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


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


Bits fall off, they still dominate
BMW Sauber
Back to reality after Canadian glory
The score: stewards three, McLaren nil
Red Bull
Both cars compromised by poor starts
They wanted a result – Trulli delivered
“Mediocre”, they said – difficult to disagree
A double points finish at last
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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