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Hamilton takes Chinese pole.

Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen will line up on the front row of the Chinese Grand Prix grid in a repeat of the formation for the start of last weekend's Japanese round.

The Briton again had to dig deep after making a mistake and languishing down the order after all ten drivers had completed their first runs, but made the most of a change of soft compound rubber to post the better Raikkonen's benchmark by three tenths and secure the ideal spot from which to pursue his title ambitions.

While Raikkonen secured another front row spot with a lap of 1min 36.645secs - compared to Hamilton's 1min 36.303secs - Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa was unable to find enough on his final effort and will only start behind title rival Hamilton on row two.

The Brazilian will be joined by double race winner Fernando Alonso after Heikki Kovalainen - who had headed the opening salvos - locked up at the hairpin on his second run and managed only fifth spot.

Mark Webber was sixth, but will drop ten places following an engine change, while Nick Heidfeld - another facing possible sanction - Sebastian Vettel, Jarno Trulli and Sebastien Bourdais fill out the top ten.

Full report and times to follow....


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Zoolander - Unregistered

October 18, 2008 8:19 AM

I dont get it why everybody hates Hamilton. Is it because he makes the others look average or because he tries to win no matter what. i believe if the other drivers behaved like hamilton on track, the sport might be more interesting. I m actually a Ferrari fun but if LH gets it this year, i ll be happy because he deserves it.

Jason Meldru

October 18, 2008 9:17 AM

He has talent, that I will admit but the one that is very impressive is Alonso. He has ataken and absolute dog of a car at the begining of the season and helped Renault turn it into a competative car again. Not only that, when it was a peice of **** car he still forced it around the track with style. I dont hate Hamilton and I am a Ferrari Fan but I am very impressed with Alonso's pace as of late. I don't want to see Hammi win but I also dont want to see Massa win, I am bothered by his attitude and arrogacne as of late and I dont think he deserves to be in a Red machine. But that is just my opinion and I am sure I'll take heat for it. Oh well



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