Sometimes the most exciting part of a Formula One Grand Prix weekend is the last 30 seconds of qualifying on the Saturday afternoon. Both strategy - what tires should be on the car - and tactics - get your driver out there on fresh rubber for a hot lap near the end of the session - come into play.
And Lewis Hamiiton and McLaren-Mercedes pulled it off perfectly in Montreal today.
Hamilton had been quickest for most of the session. Several other drivers, notably Felipe Massa and Kimi Reikkonen in the Ferraris, would record faster times in the first two sectors of a lap. But Hamilton seemed to be quickest in the last third, and maintained his pole position.
Then, with the chequered flag already showing, indicating that whoever was on the track at that moment would record just that one final lap time, Robert Kubica in the Sauber BMW ripped off the fastest lap to that point. Hamilton had one last chance - and he crossed the line with about half a second in hand.
It was his second consecutive pole at Montreal, where he recorded the first win of his Grand Prix career in his rookie season last year. It would be a brave person who would bet against him repeating the victory tomorrow as well.