Felipe Massa took a comfortable pole position in the 2008 Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen and Heikki Kovalainen in his McLaren on this day in 2008, but spun in the race as he tried to keep up with Raikkonen.

Malaysia was the second race of the season, and in the first from the pole position, Lewis Hamilton celebrated in McLaren. Ferraris were in much better shape in Malaysia, which they showed in the qualifications.

Fast Sepang and hot conditions suited Ferrari and their F2008 better, with Massa and Raikkonen taking the front row ahead of two McLaren Kovalainen and Hamilton who were subsequently penalized with a five-place lower starting position for obstructing Heidfeld and Alonso.

Kovalainen was surprisingly faster than Hamilton in third place, and Massa, also somewhat surprisingly, convincingly defeated current world champion Kimi Raikkonen by a staggering 0.482 seconds.

The Brazilian had less fuel than Finn, but as he entered pits in the 17th lap (Raikkonen in the 18th) it is clear that such a difference cannot be attributed to fuel (fuel for a lap is worth a maximum of a tenth per lap).

Thanks to a one lap longer opening stint, Raikkonen managed to overtake Massa through the pitstops and the Brazilian then held a convincing second place, a few seconds behind Raikkonen. Although he could not follow or threaten him, Massa had a eight points and drove towards a 1-2 victory for Ferrari.

But Massa, who was 4,940 seconds late in the 30th lap behind Raikkonen, loses control of the back end in a double right turn and ends up in the sand next to the track from which he failed to get out.

Kubica finished second in the BMW and Kovalainen in McLaren was third while his teammate Hamilton was only fifth, still retaining the lead in the driver standings.

STARTING GRID

1 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.748
2 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:36.230 0.482
3 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:36.711 0.963
4 4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:36.727 0.979
5 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:36.753 1.005
6 10 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 1:37.009 1.261
7 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:38.450 2.702
8 23 H.Kovalainen McLaren/Mercedes 1:36.613 0.865
5 place grid penalty for blocking Heidfeld and Alonso
9 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 1:36.709 0.961
5 place grid penalty for blocking Heidfeld
10 12 Timo Glock Toyota 1:39.656 3.908
11 16 Jenson Button Honda 1:35.208 -0.540
12 9 David Coulthard Red Bull/Renault 1:35.408 -0.340
13 6 Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1:35.562 -0.186
14 17 R.Barrichello Honda 1:35.622 -0.126
15 15 Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:35.648 -0.100
16 7 Nico Rosberg Williams/Toyota 1:35.670 -0.078
17 21 G.Fisichella Force India/Ferrari 1:36.240 0.492
18 14 S.Bourdais Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:36.677 0.929
19 18 Takuma Sato Super Aguri/Honda 1:37.087 1.339
20 20 Adrian Sutil Force India/Ferrari 1:37.101 1.353
21 19 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri/Honda 1:37.481 1.733
22 8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams/Toyota 1:36.388 0.640
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2008 Malaysian GP Massa Raikkonen after qualifying Photo Ferrari
Massa and Raikkonen secured the front row for Ferrari in the 2008 Malaysian GP (Photo: Ferrari)

2008 MALAYSIAN GP RACE RESULTS

1 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 56 1:31:18.555
2 4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 56 1:31:38.125 19.570
3 23 H.Kovalainen McLaren/Mercedes 56 1:31:57.005 38.450
4 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 56 1:32:04.387 45.832
5 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 56 1:32:05.103 46.548
6 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 56 1:32:08.388 49.833
7 10 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 56 1:32:26.685 1:08.130
8 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 56 1:32:28.596 1:10.041
9 9 David Coulthard Red Bull/Renault 56 1:32:34.775 1:16.220
10 16 Jenson Button Honda 56 1:32:44.769 1:26.214
11 6 Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 56 1:32:50.757 1:32.202
12 21 G.Fisichella Force India/Ferrari 55 1:31:49.648 1 lap
13 17 R.Barrichello Honda 55 1:31:52.069 1 lap
14 7 Nico Rosberg Williams/Toyota 55 1:32:01.227 1 lap
15 19 Anthony Davidson Super Aguri/Honda 55 1:32:49.328 1 lap
16 18 Takuma Sato Super Aguri/Honda 54 1:31:26.134 2 laps
17 8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams/Toyota 54 1:31:37.131 2 laps
(12) 15 Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso/Ferrari 39 1:04:56.494 Engine
(2) 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 30 48:59.371 Spun off
(14) 20 Adrian Sutil Force India/Ferrari 5 8:38.801 Hydraulics
(21) 12 Timo Glock Toyota 1 2:50.790 Chrash
14 S.Bourdais Toro Rosso/Ferrari 0 Spun off

Fastest lap: Nick Heidfeld – 1:35.366 (lap55)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Lewis Hamilton 14
2 Kimi Räikkönen 11
3 Nick Heidfeld 11
4 Heikki Kovalainen 10
5 Robert Kubica 8
6 Nico Rosberg 6

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 McLaren/Mercedes 24
2 BMW Sauber/BMW 19
3 Ferrari 11
4 Williams/Toyota 9
5 Renault 6
6 Toyota 5
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