British Grand Prix
”I can't emphasise enough just how cool
and collected Lewis stayed during the race," said
McLaren's Martin Whitmarsh. "He was under
immense pressure not only to get a result but also not to make
a mistake - in some of the trickiest conditions he has ever
driven in. That he managed to do so with such calmness and
presence of mind is astounding - over the radio, it sounded as
if Lewis was on a quiet Sunday drive - he was relaxed and calm;
nothing seemed too difficult for him. After the first stop, we
were aware of the situation with Kimi's tyres and duly informed
Lewis. and even before his second stop we urged him to look
after the car and measure his pace as a precaution in the
weather conditions. We even recommended he ease his pace into
the closing laps and he came back on the radio and told us he
was already driving as slowly as he could!”
Monaco - 25th May 2008
Will it rain? Won't it rain? Well, yes!
Lewis Hamilton put aside last year's Monaco disappointment
and, despite a worrying moment in lap 6 where he needed to make
an unscheduled pit stop, took control of the unpredictable
street circuit not known for forgiving ANY driving errors.
In an emotional race which his hero Ayrton Senna had won 6
times, Hamilton has described the win as "the highlight of my
career and probably will be for the rest of my life".
"I believe we dealt with the situation very well." said
McLaren CEO, Martin Whitmarsh, about Hamilton's early contact
with the wall. "We put in a reasonably heavy fuel load, but
despite the weight penalty Lewis maintained a really quick pace
- a vital factor at that stage of the race. He did a terrific
job. Conditions were exceptionally difficult but he didn’t
commit any other errors and the team made the right calls at
the right time. We’re delighted with the outcome."
Turkey - 11th May 2008
"A Turkish hat trick!" says Felipe Massa, "That was a
weekend to remember for a very long time. When you win three
times in a row, it says something is special between you and a
circuit. I always feel very comfortable and very strong at this
circuit and it is a track where I can be one of the quickest
all the time, but I have also won twice in Bahrain, I won in
Barcelona and Brazil and I want to win at other tracks as well.
For sure, I had a great car last weekend and I think the team
did a great job and so did I. It's a very special place to be
and to keep winning at."
Malaysia 23rd March 2008
Following an Australian Grand Prix where only 7 cars
finished, it was a relief to see that the last week has been
used well by the teams....
A much improved weekend for Ferrari saw Kimi Raikkonen
taking a conclusive win in the Malasian Grand Prix, no-one
really even coming close to knocking him from the top step of
Throughout the weekend the Malasian weather was expected to
take as much of a part in the race as anything else, many even
suggested that it would make things more interesting! As it
turned out, the rain stayed away, and it was business as
Raikkonen and Massa pulled away from the field as the
McLarens of Hamilton and Kovalainen, starting 5 places further
back on the grid than their qualifying positions, were held up
by successive problems, the McLaren mechanics struggling to
change Lewis' front right wheel during his first pitstop, and
slower cars, the McLaren race strategy not necesarily fitting
their relegated start positions.
It was only once Felipe Massa spun off and beached his
Ferrari that Robert Kubica in the BMW acquired the second place
that he went on to hold until the chequered flag, some 20
seconds behind Kimi, but another 20 in front of third placed
From a British perspective, it was good to see that all four
of our drivers actually finished! David Coulthard and Jenson
Button seemed to spend the entire race following each other,
finishing 9th and 10th, and Anthony Davidson "stayed out
of trouble and brought the car home" in 15th.