F1: European Grand Prix in six words

By LJ Hutchins

CalendarSunday, August 24th, 2008

 
 

Not much happened on track in Valencia, but Ferrari’s pitlane perils and Lewis Hamilton’s near-withdrawal on health grounds meant there was still plenty to talk about. As usual, we’ve compressed the performance of each driver and team down to just six words.

Jenson Button likes to be beside the seaside

Jenson Button likes to be beside the seaside

Overall race report

Much-hyped circuit serves up procession

Drivers

1. Felipe Massa
Drove skilfully, controlled race, regrettable incident
2. Lewis Hamilton
Not bad, given his Man Flu
3. Robert Kubica
Keeping the championship big-hitters honest
4. Heikki Kovalainen
Upped the ante after Hungary boost
5. Jarno Trulli
Yet another reliable points-paying performance
6. Sebastian Vettel
Deserved more points for superb weekend
7. Timo Glock
Great start, great strategy, points payoff
8. Nico Rosberg
Wasn’t pointless for once (boom boom!)
9. Nick Heidfeld
Continues to be embarrassed by Kubica
10. Sebastien Bourdais
Broken wing cost him better result
11. Nelson A Piquet
Struggled with damage and poor start
12. Mark Webber
Hoped in vain for safety car
13. Jenson Button
Flying start, made no progress thereafter
14. Giancarlo Fisichella
Happy with improvements to car’s competitiveness
15. Kazuki Nakajima
Currently, most unpopular man in Spain
16. Rubens Barrichello
Never managed to diagnose brakes issue
17. David Coulthard
No last hurrah here before retirement
DNF: Kimi Raikkonen
Can’t work miracles without an engine
DNF: Adrian Sutil
Might consider hiring a bodyguard soon
DNF: Fernando Alonso
Took disastrous race on the chin

Teams

Lewis Hamilton laps the Valencia Street Circuit

Lewis Hamilton laps the Valencia Street Circuit

1. Ferrari
Drivers have class – team lacks it
2. McLaren
Playing safe earns points without excitement
3. BMW Sauber
Their star is rising once again
4. Toyota
Gathering momentum in battle for fourth
5. Renault
Did nothing to advance cause today
6. Red Bull
Lacked speed, power – looked distinctly average
7. Williams
A mini-fightback, but still welcome
8. Honda
Nothing to write home about, again
9. Toro Rosso
A good weekend deserved greater reward
10. Force India
Continually improving, despite lack of results

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