Felipe Massa celebrated for the third consecutive year in Turkey on this day in 2008 ahead of Lewis Hamilton in McLaren and his team-mate Raikkonen in Ferrari who kept his championship lead.

The current world champion Kimi Raikkonen led after the first four races of the season with two wins in Malaysia and Spain and Ferrari was convincingly leading the constructors.

Massa won the pole position for the third consecutive year at Istanbul Park, 0.191 seconds ahead of Kovalainen and 0.306 seconds ahead of Hamilton while Raikkonen was in third place, 0.319 seconds behind. It was second pole position in 2008 for Brazilian after Malaysia and 11th in his career.

Last year, Hamilton had problems with tyre wear due to his aggressive driving style and in 2008 it was no different so Briton opted for three stops to avoid the potential punctures that hit him in 2007.

Massa leads Hamilton Turkish GP F1 2008 Foto Ferrari
Massa leads Hamilton in 2008 Turkish GP

Raikkonen punctured the rear tyre of his compatriot Kovalainen and forced him into a early stoppage. Hamilton was lighter than both Ferraris due to the strategy of three pitstops and he overtook Massa after the first stops in the lap 24. After all pitstops were completed, Hamilton returned back in front of Raikkonen and behind the leading Massa.

Massa won convincigly, third time in a row in Turkey and second time in 2008, Hamilton was second with 3.779 seconds behind, and Raikkonen third, half a second behind Hamilton. BMW Sauber drivers Kubica and Heidfeld were fourth and fifth, Alonso in Renault six, while Webber in Red Bull and Rosberg in Williams scored the last points.

Kimi Raikkonen set the fastest lap, 0.023 seconds faster than Hamilton, although he was running two stop strategy. In 2008, the Finn set 10 fastest laps in 18 races and equalized his own record in 2005 when he also drove 10 fastest laps, but in 19 races.

STARTING GRID

1 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:27.617
2 23 H.Kovalainen McLaren/Mercedes 1:27.808 0.191
3 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 1:27.923 0.306
4 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:27.936 0.319
5 4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:28.390 0.773
6 10 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 1:28.417 0.800
7 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:28.422 0.805
8 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:28.836 1.219
9 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:28.882 1.265
10 9 David Coulthard Red Bull/Renault 1:29.959 2.342
11 7 Nico Rosberg Williams/Toyota 1:27.012 -0.605
12 17 R.Barrichello Honda 1:27.219 -0.398
13 16 Jenson Button Honda 1:27.298 -0.319
14 15 Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:27.412 -0.205
15 12 Timo Glock Toyota 1:27.806 0.189
16 8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams/Toyota 1:27.547 -0.070
17 6 Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1:27.568 -0.049
18 14 S.Bourdais Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:27.621 0.004
19 20 Adrian Sutil Force India/Ferrari 1:28.325 0.708
20 21 G.Fisichella Force India/Ferrari 1:27.807 0.190

RACE RESULTS

1 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 58 1:26:49.451
2 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 58 1:26:53.230 3.779
3 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 58 1:26:53.722 4.271
4 4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 58 1:27:11.396 21.945
5 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 58 1:27:28.192 38.741
6 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 58 1:27:43.175 53.724
7 10 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 58 1:27:53.680 1:04.229
8 7 Nico Rosberg Williams/Toyota 58 1:28:00.857 1:11.406
9 9 David Coulthard Red Bull/Renault 58 1:28:04.721 1:15.270
10 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 58 1:28:05.795 1:16.344
11 16 Jenson Button Honda 57 1:26:50.629 1 Lap
12 23 H.Kovalainen McLaren/Mercedes 57 1:26:51.412 1 Lap
13 12 Timo Glock Toyota 57 1:26:56.703 1 Lap
14 17 R.Barrichello Honda 57 1:27:02.734 1 Lap
15 6 Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 57 1:27:03.906 1 Lap
16 20 Adrian Sutil Force India/Ferrari 57 1:27:51.473 1 Lap
17 15 Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso/Ferrari 57 1:27:52.085 1 Lap
(17) 14 S.Bourdais Toro Rosso/Ferrari 24 38:00.946 Mechanical
(19) 8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams/Toyota 1 2:31.878 Collision
21 G.Fisichella Force India/Ferrari 0 Collision

Fastest lap: Kimi Raikkonen – 1:26.506 (lap 20)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Kimi Räikkönen 35   1 10 8 10 6
2 Felipe Massa 28   10 8 10
3 Lewis Hamilton 28   10 4 6 8
4 Robert Kubica 24   8 6 5 5
5 Nick Heidfeld 20   8 3 5 4
6 Heikki Kovalainen 14   4 6 4
7 Mark Webber 10   2 2 4 2
8 Jarno Trulli 9   5 3 1
8 Fernando Alonso 9   5 1 3
10 Nico Rosberg 8   6 1 1
11 Kazuki Nakajima 5   3 2
12 Jenson Button 3   3
13 Sébastien Bourdais 2   2
14 David Coulthard 0  
15 Timo Glock 0  
16 Giancarlo Fisichella 0  
17 Rubens Barrichello 0  
18 Nelson Piquet Jr. 0  
19 Takuma Sato 0  
20 Anthony Davidson 0  
21 Adrian Sutil 0  
22 Sebastian Vettel 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 63   1 10 18 18 16
2 BMW Sauber/BMW 44   8 11 11 5 9
3 McLaren/Mercedes 42   14 10 4 6 8
4 Williams/Toyota 13   9 1 2 1
5 Red Bull/Renault 10   2 2 4 2
6 Toyota 9   5 3 1
7 Renault 9   5 1 3
8 Honda 3   3
9 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 2   2
10 Force India/Ferrari 0  
11 Super Aguri/Honda 0  

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