BBC Home

Explore the BBC

268 comments

user rating: 3 star

Hamilton grabs pole in China

Formula One
comment on the article

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton took another giant step towards winning the world title by claiming pole position for Sunday's China Grand Prix in Shanghai.

The 22-year-old Briton, who leads the championship standings by 12 points, finished ahead of Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Felipe Massa.

World champion Fernando Alonso, Hamilton's team-mate and closest rival, could only qualify fourth on the grid.

Victory in China would give Hamilton the drivers' title in his debut season.

So can Hamilton do it? Is his grid position down to a lighter fuel load or has he just proved his class? And what of Alonso's chances starting from fourth? Let us know your thoughts.

Latest 10 comments

Read members' comments or add your own
comment by mcmkg36 (U9857794)

posted Oct 6, 2007

sensationaljohn

if you don't want to discuss the otherside of this coin then you should get off this forum.
Wether you like it or not LH has FA beat on this one, and if you don't like it, then thats your problem, and don't bother with your childish sabotage nonsense. And if you want to talk about sabotage then you should be looking at FA's antics, afterall it was FA who tried to sabotage his own team by threatening to report his own team about this so-called ferrarigate buisness if he didn't get his way, also FA tried to sabotage his own team mate (LH) on the MW crash on which he was not witness to and had nothing to do with him. So dont try the sympathy vote for a looser like FA because its pathetic just like you. Besides, the FIA has already warned the Mclaren team not to favor one driver over the other and RD would not be stupid enough to attempt such a thing, that would be suicide. You have just got to accept LH is the better driver and is going to be the new world champion and long may he continue and he shuts people like you up for good by doing his talking on the track.

add comment | complain about this comment

comment by Ross_UK (U1690311)

posted Oct 6, 2007

Denwyn says rain in China will stop LH winning. On the contrary, rain is a great leveller and brings the BEST drivers to the top.

add comment | complain about this comment

posted Oct 6, 2007

Hi everyone, can i just start to say that i knew lewis and his dad way back in the day and anthony, or tony as i knew him then was as anyone in stevenage who knew us together were the very best of friends. If you don't beleive me,all I got to say to anyone who has a chat with tony is to ask him about "Cook kelsey"!!!

add comment | complain about this comment

posted Oct 6, 2007

Guys,
Competition is fun; passion is a wonderful manifestation that we all love racing; some healthy politics too; national preferences totally natural; "cat and mouse" gaming is also a signature of aggressive competition.
... but please stop abusing and brutalising these wonderful pilots who are giving us such a phenomenal dispay of skill, bravery and both physican and mental strength.
All, absolutely all, have great merit in risking their lives for us and the least we can offer them the pilots is a language of respect.
At the end their actions are mostly manipulated by their race directors, and our perception of them is largely influenced and biassed by what journalists write.
Hamilton will become WC first because he is one of the top drivers, and second because there are overwhelming mediatic and commercial pressures in support of his victory.

add comment | complain about this comment

posted Oct 6, 2007

" Why is it nobody here belive that LH should have been punished? Oh yes that is the very informed mansell and hill. I donīt know why I donīt belive in a word they say."

Ha ha ha ha. How about Piquet, Irvine, Rosberg and Prost. Silly boy. I answered each of your comments to no avail. Alonso is a loser - face it french catalan simplejuan

add comment | complain about this comment

posted Oct 6, 2007

I'm sure LH will win this year, unfortunately. The Ron Dennis F1 circus has made a mockery of the sport... guilty of using Ferrari tech info, not controlling drivers, etc. Any of the current Brits on the grid would win the WDC in the MAC, its so much better than anything else, (Well, except for Button!) I agree FA isnt getting the support he needs to win races but he did try to shop RD so what does he expect? Role on next season. LH in a more equal car...no chance!

add comment | complain about this comment

posted Oct 6, 2007

What had once held promise for a great season is completely tarnished and unredeemable. England wants a champion so badly that the fans will take one any way they can and the press is (expectedly) biased.

We'll certainly recognise Hamilton as a wonderful rookie driver, but a tainted world champion in a ridiculously soap-opera-ish season in which no one has won and no one can win. What a mangy cur this season has become.

*The M-M team cannot win, but somehow Lewis can? (Hint: Good for the income of F1)

*Ferrari is completely without any punishment for allowing an entire manual to go out of the camp? (Hint: Good for the income of F1)

*Alonso benefited and Lewis did not?

*Please convince me that M-M treated the drivers on an equal footing.

Maybe next year will be better, this season once held such promise and is now ending in such farce.

If I were Hamilton (and not just 22) I'd feel like I'd been served a cold supper in the dark and if I were Fernando I'd feel as if I were locked out the house in the rain.

Oh bother .........

add comment | complain about this comment

posted Oct 6, 2007

Can any of the Motor Racing historians remember a world champion ever being demolished by his team mate the next year, rookie or not? I can't. No wonder FA is so upset.

Go Lewis!

add comment | complain about this comment

posted Oct 6, 2007

britononthemitten

Bravo. Well said

add comment | complain about this comment

comment by Xynoxx (U8877892)

posted Oct 6, 2007

Adter his remarkable candour after the fuji race about Hamilton - saying Hamilton had not made a mistake all season, Alonso reverted tiot type with the attempt tp blame Hamilton for the safety car incident, the this:

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/63092

add comment | complain about this comment

Comment on this article

Sorry, you can only contribute to 606 during opening hours. These are 0900-2300 UK time, seven days a week, but may vary to accommodate sporting events and UK public holidays.

RATE THIS ARTICLE

Rate Breakdown

  • 5 53.33%
    16 votes
  • 4 10.00%
    3 votes
  • 3
    0 votes
  • 2 3.33%
    1 votes
  • 1 33.33%
    10 votes

average rating:
3.47 from 30 votes