What happened in the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix?

The Renault Formula One crash controversy, dubbed Crashgate by some in the media, was a sporting scandal caused when Renault F1 driver Nelson Piquet Jr. deliberately crashed during the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix to give a sporting advantage to his Renault teammate, Fernando Alonso.

Who did Felipe Massa lose?

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa won the 71-lap race from pole position; this was the last of Massa’s 11 wins. Fernando Alonso finished second in a Renault, and Massa’s teammate Kimi Räikkönen finished third….

2008 Brazilian Grand Prix
Time 1:13.736 on lap 36
First Felipe Massa Ferrari
Second Fernando Alonso Renault

Who won the 2008 Singapore Grand Prix?

Fernando Alonso2008 Singapore Grand Prix / WinnerFernando Alonso Díaz is a Spanish racing driver currently competing for Alpine in Formula One. He won the series’ World Drivers’ Championship in 2005 and 2006 with Renault, and has also driven for McLaren, Ferrari, and Minardi. Wikipedia

What happened to Felipe Massa world Championship?

Since retirement from Formula One, Massa has pursued a career in the FIA’s all electric series Formula E. He retired from Formula E at the end of the 2019-20 Championship. He then joined the 2021 season of the Stock Car Brasil series.

How did Lewis win 2008?

Lewis Hamilton won the Drivers’ title by a point – by overtaking Toyota’s Timo Glock on the final corner of the final lap of the final Grand Prix of the season to claim the required 5th-place finish to win the championship – from Brazilian Felipe Massa, while Massa’s teammate, the 2007 world champion Kimi Räikkönen.

How many podiums does Max Verstappen have?

However, the podium was the 63rd that he has achieved since entering the sport in 2015, pushing himself into the top 10 all-time list. Following his win in Imola last time out, Verstappen was tied with David Coulthard, but his latest result has taken him past the former McLaren driver….Verstappen joins top 10 all-time F1 podiums list.

 Driver #
10. Max Verstappen 63

Why did Felipe Massa not win the championship?

At the halfway stage, Massa pulled things back with victories in the European Grand Prix and Belgium Grand Prix. The Singapore Grand Prix saw a massive controversy and couple of incidents. Massa was plagued with a fuel-rig issue and he ended up last.

How did Massa lost to Hamilton?

Hamilton would finish down the order, with Massa fifth, although he made amends at the penultimate race by leading Massa home from pole. That meant Hamilton returned to Interlagos with a five-point lead over Massa — points were awarded to the top eight finishers (10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1).

Can F1 cars go backwards?

F1 drivers are only allowed to reverse their cars when they rin off the track and there is no other manoeuvre out. Most F1 drivers prefer to employ a quick 180-degree turn to come out of such situations. Only when a sharp turn is not possible will a driver try to reverse.

Where is Nelson Piquet now?

After retiring from Formula One, Piquet tried his hand at the Indianapolis 500 for two years. He also had a go at sports car racing at various points during and after his Formula One career. Piquet is currently retired and runs several businesses in Brazil.

What did Timo Glock do in 2008?

In the moments following the 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix, fans and insiders pointed to Timo Glock as possibly rigging and manipulating the outcome. They feel Glock helped steal the title from Felipe Massa and hand the crown to Hamilton. The accusations continue to haunt Glock.

How old was Vettel when he won his first world championship?

Sebastian Vettel’s first championship, at the age of 23, provided a surprise ending to an intensely competitive 2010 campaign. There was surely more to come from this fast rising racer, and it came quickly when he completely dominated in 2011 to become the youngest double world champion.

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