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Sunday, October 12, 2008
2008 Japanese Grand Prix - Qualifying
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Lewis Hamilton Takes Pole Position In Japan

Lewis Hamilton was at the top of his art during Saturday's Japanese Grand Prix qualifying session and recorded his 12th Formula 1 career pole position for Sunday's 2008 Japanese Grand Prix. In the final moments of the Qualifying Session on an ultra fast lap, Lewis blipped the timers with a 1m18.404 to take the front row of the grid. Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest in the Ferrari and shares the front row with Hamilton for Sunday's race. Heikki Kovalainen, was third fastest in the other Vodafone McLaren Mercedes F1 car at 1m18.821 to make it a 1-3 start for the team.

Hamilton said it was quite a good qualifying session in Japan, but for one error at the final corner on his qualifying lap. He was happy with his corner entrances, exits and his gear changes, which he believed he executed very well. Lewis said "Usually, on a heavy fuel load, the car can be quite tough to drive on the limit, but I managed to pull all the sectors together and drove a pretty good lap. It wasn't perfect - I made a small mistake in the final corner, where I lost a tenth - but we had a good session."

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' Ron Dennis said "First and third in qualifying is clearly a very satisfying result - and represents a very strong performance. Lewis's pole lap was awesome in the proper sense of that often abused adjective - in fact I'd go so far as to say that it was possibly the best lap of his career so far."

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