Lewis Hamilton Takes Pole Position
In the last few seconds of qualifying for Sunday's 2008 Canadian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes bumped Robert Kubica in the BMW Sauber to take the pole position. Lewis drove around Montreal's Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to set a qualifying pole time of 1m17.886, which was more that six tenths of a second faster than Kubica. The Canadian Grand Prix is Lewis's 24th Grand Prix start and yesterday's pole position represented his eighth career F1 pole and his second pole in the 2008 Formula 1 season. Hamilton scored his first ever career F1 pole last year in Canada.
Lewis Hamilton had the following to say after yesterday's result in the debriefing: "To achieve pole position here in Canada at the same place where I took my first Formula 1 pole just one year ago is really awesome. Our car feels good and we're really on top of our game - even though the track started breaking up in places. On my penultimate lap in the third part of qualifying I lost a bit of time when I ran wide and I knew that Robert and Kimi were chasing me so I was aware I had to give it my all."
Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team boss Ron Dennis said "During qualifying, the track surface started to break up at turn 10 - which presented an additional problem for the drivers...We're confident that we've chosen a good strategy and we're looking forward to a strong and straightforward race tomorrow.