12 Oct 2008

Hamilton on pole with Massa fifth in Fuji

2:14 pm on 12 October 2008

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton has boosted his Formula One world title chances by taking pole position for tonight'ssJapanese Grand Prix while his Ferrari rival Felipe Massa could qualify only fifth.

The Briton, who leads the standings by seven points from Massa with three races remaining, starts ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen on the front row in Fuji after a late charge in qualifying.

Heikki Kovalainen was third quickest in the other McLaren with Renault's two-times world champion Fernando Alonso fourth.

It's Hamilton's his sixth pole of the year and 12th of his 33 race career.