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2008 F1 Supergrid revealed.

So Lewis Hamilton may be the newly-crowned Formula 1 World Champion, Felipe Massa may have won the most races and Kimi Raikkonen may have set comfortably the highest number of fastest laps – but who was out-and-out the quickest qualifier of 2008?

In an effort to find out, we have averaged the qualifying positions of every F1 driver season-long to come up with a 'supergrid' of where they would line up over the year as a whole.

The closest-matched team-mates turned out to be Super Aguri's Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson - although they only did the first four races - followed by Honda duo Jenson Button and Rubens Barrichello, and perhaps more unexpectedly McLaren-Mercedes pairing Lewis Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen.

Those furthest apart, meanwhile, were former double F1 World Champion Fernando Alonso and rookie Nelsinho Piquet at Renault, Mark Webber and the recently-retired David Coulthard at Red Bull Racing and, surprisingly, Toyota's Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock.

Glance down the grid and you may find a few more surprises too...

1. Felipe Massa Average starting position 2.9
2. Lewis Hamilton Average starting position 3.9
3. Kimi Raikkonen Average starting position 4.3
4. Heikki Kovalainen Average starting position 4.4
5. Robert Kubica Average starting position 5.8
6. Fernando Alonso Average starting position 6.9
7. Jarno Trulli Average starting position 7.6
8. Nick Heidfeld Average starting position 9.0
9. Mark Webber Average starting position 9.2
10. Sebastian Vettel Average starting position 11.0
11. Timo Glock Average starting position 11.1
12. Nico Rosberg Average starting position 12.1
13. David Coulthard Average starting position 12.8
14. Nelsinho Piquet Average starting position 13.4
15. Sébastien Bourdais Average starting position 13.7
16. Jenson Button Average starting position 14.7
17. Rubens Barrichello Average starting position 14.8
18. Kazuki Nakajima Average starting position 15.2
19. Giancarlo Fisichella Average starting position 18.3
20. Adrian Sutil Average starting position 19.1
21. Takuma Sato Average starting position 20.5
22. Anthony Davidson Average starting position 20.5


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Supermann Returns (Norway - Unregistered

November 24, 2008 9:05 AM

2008 facts: Rank race: Hamilton85,Massa90,Raikk97,Kubica98,Alonso113 Rank Q: Massa53,Hamilton55,Kova70,Raikk74,Kubica110 Fast lap: Raikkonen35,Massa62,Hamilton80,Kova109,Heidfeld111 Sum above: Massa205,Raikk206,Hamilton220,Kova299,Kubica321

Luc - Unregistered

November 22, 2008 12:38 PM

Just to finish, I would like to remark the positions of Massa, Alonso and Kubica as the top qualifiers of 2008. The first for outstanding from the McLaren/Ferrari drivers group. The second for getting the broader distance from the other team driver, even if we assume an acceptable 3 grid position gap over a newcomer (as Piquet). This criteria also brings Kubica to evidence, being him the newcomer in BMW.



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