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Saturday, October 18, 2008
Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying - 2008
Image: © Daimer AG 2008

Lewis Hamilton Takes His 13th Career Pole Position In China

Beating his best recorded lap time from Friday's practice session by 0.327 seconds at China's Shanghai International Circuit, Lewis Hamilton took his 13th Formula 1 career pole position with a time of 1m36.303 to take the prime front row position for the start of tomorrow's 2008 Chinese Grand Prix. 

Joining Lewis Hamilton on the front row is second fastest Kimi Raikkonen in the Ferrari, and in third position one row behind is F1 2008 Driver's Championship contender Felipe Massa in the other Ferrari. Today's result from Hamilton gave the McLaren-Mercedes partnership its 62nd pole position, and for the McLaren F1 Team the 141st pole in their F1 history.

Hamilton was thrilled with the performance of his team and the car. He said, "I got a bit out of shape during my first run in Q3; I ran a bit wide at Turn Eight and oversteered onto the marbles, which put me on the wrong line for Turn Nine and left me cleaning my tires for the rest of the lap. But I pulled it all together for my final attempt - and it was a close as I could get to a perfect lap. Our whole weekend has gone well, and I can really feel the support from the team and my family and we'll give it our best shot in the race tomorrow."

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