• Jun 23rd 2008 at 7:31AM
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Although Ferrari were clearly the overwhelming victors of the race, the Italian flag was shared on the podium by Toyota's Jarno Trulli, who took his first podium finish in three years (and Toyota's first in over two). Trulli pulled off a command performance, and in the end helped hold off the rest of the field from gaining position on the Ferraris well ahead.

Far behind is where the rest of the field remained for the entire race, as erstwhile race winners fought each other for position all afternoon. With Lewis Hamilton held up farther back after being hit with a drive-through penalty for clipping a corner, his McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen tried repeatedly to pass Trulli, who managed to make his Toyota three lanes wide to hold his position. In the closing laps Kubica kept his BMW poised to pounce in an attempt to pass the both of them, but ultimately never had the opening.

French fans had to be disappointed that their home-grown team Renault could not manage better than seventh place, with Nelsinho Piquet leading his double-world-champion team-mate Fernando Alonso to the checkered flag and a points finish for both. The only French driver on the grid, four-time ChampCar champion Sebastien Bourdais, finished a languishing seventeenth in front of his home crowd.

Jenson Button was the only driver to retire from the race, but his Honda counterpart Rubens Barrichello hardly fared any better, finishing in fourteenth place one lap down.

The race results catapult Felipe Massa into the lead in the drivers' championship with 48 points to the 46 retained by Kubica, who came to France leading the championship after winning in Canada. Raikkonen remains close behind with 43, well ahead of Hamilton's 38. The 1-2 victory also gives Ferrari the overwhelming lead in the constructors' championship with 91 points to BMW Sauber's 74 and McLaren-Mercedes' 58.

The 2008 FIA Formula One World Championship picks up again on July 4-6 at Silverstone for the British Grand Prix.

2008 French Grand Prix

1. Massa Ferrari
2. Raikkonen Ferrari
3. Trulli Toyota
4. Kovalainen McLaren-Mercedes
5. Kubica BMW Sauber
6. Webber Red Bull-Renault
7. Piquet Renault
8. Alonso Renault
9. Coulthard Red Bull-Renault
10. Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
11. Glock Toyota
12. Vettel Toro Rosso-Ferrari
13. Heidfeld BMW Sauber
14. Barrichello Honda
15. Nakajima Williams-Toyota
16. Rosberg Williams-Toyota
17. Bourdais Toro Rosso-Ferrari
18. Fisichella Force India-Ferrari
19. Sutil Force India-Ferrari

Fastest lap:
Raikkonen, 1:16.630

Not classified/retirements:
Button Honda

World Championship standings
(after 8 rounds)

1. Massa 48
2. Kubica 46
3. Raikkonen 43
4. Hamilton 38
5. Heidfeld 28
6. Kovalainen 20
7. Trulli 18
8. Webber 18
9. Alonso 10
10. Rosberg 8
11. Nakajima 7
12. Coulthard 6
13. Barrichello 5
14. Glock 5
15. Vettel 5
16. Button 3
17. Piquet 2
18. Bourdais 2

1. Ferrari 91
2. BMW Sauber 74
3. McLaren-Mercedes 58
4. Red Bull-Renault 24
5. Toyota 23
6. Williams-Toyota 15
7. Renault 12
8. Honda 8
9. Toro Rosso-Ferrari 7

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      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm new to watching F1, nice recap, love to find all my news on 1 site
        • 7 Years Ago
        srry if this is a dbl post-seems my prev one got trashed.

        try to get a hold of some darmeth torrents from the 07 f1 season if you want to acclimated w/ most of the current crop of drivers. the current 08 season is readily available. just make sure it is an itv grab (darmeth or not) bc speed tv is not worth watching at all. terrible commentary and video coverage.
        • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Ferrari demonstrated today in France that it can dominate even harder than Max Mosley's call-girls."

      I couldn't have summed it up any better, brilliant
      • 7 Years Ago
      Way to go Jarno! One of the nicest guys, long time coming!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Funny thing about the final results is that so many supposedly # 2 drivers finished in front of their vaunted senior team mates!
      Ferrari, Renault, McLaren, Williams, BMW etc.
      • 7 Years Ago
      From what i saw this season so far, McLaren-Mercedes are out of luck kinda, and they are the most aggressive team out there, the only one who compete with hunger to win.
      They did the most overtakes.

      Ferarri have the fastest cars, and their team is awesome.
      I dunno why but i love team McLaren-Mercedes :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ferrari surely dominated this one. Even Kimi's exhaust problems that made the car to lost totally it's power time to time didnt drop him more than to second place with 17sec difference to 3th place.
      Kimi even said he wouldnt have made it to the end if there would have been couple of more laps. Nice that Massa admited that it would have been Kimi's race if not that exhaust prob.
      France have been Ferraris playground for some time so in reality it isnt that bad for McLaren, but it will go down for BMW now as the "normal" tracks start coming.

      I'll say that this years WDC will be from Ferrari thought.
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