Entering the final two races of the 2008 F1 world championship season – beginning with the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai this weekend – Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa and Robert Kubica all still have a chance of lifting the drivers' laurels... but which one of them will do so?
Whilst Lewis Hamilton has led the way for the majority of the campaign, he has looked – as indeed he did this time twelve months ago, when he lost the title at the last gasp to Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen – somewhat brittle under pressure, as was evinced by his disastrously late-braking into the first corner in the Japanese Grand Prix at Fuji Speedway.
Felipe Massa, for his part, sits five points adrift, and has alternated between the sublime – such as his dominant performances in Istanbul and Valencia – and the ridiculous, like spinning five times in the rain at Silverstone or dragging the fuel hose away with him upon exiting his pit-stop in Singapore.
Robert Kubica, meanwhile, is the dark horse at twelve points in arrears, keeping himself in contention by dint of his supreme consistency and punching regularly above his weight in a car that is seemingly no longer even the third-quickest on the F1 grid. The Pole is ready to pounce on even the slightest mistake from Messrs Massa and Hamilton – the only question is, will those mistakes materialise?
So here's your chance to have your say...
Question: Who will lift 2008 F1 drivers' crown?
Vote 1: Lewis Hamilton
Vote 2: Felipe Massa
Vote 3: Robert Kubica