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While Felipe Massa and Ferrari may have lost out in Brazil in terms of the drivers' title, the Scuderia still had the consolation of taking the Constructors' trophy for the second season in succession.
All-in-all 2008 was a vintage year and while, as expected, the big two did take most of the wins, there were some surprises.
Indeed not only did BMW Sauber break its duck at the Canadian GP, when Robert Kubica led home team-mate, Nick Heidfeld, but against the odds Scuderia Toro Rosso also managed a win too, with Sebastian Vettel taking a record breaking victory for the former Minardi team at the Italian GP.
columnist Mark Blundell looks back over the year and in the second of two
interviews about 2008, passes judgement on the performances of the teams'...
Mark, Ferrari obviously took the constructors' title and in the end they beat McLaren-Mercedes by 21 points - which is quite a margin isn't it, especially as the F2008 and MP4-23 seemed pretty evenly matched?
That is down really to the points collected by Felipe Massa and
Kimi Raikkonen. Even though Kimi was a little bit off colour he did take points when they were needed for the team - and while they weren't always to his liking or the teams he did collect enough to make that difference. The downside for McLaren was all too often Heikki Kovalainen. He didn't score the big handful of points when it was needed and although he tried to play that support role for Lewis Hamilton it didn't really come off. He has had a year when he has been in the shadow of Hamilton but I wouldn't write him off. If he can start next year on a high that will give him the confidence to build and maybe we will see a different Heikki in 09. It is going to be tough when you are up against the existing world champion but that is the challenge.
Would you say Heikki cost McLaren the constructors'?
I don't know if it was him who cost them it. McLaren also had a couple of areas of concern that was damaging to both the guys. But as a whole the pairing at Ferrari collected points on a more regular basis than what was happening at McLaren. That is the way it worked out and that is obviously why Ferrari won the constructors'.
BMW Sauber came on magnificently this year and easily took third spot behind Ferrari and McLaren, but the team seemed to drop back didn't it towards the end of '08?
They started to concentrate on '09 and trying to get up to speed there as quickly as possible. Whether that was good, bad or indifferent in their decision making process we will have to wait and see. If they come out and are leaders of the pack in 2009 then yes, the forfeit of development on this year's car will be understandable. But if not, maybe on reflection, they might feel there was a little bit more possible. Certainly the drivers probably feel that, especially Robert Kubica. But it is always easy to look at the small picture. It is the big picture that is sometimes hard to see and certain people in certain positions have to make sure they keep that on track.