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Sunday, November 02, 2008
Brazilian Grand Prix - Qualifying 2008
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Felipe Massa On Pole In The Ferrari - Hamilton Is Fourth

Brazilian Felipe Massa driving his Ferrari Formula 1 car, put in a solid performance yesterday in front of his home crowd to take pole position for today's Brazilian Grand Prix. With the 2008 F1 Driver's Championship coming down to the final race in Brazil between Lewis Hamilton in the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes and Felipe Massa in the Ferrari, the two gave very strong performances yesterday to try and gain the pole. Hamilton and Massa fought for the quickest lap in the morning qualifying session; but in the afternoon, the combination of Ferrari and Massa took a win or nothing approach to the day and were clearly the fastest, which gave Massa the pole.

Lewis Hamilton was speaking yesterday with Pedro De La Rosa, Vodafone McLaren Mercedes' F1 test and reserve driver, about lap and race strategy for the circuit. Hamilton's 1m12.830 best lap yesteday was able to secure him fourth on the grid for today's race. Also, Hamilton's teammate, Heikki Kovalainen, qualified fifth yesterday with a lap time of 1m12.917. Qualifying on the Interlagos circuit was very closely matched yesterday, with the top six putting in fastest laps within a range of 0.6 seconds of each other.

The first three rows of the starting grid for today's Interlagos race are:

Row 1:

Felipe Massa (Ferrari) 1st,

Jarno Trulli (Toyota) 2nd;

Row 2:

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) 3rd,

Lewis Hamilton (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) 4th

Row 3: 

Heikki Kovalainen (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) 5th

Fernando Alonso (Renault) 6th.

Lewis Hamilton's Comments:

Hamilton had the following to say about the qualifying session yesterday:

 "Congratulations to Felipe for achieving pole position in front of his home crowd - he did a great job today. But, tomorrow, I will be focusing on my own race: it will be a tough afternoon but I'm comfortable with the fuel strategy that we chose; the guys in front are probably on a different strategy. But we are in a good position to finish in the same place as we are today - and that's got to be our aim. We don't need to do anything spectacular."

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