Memories of the 2008 season are still very much alive, for team members and fans alike. The decision was taken to allow more time to develop the new car and therefore we started racing with the previous year’s car, which was modified to comply with the 2008 regulations. At the wheel of the STR2B were two Sebs: the German Sebastian Vettel and the Frenchman Sébastien Bourdais.
Apart from Bourdais’ seventh place finish in the first race of the year in Australia, which meant the Frenchman scored points on his F1 debut, the other races were nothing to write home about. However the STR3 soon raised spirits when it made its debut at the Monaco Grand Prix, with Vettel finishing just behind the top three, in fourth on the tough Monaco track.
Sebastian showed a special affinity with the STR3 powered by Ferrari and gave his all in our home race at Monza, the Italian Grand Prix, securing a spectacular pole position in the rain. In the same difficult conditions, the German dominated the race to take his first victory in Formula 1.
We finished the year fantastically with more points-place finishes, including – the icing on the cake – Vettel’s fourth place at the Brazil GP at Interlagos. At the end of the 2008 F1 season, we had a total of 39 points to finish sixth in the Constructors’ Championship.Discover the 2008 car: STR3