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Japan 2008 - The race // We could be in for a crucial championship race today

Published by Christine

It looks like this weekend is going to decide whether the championship gets even closer, or is pretty much over in Hamilton's favour. He leads to Massa's fifth, and whilst Räikkönen and Kovalainen are both in the middle of things (in more ways than one), it looks like this could be the deciding moment.

So far, Fuji doesn't seem to be a particularly thrilling race track. We've seen a couple of spins, and some running wide at Turn 1, but there doesn't seem to be too much to challenge our drivers. Plus, that long straight is particularly yawnsome. The weather was supposed to play a factor, but with most forecasts suggesting a dry race, this seems highly unlikely.

However, you never know what's going to happen, and it's always worth getting up at 4 in the morning to see what's going on. Both Toyota and Toro Rosso boys have made it into the top ten, and they may be able to wreak some havoc with the natural order of things. Coulthard is only just out of the top ten, and if he feels like doing some overtaking, we could see all manner of incidents.

It may be that the race comes down to action in the pit stops rather than on track. Ferrari have already had some worrying glitches with their reinstated lollipop, however that may just be the guys blowing the dust off and getting ready for the real action to begin. Honda have decided not to race with their new traffic light system, so it will be lollipops down the order, and here's hoping that everything goes smoothly, and no mechanics get hurt.

The time is almost upon us, then, so here are a few links that might be useful:

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It looks like this weekend is going to decide whether the championship gets even closer, or is pretty much over in Hamilton's favour.

Event start

05:00GMT +01:00

12 October 2008