Robert Kubica Takes His First F1 Win In Canada
Robert Kubica driving the BMW Sauber F1 car won his first career Formula 1 victory yesterday at the 2008 Canadian Grand Prix. Canada's annual F1 race is held on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. Kubica's victory also gave the BMW Sauber F1 Team its first ever win and it was made even better because Kubica's teammate Nick Heidfeld crossed the finish line in second place, making it a 1-2 finish for the BMW Sauber team. Third place was taken by David Coulthard in the Red Bull Racing F1 car, who deserved a good finish after the accident he had at the exit of Monaco's tunnel two weeks ago, when his car swerved and crashed hard into the barriers during his initiation of braking.
Lewis Hamilton, who had held pole, had a poor result in Montreal and unfortunately did not finish the race. Hamilton had a good start when the lights went green, and by Lap 10 he was five seconds ahead of Kubica in the BMW Sauber and nine seconds ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari. On Lap 17 the Safety Car was deployed and Lewis went in for a pit stop on Lap 19. While exiting the pits in Pit Lane, Lewis did not see the stopped car of Kimi Raikkonen at the red light until the last moment and collided with the Ferrari at the Pit exit. The accident gave the lead to Kubica and Heidfeld,his teammate was also able to move up into second place.
On Lap 50 Kubica rejoined the race after his pit stop and he was still in the lead ahead of his team mate Heidfeld. In the latter stages of the race, David Coulthard did an excellent job putting pressure on Heidfeld for second place but Heidfeld was able to hold him off and finish the race in front of Coulthard. Kubica's win in Canada puts him in first place in the Drivers' Standings with 42 points and Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) and Felipe Massa (Ferrari) are tied in second with 38 points each. Currently, in the Constructors' Championship, Ferrari is first with 73 points, BMW Sauber is second with 70 points, and Vodafone McLaren Mercedes is in third place with 53 points.