On 27th April 2008, the Spanish Grand Prix was held at the Catalunya circuit. Quickest in qualifying was Ferrari’s world champion, Kimi Raikkonen, who beat Fernando Alonso in the Renault by 91 thousandths, with Felipe Massa third in the other Ferrari.
In the race, the Finn got away well and cleanly, while Massa fairly comfortably moved up to second. The two Ferraris controlled the entire race and while the gaps to Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren and Robert Kubica in the BMW Sauber came down, their superiority was never challenged.
At the end of the race, Raikkonen was able to celebrate the triple by adding the fastest race lap to pole and the win, while for Ferrari this was its 78th one-two finish. Kimi moved up to 29 points in the table, to consolidate his leadership over Lewis Hamilton who was 9 points behind.
Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa’s winning margin of 0.9s over Lewis Hamilton suggests the 200/ Spanish Grand Prix was a close run thing. In fact it was anything but, and a Ferrari one-two looked like an inevitability from the first corner. Kimi never once looked like losing the lead and confirmed afterwards that the Ferraris had time in hand: “We could have run a bit faster but [there’s] no point to push when you don’t need to.”
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