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Lewis Hamilton Earns Pole Position In The Canadian Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton Earns Pole Position In The Canadian Grand Prix


Lewis Hamilton earned his 65th career pole position equaling Ayrton Senna and three behind Michael Schumacher, displaying  a great recovery from his bad weekend in Monaco.
10 years after his first pole position, Lewis Hamilton broke the lap record twice in Q3 with his stunning final lap of 1:11.459 three tenths of a second faster than championship leader Vettel could manage.

The championship's top two left their respective team-mates trailing But it was Hamilton's pace which left the pundits purring after he equalled both Senna's career mark and Michael Schumacher's record of six Montreal poles. third-fastest Valtteri Bottas and fourth-quickest Kimi Raikkonen to share row two.


"I was so happy with the laps," said a delighted Hamilton afterwards. "The car was difficult at the beginning of yesterday. I already felt like I was at the limit of the car so we sat down and studied to see if we could squeeze out any more juice from it, which we did.

"I sent out a message to my guys this morning, saying we need everything to be on point. We need every single millimeter that the car can give us today, and they did it."

Having being on the brink of matching Senna's 65 poles since Spain, a special authentic helmet worn by the Brazilian triple champion from 1987 was presented to Hamilton as a present from the Senna family.

"I'm shaking. I'm speechless," said a visibly emotional Hamilton. "Ayrton was the man who inspired me, so to match him, and to receive this is the greatest honour so a big, big thank you to the Senna family."

Vettel insisted: "I think we have [the pace to win tomorrow].

"Not so happy with the last run I had in qualy, I would have loved to repeat the second run and just find a little bit. I probably pushed a little too hard."

"It was a good session. In the beginning I was struggling to find the rhythm. The seagulls were in Turn One last year, so I'm pretty sure we should be fine tomorrow!"


Canadian GP Qualifying results

1. Lewis Hamilton
(Mercedes) 1:11.459

2. Sebastian Vettel
(Ferrari) 1:11.789

3. Valtteri Bottas
(Mercedes) 1:12.177

4. Kimi Raikkonen
(Ferrari) 1:12.252

5. Max Verstappen
(Red Bull) 1:12.403

6. Daniel Ricciardo
(Red Bull) 1:12.557

7. Felipe Massa
(Williams) 1:12.868

8. Sergio Perez
(Force India) 1:13.018

9. Esteban Ocon
(Force India) 1:13.135

10. Nico Hulkenberg
(Renault) 1:13.271
Knocked out in Q2

11. Daniil Kvyat 
(Toro Rosso) 1:13.690

12. Fernando Alonso
(McLaren) 1:13.693

13. Carlos Sainz
(Toro Rosso) 1:13.756

14. Romain Grosjean
(Haas) 1:13.839

15. Jolyon Palmer
(Renault) 1:14.293
Knocked out in Q1

16. Stoffel Vandoorne
(McLaren) 1:14.182

17. Lance Stroll
(Williams) 1:14.209

18. Kevin Magnussen
(Haas) 1:14.318

19. Marcus Ericsson
(Sauber) 1:14.495

20. Pascal Wehrlein
(Sauber) 1:14.810
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