Ferrari's local Felipe Massa clocked the fastest time in the qualifying session while championship favourite Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) took the fourth spot on the grid. Hamilton needs to end the race in the top five to secure the world title.
"I think the pressure is on his (
Hamilton, who need only finish fifth to become the sport's youngest champion even if
The Briton congratulated
"Tomorrow I will be focusing on my own race: It will be a tough afternoon but I'm comfortable with the fuel strategy we chose," he said.
"The guys in front are probably on a different strategy. But we're in a good position to finish in the same place as we are today and that's got to be our aim. We don't need to do anything spectacular."
Raikkonen won from third place in
"I did more or less what I was supposed to do," said the Finn, whose main task on Sunday will be to keep
"I actually prefer to be in third place than second on the grid here."
"It would be amazing to end the season winning the first victory for
The pole position was
Another roar of approval went up from the grandstands when the big screens replayed images of
"I was very comfortable and very quick all around the session," said
"I think we have a good strategy and we are looking in good shape for tomorrow. The car is just perfect, already from the first lap on Friday.
McLaren's Heikki Kovalainen qualified fifth with Renault's double world champion Fernando Alonso sixth.
Date created : 2008-11-01