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Medal Eludes Kubica
November 12, 2008   
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Poland's Robert Kubica failed to defend third place in the final driver standings of this year's Formula One championships. In the last race of the season, the Brazilian Grand Prix on the Interlagos circuit in Sao Paulo Nov. 2, Kubica finished 11th and his rival Kimi Raikkonen came third. As a result, both finished with the same number of points, 75, for the entire championship season. But as Kubica had won only one race while Raikkonen had won two, the latter advanced to third place in the final standings.

The championship title went to Lewis Hamilton after a dramatic Brazilian Grand Prix finish. The Briton managed to score one point more in the final standings than Brazil's Felipe Massa. The latter won the Interlagos race and Hamilton was fifth, but it was just enough for him to capture the title.

Kubica's poor performance in Brazil was largely due to the decision of his BMW Sauber team about the type of tires for his car. Although there was heavy rain just before the race, the Pole started the warm-up lap with tires intended for a dry surface and had to change tires. Despite the poor performance in Brazil, he would have finished the season third if Nick Heidfeld, his team partner, had made way for him in the Chinese Grand Prix and enabled Kubica to score one more point in that race.

Despite his defeat in Brazil, Kubica was named Driver of the Season by the Red Bulletin Formula One magazine. Red Bulletin, which surveyed F1 fans who watched this year's races, praised Kubica for speed, balanced performance and "excellently controlled aggression" on the circuit.

Kubica will remain in the BMW Sauber team next season.
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