In an incredibly exciting round of qualifying at Fuji Speedway in Japan, Lewis Hamilton snatched pole position from an ever improving Kimi Raikkonen with his last lap of the session. It got even better as fast laps from Fernando Alonso and McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen meant Championship challenger Felipe Massa is down in 5th on the grid for the start of tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix.
It is one year ago that Lewis Hamilton gave a career best performance in the Land of the Rising Sun and put himself in an almost unreachable position at the top of the Driver’s Championship. Of course subsequent events showed that position to be oh so very reachable, as Kimi Raikkonen ended up overtaking Hamilton and claiming the 2007 crown.
With a lead of 7 points, hopefully Hamilton can match last year’s performance and go into the last 2 races of 2008 with an even bigger lead and an increased chance of ending the season as the Champion.