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Bahrain GP 2008

APRIL 6, 2008

Race Incidents

Robert Kubica, Kimi Raikkonen, Bahrain GP 2008
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Lap 1: On pole position for the first time in Formula One, Robert Kubica is beaten to Turn One by fellow front-row starter Felipe Massa. Lewis Hamilton briefly stalls in third place and is subsequently swamped. Kimi Raikkonen grabs third from Heikki Kovalainen, Jarno Trulli, Nick Heidfeld, Nico Rosberg, Fernando Alonso, Hamilton, Mark Webber, Nelson Piquet, Timo Glock, Rubens Barrichello, Giancarlo Fisichella, Sebastien Bourdais, Takuma Sato, David Coulthard, Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson. Sebastian Vettel pulls off to retire. Jenson Button and Adrian Sutil pit for repairs after first-lap knocks.

Lap 2: Hamilton runs into Alonso and loses his nose. He pits at the end of the lap. Heidfeld passes Trulli. Piquet spins and drops from 11th to 16th. Coulthard pits for repairs.

Lap 3: Raikkonen passes Kubica. Heidfeld passes Kovalainen. Piquet repasses both Super Aguris.

Lap 5: Kubica sets fastest lap: 1m36.186s. Nakajima passes Davidson.

Lap 6: Raikkonen posts a 1m35.393s. He trails by 3.5s.

Lap 7: Massa responds: 1m34.643s. He leads by 4.3s. Nakajima passes Sato.

Lap 10: Massa leads by 4.4s. Kubica is 1.5s adrift of Raikkonen, with Heidfeld a further 3.4s back in fourth.

Lap 11: Piquet passes Bourdais for 13th.

Lap 12: Massa laps in 1m34.593s.

Lap 14: Raikkonen posts a 1m34.322s.

Lap 15: The Finn ups his pace again: 1m34.281s. He still trails Massa by 4.5s, though.

Lap 17: Fastest lap to Raikkonen: 1m34.224s. Kubica, Rosberg and Piquet pit.

Lap 18: Kubica runs wide at Turn 11 shortly after rejoining. Coulthard and Button collide at Turn Eight. Button pits for repairs.

Lap 19: Button pits to retire.

Lap 20: Raikkonen, Trulli and Alonso pit. Massa posts a 1m34.178s.

Lap 23: Massa, Heidfeld and Kovalainen pit.

Lap 22: Webber, Fisichella and Barrichello pit. Hamilton passes Davidson.

Lap 23: Massa leads Raikkonen by 5.4s. Bourdais pits.

Lap 24: Glock and Davidson pit. Hamilton passes Sato.

Lap 25: Sato pits.

Lap 26: Sutil pits.

Lap 28: Approaching half-distance, Massa leads Raikkonen, Kubica, Heidfeld, Kovalainen, Trulli, Webber, Rosberg, Glock, Alonso, Nakajima (yet to stop), Barrichello, Fisichella, Hamilton, Piquet and Bourdais. Sato, Davidson, Coulthard and Sutil are lapped.

Lap 31: Raikkonen laps in 1m34.068s to reduce his deficit to 4.0s. Hamilton passes Fisichella - but then pits at the end of the lap.

Lap 32: Massa laps in 1m34.096s, Raikkonen in 1m34.062s. Nakajima pits.

Lap 34: Massa posts a best-yet: 1m33.852s.

Lap 35: Raikkonen responds: 1m33.709s. The gap is 3.6s. Piquet pits.

Lap 37: Alonso pits. Piquet runs wide at Turn Six and drops to 18th. Sutil pits.

Lap 38: Massa laps in 1m33.600s. Raikkonen and Bourdais pit.

Lap 38: Massa pits. Coulthard passes Piquet.

Lap 40: Rosberg, Coulthard and Piquet pit. The Brazilian retires.

Lap 41: Kubica pits.

Lap 42: Webber and Fisichella pit.

Lap 43: Trulli and Davidson pit.

Lap 44: Glock and Sato pit.

Lap 45: Heidfeld pits. Massa leads again.

Lap 47: Kovalainen pits.

Lap 48: Fastest lap to Heidfeld: 1m33.565s.

Lap 49: Kovalainen beats that: 1m33.193s.

Lap 53: Hamilton passes Nakajima for 13th.

Lap 57: Massa scores his first victory - and, indeed, points - of the season. He wins by 3.3s from Raikkonen. Kubica is third ahead of Heidfeld, Kovalainen, Trulli, Webber and Rosberg.