Robert Kubica scored his first and only victory in Formula 1 exactly nine years ago – it was also first and only win for the BMW Sauber.

Hamilton was leading the standings with 38 points after his Monaco win, Raikkonen was on 35, Massa on 34, and Kubica on 32 – it was that tense after the first six races in 2008.

In Canada, Hamilton was the fastest in qualifying with as much as 0.612 seconds ahead of Kubica and 0.849 seconds ahead of Raikkonen after drivers struggled with disintegrating asphalt in the slowest corner on the track. It was second pole for Hamilton in 2008 after starting first in the first race in Australia.

Hamilton was six seconds ahead of Kubica and another second in front of Raikkonen who was very quick when he warmed his tyres, but Hamilton hit Raikkonen in the back while the Finn stood on the box exit beside Kubica with red lights on. Rosberg then hit the rear of Hamilton. Both Hamilton and Raikkonen retired, and Hamilton and Rosberg were penalized with 10 places at the start of next race in France.

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Kubica secured his first and only F1 victory in Montreal (8.6.2008.) Photo: BMW

Kubica was on the two stop strategy and was let by his team mate Heidfeld who was on a one stop strategy, which in the end it turned out to be crucial in his victory because the BMW Sauber scored 1-2 although Heidfeld was a bit disappointed as he could win if he didn’t let Kubica pass.

David Coulthard was third in Red Bull, fourth Glock in Toyota, fifth Massa in Ferrari, and sixth in Trulli in second Toyota. Barrichello in Honda and Vettel in Toro Rosso won the last points in the race.

With this victory, Kubica took the lead in the drivers championship with 42 points in front of Massa and Hamilton who had 38 points each and Raikkonen with 35 points.

Ferrari continued to lead with 73 points, but BMW Williams had only three points less while McLaren was 20 points behind Ferrari.

STARTING GRID

1 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 1:17.886
2 4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 1:18.498 0.612
3 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:18.735 0.849
4 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 1:18.746 0.860
5 7 Nico Rosberg Williams/Toyota 1:18.844 0.958
6 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:19.048 1.162
7 23 H.Kovalainen McLaren/Mercedes 1:19.089 1.203
8 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 1:19.633 1.747
9 17 R.Barrichello Honda 1:20.848 2.962
10 10 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault
11 12 Timo Glock Toyota 1:18.031 0.145
12 8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams/Toyota 1:18.062 0.176
13 9 David Coulthard Red Bull/Renault 1:18.238 0.352
14 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 1:18.327 0.441
15 6 Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 1:18.393 0.507
16 20 Adrian Sutil Force India/Ferrari 1:19.108 1.222
17 21 G.Fisichella Force India/Ferrari 1:19.165 1.279
18 14 S.Bourdais Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:18.916 1.030
19 15 Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso/Ferrari
20 16 Jenson Button Honda 1:23.565 5.679

RACE RESULTS

1 4 Robert Kubica BMW Sauber 70 1:36:24.447
2 3 Nick Heidfeld BMW Sauber 70 1:36:40.942 16.495
3 9 David Coulthard Red Bull/Renault 70 1:36:47.799 23.352
4 12 Timo Glock Toyota 70 1:37:07.074 42.627
5 2 Felipe Massa Ferrari 70 1:37:08.381 43.934
6 11 Jarno Trulli Toyota 70 1:37:12.222 47.775
7 17 R.Barrichello Honda 70 1:37:18.044 53.597
8 15 Sebastian Vettel Toro Rosso/Ferrari 70 1:37:18.567 54.120
9 23 H.Kovalainen McLaren/Mercedes 70 1:37:18.880 54.433
10 7 Nico Rosberg Williams/Toyota 70 1:37:22.196 57.749
11 16 Jenson Button Honda 70 1:37:31.987 1:07.540
12 10 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 70 1:37:35.676 1:11.229
13 14 S.Bourdais Toro Rosso/Ferrari 69 1:36:43.167 1 Lap
(14) 21 G.Fisichella Force India/Ferrari 51 1:12:50.673 Spun off
(8) 8 Kazuki Nakajima Williams/Toyota 46 1:04:53.725 Collision
(3) 5 Fernando Alonso Renault 44 1:02:00.984 Spun off
(14) 6 Nelson Piquet Jr. Renault 39 55:48.268 Brakes
(10) 1 Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 19 27:08.722 Collision
(12) 22 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 19 27:09.903 Collision
(16) 20 Adrian Sutil Force India/Ferrari 13 17:52.870 Gearbox

Fastest lap: Kimi Raikkonen – 1:17.387 (lap 14)

DRIVERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER 7/18 RACES

1 Robert Kubica 42   8 6 5 5 8 10
2 Lewis Hamilton 38   10 4 6 8 10
3 Felipe Massa 38   10 8 10 6 4
4 Kimi Räikkönen 35   1 10 8 10 6
5 Nick Heidfeld 28   8 3 5 4 8
6 Heikki Kovalainen 15   4 6 4 1
7 Mark Webber 15   2 2 4 2 5
8 Jarno Trulli 12   5 3 1 3
9 Fernando Alonso 9   5 1 3
10 Nico Rosberg 8   6 1 1
11 Kazuki Nakajima 7   3 2 2
12 David Coulthard 6   6
13 Timo Glock 5   5
14 Sebastian Vettel 5   4 1
15 Rubens Barrichello 5   3 2
16 Jenson Button 3   3
17 Sébastien Bourdais 2   2
18 Giancarlo Fisichella 0  
19 Nelson Piquet Jr. 0  
20 Takuma Sato 0  
21 Anthony Davidson 0  
22 Adrian Sutil 0  

CONSTRUCTORS’ CHAMPIONSHIP

1 Ferrari 73   1 10 18 18 16 6 4
2 BMW Sauber/BMW 70   8 11 11 5 9 8 18
3 McLaren/Mercedes 53   14 10 4 6 8 11
4 Red Bull/Renault 21   2 2 4 2 5 6
5 Toyota 17   5 3 1 8
6 Williams/Toyota 15   9 1 2 1 2
7 Renault 9   5 1 3
8 Honda 8   3 3 2
9 Toro Rosso/Ferrari 7   2 4 1
10 Force India/Ferrari 0  
11 Super Aguri/Honda 0  

RACE – Part 1


RACE – Part 2


Canada F1 2008 podium Kubica Heidfeld Foto F1fansite

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