F1: Spanish Grand Prix in six words

By Andy Darley

CalendarSunday, April 27th, 2008

 
 

The thrills, the spills, the near-misses – it might have been a bit processional at times but no-one could claim it wasn’t exciting too. At least, now we know that Heikki Kovalainen’s OK.

For anyone short of time, patience or attention, here’s our six-word summaries of race, teams and drivers.

Overall race report

Pole sitter’s race winner – as usual

Drivers

1st: Kimi Raikkonen
Won in qualifying, mustn’t get complacent
2nd: Felipe Massa
Relegated to rear-gunner once more
3rd: Lewis Hamilton
Turned recent bad fortune into podium
4th: Robert Kubica
Proves he’s no one-race wonder
5th: Mark Webber
This is more what we expected
6th: Jenson Button
Kept his head, did Honda proud
7th: Kazuki Nakajima
Scraped a couple of points together
8th: Jarno Trulli
Slight step backwards for old campaigner
9th: Nick Heidfeld
Poor qualifying, refuelling penalty killed recovery
10th: Giancarlo Fisichella
Ran well but couldn’t crack breakthrough
11th: Timo Glock
Must remember Formula One isn’t dodgems
12th: David Coulthard
Rotten weekend from start to finish
13th: Takuma Sato
Spirited run in face of adversity
DNF: Nico Rosberg
Steadily gaining ground when engine blew
DNF: Fernando Alonso
Disappointment strikes in home grand prix
DNF: Rubens Barrichello
Frustrating retirement spoiled his decent run
DNF: Heikki Kovalainen
Will remember this for wrong reasons
DNF: Anthony Davidson
Exit best described as character-building
DNF: Sebastien Bourdais
Champ Car was never like this
DNF: Nelson Piquet Jr
Inexperience trips him time after time
DNF: Adrian Sutil
Swap F1 for ice-dancing, mate
DNF: Sebastian Vettel
It’s a marathon, not a sprint…

Teams

Ferrari
Easy – but less easy than expected
BMW Sauber
Forward momentum checked but not halted
McLaren-Mercedes
Sod the racing – is Heikki OK?
Williams
Rosberg’s engine prevented still-better points
Toyota
Slipped back slightly in midfield battle
Red Bull
Need DC to match Webber’s results
Renault
One engine failure, one driver failure
Honda
Unexpected improvement starts to bear fruit
Toro Rosso
They can’t buy luck this season
Force India
Edging ever closer to a breakthrough
Super Aguri
Still fighting – Sato did ’em proud

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