The 2008 Formulation 1 season was a hotly contested Championship race between veteran drivers Kimi Räikkönen and Felipe Massa, and British young-gun and 2007 World Championship runner-up Lewis Hamilton. By the point racing moved to Silverstone for the British Grand Prix, the ninth race on the calendar that 12 months, Ferrari's Massa had secured three wins to his teammate, and reigning Formulation 1 World Champion, Räikkönen's two, whereas Hamilton for McLaren had additionally celebrated two victories.
It was an eventful Grand Prix weekend all spherical, with extra off-track drama than on-track motion within the lead as much as race day. Whereas the Silverstone Circuit was celebrating its 60th Anniversary, the FIA introduced the British Grand Prix would transfer to Donnington in 2010 whereas Crimson Bull's David Coulthard, a member of the British Racing Drivers' Membership, introduced he would retire on the finish of the season.
The Saturday observe and qualifying classes had been eventful and action-packed; going down in continually altering climate circumstances. The morning introduced heavy rain, soaking the circuit and leaving a moist observe for the ultimate observe session. The incident-filled qualifying delivered a primary Formulation 1 pole place to Heikki Kovalainen, whereas his McLaren teammate Hamilton needed to accept a fourth-place begin on the grid.
Black ominous clouds blanketed the darkish grey sky on race day, threatening one other heavy downpour. Throughout the formation lap it was evident how moist the observe was with substantial spray being thrown up from the vehicles. Hamilton, hoping for victory in entrance of a hometown crowd, had a fortunate begin; Räikkönen was boxed in behind Kovalainen and Webber, permitting the Briton to storm by way of from fourth place and briefly take the lead from teammate Kovalainen. As their vehicles knocked wheels coming into the primary nook, Hamilton's Mercedes-powered McLaren held second place.
Drivers had been struggling for grip off the beginning and battling the standing water on the observe. The casualties got here early: Webber spun coming into the Hangar Straight and ended up behind the sector, as did Massa who spun exiting the Abbey Chicane. Coulthard, in his final outing at Silverstone, and Sebastian Vettel each spun off into the gravel on the Brooklands flip forcing them to retire with out finishing a full lap.
Hamilton stored up the tempo and pressured his teammate earlier than asserting himself and taking the lead on the fifth lap. Because the observe started to dry out, he quickened his tempo and elevated the hole with Räikkönen in second and Kovalainen in third. The rain returned simply because the pit stops began, with vehicles aquaplaning and spinning their option to race retirement. Whereas Hamilton skilfully stored his automotive on the street, Jenson Button, Giancarlo Fisichella, Robert Kubica, Nelson Piquet Jr. and Adrian Sutil all fell sufferer to the slippery circumstances.
Because the race continued, rain showers fell and eased; then an surprising downpour hit the circuit. Even the race chief was not immune, dropping management of his McLaren and bumping over the grass earlier than persevering with on. However he dealt with the circumstances beautifully; his starvation for victory on residence soil exhibiting on every lap as he used his information of the observe to seek out and maximise grip.
The 23 year-old Hamilton, competing in solely his second Formulation 1 British Grand Prix, masterfully raced his option to victory; ending 68.5 seconds forward of second-place Nick Heidfeld in spectacular vogue. The 90,000 robust crowd blared their air horns and cheered riotously because the hometown hero, now equal first with Massa and Räikkönen within the Championship, obtained the winner's trophy for the 2008 Santander British Grand Prix.