Motorsport Heroes
Topic

Motorsport Heroes

Motorsport Heroes: The Ferrari that made Massa F1 champ for 38s

In Motorsport Heroes, the full-length feature film by Manish Pandey now available on Motorsport.tv, four legends of our sport share their life stories. Here, we look at the machinery that almost powered Felipe Massa to the 2008 world title.

In the film, Massa relives some of the greatest and worst moments of his career throughout this documentary, including his experiences in the F2008 (below).

Ferrari F2008 (659) 2008 side view

Ferrari F2008 (659) 2008 side view

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Massa was world champion for 38 seconds, for when he crossed the finish line to win the Brazilian GP he had done all he could to secure the 2008 crown. Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton, his championship challenger, lay in sixth place, needing at least a fifth-place finish.

“Is that Glock, going slowly?!” – Martin Brundle, F1 commentator 

Those famous words will forever be intertwined with the significance and emotion of that moment, as Massa’s team, family and the Brazilian crowd came to the realisation that fourth-placed Timo Glock was struggling to keep his Toyota on the track. As they tip-toed around the final corners of the drenched Interlagos track not only had Vettel passed Glock, but so too had Hamilton. With that pass, the Briton became the 2008 world champion instead. 

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton, McLaren MP4-23 Mercedes

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / Motorsport Images

While Massa fell just short of his target, the F2008 did prove to be enough for Ferrari to win the constructors’ championship that year. 

This last multi-winglet generation of cars, before the more vanilla ruleset arrived in 2009, are considered to be some of the most complex to have ever raced in Formula 1. They were created at a point when F1 was under immense pressure to restrict its operations and reduce the financial burden that unrestricted development was having.

Ferrari F2008 (659) 2008 exploded detail view

Ferrari F2008 (659) 2008 exploded detail view

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

2008 became a gateway year, with track testing mileage already restricted, further limitations were imposed on CFD and windtunnel usage, readying the teams for even harsher restrictions thereafter. The standard ECU was also introduced for 2008, a measure installed by the FIA to prevent any prohibited systems being concealed within the teams own management systems.

Read Also:

The F2008 carried its predecessor’s genes, featuring many of its design cues but optimising them even further.

So let's take a look by clicking on the arrows below to scroll through the images...

Ferrari F2008 (659) 2008 front wing and nose
Ferrari F2008 (659) 2008 front wing and nose
1/7
The bridge wing was fully absorbed into the nose design, rather than simply being attached to it.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari F2008
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari F2008
2/7
The car also featured a refinement of the static wheel covers that had been introduced at the front of the car in 2007.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Ferrari F2007 (658) 2007 wheel cover airflow
Ferrari F2007 (658) 2007 wheel cover airflow
3/7
Ferrari claimed the covers helped with brake cooling but everyone knew this to be a charade, as while it helped to focus the hot air’s path, the design had more of an aerodynamic advantage, with the wake created by the front tyre altered by the airflow’s path.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Felipe Massa, Ferrari 248
Felipe Massa, Ferrari 248
4/7
The front wheel covers really emerged as a development of the more simplistic design used at the rear of the car in 2006.

Photo by: Sutton Images

Ferrari F2008 (659) 2008 Barcelona S-duct airflow
Ferrari F2008 (659) 2008 Barcelona S-duct airflow
5/7
The F2008 is really the grandfather of the ‘S’-duct solutions we see on the grid today, as Ferrari looked to capture flow on the underside of the nose and transmit it to the upper surface.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari F2008 (659) 2008 nose with S-duct detail
Ferrari F2008 (659) 2008 nose with S-duct detail
6/7
This view from the underside of the nose shows how the airflow is captured by the large opening.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola

Ferrari F2008 (659) 2008 S-duct detail
Ferrari F2008 (659) 2008 S-duct detail
7/7
This top view shows how the designers created two openings in the nose to introduce airflow at different intervals.

Photo by: Giorgio Piola


Motorsport Heroes is available on Motorsport.tv. Written and directed by Manish Pandey, who wrote the multi award-winning Senna movie, the 111-minute film interweaves the narratives of our heroes, telling their stories with both archive and first-hand testimony.

To watch the film, subscribe to Motorsport.tv from $4.99/€4.50/£3.99 a month.

shares
comments
Silverstone would host several F1 races, use reverse layout
Previous article

Silverstone would host several F1 races, use reverse layout

Next article

Hailwood - When 'Mike the Bike' went car racing

Hailwood - When 'Mike the Bike' went car racing
Load comments
The danger for Red Bull in its Barcelona F1 team orders choice Prime

The danger for Red Bull in its Barcelona F1 team orders choice

OPINION: Red Bull walked into a team orders saga on its way to taking a Spanish Grand Prix 1-2 last weekend, where it took the lead of the 2022 Formula 1 world championships for the first time. But its decisions have added an element of risk to later races.

Why Mercedes' Spanish GP gains aren't as grand as they seemed Prime

Why Mercedes' Spanish GP gains aren't as grand as they seemed

Mercedes' strong showing in last weekend's Spanish Grand Prix prompted team boss Toto Wolff to say it had halved its deficit to the leaders and its Formula 1 title chances were back on after a rocky start to the 2022 campaign. But a closer inspection of the team's performance suggests its gains aren't as grand as they first appeared

Formula 1
May 24, 2022
What's next for the Green Red Bull controversy? Prime

What's next for the Green Red Bull controversy?

From the 'pink Mercedes' to the 'Green Red Bull', the Silverstone-based team has received suspicious glares from up and down the Formula 1 paddock over its car design exploits. But after being cleared by the FIA over its Spanish Grand Prix updates amid a backdrop of cries of foul play, what's next in this saga?

Formula 1
May 24, 2022
Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022 Prime

Spanish Grand Prix Driver Ratings 2022

In an unusually hectic Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, Charles Leclerc was denied a dominant performance by his Ferrari engine letting go which allowed Max Verstappen to pick up the pieces. But numerous flashpoints kept the race twisting and turning throughout, with one perfect score from an emerging contender

Formula 1
May 23, 2022
How Verstappen overcame his and Red Bull’s errors to win in Spain Prime

How Verstappen overcame his and Red Bull’s errors to win in Spain

Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari engine disaster offered an open goal for Max Verstappen and Red Bull to strike, but the reigning Formula 1 world champion still had to solve multiple errors and profit from a begrudged assist from team-mate Sergio Perez, which created an unexpectedly eventful Spanish Grand Prix

Formula 1
May 23, 2022
Why Red Bull can win a Spanish GP that looked perfect for Ferrari Prime

Why Red Bull can win a Spanish GP that looked perfect for Ferrari

Formula 1's return to Spain on Friday ended with Ferrari leading the way from Mercedes, while Red Bull could only manage third fastest overall courtesy of Max Verstappen. But its chances of victory are far from remote with a deeper dig into the times despite Ferrari's strong start...

Formula 1
May 20, 2022
The key aspects of Porsche and Audi's planned F1 entries Prime

The key aspects of Porsche and Audi's planned F1 entries

The VW Group’s German superpowers of sportscar racing have all but confirmed they are coming to F1 when the next set of engine rules come into force in 2026. Here's why both manufacturers are all set to take the plunge, and crucially how it might work

Formula 1
May 19, 2022
How Vegas went from byword for F1 indifference to grand Liberty coup Prime

How Vegas went from byword for F1 indifference to grand Liberty coup

Holding a race in Las Vegas – party central, a city of dreams and decadence and, yes, more than a smattering of tackiness – has been on Liberty Media’s most-wanted list since it acquired Formula 1’s commercial rights. But, as LUKE SMITH explains, F1 has been here before and the relationship didn’t work out

Formula 1
May 18, 2022