The 2008 Brazilian Grand Prix was a Formula One motor race held on
November 2, 2008 at the Autódromo José Carlos Pace, Interlagos, in São
Paulo, Brazil. It was the 18th and final race of the 2008 Formula One
season. The race, contested over 71 laps, was won by Ferrari driver
Felipe Massa after starting from pole position. Fernando Alonso
finished second in a Renault, and Kimi Räikkönen third in a Ferrari.
Massa started the race alongside Toyota driver Jarno Trulli. Massa's
team-mate Räikkönen began from third next to McLaren driver Lewis
Hamilton. Rain fell minutes before the race, delaying the start, and as
the track dried Massa established a lead of several seconds. More rain
late in the race made the last few laps treacherous for the drivers,
but could not prevent Massa from winning the Grand Prix. Sebastian
Vettel of Toro Rosso finished in fourth place behind Alonso and
Räikkönen. Hamilton passed Toyota's Timo Glock in the final corners of
the race to finish fifth, securing him the points needed to take the
Drivers' Championship. Hamilton received praise from many in the
Formula One community, including former Champions Damon Hill and
Michael Schumacher. Massa's win secured him second place in the
Drivers' Championship, and helped Ferrari win the Constructors'
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Union General Ulysses S. Grant pulled his troops out of the Battle of
Cold Harbor in Hanover County, Virginia, ending one of the bloodiest,
most lopsided battles in the American Civil War.
In one of the worst rail disasters in Europe, runaway passenger
carriages collided with a following train near Armagh, present-day
Northern Ireland, killing 88 people and injuring 170 others.
On her thirteenth birthday, Anne Frank began keeping her diary during
the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands.
Nelson Mandela and other leaders of the African National Congress were
found guilty for sabotaging the apartheid system in South Africa.
In the aftermath of the bombing of Yugoslavia and the Kosovo War, the
NATO-led Kosovo Force entered Kosovo with the UN-mandated
responsibility of establishing a secure environment for the recently
self-proclaimed, independent and partially recognized country.
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