2008 Japanese F1 GP – Qualifying – P1 Hamilton, P5 Massa

Lewis Hamilton, 2008 Japanese GP

Lewis Hamilton, 2008 Japanese GP

Lewis Hamilton will start the 2008 Japanese Grand Prix from the pole position, well ahead of his main title fight rival Felipe Massa, who only managed P5. Kimi Raikkonen returned to the front row for the first time since French Grand Prix. It does look good for Hamilton with Heikki Kovalainen and Fernando Alonso also ahead of Felipe Massa on the grid.

It was good session for Toyota and Toro Rosso, both teams had 2 cars in Q3. Toro Rossos do seem to be a bit heavier than other cars in top ten. BMW Saubers struggled in Q1 with Kubica only just making it to Q2 and Heidfeld eliminated. Kubica however pulled his act together and qualified solid 6th.


Further down David Coulthard outqualified Mark Webber for the first time since the opening race of the season in Melbourne, where Webber had technical problems in qualifying.

Honda and Force India are the sure bets for Q1 elimination and they did not disapoint …

Japanese Grand Prix Qualifying:

1. L. Hamilton – McLaren – 1:18.404
2. K. Räikkönen – Ferrari – 1:18.644
3. H. Kovalainen – McLaren – 1:18.821
4. F. Alonso – Renault – 1:18.852
5. F. Massa – Ferrari – 1:18.874
6. R. Kubica – BMW Sauber – 1:18.979
7. J. Trulli – Toyota – 1:19.026
8. T. Glock – Toyota – 1:19.118
9. S. Vettel – Toro Rosso – 1:19.638
10. S. Bourdais – Toro Rosso – 1:20.167

Q2:

11. D. Coulthard – Red Bull – 1:18.187
12. N. Piquet – Renault – 1:18.274
13. M. Webber – Red Bull – 1:18.354
14. K. Nakajima – Williams – 1:18.594
15. N. Rosberg – Williams – 1:18.672

Q1:

16. N. Heidfeld – BMW Sauber – 1:18.835
17. R. Barrichello – Honda – 1:18.882
18. J. Button – Honda – 1:19.100
19. A. Sutil – Force India – 1:19.163
20. G. Fisichella – Force India – 1:19.910

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  1. Jose ArellanoNo Gravatar says:

    “Honda and Force India are the sure bets for Q1 elimination and they did not disapoint.” hehehehe. shame about massa, fernando is a very dificult guy to pass!…. but i would be outstanding to see felipe recover from 5th and take the race! that would prove he really deserves the championship!… (i think he does)

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