🏆 Winner: Lewis Hamilton
Constructors Champion: Ferrari
Most wins: Felipe Massa
Most pole positions: Lewis Hamilton & Felipe Massa (7)
Most fastest laps: Kimi Räikkönen (9)

The 2008 F1 season was just as eventful as 2007, with both Ferrari and McLaren taking the race down to the final race again.

This was the 62nd official F1 season, and it featured a total of 18 races, with Singapore hosting its first Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

2008 F1 Drivers Championship Standings

1Lewis HamiltonMcLaren98
2Felipe MassaFerrari97
3Kimi RäikkönenFerarri75
4Rober KubicaBMW Sauber75
5Fernando AlonsoRenault61
6Nick HeidfeldBMW Sauber60
7Heikki KovalainenMcLaren53
8Sebastian VettelToro Rosso35
9Jarno TrulliToyota31
10Timo GlockToyota25
11Mark WebberRed Bull21
12Nelsinho PiquetRenault19
13Nico RosbergWilliams17
14Rubens BarrichelloHonda11
15Kazuki NakajimaWilliams9
16David CoulthardRed Bull8
17Sebastien BourdaisToro Rosso4
18Jenson ButtonHonda3
19Giancarlo FisichellaForce India0
20Adrian SutilForce India0
21Takuma SatoSuper Aguri0
22Anthony DavidsonSuper Aguri0

Note: The 2008 season used the following points system:

Lewis Hamilton in 2008 – the year he won his first World Championship. Image via Wikipedia

2008 F1 Constructors Championship Standings

3BMW Sauber135
6Toro Rosso39
7Red Bull29
10Force India0
11Super Aguri0

2008 F1 Season Schedule

116th MarchAustralian Grand PrixAlbert Park, Melbourne
223rd MarchMalaysian Grand PrixSepang International Circuit
36th AprilBahrain Grand PrixBahrain International Circuit, Sakhir
427th AprilSpanish Grand PrixCircuit de Catalunya, Barcelona
511th MayTurkish Grand PrixIstanbul Park
625th MayMonaco Grand PrixMonte-Carlo
78th JuneCanadian Grand PrixCircuit Gilles Villeneuve, Montreal
822nd JuneFrench Grand PrixCircuit de Nevers, Magny-Cours
96th JulyBritish Grand PrixSilverstone
1020th JulyGerman Grand PrixHockenheimring
113rd AugustHungarian Grand PrixHungaroring
1224th AugustEuropean Grand PrixValencia Street Circuit
137th SeptemberBelgian Grand PrixSpa-Francorchamps
1414th SeptemberItalian Grand PrixAutodromo Nazionale Monza
1528th SeptemberSingapore Grand PrixSingapore Street Circuit
1612th OctoberJapanese Grand PrixFuji Speedway
1719th OctoberChinese Grand PrixShanghai International Circuit
182nd NovemberBrazilian Grand PrixInterlagos, Sao Paulo

2008 F1 Key Facts & Stats

  • The Singapore Grand Prix made its debut in the 2008 F1 season, with the Marina Bay Street Circuit becoming the first night race in F1 history.
  • Only 7 drivers finished the Australian Grand Prix, which was later changed to 6 after Rubens Barichello was disqualified after the race.
  • Lewis Hamilton became the youngest-ever driver to win a World Championship (aged 23), after losing out on the 2007 season by just one point.
  • Sebastian Vettel won his first F1 race, winning the Italian GP in Monza.
  • 2008 was the year the infamous ‘crashgate’ incident happened with Nelson Piquet and Renault.

Who won the 2008 F1 Championship?

Lewis Hamilton won the 2008 F1 World Championship. The Brit won by just one point, and famously overtook Timo Glock on the last corner in Brazil to clinch the title.

What did Timo Glock do?

On the last lap of the Brazilian GP, Glock was struggling to keep his car on track due to the conditions, which allowed Lewis Hamilton to overtake him on the last corner, which gave him enough points to clinch the title from Felipe Massa.

Who did Hamilton overtake in Brazil 2008?

Lewis Hamilton overtook Timo Glock in the final moments of the 2008 Brazilian GP, which gave him enough points to win the World Championship.

How old was Lewis Hamilton when he won in 2008?

Lewis Hamilton was 23 years old when he won the 2008 F1 World Championship. At the time, he was the youngest driver to ever win a World Championship.