F1: French Grand Prix in six words

By Andy Darley

CalendarSunday, June 22nd, 2008

 
 

Raikkonen’s mechanical woes and Trulli’s desperate defending meant that what might have been a processional race retained interest to the end. Here are our six word summaries of how all the drivers and teams performed.

Overall race report

Ferrari rampant, Toyota scores tribute podium

Drivers

1: Felipe Massa
Lucky to win… he won’t complain
2: Kimi Raikkonen
Did excellent job nursing sick car
3: Jarno Trulli
Wily veteran defended like a trooper
4: Heikki Kovalainen
Impressive – but should have had third
5: Robert Kubica
Mr Consistency slips just a little
6: Mark Webber
Pushed hard, got maximum from strategy
7: Nelson Piquet Jr
This should be a confidence boost
8: Fernando Alonso
Podium ambitions dashed, error cost seventh
9: David Coulthard
Frustrated to lose places at start
10: Lewis Hamilton
Just wasn’t his day at all
11: Timo Glock
Lost points hopes in pit stops
12: Sebastian Vettel
Very pleased to beat a BMW
13: Nick Heidfeld
Another who suffered from poor start
14: Rubens Barrichello
Did his best with difficult car
15: Kazuki Nakajima
Plodded away – not much on offer
16: Nico Rosberg
Very disillusioned at running near back
17: Sebastien Bourdais
Slipped off pace early, never recovered
18: Giancarlo Fisichella
Pleased with reliability, unhappy with pace
19: Adrian Sutil
Aggressive strategy sunk by blue flags
NC: Jenson Button
First-corner impact eventually felled him

Teams

Ferrari
Bits fall off, they still dominate
BMW Sauber
Back to reality after Canadian glory
McLaren
The score: stewards three, McLaren nil
Red Bull
Both cars compromised by poor starts
Toyota
They wanted a result – Trulli delivered
Williams
“Mediocre”, they said – difficult to disagree
Renault
A double points finish at last
Honda
All horribly reminiscent of last season
Toro Rosso
Results didn’t demonstrate their improved performance
Force India
Celebrated much-needed increase in reliability

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