Formula 1

Hamilton matches Senna with 65th career pole

Lewis Hamilton has taken the 65th pole position of his career ahead of the Canadian GP.

The Brit was left emotional after taking the chequered flag with a time just 0.33s faster than Sebastian Vettel in second. He now has as many pole positions as idol Ayrton Senna, and was presented with a race-worn helmet for the achievement.

A strong lap from Vettel in the final session almost meant Hamilton would have to wait another race for the achievement. But small mistakes on a number of fast laps meant he couldn’t beat Hamilton’s time, and will have to start tomorrow’s race from second.

Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen make up the second row of the grid. Red Bull locked out row three, with Max Verstappen outqualifying Daniel Ricciardo. Both drivers complained about problems with the brakes, with Verstappen suffering from a lot of lock up early in the session.

Home favourite Lance Stroll was knocked out in Q1. In the closing stages of the session, it looked as if the Williams driver would just about scrape his way into Q2, but an improvement from Stoffel Vandoorne knocked him into the drop zone. An improvement from Jolyon Palmer pushed him down further, and he’ll start his first home GP from 17th on the grid.

The first part of qualifying ended with Pascal Wehrlein backwards in the barrier. The Sauber driver dropped a wheel onto the grass and lost control of the car. The incident brought out yellow flags, but couldn’t be cleared before the end of the session.

Carlos Sainz very almost replicated Wehrlein’s actions in the second session, narrowly avoiding the barrier as he span. The Spaniard had a frustrating qualifying. He made it clear over the team radio that he wouldn’t give team mate Daniil Kvyat a slip stream in Q1. He then ran into traffic on his flying lap in Q2, and could only manage 13th fastest.

Kvyat was able to make it through to the second qualifying without support from Sainz. The Russian qualified 11th, just missing out on a spot in the final qualifying. As he tried to improve on his last lap of Q2, he hit the wall. Kvyat was able to make his way back to the pits, but didn’t find any improvements.

Felipe Massa took seventh, ahead of the Force India duo of Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon. Nico Hulkenberg completed the top 10.

Feature image credit: Wikimedia Creative Commons / Morio

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