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Lewis Claims Title Initiative

This week the British ace heads to Japan determined to win

Some things rarely hang around. Banks, for example. Another fast mover is Lewis Hamilton. This week the British ace heads to Japan determined to win. So, what does McLaren's racer need to become world champion?

Hamilton is the proud owner of 84 points. Ferrari's Felipe Massa is the closest rival with 77. If Massa wins the final three races, with Hamilton finishing second, Lewis takes the title. Robert Kubica, Kimi Raikkonen, and Nick Heidfeld also have the mathematical possibility of success, but we are more likely to see Lewis racing a Mondeo.

Family hatchback not withstanding, Lewis needs incident free racing. In September 2008, he was controversially stripped of victory after a barnstorming Belgium Grand Prix. This punishment was widely criticised as inconsistent and unjustified. Racing fans want championships decided on the track.

Live coverage of the Japanese Grand Prix starts on October 12, at 4:30am. Drivers face 60 laps of the 2.8 mile Fuji circuit. Last year, Lewis took a magnificent victory in conditions best suited to shipping. He also took pole position and smashed the lap record. Hamilton is clearly a wet weather specialist. So, what do you think McLaren - time for a rain dance?

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