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Malaysian GP 2008

MARCH 23, 2008

Race Incidents

Nick Heidfeld, Jarno Trulli, Malaysian GP 2008
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23 MARCH 2008

Lap 1: On pole position for the 10th time in Formula One, Felipe Massa holds off a robust challenge from Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to lead into Turn One. Robert Kubica grabs third as Jarno Trulli edges Nick Heidfeld wide. Mark Webber capitalises to seize fourth and Lewis Hamilton swiftly leaps from ninth to fifth to lead Trulli, Heikki Kovalainen, David Coulthard, Fernando Alonso, Nick Heidfeld, Jenson Button, Nelson Piquet, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg, who is missing his front wing after tipping Timo Glock into a spin at Turn 14. Glock subsequently retires to the pits. Behind Rosberg, Adrian Sutil, Rubens Barrichello, Kazuki Nakajima (up from last, having received a 10-position grid penalty for causing an avoidable accident during the previous race), Giancarlo Fisichella, Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson complete the order. Sebastien Bourdais spins at Turn Six and is out on the spot.

Lap 2: Massa leads by 1.1s. Rosberg pits for a new front wing.

Lap 3: Massa leads by 1.6s. Kubica is 4.5s behind Raikkonen. Hamilton is pushing Webber for fourth. Nakajima passes Barrichello.

Lap 4: Heidfeld passes Alonso and Coulthard to take eighth. Alonso also passes the Scot and then fends off his attempted retaliation.

Lap 5: Massa posts a 1m37.043s and leads by 1.7s.

Lap 6: Massa laps in 1m36.8023s and leads by 2.0s. Kubica is now 7.2s adrift of Raikkonen. Sutil pulls off to retire.

Lap 8: Raikkonen posts a 1m36.707s. Nakajima passes Vettel.

Lap 9: Raikkonen closes to within 1.2s of Massa.

Lap 10: Massa retaliates: 1m36.263s to Raikkonen's 1m36.644s.

Lap 11: Personal bests for both Ferraris - Massa 1m36.108s, Raikkonen 1m36.340s. The gap is 2.0s.

Lap 14: Raikkonen laps in 1m35.871s. He trails by 1.9s.

Lap 16: Webber pits for fuel. Nakajima also pits.

Lap 17: Massa, Trulli and Heidfeld pit. Raikkonen posts a 1m35.679s.

Lap 18: Raikkonen pits, as does Sato. The Finn emerges ahead of Massa on the road. Kubica leads.

Lap 19: Hamilton pits and loses time with a jammed front right wheel. He drops to 11th.

Lap 20: Kovalainen, Fisichella and Davidson pit.

Lap 21: Kubica pits. Raikkonen leads.

Lap 22: Raikkonen heads Massa by 3.5s. Alonso and Button pit. Rosberg passes Sato for 17th.

Lap 23: Coulthard pits.

Lap 24: Raikkonen is 4.1s clear. Piquet, Barrichello and Coulthard pit.

Lap 25: With all drivers having stopped once (albeit out of sequence, in Rosberg's case), Raikkonen leads Massa, Kubica, Kovalainen, Trulli, Webber, Hamilton, Heidfeld, Alonso, Coulthard, Button, Piquet, Nakajima, Vettel, Barrichello, Fisichella, Rosberg, Sato and the lapped Davidson.

Lap 28: Sato runs wide through the gravel. He continues but drops behind Davidson.

Lap 29: Both Williams drivers pit.

Lap 31: Massa spins off at Turn Eight. He's out. Raikkonen leads Kubica by 22.4s, with Kovalainen third.

Lap 35: Sato pits.

Lap 37: A new fastest lap to the leader - 1m35.405s.

Lap 38: Raikkonen pits, Kubica leads - but only just. The Finn rejoins just behind him. Fisichella comes in, too.

Lap 39: Webber, Barrichello and Davidson pit.

Lap 40: Trulli and Piquet pit. Vettel pulls off in a cloud of smoke. Rosberg passes Nakajima.

Lap 41: Heidfeld and Alonso pit. Both Super Aguris pass Nakajima.

Lap 43: Kubica pits.

Lap 44: Hamilton and Coulthard pit.