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2008 European Grand Prix

Gran Premio d'Europa Telefonica

Sunday, August 24, 2008
Warm, dry and sunny
Fastest Lap:
Massa, 1m38.708
2008 season:

In Budapest Felipe Massa lost what would have been a dominant victory when his engine let go with three laps to go, and when Kimi Raikkonen’s car smokily expired in the late stages at Valencia, all sorts of thoughts must have gone through Felipe’s mind. As it was, though, his Ferrari ran faultlessly from grid to flag, and thus he took his fourth victory of the season. “The car was perfect all afternoon,” he said, “and it was even better in the last stint than it had been before.” Six races remain in the 2008 campaign, and the World Championship fight increasingly distils to a two-hander, between Massa and Lewis Hamilton, whose McLaren had nothing for the Ferrari on this occasion, but at least ran, and finished, a solid second, Lewis thus maintaining his championship lead. That said, it was inescapably the case that Hamilton couldn’t quite match Massa’s pace. In Valencia Martin Whitmarsh said that significant aerodynamic updates were on the way for the next two, ultra-quick, races at Spa and Monza, and if Lewis is not to be overhauled they will need to be good.