Massa wins in France

23Jun08

Brazilian Felipe Massa was handed victory in the French Grand Prix when Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen ran into problems with a broken exhaust. Raikkonen was in control of a race dominated by Ferrari when his right-hand exhaust cracked at half-distance. But such was Ferrari’s advantage that Raikkonen held on to second place. Jarno Trulli marked Toyota’s best race of the season with third while Lewis Hamilton was 10th after falling foul of officials for the second race in a row. It was always going to be a difficult race for the Englishman following his 10-place grid penalty for crashing into the back of Raikkonen in the pits in the previous race in Canada. But the 23-year-old made it even harder for himself by cutting the Nurburgring chicane in the process of passing Toro Rosso’s Sebastian Vettel as he sought to make up places on the opening lap. That led to a drive-through penalty, the most lenient punishment available to the stewards for the offence, which cost him any realistic chance of scoring points. Trulli dedicated his win to former Toyota team boss Ove Andersson, who was killed in a rally accident last week. Red Bull’s Mark Webber held off the Renaults of Nelson Piquet Jr, having his most competitive race of the season, and Fernando Alonso for sixth place. Alonso lost seventh to his team-mate, who scored his first points of the season, when he ran wide with two laps to go while lapping Force India’s Adrian Sutil. The win, Massa’s third of the season, puts him into the lead of the championship, two points clear of Robert Kubica, with Raikkonen a further three adrift.

Official result of French Grand Prix at Magny-Cours:

1 Felipe Massa (Brz) Ferrari one hour 31 minutes 50.245 seconds
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 17.984 seconds
3. Jarno Trulli (Ita) Toyota +28.250
4. Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) McLaren-Mercedes +28.929
5. Robert Kubica (Pol)BMW Sauber +30.512
6. Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull-Renault +40.304
7. Nelson Piquet (Brz) Renault +41.033
8. Fernando Alonso (Spa) Renault +43.372
9. David Coulthard (GB) Red Bull-Renault +51.072
10. Lewis Hamilton (GB) McLaren-Mercedes +54.521
11. Timo Glock (Ger) Toyota +57.738
12. Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Toro Rosso-Ferrari +58.065
13. Nick Heidfeld (Ger) BMW Sauber +1:02.079
14. Rubens Barrichello (Brz) Honda one lap behind
15. Kazuki Nakajima (Jpn) Williams-Toyota one lap
16. Nico Rosberg (Ger) Williams-Toyota 1 lap
17. Sebastien Bourdais (Fra) Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1 lap
18. Giancarlo Fisichella (Ita) Force India-Ferrari 1 lap
19. Adrian Sutil (Ger) Force India-Ferrari 1 lap
R Jenson Button (GB) Honda 16 laps completed

Fastest lap: Raikkonen, one minute 16.630 seconds, lap 16

Key: R = retired

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