie Ecclestone’s Formula One Group. With Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo at the helm, the first task of FOTA will be to negotiate the terms of the new Concorde Agreement, the commercial contract which governs the championship, with the FiA and Bernie Ecclestone.

Drivers

A few drivers changed teams this year and re-organised themselves in the following fashion:

  • Ferrari – Kimi Raikkonen + Felipe Massa
  • BMW Sauber – Nick Heidfeld + Robert Kubica
  • ING Renault – Fernando Alonso + Nelson Piquet Jr.
  • At&T Williams – Nico Rosberg + Kazuki Nakajima
  • Red Bull Racing – David Coulthard + Mark Webber
  • Panasonic Toyota Racing – Jarno Trulli + Timo Glock
  • Toro Rosso – Sebastien Bourdais + Sebastian Vettel
  • Honda Racing – Jenson Button + Rubens Barrichello
  • Super Aguri – Takuma Sato + Anthony Davidson
  • Force India – Adrian Sutil + Giancarlo Fisichella
  • Vodafone McLaren – Lewis Hamilton + Heikki Kovalainen

Super Aguri withdrew on May 6 from the 2008 Formula One season due to financial troubles.

Overall Standings

  • Drivers

Currently, Lewis Hamilton is in the lead with 94 points and is expected to win the championship next week in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The only man who could possibly challenge him now is Felipe Massa on 87 points.

  • Constructors

Ferrari are in the lead with 156 points and McLaren are not far behind with 145 points. In third place are BMW Sauber with 135 points.

Jennifer Willis-Jones (jenzltp@hotmail.com)

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