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2008 Chinese Grand Prix

Sinopec Chinese Grand Prix

Sunday, October 19, 2008
Hot, dry and hazy
Fastest Lap:
Hamilton, 1m36.325
2008 season:

The Chinese Grand Prix, despite its importance in the 2008 Formula 1 World Championship, was sadly as uneventful as the Japanese Grand Prix was controversial. Having put his car on pole, Lewis Hamilton drove an absolutely faultless race only giving up the lead over his two pit stops and finished over 16 seconds ahead of championship rival Felipe Massa (who was gifted second place in the closing stages by Räikkönen). It would be easy to conclude that the Ferraris just didn’t have the necessary pace to keep up with the McLarens as Hamilton drew away easily from second placed Räikkönen after a perfect start, but a closer look at Heikki Kovalainen would make you think again. Yes, the McLarens had the edge over the Scuderia in China, but Hamilton was in a class of his own. If only he had put on such a strong display last weekend and he would have had the title wrapped up by now… Still, he once again rose to the occasion, kept a level head and drove so well that even Rob Smedley, Massa’s engineer, couldn’t help but offer his congratulations. “You can put it down to: is McLaren the fastest car, or is Lewis just the fastest driver? If you look at him compared to poor old Heikki, he completely out-classed him this weekend.”