F1: Chinese Grand Prix in six words

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarSunday, October 19th, 2008

 
 

A race in which a dozen things could have gone wrong – and which turned out to be thankfully processional. Get Brits on Pole’s 60-second rundown on what you need to know about the Chinese Grand Prix:

Overall race report

The stewards kept schtum, thank God

Drivers

1. Lewis Hamilton
Kept his head during composed drive.
2. Felipe Massa
Never found true form all weekend
3. Kimi Raikkonen
Supported Massa – showed him up, too
4. Fernando Alonso
Got the result he’d hoped for
5. Nick Heidfeld
Proved worth to team yet again
6. Robert Kubica
Curtain fell on his title challenge
7. Timo Glock
A sound, solid run to points
8. Nelson A Piquet
Doing his bit for constructors’ battle
9. Sebastian Vettel
Unable to make his mark today
10. David Coulthard
Hauled himself up from 16th place
11. Rubens Barrichello
Showed Brawn he’s not going quietly
12. Kazuki Nakajima
Made best of poor qualifying position
13. Sebastien Bourdais
Listen mate – you’d better avoid Trulli
14. Mark Webber
Running on fumes: tactics not strategy
15. Nico Rosberg
Qualified 15th, finished 15th, full stop
16. Jenson Button
Each race he seems more dejected
17. Giancarlo Fisichella
One-stopper couldn’t win him places
DNF: Jarno Trulli
He doesn’t often lose his temper…
DNF: Adrian Sutil
Cars need gears to finish races
DNF: Heikki Kovalainen
Not running in team-mate’s league

Teams

1. McLaren
Will have constructors’ work cut out
2. Ferrari
Made the best of the circumstances
3. Renault
Continued with new front-runners’ pace
4. BMW Sauber
Have already achieved their season’s target
5. Toyota
Like curate’s egg, good in parts
6. Toro Rosso
Fell firmly back to earth today
7. Red Bull
Christian Horner’s already typing his CV
8. Honda
Barrichello did well, Button not so
9. Williams
Couldn’t make much impression in China
10. Force India
Like Blackadder’s broken pencil, they’re pointless

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